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LIAF 2021: International Competition Programme 4 – Being Human

November 29, 2021
9:00 pm
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International Competition Programme 4 - Being Human, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThis programme examines some big life moments and asks pointed questions. The ten powerful films include looks at father/son and father/daughter relationships, an honest and very personal insight into the world of an overwhelmed mother, a lively, stop-motion plastic farewell dance and a bleak vision of chaos and disintegration in the midst of war in Syria.

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.

KKUM – Kangmin Kim, South Korea/USA

KKUM, Kangmin Kim, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA mother, hit with a sense of foreboding, reaches out across vast distances to check if her son is okay.

2020 9 min

No Leaders Please – Joan Gratz, USA

No Leaders Please, Joan Gratz, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA gorgeous painterly depiction of the poem by Charles Bukowski inspired by artists Basquiat, Banksy, Haring and Ai Weiwei to represent the poem’s theme of self-invention.

2020 2 min

Sisters – Andrea Szelesová, Czech Republic

Sisters, Andrea Szelesová, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe Big Sister – a person of colossal size – is trapped in sand in a deserted landscape.

2021 11 min

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We Hope You Won’t Need to Come Back – Anastazja Naumenko, Poland

We Hope You Won't Need to Come Back, Anastazja Naumenko, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalTo move, to migrate, to hope.

2020 10 min

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Postpartum – Henriette Rietz, Germany

Postpartum, Henriette Rietz, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalPumped with hormones and lacking sleep, the chaotic phase of a new mother.

2020 5 min

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A Bite of Bone – Honami Yano, Japan

A Bite of Bone, Honami Yano, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA little girl reflects on her last summer with her father at his funeral.

2021 10 min

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Butterfly Jam – Shih-Yen Huang, France

Butterfly Jam, Shih-Yen Huang, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA young girl describes her father and his relationship with all his pets that he never really knew how to look after.

2021 6 min

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Comeback – Vladimir Leschiov, Latvia

Comeback, Vladimir Leschiov, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA loving look at holding onto your dreams, childhood memories and the relationship of fathers to sons.

2021 8 min

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Have a Nice Dog! – Jalal Maghout, Germany

Have a Nice Dog!, Jalal Maghout, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalIn Damascus, surrounded by war, an isolated man becomes increasingly lost in fantasies of escaping and the inner dialogues with his dog.

2020 13 min

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Orgiastic Hyper-Plastic – Paul Bush, Denmark/UK

Orgiastic Hyper-Plastic, Paul Bush, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalAn elegy to a love affair that has gone sour, a fond farewell to that most beautiful material that has enslaved our planet – plastic.

2020 7 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.