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LIAF 2019: International Competition Programme 5 – Into the Dark (18*)

December 1, 2019
8:30 pm

The backbone of the whole LIAF mission. We’ve emerged from under the pile of more than 2,600 entries to put together a series of screenings that showcase the best 85 new films from every corner of the world. The one thing they have in common is that we think they’re the pick of the crop. This is your annual window into the international indie animation universe.

In this programme veteran LIAF regulars Robert Morgan and Phil Mulloy (both UK) return with the British premieres of their brand-new creepy, dsytopian masterpieces alongside several new kids on the block presenting all manner of dark, scary, violent and spooky films.

Subjects include turning a blind eye to what goes into the food we eat, a young womans’ obsession with taxidermy, the plight of refugees in a lorry crossing the border and an exploration of abuse and dysfunctional family environments.

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Imbued Life (Ivana Bosnjak & Thomas Johnson, Croatia)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Imbued Life, Ivana Bosnjak, Thomas JohnsonA taxidermist carefully restores and returns deceased animals to their natural habitat. Before doing so she removes a roll of film from their heads.

2019, 12min

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Now I Think I’m Happy (Phil Mulloy, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Now I Think I’m Happy, Phil MulloyOr am I…..?

2019, 5min

Song Sparrow (Farzaneh Omidvarnia, Iran/Denmark)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Song Sparrow, Farzaneh OmidvarniaThe horrific journey of a group of refugees trying to reach a safe country in search of a better life.

2019, 12min

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Drive (Pedro Casavecchia, Argentina/France)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Drive, Pedro CasavecchiaDark feelings harvested during a boy’s childhood erupt into violence after his mother dies. An exploration of abuse and dysfunctional family environments.

2019, 7min

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Nettle Head (Paul Cabon, France)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Nettle Head, Paul CabonBastien and his two buddies enter the forbidden zone. In the midst of ruins bathed in a toxic fog, something lies in wait.

2019, 14min

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Mr Deer (Mojtaba Mousavi, Iran)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Mr Deer, Mojtaba MousaviIn an abandoned train station, just like any other European train station, all humanity is lost.

2018, 9min

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Food Chain (Liis Kokk & Mari Kivi, Estonia)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Food Chain, Liis Kokk, Mari KiviOn the one hand it’s dirty work and on the other hand gorgeous product. Eat up! Yum! Yum!

2018, 8min

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The Dream Report (Jack O’Shea, Ireland)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, The Dream Report, Jack O'SheaA deadpan sci-fi tale interweaving moments of familiar routine with esoteric messages from deep space.

2019, 7min

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Tomorrow I Will Be Dirt (Robert Morgan, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Tomorrow I Will Be Dirt, Robert MorganInside the twisted, deranged mind of Lothar Schramm, serial killer, lurk many sick thoughts.

2019, 8min