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LIAF 2020: International Competition Programme 4 – Being Human + Screen Talk ONLINE

November 30, 2020
8:00 pm

Independent animation is an art form that continues to thrive and develop as a breathtaking medley of styles, materials, techniques and production – from hand drawn, paint on glass, collage, sculpture, cut outs, puppets, abstract to some of the more interesting developments in CGI – all of which can be seen at this year’s LIAF.

We’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,700 entries to put together a series of screenings that showcase the best 97 new films from every corner of the world. They can be funny, dramatic, bizarre, subdued, scary or autobiographical. The one thing they have in common is that we think they’re the pick of the crop.

Eight international competition programmes plus our ever-popular British Showcase. Every technique, every genre, every style – this is your annual window into the international indie animation universe.

This programme examines some big life moments as seen by a migrating goose reflecting on how he met his lovely wife, two delightful children speaking freely about their thoughts and fears, a young woman recounting her quest for perfection and happiness, and festival favourite Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s animal-sung songs of existential suffering.

A livestreamed Screen Talk will follow the screening with filmmakers: Bernardo Britto, Patrick Smith & John C Kelley.

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My Exercise (Atsushi Wada, Japan)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, My Exercise, Atsushi WadaLet’s do sit-ups.

UK premiere

2020, 3min

A Family that Steals Dogs (John C Kelley, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, A Family that Steals Dogs, John C KelleyStrange experiences lead a grieving artist to reconsider his identity and beliefs in this meditation on grief, family and mental illness.

European premiere

2020, 7min

Beyond Noh (Patrick Smith, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Beyond Noh, Patrick Smith3,475 individual masks from all over the world from fourteenth-century Japanese Noh theatre, to Mickey Mouse and Pokémon, and everywhere in-between.

2020, 4min

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Hudson Geese (Bernardo Britto, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Hudson Geese, Bernardo BrittoA Canadian goose takes a moment to look back and remember his last migration while reflecting on his family.

2019, 6min

Opera (Erick Oh, South Korea/USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Opera, Erick OhAn epic reflection on human life filled with beauty and absurdity driven by the spirits of Bosch, Michelangelo, Botticelli and other Renaissance artists.

UK premiere

2020, 9min

And yet we’re not Superheroes (Lia Bertels, Belgium/France/Portugal)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, And yet we're not Superheroes, Lia BertelsPocked-sized philosophers share their thoughts as they map their path to growing up.

2019, 12min

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The Great Malaise (Catherine Lepage, Canada)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, The Great Malaise, Catherine LepageA young woman describes herself in the most favourable light possible but the visual narrative tells an entirely different story – the crippling burden of anxiety.

2019, 5min

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Freeze Frame (Soetkin Verstegen, Belgium)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Freeze Frame, Soetkin VerstegenFigures cut blocks of ice into frozen animals out of a large area and transport them to a different place. An allegory of film projection reminiscent of the early days of cinema.

2019, 5min

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Mascot (Leeha Kim, South Korea)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Mascot, Leeha KimA fox wants to become a city mascot and studies at the Mascot training academy. He lives in a tiny house, juggles with part-time jobs, and takes out a loan to finance plastic surgery.

2019, 7min

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Deux Oiseaux (Antoine Robert, France)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Deux Oiseaux, Antoine RobertJean, an eight-year-old boy, spends his holidays at his grandparents’ farm playing cruel games on the animals.

2019, 11min

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Carrousel (Jasmine Elsen, Belgium/Czech Republic)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Carrousel, Jasmine ElsenRose grows up with her snails in the park. Their park. One day she is attacked by intruders. Or is it the other way around? A film about dehumanisation.

2020, 10min

Something to Remember (Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Sweden)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Something to Remember, Niki Lindroth von BahrA bittersweet look at life’s many challenges, albeit as experienced by furry, feathered, and slimy creatures who sound and feel all too human.

2019, 5min

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