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LIAF 2021: British Showcase + Filmmaker Introductions

November 26, 2021
8:40 pm
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British Showcase, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA comprehensive screening of the very best recently released British animation, including several premieres. Check the pulse of the British animation scene, meet many of the filmmakers and see the films that will take British animation to the world. Nobody screens more British animation than LIAF and this snapshot of the state of British animation paints a vibrant picture of a spirited and imaginative animation nation. Before the screening there is a chance to meet many of the animators, hear them talk about their films and ask them questions about their work.

This screening is a mix of several LIAF regulars whose films have screened at the festival over the years – Samantha Moore, Stephen Irwin, Gabriel Bohmer – alongside some of the most promising film school graduates and first-time filmmakers.

Filmmaker Introductions at venue only

The Sam Story – Richard Noble, UK

The Sam Story, Richard Noble, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA black comedy about free will and white circular benches.

2021 10 min

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Boy oh Boy – Stephen Irwin, UK

Boy oh Boy, Stephen Irwin, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA boy conjures the stars out of yoghurt.

2020 2 min

Treasure – Samantha Moore, UK

Treasure, Samantha Moore, LIAF, ondon International Animation FestivalA metal detectorist’s quest through the Shropshire Marshes leads us to a spectacular gold masterpiece, and the leader who sacrifices it for the sake of her child.

2021 8 min

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Stones – Joseph Brett, UK

Stones, Joseph Brett, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA brother and sister’s reunion picnic at a stone circle in the English countryside is disrupted by the arrival of an uninvited guest.

2021 8 min

Gyroscope – Gabriel Bohmer, UK

Gyroscope, Gabriel Bohmer, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA young child finds magic and adventure when searching for a mysterious gyroscope in his grandparents’ home.

2021 3 min

A Film About a Pudding – Roel Van Beek, UK

A Film About a Pudding, Roel Van Beek, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalRonin’s dropped groceries start to mix and bubble, transforming into a small pudding. Over the next few days, the pudding grows bigger and bigger.

2021 9 min

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@scroll_alice – Céline Ufenast, UK

@scroll_alice, Céline Ufenast, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA film about our love-hate relationship with Instagram and our photo-editing mania.

2021 4 min

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Skeleton of a Moth – Emma Kay Smith, UK

Skeleton of a Moth, Emma Kay Smith, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalBody image, mental health, and sexual assault. A poignant exploration of the emotional difficulties and social pressures that affect teenage girls.

2021 8 min

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The Dragon Head Tree – Jiaqi Wang, UK/China

The Dragon Head Tree, Jiaqi Wang, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA dead dragon and a magical creature. How she was caught and eaten, and how she became a symbol for people.

2020 7 min

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Tap Runner – Paolo Chianta, UK

Tap Runner, Paolo Chianta, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalIn a dystopian future, it’s one man’s job to check taps for leakage and wastage. But he is not permitted to fix the taps. Much as he might want to…

2021 3 min

Night of the Living Dread – Ida Melum, UK

Night of the Living Dread, Ida Melum, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalRuby can’t sleep at the best of times, but when a power-cut ravages her meticulous nightly routine, her sleepless night descends into a horror-fuelled labyrinth.

2021 11 min

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When the Tides Went Down – Jordan Buckner, UK

When the Tides Went Down, Jordan Buckner, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalAs climate change threatens our future, how do we come to terms with the end of our existence?

2020 3 min

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Drifting – Sam Ripman & Freddie Griffiths, UK

Drifting, Sam Ripman, Freddie Griffiths, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalWhy do our mixed cities so often feel divided? A personal take on how best friends from different backgrounds grew apart, and what it says about our too-often disconnected communities.

2020 3 min

Anywhere but Here – Maitry Rao, UK

Anywhere but Here, Maitry Rao, LIAF, London International Animation Festival“I want to be anywhere but here and in any time but now.”

2021 3 min

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Our Funding Partners

Arts Council England
With Special Thanks to the Arts Council England


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.