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LIAF 2021: Best of the Next 1

December 2, 2021
7:30 pm
At The Horse Hospital book tickets
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Best of the Next 1, LIAF, London International Animation Festival

Selected from 60 graduate showreels, this is a look at the best student work from all around the world – the first step on the animation ladder for these talented filmmakers, and the first time their wild and wonderful imaginations have been unleashed. Stop-motion, drawn animation, collage, cut-out, CGI, clay, ink and almost every other technique these animators can dream up are all on display here. 30 wondrous films in 2 screenings from the future stars of our animation universe.

This is the first of two student programmes, the second programme screens afterwards at 9pm find out more

Ennui – Timothey Delhaize, Alexis Maerten-Lammin, Gabriel Richaud & Aurélia Tron, France

Ennui, Timothey Delhaize, Alexis Maerten-Lammin, Gabriel Richaud, Aurélia Tron, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalFive strangers are stuck in deep boredom. When their imaginations are unleashed amazing things happen.

2020 5 min

School: Pole 3D

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Space – Zhong Xian, UK

Space, Zhong Xian, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe most important thing in a relationship is space.

2020 3 min

School: Royal College of Art

Half of an Apple – Xiaolin Zhou, Japan

Half of an Apple, Xiaolin Zhou, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalTwo children are diligently doing their homework whilst their mother prepares a little treat for them.

2020 4 min

School: Tama Art University

3:45pm – Alisha Liu, USA

3:45pm, Alisha Liu, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA girl sinks into contemplation during a picnic at the park.

2021 3 min

School: Cal Arts

Unconscious Projections – Maddie Branagan, UK

Unconscious Projections, Maddie Branagan, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA descent into the worlds of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung and the analysis of dreams.

2021 6 min

School: Manchester Metropolitan University

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Beer Boys – Jane Gorelik, USA

Beer Boys, Jane Gorelik, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThree school kids think that drinking beer will turn them into men.

2020 4 min

School: Rhode Island School of Design

Stuck Together – Masa Avramovic, France

Stuck Together, Masa Avramovic, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA bus full of loopy passengers gets stopped by a customs officer who is dissatisfied with the bribe he has received. The passengers join forces to continue their journey.

2020 4 min

School: La Poudriere

Walking while Falling – Elisabeth Jakobi, Germany

Walking while Falling, Elisabeth Jakobi, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA woman tries to keep up to speed but life throws her off balance. Based on the Laurie Anderson song.

2020 2 min

School: Film University of Babelsberg Konrad Wolf

Flying Squirrel and the Pyrotechnician – Momoka Kato, Japan

Flying Squirrel and the Pyrotechnician, Momoka Kato, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA delightful tongue-in-cheek throwback to 1920’s anime. Bonkers flying squirrels challenge an equally bonkers female pyrotechnician to a duel.

2020 5 min

School: Tama Art University

Carried Away – Jean-Baptiste Escary, Alo M. Trusz, Manon Carrier, Etienne Fagnere & Johan Cayrol, France

Carried Away, Jean-Baptiste Escary, Alo M. Trusz, Manon Carrier, Etienne Fagnere, Johan Cayrol, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalMum is dead and her two sons have to carry out her last wish – to bury her body in the forest.

2020 5 min

School: MoPA School of CG Animation

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You are Not a Kiwi – Maria Saveleva, Estonia

You are Not a Kiwi, Maria Saveleva, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalMr. Notakiwi wants to merge into the community. Is society ready to embrace him and his song?

2020 6 min

School: Estonian Academy of Arts

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Jeijay – Petra Stipetic & Maren Wiese, Germany

Jeijay, Petra Stipetic, Maren Wiese, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalTwo people try to repress the slow but inevitable decay of their relationship. Feeling isolated in their own little home, the happy facade of their love life comes crumbling down.

2021 8 min

School: Kunsthochschule Kassel

Ciervo – Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma, USA

Ciervo, Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalAn emotionally haunting and visibly beautiful experience. The story of a young girl who holds violence, submission, and independence in an uneasy balance as one morphs into the other.

2020 10 min

School: Rhode Island School of Design

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How Were You Born? – Danielle Kimchi, Israel

How Were You Born?, Danielle Kimchi, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalKindergarten children respond to the question “How were you born?” with some surprising and entertaining answers.

2020 3 min

School: Shenkar College of Design

Avant Card – Stella Raith, Germany

Avant Card, Stella Raith, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA dizzy visual explosion of techniques, styles and playful references to films over the last century. A figure on a postcard in a postcard stand becomes increasingly discontented when no-one wants to buy him.

2020 5 min

School: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Our Funding Partners

Film London, Film Hub London, BFI FAN, National Lottery

Event supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.