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LIAF presents: ‘Inside the Mind’ at Barbican

February 19, 2020
6:30 pm

Animation has long been a mode used by filmmakers to express an ‘inner life’ that could not be represented though live action cinema. This programme explores the way animation has engaged with first person narratives to express the otherwise inexpressable.

The London International Animation Festival is the UK’s largest and longest-running festival totally dedicated to the artform, each year celebrating independently-made animated shorts from all around the world. Over the last 16 years we have screened more than 4,000 of the wildest, gut-wrenching, utterly bonkers and gob-smackingly beautiful films made by some of the most imaginative artists on the planet. It’s time for some of these films to get another airing.

We have dug deep into the LIAF archives to find several gems that explore this theme and show that this most imaginative of artforms can go to places that no other artform can. The programme will include the following titles and one or two other ‘surprises’ on the night.

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In Dreams (Samuel Blain, UK)

In Dreams, Samuel Blain, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012A group of people swap their heads to help illustrate their most recurrent or memorable dreams.

2011, 4min

Tad’s Nest (Petra Freeman, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Tad’s Nest, Petra FreemanThe Place where eels mature before being compelled to return to a location using only memories of sensations to guide them.

2009, 5min

Coda (Alan Holly, UK)

Coda, Alan Holly, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA lost soul stumbles drunkenly through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things.

2014, 9min

The Empty Space (Ulo Pikkov, Estonia)

The Empty Space, Ülo Pikkov, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA past memory, an apartment that once existed, and a small girl playing there. A reconstruction of a vision of the anxieties in the 1950s Soviet Union.

2016, 10min

Strange Wonderful (Stephanie Swart, USA)

Strange Wonderful, Stephanie Swart, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA bubble eyed cacophony of indescribable schemes from the other side of this guy’s mental looking glass.

2013, 4min

Snowfall (Conor Whelan, Ireland)

Snowfall, Conor Whelan, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalAn anxious young man has a moving experience at a friend’s house party. Fleeting love, mixed emotions and human interactions.

2014, 5min

An Eyeful of Sound (Samantha Moore, UK)

An Eyeful of Sound, Samantha Moore, LIAF, London International FestivalThe fascinating complex internal world of audio-visual synaesthesia is discussed, dissected and celebrated in this beautifully sensitive animated documentary.

2010, 10min

Mr Madila or The Colour of Nothing (Rory Waudby-Tolley, UK)

Mr Madila or the Colour of Nothing, Rory Waudby-Tolley, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA series of conversations between the filmmaker and a gifted spiritual healer, exploring the inner mind, the fabric of the universe, and the nature of reality itself.

2015, 9min

House of Unconsciousness (Priit Tender, Estonia)

House Of Unconsciousness, Priit Tender, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA man must navigate a bizarre hell of his own making if he is to control the fire that consumes all that matters to him.

2015, 11min