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LIAF 2019: And the winner is…

THE AWARDS

JURY: Best of the Festival Award Flounder (Elizabeth Hobbs, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, The Flounder, Elizabeth HobbsOne day a humble fisherman catches an enchanted fish. Can the fish help him and his wife improve their lot?

JURY: Best British Film Award 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.

JURY: Best Sound Design Award Flounder (Carola Bauckholt)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, The Flounder, Elizabeth HobbsOne day a humble fisherman catches an enchanted fish. Can the fish help him and his wife improve their lot?

JURY: Best Abstract Film Award Matter and Motion (Max Hattler, Hong Kong/Germany)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Matter and Motion, Max HattlerMotion creation, energy transmission, kinetic combustion.

JURY: Best Children’s Film Award 0-7 Cat Lake City (Antje Heyn, Germany)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Cat Lake City, Antje HeynPercy Cat is looking forward to a relaxing day in “Cat Lake City” – the cats’ holiday paradise.

 

JURY: Best Children’s Film Award 8+ Lost and Found (Andrew Goldsmith & Bradley Slabe, Australia)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Lost and Found, Andrew Goldsmith, Bradley SlabeA knitted toy dinosaur has to unravel itself to save the love of its life.

JURY: Best Music Video Mashrou’ Leila – ‘Radio Romance’
(Vladimir Mavounia-Kouka, France)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Mashrou’ Leila, Radio Romance, Vladimir Mavounia-Kouka

JURY: BEST Late Night Bizarre It’s Wet (Alexis Godard & Nan Huang, France)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, It’s Wet, Alexis Godard, Nan HuangA narcissistic woman lives without worrying about the world around her and ignorant of the natural cycle she is part of.

JURY: SPECIAL MENTIONS

Chk Chk Chk – Couldn’t Have Known (Cheng-Hsu Chung, UK/USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Chk Chk Chk, Couldn't Have Known, Cheng-Hsu ChungSpecial Mention for Music Video

Per Tutta la Vita (Roberto Catani, France/Italy)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Per Tutta la Vita, Roberto CataniDuring a journey to the origins of their memory, a woman and a man retrace the most important moments of their story of love.

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.

Sweet Night (Lia Bertels, Belgium)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Sweet Night, Lia BertelsDuring the Himalayan winter, a bear struggles to sleep. When a white monkey suggests they go to eat some honey at his aunts, a beautiful winter night surrounds them.

Kids (Michael Frei, Switzerland)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Kids, Michael FreiA bunch of faceless people make decisions based on no real logic at all.

Special Mention for Sound

COMPETITION PROGRAMME VOTING

Voting for Best International Competition Programme 1: Abstract Showcase

JURY: Matter and Motion (Max Hattler, Hong Kong/Germany)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Matter and Motion, Max HattlerMotion creation, energy transmission, kinetic combustion.

AUDIENCE: 4:3 (Ross Hogg, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 4:3, Ross HoggAnimated projections combine to develop a rhythmic dialogue exploring the intrinsic relationship between sound and image using 16mm film, paint and a projector.

Voting for Best International Competition Programme 2: From Absurd to Zany

JURY: I’m Going Out For Cigarettes (Osman Cerfon, France)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, I'm Going Out For Cigarettes, Osman CerfonJonathan, twelve years old, lives with his sister, his mother and also some men. They all have the same face and nest in closets, drawers, TV set.

AUDIENCE: Sh*t Happens (Michaela Mihályi & David Štumpf, Czech Republic/Slovakia/France)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Sh*t Happens, Michaela Mihályi, David ŠtumpfAn exhausted caretaker and his sexually frustrated wife, a widowed deer drowning his sorrows in loads of alcohol. An absurd triangle of events.

Voting for Best International Competition Programme 3: Playing with Emotion

JUDGES: Entropia (Flora Anna Buda, Hungary)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Entropia, Flora Anna BudaThree parallel universes, three girls living in different circumstances. A glitch in the system causes the universes to collapse.

AUDIENCE: Memorable (Bruno Collet, France)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Memorable, Bruno ColletRecently Louis, a painter, and his wife have been experiencing strange events. The world around them seems to be mutating – objects and people are losing their realism.

Voting for Best International Competition Programme 4: Being Human

JUDGES: The Flounder (Elizabeth Hobbs, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, The Flounder, Elizabeth HobbsOne day a humble fisherman catches an enchanted fish. Can the fish help him and his wife improve their lot?

AUDIENCE: Five Minutes to Sea (Natalia Mirzoyan, Russia)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Five Minutes to Sea, Natalia MirzoyanFor this little girl, five minutes are an ocean of boredom that stretches on and on forever and ever.

Voting for Best International Competition Programme 5: Into the Dark

JUDGES: 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.

AUDIENCE: 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

Voting for Best International Competition Programme 6: Animated Documentaries

JUDGES: 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.

AUDIENCE: 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.

Voting for Best International Competition Programme 7: Looking for Answers

JUDGES: Castle (Ryotaro Miyajima, Japan)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Castle, Ryotaro MiyajimaDuring the period of the ‘Provinces of War’ many lives were lost. A castle architect discovers the possible role of a tearoom as a place for warriors to regain humanity.

AUDIENCE: Muedra (Cesar Diaz Melendez, Spain)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Muedra, Cesar Diaz MelendezLife can spring from anywhere, nature can behave strangely and days can last for minutes. Although everything is familiar to us, nothing is what it seems in this place.

Voting for Best International Competition Programme 8: Long Shorts

JUDGES: Acid Rain (Tomek Popakul, Poland)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Acid Rain, Tomek PopakulA young female hitchhiker meets up with a drug dealer and they head off in his van on a drug-fuelled trip to nowhere in particular.

AUDIENCE: The Physics of Sorrow (Theodore Ushev, Canada)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, The Physics of Sorrow, Theodore UshevA man sifts through memories from his youth in Bulgaria through his increasingly rootless adult years in Canada.

Audience Voting for Best British Showcase

Sent Away (Rosa Fisher, UK)

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

Audience Voting for Best Children’s Film 0-7

The Pig on the Hill (Jamy Wheless & John Helms, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, The Pig on the Hill, Jamy Wheless, John HelmsWhen Pig’s free-spirited new neighbour Duck plunges himself into Pig’s quiet, orderly life, Pig learns that having friends is what he has been missing all along.

Audience Voting for Best Children’s Film 8+

Matches (Geza M. Toth, Hungary)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Matches, Geza M. TothA lonely boy is playing with his colourful matchsticks. While he is talking about his dreams, fears and hopes, the matchsticks bring his visions to life.