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LIAF 2016: And the winner is…

Before Love, Igor Kovyalov, LIAF, London International Animation Festival

Best of the Fest Award: Before Love (Igor Kovyalov, Russia)
Everybody is looking for love. But what is true love? A typically dramatic tale of human shortcomings from the acclaimed Russian filmmaker Igor Kovyalov.

19’00, 2016
Best British Film Award: Johnno’s Dead (Chris Shepherd, UK/France)
Serving twelve years behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit focuses the mind.

A terrifying and […]

International Competition Programme 7: ‘Long Shorts’ An Intro

Satie's “Parade”, Koji Yamamura, LIAF, London International Animation Festival

What follows is an extended introduction to LIAF 2016’s International Competition Programme 7: Long Shorts. Find out more here.

This may be one of the finest single collections of animation we have ever screened at LIAF. Animation is an art form that often demands much of its audience. Watching good animated films can be a demanding, […]

Introduction to International Competition Programme 6: Below the Surface

David Delafuente, UUUUUU, LIAF, London International Animation Festival

What follows is an extended introduction to LIAF 2016’s International Competition Programme 6: Below the Surface. Find out more here.

Surfaces. The concept is one of the simplest to grasp and one of the first learned by new-borns. We stand on a footpath, our dinner sits on top of a table, a movie is projected onto […]

An Introduction to International Competition Programme 5: Into the Dark

Johnno’s Dead, Chris Shepherd, LIAF, London International Animation Festival

What follows is an extended introduction to LIAF 2016’s International Competition Programme 5: Into the Dark. Find out more here.

Animation has always harboured a dark heart. The earliest animation enthusiastically gave vision to nightmares that people had never before seen move except in their imaginations. From the beginning it delivered often unsuspecting audiences a hefty […]

An Introduction to International Competition Programme 3 – Looking For Answers

Blind Vaysha, Theodore Ushev, LIAF, London International Animation Festival

What follows is an extended introduction to LIAF 2016’s International Competition Programme 3: Looking For Answers. Find out more here.

Life is a more or less constant trek involving looking for answers of various kinds. For the most part we know where to look or who to ask for most of the answers to the simpler […]

An Introduction to International Competition Programme 4 – New Japanese Shorts: Beyond Anime

Don’t Tell Mom, Kawako Sabuki, LIAF, London International Animation Festival

What follows is an extended introduction to LIAF 2016’s International Competition Programme 4: New Japanese Shorts: Beyond Anime. Find out more here.

Animation is such a frustratingly ubiquitous term. As a descriptor it lacks precision and in the crowded marketplace of cultural recognition the word ‘animation’ acts a smokescreen obscuring what is arguably the largest and […]