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.
Invocation (Robert Morgan, 2013)
A grotesquely surreal deconstruction of the guts of stop-motion animation.
Left (Eamonn O’Neill, 2012)
When I was 12 my best friend at school was Neill. We cycled our bikes and fished off the jetty. We got older, drifted apart. Neill changed and so did I.
Morning Train / Fruhzug (Delia Hess, 2012)
The rhythm of the train on the journey home from a romantic entanglement transports a woman into a parallel and confusing space.
Cleo’s Boogie (Collective Camera Etc, 2012)
Sure, it’s all a bit seedy backstage but come showtime Cleo and Her Orchestra cut loose the coolest roomful of tunes this side of the baby grand.
Futon (Yoriko Mizushiri, 2012)
A woman wrapped in a futon begins to dream and think about the future. Everything melts pleasantly together.
Marcel, King Of Tervuren (Tom Schroeder, 2012)
The owners of Marcel, a much-loved, free rooster roaming his domain in Brussels, strike a problem when a bird flu warning is issued.
Boles (Spela Cadez , 2013)
Filip lives in a poor neighbourhood dreaming of becoming a famous writer and having a luxurious lifestyle in a more prosperous part of town. One day there’s a knock on his door.
The Hours of Tree (Dahee Jeong , 2012)
A delightful, slow-paced collection of stories inspired by the observation of the life-cycle of trees.
France/South Korea, 8’20
Sunny Afternoon (Thomas Renoldner , 2012)
A self-portrait and a kind of music-video based on the lyrics of a song composed 25 years ago.
Ballast (Jost Althoff , 2012)
Sorrow is not part of my mind – but part of my head.
Double Fikret (Haiyang Wang, 2012)
Non-narrative, surreal associations and transformations around two Eastern men.
Little Plastic Figure (Samo-Sama, 2012)
Sometimes we need a little help from our inanimate friends. A plucky stop-motion musical irreverent tribute to an unassuming doll figure who stays vigilant while her sleepwalking companion causes havoc in their apartment.
My Little Underground / Suivra le Jour (Elise Simard, 2012)
A haunting, compassionate exploration of addiction and existence. An almost absurdly beautiful autobiographical depiction of a young girl’s journey between real and imagined events.