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LIAF 2020: Edge of Frame presents States of Emergency ONLINE

December 1, 2020
6:00 pm

Following the sell-out success of our partnership with Edge of Frame at our last four festivals, EOF return with three curated programmes of work at the intersection of animation, experimental film and artists’ moving image. Specially curated by Edwin Rostron – the London-based artist, animator, writer, curator, editor of Edge of Frame blog and festival juror these programmes celebrate this incredibly rich and vibrant, yet often marginalised and hard to define art form.

The works in this programme were all completed in the USA during 2019-20. This profoundly turbulent and uncertain time has left its mark on each of the works, but in different ways, and some more overt than others. Animation techniques can generate a visceral sense of destabilisation, an undermining of the fluid continuity we might expect from the moving image. They can also reveal what might lie behind the surface of one’s apparent reality; hidden patterns and disturbing truths.

Animation is an artform well suited to a time of crisis, enabling the world around us to be broken up, taken apart and remade. It can also provide a space for direct and uninhibited expression where fears, dreams, questions and memories can take form and co-exist without constraint. These films contain perceptive and sometimes painful resonances with contemporary America, but beyond that they are also some of the most vital and original recent animation works from anywhere on the planet.

Please note: Some films in this programme contain flashing imagery which might affect those susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

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With Special Thanks to the Arts Council England

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The Blank Page (Jake Fried, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, The Blank Page, Jake FriedOne drawing reworked and scanned frame by frame. Ink and white-out on paper, sound design by the artist.

2020, 1min

Something to Treasure (Annapurna Kumar, USA/Canada)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Something to Treasure, Annapurna KumarWarm showers make me see stars.

2019, 2min

Private Properties (Lilli Carré, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Private Properties, Lilli CarréA forensic study of a private space. The film revolves around ideas of ownership of one’s environment, possessions and body.

2019, 3min


LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Black Square, Peter BurrA complex assault of optical illusions, highlighting limitations of the viewers’ own body and mind. What emerges is a portrait of an anxious divided society testing the boundaries of physical awareness.

World premiere

2020, 6min

2065 (Gabrielle Ledet, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2065, Gabrielle LedetMixing vibrant, drawn animations with home videos, family photos, and audio recordings of loved ones, 2065 is at once autobiographical and otherworldly.

2020, 8min

A Woman in Trouble is a Temporary Thing (Karen Yasinsky, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, A Woman in Trouble is a Temporary Thing, Karen YasinskyA fictional portrait film including Victoria Legrand (of the band Beach House) set in a flat dystopian space.

2019, 7min

Now 2 (Kevin Eskew, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Now 2, Kevin EskewWho’s grooming whom? Scenes of puzzling new truths piercing through the foam veil.

2019, 9min

Domo Dreams (Jack Wedge, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Domo Dreams, Jack WedgeA dreamhouse travels across space and time inside the subconscious of a small totoro cat.

2016-2020, 10min

Two Truths and a Lie (Yifan Jiang & James J.A. Mercer, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Two Truths and a Lie, Yifan Jiang, James J.A. MercerAfter receiving a name from its grandmother, a baby is faced with the prospects of knowledge, love and death in a game of two truths and a lie.

European premiere

2019, 20min

Maelstrom (Jenny Perlin, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Maelstrom, Jenny PerlinThe great whirlpool arrives and sucks everything into its centre, spitting out only fragments and noises. The shoreline is in view, but unreachable. The maelstrom pulls us under.

2020, 5min

Driftless (Jonah Primiano, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Driftless, Jonah PrimianoNow only a memory, intimate moments with a family pet emerge and evaporate through delicate graphite drawings.

2019, 6min