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LIAF 2021: International Competition Programme 6 – Animated Documentaries + Screentalk

November 30, 2021
8:30 pm
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International Competition Programme 6 - Animated Documentaries, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalPersuasive, illustrative and able to get over abstract details in attractive and compelling ways, animation is the perfect tool to document someone’s vision of the truth. This past decade has seen a boom in non-fiction films that use animation to tell their stories and LIAF has been one of the vanguards with our annual showcase dedicated to the documentary form dating back to 2008. This year’s programme features eleven of the best true life stories coupled with mind-blowing imagery.

We will be joined by Anastasia Beltyukova, director of Heart of the Nation PLUS the team behind the Academy-Award nominated film ‘Only A Child’ – director Simone Giampaolo and the sound team Etienne Kompis and Loic Kreyden. Screentalk at venue only.

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.

Save Ralph – Spencer Susser, UK

Save Ralph, Spencer Susser, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalRalph, a bunny being interviewed for a documentary, goes through his daily routine as a “tester” in a lab.

2021 4 min

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Timeline – Osbert Parker, UK

Timeline, Osbert Parker, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA dizzying array of live-action, personal photos and stop-motion objects illustrate an investigation into personal narratives behind 400 years of emigration from Britain.

2021 5 min

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The Train Driver – Zuniel Kim & Christian Wittmoser, Germany

The Train Driver, Zuniel Kim, Christian Wittmoser, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThroughout Bernd Ziegler’s professional life he has killed six people because they threw themselves in front of his train. How does a train driver handle this?

2021 5 min

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Heart of the Nation – Tribambuka (Anastasia Beltyukova) UK

Heart of the Nation, Tribambuka, Anastasia Beltyukova, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe vital role of migrants in the NHS as narrated by Michael Rosen.

2020 3 min

In Nature – Marcel Barelli, Switzerland

In Nature, Marcel Barelli, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalIn nature, a couple is a male and a female. Well, not always! A couple is also a female and a female. Or a male and a male. Homosexuality isn’t just a human story.

2021 5 min

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The Torture Letters – Jocie Juritz & Laurence Ralph, USA/UK

The Torture Letters, Jocie Juritz, Laurence Ralph, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalFrom unjustified stops of Black teenagers to a device to torment people in custody, racist police brutality runs deep.

2021 13 min

Darwin’s Notebook – Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland

Darwin's Notebook, Georges Schwizgebel, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe return of three Anglicised native people to their country and the beginning of a meeting with the modern world that will destroy them.

2020 9 min

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All those Sensations in my Belly – Marko Djeska, Croatia

All those Sensations in my Belly, Marko Djeska, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalWhile transitioning from male to female gender, Matia struggles to find a genuine intimate relationship with a heterosexual man.

2020 13 min

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The Chimney Swift – Frédéric Schuld, Germany

The Chimney Swift, Frédéric Schuld, LIAF, London International Animation Festival19th century somewhere in Europe. A child has to climb up a chimney, a bird sails down into it and builds a nest, there is no going back for either.

2020 5 min

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In the Shadow of the Pines – Anne Koizumi, Canada

In the Shadow of the Pines, Anne Koizumi, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalPining replaces embarrassment as one girl looks back on her experiences as a self-conscious student at the school where her Japanese immigrant father served as the janitor.

2020 8 min

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Only A Child – Simone Giampaolo, Switzerland

Only A Child, Simone Giampaolo, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA visual poem which gives shape and colour to the words spoken by 12 year-old Severn Suzuki at the United Nations’ Rio Summit in 1992, a child’s desperate call to action for the future of our planet.

2021 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.