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LIAF 2021: International Competition Programme 8 – Long Shorts

December 1, 2021
8:30 pm
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International Competition Programme 8 - Long Shorts, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalSome films need extra time to develop their themes, to grow and draw us more comprehensively into their worlds. It takes time to think. Reflection tends to work best at a slower tempo. This competition programme is dedicated to showcasing the best of these longer films. Seven longer short films, seven intensely thoughtful stories including the latest masterworks from returning LIAF favourites Joanna Quinn, Michelle and Uri Kranot and Leonid Schmelkov.

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.

Affairs of the Art – Joanna Quinn, UK

Affairs of the Art, Joanna Quinn, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalHow many obsessions can one family have? Beryl, our working-class heroine reveals her own obsession with drawing and also exposes the addictions of her eccentric family, which include pickling, screw threads and pet taxidermy.

2020 16 min

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I’m Here – Julia Orlik, Poland

I'm Here, Julia Orlik, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalAn elderly woman lies paralysed and bedridden while, within earshot, her family struggles to agree on the best way to take care of her.

2020 15 min

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Shell in Love – Svilen Dimitrov, Bulgaria

Shell in Love, Svilen Dimitrov, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA timid snail, scarred by childhood trauma, spends its time hiding away in its shell where he has created an imaginary version of the outside world. After a chance encounter with love he will have to face his fears and discover the wonders of reality.

2021 16 min

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The Hangman at Home – Michelle & Uri Kranot, Denmark/France/Canada

The Hangman at Home, Michelle & Uri Kranot, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalWhat does the hangman think about when he goes home at night after work?

2020 14 min

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Arka – Natko Stipanicev, Croatia

Arka, Natko Stipanicev, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA grandiose transoceanic cruise ship sailing the seas and the larger than life characters on board.

2020 15 min

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A Most Exquisite Man – Jonas Taul, Estonia

A Most Exquisite Man, Jonas Taul, LIAF, ondon International Animation FestivalThere exists somewhere a most exquisite man yet something within him is restless. Big questions consume him, leading to a place where all he can do is surrender his life, in order to find concluding peace.

2021 15 min

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Cucumbers – Leonid Shmelkov, Russia/France

Cucumbers, Leonid Shmelkov, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalSimon is a successful fashion photographer. One day, he begins to see cucumbers. And then more cucumbers. And more and more.

2021 16 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.