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LIAF 2020: International Competition Programme 1 – Abstract Showcase ONLINE

November 27, 2020
8:00 pm

Our annual survey of abstract and experimental animation. Animators working in this field employ every technique from hand-drawn ‘musical scores’ all the way across the scale to high definition, computer assisted image-making. These 14 short films share a pure love of animated movement and an artist’s eye for filling the screen, harnessing colour and creating non-narrative imagery.

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Black Snot and Golden Squares (Irina Rubina, Germany)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Black Snot and Golden Squares, Irina RubinaA little something for all the worried souls. A stunning homage to Russian constructivism.

European premiere

2020, 1min

Everything is Going to be OK (Jon Dunleavy, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Everything is Going to be OK, Jon DunleavyA cosmic meditation on mental health as expressed by the battle between positive and negative forces.

UK premiere

2020, 4min

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Firefly (Lee Yun, Hong Kong)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Firefly, Lee YunA vibrant watercolour dance, fireflies glowing in the darkness.

2019, 2min

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Escape Velocity IV (Zai Tang & Simon Ball, Singapore)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Escape Velocity IV, Zai Tang, Simon BallSlowed down field recordings of wildlife from places under threat by development are the foundation of this visual soundscape.

European premiere

2019, 7min

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Shinnin Kawaguchi (Jon Gillie, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Shinnin Kawaguchi. Jon GillieDeveloped from research into early Japanese autopsies, particularly the striking water colours of Aoki Shukuya. The abstract, celebratory depiction of the human figure and its place within physical space forms the basis of this animation.

World premiere

2020, 3min

(Invade) (Wong Man Sze, Hong Kong)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, (Invade), Wong Man SzeMajestic shards of charcoal collide and shatter to give the feeling of being stuck inside a dust storm.

2020, 5min

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Xylem (Michael Hughes, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Xylem, Michael HughesMicroscopic images of xylem, one of the two types of transport tissue in vascular plants.

2019, 5min

Marbles (Natalia Spychała, Poland)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Marbles, Natalia SpychałaA hypnotising pendulum sets a mechanism in motion forming a rhythmic system of interdependence. What is the cause and what is the effect?

UK premiere

2019, 5min

Heirarchy Glitch (Vessela Dantcheva, Bulgaria/Austria)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Hierarchy Glitch, Vessela DantchevaVisual patterns are tied up in hierarchical behaviour that restrains the full potential and mobility of each individual element until the matrix collapses.

2019, 6min

For Aoki Shukuya (Jon Gillie, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, For Aoki Shukuya, Jon GillieProduced as an ancillary to Shinnin Kawaguchi, the animation focuses on the figures place within the surrounding environment, here depicted as the landscape, a common structure used in early anatomical books such as the Kaishihen.

World premiere

2020, 3min

Winter (Oerd Van Cuijlenborg, France)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Winter, Oerd Van CuijlenborgSet to the first of Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons symphony, a shimmering, luminescent ode for our times.

World premiere

2019, 9min

Trunk Calls (Ross Stringer, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Trunk Calls, Ross StringerAn audiovisual interpretation of communication between humans and trees.

2020, 4min

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Serial Parallels (Max Hattler, Hong Kong)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Serial Parallels, Max Hattler, Relentless MeltA dizzying portrait of Hong Kong’s urban environment. The city’s signature architecture of horizon-eclipsing housing estates is reimagined as parallel rows of film strips.

2019, 9min

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The Wellspring and the Tower (Melinda Kadar, Hungary)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, The Wellspring and the Tower, Melinda KadarWhen the spring that sustains the ecosystem dries up, its cry for help triggers a process that uses all of the world’s resources to build a tower.

UK premiere

2020, 8min

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