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LIAF 2019: UK Animation Industry Event 5 – British Showcase + Animators in Attendance

December 7, 2019
4:30 pm

LIAF presents the UK Animation Industry Event at the University of East London (UEL), an all day event from 10am to 6:30pm – four panels giving insider access to some of the hot topics of the year plus a screening of the LIAF British showcase.

Animation doesn’t stand still; and debates and discussions with animators and creative experts are the best way to get in touch with what’s happening, whether it’s how Virtual Reality will impact on animation, or why the gender and diversity of the animation industry is rapidly changing, or why kids animation has a new lease of life. Come and find out.

We’ve gathered together some of the most passionate, honest and insightful experts from a wide range of different areas and backgrounds who are ready to cover all manner of vital topics to give you much food for thought.

For anyone currently working in the film and animation industry, thinking of working in the industry or just plain curious, these four talks are indispensable.

Add to this a very special enhanced screening of our annual British Showcase, 90 minutes of the best short animated films made in the last 12 months with several filmmakers in attendance, and you’ll get an exceptional opportunity to see what British animators are doing, how they’re doing it and how the art form is travelling.

Please note, there will be no tickets available on the day of the event. Advance booking only. One ticket gets you into all 4 talks PLUS the British Showcase screening.

This is the fifth of 5 Industry Event Sessions. The others are: Session 1: We Need to Talk about Skills – One Year On; Session 2: Is Everybody on Board? The Animated Women Panel; Session 3: The Kids are All right? Meet the Movers and Shakers Behind the Resurgence of Kids Animation on TV and Session 4: The 3 Rs – Animating in the New Spaces of VR, AR & XR.

With Special Thanks to the Arts Council England

Arts Council England



And University of East London (UEL)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, UEL, University of East London

British Showcase + Animators in Attendance

Does anything define British Animation? The wealth of styles in this recent crop of films in the British Showcase would seem to deny any binding characteristic other than diversity. The breadth and mixture of animation techniques alone make this a rich and varied treat. They are adeptly put to use, each film projecting its individual vision, its own slice of life. This programme, made up of several  short animated gems, chosen from a record number of entries, is an extremely encouraging window onto what looks like a very bright future for British animation. The funny films are genuinely funny, often with a subdued, understated, surprisingly sophisticated level of humour and the films that are endeavouring to examine topics with a deeper social import do so with a maturity and sensitivity that is equally rare.

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More films will be announced soon.

Where’s The Butter, Betty? (Will Anderson, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Where's The Butter Betty?, Will AndersonI’m being serious now, Betty. Where IS the butter?

2018, 3min

One Liner (Matthew Lee, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, One Liner, Matthew LeeA has-been comedian attempts to make his comeback on board a cruise liner, but he’s only used to performing with a partner, and now he’s on stage alone.

2019, 7min

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Grandad Was A Romantic (Maryam Mohajer, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Grandad Was A Romantic, Maryam MohajerMy grandad was a romantic man. He once saw a picture of my granny and realised she was the love of his life. So he decided to go and meet her.

2019, 5min

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//-Sleeper (Jordan Buckner, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, //-Sleeper, Jordan BucknerIn a dying industrial town a recluse wakes each day to a strange anomaly on the horizon.

2018, 7min

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Margot (Sara Spanghagen, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Margot, Sara SpanghagenMargot worked as a nurse in Africa during 1958-1978. Her letters home to her parents tell the story of her life.

2019, 2min

Sent Away (Rosa Fisher, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation FestivalHow to survive life in a boarding school.

2019, 6min

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Ada (Dane Winn, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Ada, Dane WinnStranded in the Arctic with a dying man, a seamstress must find the strength to survive if she ever hopes to return home to her son.

2019, 11min

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Heatwave (Fokion Xenos, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Heatwave, Fokion XenosIn the midst of a searing heatwave two little children find a way to cool everyone down.

2019, 7min

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In the Future (Phil Mulloy, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, In the Future, Phil MulloyThe Future is bright and everyone is going to be happy.

2019, 5min

Queerer Than Thou (Kate Jessop, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Queerer Than Thou, Kate JessopWho is the queerest of them all? This queer off will reveal all!

2019, 2min

Nigel (Natasza Cetner, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Nigel, Natasza CetnerA true story of Nigel the gannet who fell in love with a concrete statue.

2019, 9min

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Better (Emily Downe, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Better, Emily DowneA fantasy jungle acts as a portal for idealised worlds to become external.

2019, 5min

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2.3 x 2.6 x 3.2 (Jiaqi Wang, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2.3 x 2.6 x 3.2, Jiaqi WangThe certainty of hope and the uncertainty of disease.

2019, 4min

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Exit (Luke Ramsay, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Exit, Luke RamsayHow do you escape when the everyday is everything, and the way out is also the way in? Spooky!

2019, 3min

Ugly (Anna Ginsburg, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Ugly, Anna GinsburgA stunning collaboration with painter Melissa Kitty Jarram released for World Refugee Day 2019. Based on the poem narrated by Warsan Shire.

2019, 2min

No, I Don’t Want to Dance (Andrea Vinciguerra, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, No, I Don't Want to Dance, Andrea VinciguerraThese are dark times and the one critical issue yet to be addressed is how dangerous dancing can be.

2019, 3min