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LIAF 2021: International Competition Programme 7 – Looking For Answers

December 1, 2021
6:30 pm
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International Competition Programme 7 - Looking For Answers, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalTwo boys question their motives in an episodic coming-of-age story (Easter Eggs), a trapped family on a roadtrip in the desert where tension reaches boiling point (Trona Pinnacles) and the shared trauma filmmakers go through upon finishing their films (Conversations with a Whale) – we are all looking for answers. Some of us are staring at the stars. Three of the diverse, funny, moving and heartfelt stories explored in this fascinating bunch of shorts.

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.

How to be at Home – Andrea Dorfman, Canada 

How to be at Home - Andrea DorfmanHow to be at Home, Andrea Dorfman, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalHow to cope with loneliness. A tender and profound treatise on the theme of isolation.

2020 5 min

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Trona Pinnacles – Mathilde Parquet, France

Trona Pinnacles, Mathilde Parquet, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalGabrielle, 19 years old, finds herself stuck near Death Valley between two parents who no longer speak to each other.

2020 13 min

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Co-ognition – Przemysław Świda, Poland

Co-ognition, Przemysław Świda, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe protagonist goes for a crazy run within his own consciousness trying to recognise consecutive versions of himself. What will happen when his egos finally meet?

2020 6 min

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Coffin – Yuanqing Cai, Nathan Crabot, Houzhi Huang, Mikolaj Janiw, Mandimby Lebon & Théo Tran Ngoc, France

Coffin, Yuanqing Cai, Nathan Crabot, Houzhi Huang, Mikolaj Janiw, Mandimby Lebon, Théo Tran Ngoc, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA man comes home and wants to go to bed. A bunch of noisy roommates. A crowded city in southern China.

2020 5 min

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June Night – Mike Maryniuk, Canada

June Night, Mike Maryniuk, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA surreal ode to rebirth and reinvention juxtaposing archival imagery with handcrafted animation and haunted by the genial spectre of Buster Keaton.

2020 4 min

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Cradle – Paul Muresan, Romania

Cradle, Paul Muresan, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalPeople tend to hurt each other, leaving long lasting wounds, and this is no different amongst families. Especially this one.

2020 4 min

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Soft and White – Gina Kamentsky, USA

Soft and White, Gina Kamentsky, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalHer hair was soft, soft and white like a puppy.

2020 3 min

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Real Life – Rosalie Loncin, France

Real Life, Rosalie Loncin, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalTristan comes across a dead cat on the corner of his street, hit by a car and left in the gutter to rot in the rain. Shaken, the image of the dead cat begins to haunt him.

2020 10 min

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Conversations with a Whale – Anna Samo, Germany

Conversations with a Whale, Anna Samo, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalIn this love letter to artists, their art, and its audience, a filmmaker’s constant rejections surprisingly bear fruit.

2020 9 min

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Peregrine – Daniela Sherer, Israel

Peregrine, Daniela Sherer, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA birdwatcher obsessively follows a hawk and records his journey in a diary.

2020 3 min

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Easter Eggs – Nicolas Keppens, Belgium

Easter Eggs, Nicolas Keppens, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe Chinese restaurant is empty. The exotic bird’s cage stands wide open. Two friends, Jason and Kevin, see this as an opportunity to catch and sell them. Catching the birds isn’t as simple as it seems.

2020 15 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.