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LIAF 2020: Judges Award Statements

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Each year we search for the finest panel of judges: educators; independent animators; producers; authors, curators and more. All are experts in their field and all possess an informed and exploratory eye for excellence in the animation world. This year we were honoured to welcome a carefully selected judging panel who perfectly filled our criteria: Chris Shepherd, Max Hattler and ...

LIAF 2020: And the winner is…

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THE JURY AWARDS JURY: Best of the Festival Award 'Wood Child and Hidden Forest Mother' - Stephen Irwin Deep in the forest, a hunter encounters a strange creature he cannot kill. 2019, 10min watch trailer JURY: Best British Film Award 'Wood Child and Hidden Forest Mother' - Stephen Irwin Deep in the forest, a hunter encounters a strange creature he cannot kill. 2019, 10min watch ...

LIAF 2020 Article: International Competition Programme 8 – Long Shorts

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“Calling Doctor Freud…. Doctor Freud to the Animation Department please.” Black Sheep Boy (James Molle) – where to begin? One of the things that animation as an artform is preternaturally constructed to best perform is the visualisation of the hyper-fluid post-reality displosions (yeah, not a real word – but think about it!) of dreams and nightmares in ...

LIAF 2020 Article: International Competition Programme 7 – Looking For Answers

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Data is not information. Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Humans have always looked for answers. Before the dark, T-shirted Profits of Silicon Valley turned up and figured out a way to weaponise the inherent human desire to look for answers and try and skip all the steps between data and wisdom, there used ...

LIAF 2020 Article: International Competition Programme 6 – Animated Documentaries

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Why is it so hard for so many people to believe that such a thing as an ‘animated documentary’ not just exists but is even possible? Step outside the rarefied aesthetic courtyard of your worker-day animation festival and the mention of the term ‘animated doco’ just draws blank stares; like marshmallow roof tiles, Euclidean aquatics ...

LIAF 2020 Article: International Competition Programme 5 – Into The Dark

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Do you or anybody you know suffer from xylophobia? Perhaps you are more familiar with its slightly Anglicised name, hylophobia? No? Interesting, because a lot of people suffer from an irrational fear of forests and wooded areas. That being said, some level of at least heightened concern about forests is a reasonably rationale attitude. If ...