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LIAF 2019: International Competition Programme 6 – Animated Documentaries + panel discussion (15*)

December 2, 2019
6:30 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.

Persuasive, illustrative and able to get over abstract details in attractive and compelling ways, animation is the perfect tool to document someone’s vision of the truth.

This programme, dedicated to the documentary form, features true life stories including a teenager coming to terms with anorexia, the impact of abusive parental relationships, being a woman growing up in China, a young man attempting to unravel the state of mind of his late alcoholic father through the poems he left behind, a loving depiction of a lingerie factory in Manchester and how the only natural lake in Texas is being threatened by an invasive species of floating fern: giant salvinia.

There will be an onstage discussion with several of the filmmakers after the screening. Panellists will be revealed at the beginning of November.

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There’s Something in the Water (Rory Waudby-Tolley, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, There's Something in the Water, Rory Waudby-TolleyCaddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas, but its delicate eco-system is threatened by a seemingly unstoppable invasive species of floating fern: Giant Salvinia.

2019, 8min

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Amputee Undefined (Sophie Kamlish, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Amputee Undefined, Sophie KamlishThe troublesome aspects of being an amputee. However, having one foot can actually create more opportunities than it takes away.

2019, 2min

My Dad’s Name was Huw. He was an Alcoholic Poet. (Freddie Griffiths, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, My Dad's Name was Huw. He was an Alcoholic Poet., Freddie GriffithsAn attempt to unravel the state of mind of the filmmakers late alcoholic father, through the poems he left behind.

2019, 8min

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Conception – Why I Won’t Teach My Son Black Codes (Jocie Juritz, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Conception - Why I Won't Teach My Son Black Codes, Jocie Juritz Her child is just 1, but she knows soon he will be perceived as a “big black boy.” Can she overcome the systems she feels are in place to oppress her young son?

2018, 4min

My Troubled Mind – Jack (Salvador Maldonado, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, My Troubled Mind - Jack, Salvador MaldonadoA teenager, Jack, talks about his eating disorder and how it affects his mental health and relationships with friends and family at home and at school.

2019, 6min

You are at the Bottom of my Mind (Catriona Black, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, You are at the Bottom of my Mind, Catriona BlackFor 100 years the communities of Lewis and Harris have suffered a silent grief. 100 years since HMY Iolaire hit the infamous rocks, the Beasts of Holm, on its way in to Stornoway Harbour.

2018, 6min

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A Strange Trial (Marcel Barelli, Switzerland)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, A Strange Trial, Marcel BarelliA film about hunting that is against hunting – even though the filmmaker comes from a family of hunters!

2018, 10min

Umbilical (Danski Tang, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Umbilical, Danski TangAn intimate and honest conversation between mother and daughter reflecting on the impact of abusive parental relationships and being a woman growing up in China.

2019, 7min

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Apart (Diana Cam Van Nguyen, Czech Republic)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Apart, Diana Cam Van NguyenA portrait of three young people who had to grown up too soon. They have all shared the same experience – when they were teenagers, one of their parents died.

2018, 10min

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Esperanca (Cécile Rousset, Benjamin Serero & Jeanne Paturle, France)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Esperanca, Cécile Rousset, Benjamin Serero, Jeanne PaturleFifteen-year-old Esperança has just arrived from Angola with her mother. At Amiens railway station, they don’t know where to sleep and try to find someone to help them.

2019, 5min

Bloomers (Samantha Moore, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Bloomers, Samantha MooreThe story of a lingerie factory in Manchester. Workers recount the history of Headen & Quarmby, UK manufacturing, and traditions of making.

2019, 10min