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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 ...

LIAF 2020: Meet the Judges


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 are honoured to welcome the following judges. International Competition Programme Judges Chris Shepherd Chris is a multi award-winning director, writer and ...

LIAF 2020: What’s On


LIAF 2020 is on it's way! This year we'll be at our at regular venue the Barbican and ONLINE, bringing the best in animation direct to your homes. Everything you love about LIAF is being transformed into a virtual version; screenings, industry panels, filmmaker introductions and talks. Click on the links below to discover synopses, stills and trailers from this years' ...