One of the LIAF’s most important and popular programmes. There aren’t many opportunities to see British animation on the big screen and each year LIAF probably shows more than any other event in the world. This is an opportunity to see what British animators are doing, how they’re doing it and how the artform is travelling.
After the screening there is a chance to meet many of the animators, hear them talk about their films and ask them questions about their work.
‘Why Did the Chicken Cross The Road?’ (Daniel Binns, 2012)
To understand this question we must first get to know the chicken, whose unfortunate problems began in his childhood.
‘The Day I Killed My Imaginary Best Friend’ (Antonio J Busto Algarin, 2012)
Regla is a nine year-old girl whose only friend is imaginary. Regla hates bath time and always has to be ordered to do it. But she usually gets rid of her bath water without her mother knowing.
‘Turf’ (Barnaby Dixon, 2012)
Metallic creatures divide their universe, marking sections which they claim for their own. Some are content to work in peace with their neighbours, whilst others seek to dominate.
‘Last Breath’ (Ying-Ping Mak, 2012)
Yeuk Seng is coming to terms with being a social outcast. Refusing to give in, he is now struggling to live in a city that he does not belong to anymore.
‘Dead Bird’ (Trevor Hardy, 2012)
Peter gets some advise from a wise old man – even if he didn’t ask for it.
‘Anomalies’ (Ben Cady, 2012)
A minimalist world is invaded by a series of uninvited, unexplained presences. A film about the compulsion to meddle, probe and fiddle with things that are better left alone.
’99 John’ (Matthias Hoegg, 2011)
99 John sells pills all night and every night to the punters for the clubs from a dilapidated ice-cream van. But while seeing all and hearing all, being mute, he can tell no-one of what he witnesses. Narrated by Steve Coogan.
‘Bradley Manning has Secrets’ (Adam Butcher, 2011)
The story of Bradley Manning, not as a Wikileaks ‘hacktivist’, but as a young American soldier simultaneously going through a crisis of conscience and a crisis of gender identity.
‘What Makes Your Day?’ (Napatsawan Chirayukool, 2011)
People can find joy in the smallest things.
‘Immersed’ (Soledad Aguila, 2012)
A mysterious portrait of the beauty in decay of natural wild life.
‘The History of An Orange’ (Emma Lazenby, 2012)
A road movie from the good old days – with the roof down, the breakdown, the pride and the joy and the misery.
‘Hidden Place’ (Stephen Irwin, 2012)
Deep in the dark recesses of a museum in a long forgotten storage room, a group of artifacts come to life.
‘Ylem’ (Jo Lawrence, 2012)
Inside the World-machine a glitch triggers a terminal malfunction.
‘Cherrywood Cannon’ (Charlie Paul, 2012)
A dark, twisted fable where a desperate king creates a monument of power for his Jubilee. Narrated by Richard E. Grant and with original art by Ralph Steadman.
‘Demon Kills’ (Ying-Ping Mak, 2012)
A boy confesses why he commits suicide at school. He decides to confront his demons, embarking on a nightmarish journey.
‘The Bill Bailey Animation’ (Dan Lamoon & Mair Perkins, 2012)
Taken from a phone conversation with Bill Bailey featuring a magical journey to the moon with hummus, an exploration of ectoplasmic cosmic whimsy, a celebrity train ride and a mosh pit with Jon Snow.