The backbone of the whole LIAF mission. Somehow we’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,350 entries with enough strength and wits intact to put together a series of programmes that showcase the best 100 or so new films. Six ‘general’ International Competition Programmes, our ever popular Abstract Showcase and Long Shorts programmes, plus the British Showcase. The films come in from every corner, they use every technique, they can be funny, dramatic, eye-popping, subdued, documentary or autobiographical. The one thing they have in common is that we think they’re the pick of the crop.
Tram (Michaela Pavlatova, 2012)
A voluptuously sultry tram ride resplendent in all its wondrously esoteric wobbliness.
The Box-Poltergeist (Dadomani Studio, 2012)
The Box and Dox spend their entire lives sitting on the couch in front of the TV. Both are afflicted with a very powerful addiction to television.
Guilt / Kalte (Reda Bartkute, 2013)
A lonely fox isolates itself from the world to enjoy the pleasures of being tormented by guilt. She is forced to choose between madness and reconciliation.
Coffee / Koffie (Sjaak Rood, 2012)
How hard can it be to simply order a coffee? Just give him a coffee and nobody gets hurt.
The Bungled Child / La Ravaudeuse (Simon Filliot, 2012)
There’s nothing easy about mending a bungled child.
Agnieszka (Izabela Bartosik-Burkhardt, 2011)
Following some harmless children’s game, Agnieszka experiences a family breakup which causes her to withdraw into herself.
France / Poland, 10’10
Old Man (Leah Shore, 2012)
Animated to snippets of phone conversations with helter-skelter serial killer Charles Manson, this reaffirms his ‘down to the bone’ madness.
The Deep (PES, 2012)
Metal objects of the past come to life in the depths of the sea.
Droplets (Simon Fiedler, 2011)
Oppression, disorientation and fear can be paralyzing, but are often a very important element on the way to the perfect idea.
La Chute (Gwenola Carrere, 2012)
Lola, a teenager, learns to love life by discovering fear and death.
Moirai (Kerstin Unger & Jasper Diekamp, 2012)
Moirai are the Goddesses of Fate in Greek mythology. They spin the strings of life and allot them to the living.
Assembly (Jenn Strom, 2012)
A woman’s hands reach in and out of frame, cutting and editing a reel of film on a flatbed editing table. Fragments of animated archival footage flash across the screen – until a message is revealed.
Paula (Dominic-Etienne Simard, 2011)
A disturbing portrait of a mixed-use, working-class neighbourhood in which social interactions leave unpredictable ripples in its motley fabric.