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LIAF 2020: International Competition Programme 7 – Looking For Answers + Screen Talk ONLINE

December 3, 2020
6:00 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.

The compelling films in this programme deal with some of life’s big questions and are, in turns, diverse, funny, moving and heartfelt. We are extremely thrilled to welcome back three of our most inventive filmmakers to LIAF – Tom Schroeder, Andreas Hykade and Dmitry Geller – with their new works. Three of the most powerful and visually stunning films in this years festival, reminding us that animation can do anything and take you anywhere. Be prepared to be transported to these other worlds.

A livestreamed Screen Talk will follow the screening with filmmakers: Tom SchroederMaja Gehrig & Michelle Brand.

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In My Particular Case (Chico Jofilsan, Uruguay)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, In My Particular Case, Chico JofilsanThe myriad of choices presented on the creative journey to find the ‘perfect’ idea.

UK premiere

2020, 4min

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Altotting (Andreas Hykade, Germany/Canada/Portugal)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Altotting, Andreas HykadeMesmerising, haunting, and deeply personal, a coming-of-age story about love, faith, mortality, and shattered illusions.

2020, 11min

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Hide N Seek (Barbora Halirova, Czech Republic)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Hide N Seek, Barbora HalirovaA children’s game, the flow and perception of time. To win, a young boy becomes an old man and his life is reduced to a game of hide-and-seek.

UK premiere

2019, 7min

Helfer (Anna Szollosi, Hungary)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Helfer, Anna SzollosiA young woman struggles with anxiety and recurring nightmares. She seeks a helper, who offers an alternative solution, but in the process must confront her biggest fears.

UK premiere

2020, 10min

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Eli (Nate Milton, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Eli, Nate MiltonA true story based on the filmmaker’s experiences within the realms of high strangeness, magical thinking and manic delusion.

2019, 11min

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10,000 Ugly Inkblots (Dmitry Geller, Russia/China)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 10,000 Ugly Inkblots, Dmitry GellerTwo artists who haven’t met for a while are heading towards each other.

UK premiere

2020, 8min

Any Instant Whatever (Michelle Brand, UK)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Any Instant Whatever, Michelle BrandA man in a room, in a film – It is the beginning of something and simultaneously a beginning in itself. Nothing is as solid as we believe…

2019, 5min

Average Happiness (Maja Gehrig, Switzerland)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Average Happiness, Maja GehrigA trip into the sensual world of statistics. Pie charts are melting, arrow diagrams twisting, plots scattering, bar graphs are curving in a collective climax.

UK premiere

2019, 7min

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Empty Places (Geoffroy de Crecy, France)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Empty Places, Geoffroy de CrecyCompleted before the global lockdown, an ode to the melancholy of machines.

UK premiere

2020, 8min

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The Birth Order Experiment (Tom Schroeder, USA)

LIAF, London International Animation Festival, The Birth Order Experiment, Tom SchroederSociologist Dr. Robert Gobbler’s 1972 educational film presenting his unorthodox birth order study.

European premiere

2020, 9min

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