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LIAF 2021: International Competition Programme 3 – Playing with Emotion

November 28, 2021
8:30 pm
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International Competition Programme 3 - Playing with Emotion, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThis programme takes a look at all aspects of emotion – nine stunning films riffing on love, hate, jealousy, sensuality, melancholy, anxiety, confusion and everything in between. Powerful, moving and with some vital messages for our times, these films are full of intense emotional depth and glorious visuals.

Independent animation is an art form that continues to thrive and develop as a breath-taking 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.

The Clearing – Dan Hope, UK

The Clearing, Dan Hope, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalBattling against the wilderness and his own ego, Bill struggles to impress Deb with below-par outdoor skills and shocking behaviour, until their last-ditch camping trip takes a sinister turn.

2021 12 min

How to Lose Everything: A Field Guide – Christa Couture & Bekky O’Neil, Canada

How to Lose Everything: A Field Guide, Christa Couture, Bekky O'Neil, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalHow to cope with the loss of your leg, your children, your marriage, your voice and everything.

2020 5 min

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Anxious Body – Yoriko Mizushiri, Japan

Anxious Body, Yoriko Mizushiri, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalLiving things, artificial things, geometric shapes and lines. Textures, the touches that are felt and how to cope with the ones that hurt.

2021 6 min

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Louis’s Shoes – Théo Jamin, KayuLeung, Marion Philippe & Jean Géraud Blanc, France

Louis's Shoes, Théo Jamin, KayuLeung, Marion Philippe, Jean Géraud Blanc, LIF, London International Animation FestivalLouis, 8-and-a-half-years-old and autistic, arrives in his new school prepared to introduce himself. How will the other children react

2020 5 min

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Deep Water – Anna Dudko, Ukraine

Deep Water, Anna Dudko, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA lonely chubby mermaid falls in love with a man and, blinded by passion, attempts to satisfy her burning desires.

2020 6 min

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What Resonates in Silence – Marine Blin, France

What Resonates in Silence, Marine Blin, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalSuffering from the silence of adults robs a little girl of her right to mourn.

2020 8 min

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Candela – Marc Riba & Anna Solanas, Spain

Candela, Marc Riba, Anna Solanas, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalMrs. Candela spends the last days of her life in a dying suburb just outside a big city.

2020, 12 min

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Firefighter – Yulia Aronova, France

Firefighter, Yulia Aronova, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalPerched in his watchtower a fireman scans the city, ready to brave any danger. But a fire never comes. One day, he meets a woman burning with love for him.

2020 9 min

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Black Slide – Uri Lotan, Israel

Black Slide, Uri Lotan, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalEviah, a young and timid child on the brink of puberty and his best friend sneak into the Black Slide, the most terrifying ride at Aqua Fun, the water park.

2021 11 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.