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LIAF 2021: International Competition Programme 2 – From Absurd to Zany

November 28, 2021
6:30 pm
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International Competition Programme 2 - From Absurd to Zany, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThis programme ‘From Absurd to Zany’ celebrates some of the funniest, weirdest and eye-poppingly nutty films that were entered this year including the latest films from returning LIAF favourites – Claude Cloutier, Sasha Svirsky, Martinus Klemet and Edmunds Jansons . Tales of battling plant-life, snakey dildos, crazy kitchen shenanigans and much more. Buckle up for a wild ride.

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 2,400 entries to put together a series of screenings that showcase the best 80 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. Every technique, every genre, every style – this is your annual window into the international indie animation universe.

Bad Seeds – Claude Cloutier, Canada

Bad Seeds, Claude Cloutier, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe struggle between two antagonistic plants reaches surreal new heights as they battle each other for dominance in the garden.

2020 6 min

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Mr Pete and the Iron Horse – Kilian Vilim, Switzerland

Mr Pete and the Iron Horse, Kilian Vilim, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe diligent soldier Mr. Pete does everything to meet the high standards of his baroness. To satisfy her insatiable lust for speed, he shovels madly on her new iron horse’s voyage.

2021 7 min

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Vadim on a Walk – Sasha Svirsky, Russia

Vadim on a Walk, Sasha Svirsky, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalVadim is locked inside a box. Vadim suffers anxiety attacks caused by the thought of having to come out into this big hostile world. Can Vadim break out?

2021 8 min

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Sauna Security – Nils Knoblich, Germany

Sauna Security, Nils Knoblich, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe bizarre goings-on in a sweaty sauna with a group of disobedient attendees.

2020 8 min

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See Me – Patty Stenger & Yvonne Kroese, Netherlands

See Me, Patty Stenger, Yvonne Kroese, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalWhen nobody sees you, you seem to disappear. Only when you fall, you seem to belong, just for a little while.

2020 8 min

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Eating in the Dark – Inari Sirola, UK

Eating in the Dark, Inari Sirola, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThrough snakey dildos and a journey through a mind bending forest, we follow Siro’s quest for self discovery.

2021 9 min

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Face Recognition – Martinus Klemet, Estonia

Face Recognition, Martinus Klemet, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe network of video surveillance cameras in cities record and monitor our every move. Subject Igor-503 tests the effectiveness of the system during a night of wild drunkenness.

2021 7 min

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The Fourth Wall – Mahboobeh Kalaee, Iran

The Fourth Wall, Mahboobeh Kalaee, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalHome and family, relationships, desires and wishes – everything is in the kitchen – as seen by a stuttering boy, with only his imagination for company.

2021 10 min

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Guard of Honour – Edmunds Jansons, Latvia

Guard of Honour, Edmunds Jansons, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA guard of honour’s protocol to stay put whatever happens is interfered with by a natural disaster. While most of the guards flee, one chooses to remain at his post.

2021 5 min

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Diseased and Disorderly – Andrew & Eden Kötting, UK

Diseased and Disorderly, Andrew & Eden Kotting, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA phantasmagorical journey into a world of Eden’s making through her collages, self-portraits and still-life drawings.

2021 13 min

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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.