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LIAF 2020 Article: International Competition Programme 4 – Being Human


Eccentric. Screwball. Inexplicable. Unreal. Curious. One-of-a-kind. Intriguing. Bizarre. Twisted. If you put Atsushi Wada into the Thesaurus, these are the results. We LOVE his films. They have a look and style all of their own but they come with their own unique inner rationality that is Wada’s and Wada’s alone.

Kicking off a programme with his […]

LIAF 2020 Article: International Competition Programme 3 – Playing with Emotion


It would be fair to say that 2020 – among whatever other accolades that can be attached to it – will go down as a year that played with our emotions. Reflection is perhaps a healthier waypoint between anger and denial than – say – surrender. But it’s more complex too, requiring more of us […]

LIAF 2020 Article: International Competition Programme 2 – From Absurd to Zany


“A meta-story about two twins fighting evil forces taking over the universe that seamlessly blends 4chan-aesthetics, Monty Pythonesque-photo collages and vapourware YouTube videos.”
That is how the Berlinale 2020 tried to explain the latest film to have emerged fully formed from the frantic imagination of rising Russian master animator Sasha Svirsky. My Galactic Twin Galaction premiered there […]

Behind the Scenes: The Making of LIAF 2020 Stings with Central Saint Martins


This year we had the pleasure of working with MA Character Animation Students at Central Saint Martins. Students were asked to select one of our eight International Competition Programmes and pitch an idea for a sting, embracing the themes of their chosen programme.  

Most importantly of all, we asked them to be as creative as possible, consider any technique that they […]

LIAF 2020 Article: International Competition Programme 1 – Abstract Showcase


LIAF has always loved abstract animation. Showcasing this kind of work was one of the reasons we started the festival in the first place. But back in 2008 when we actually first took the plunge and dedicated an entire International Competition programme to abstract animation we did not quite realise just how much the LIAF […]

Behind the Scenes: The Making of LIAF 2020 Trailers


Each year the talented students from the animation course at the National Film & Television School make the LIAF festival trailers, and this year we have been lucky to have had two made – directors Sophie Bird and Leto Meade have both captured the spirit of the festival with their delightful clips.

They will be seen on […]