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.
Rising Hope (Milen Vitanov, 2012)
Rising Hope, once the fastest horse in the world, suddenly turns into a loser. With the help of a new friend – a jack-of-all-trades hound – he finds hope and himself again.
Re-collection (Nicholas Kallincos, 2012)
A celebrated entomologist is haunted by his insect-collecting past. Collecting may have it’s downside!
Tunnel (Maryam Kashkoolinia, 2012)
Here, sand animation is used to superb effect to depict that most elusive of filmmaking elements – light itself, capturing all the claustrophobic foreboding of a journey through the Gaza tunnels.
One Moment Please (Maarten Koopman, 2012)
A man phones a company to cancel his contract and doodles as he becomes increasingly frustrated.
His War / Son indochine (Bruno Collet, 2012)
With his family gathered to celebrate his birthday, patriarch Emile finds his mind drifting toward memories of his time as a soldier during the Indochina war, a time his family would rather he forget.
Noodle Fish (Jin Man Kim, 2012)
A naïve little fish begins his journey to the world outside of the sea, as he thinks it’s the only way to grow up. An incredibly pain-staking pin-screen animation made with plain noodles.
South Korea, 9’45
Norman (Robbe Vervaeke, 2013)
Norman looks at things too much and is obsessed by small details and strange habits. He nervously wanders the city alone because you have to watch out for strange people.
Tempest in a Bedroom (Laurence Arcadias & Juliette Marchand, 2011)
Suzan and Dwayne Cleveland have everything to be happy about. Everything except an exciting sex life. So they decide to take a journey to spice up their desire.
Ab Ovo (Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi, 2013)
Imagine that someone starts to live inside of you and starts to take up more and more space until he almost makes you explode. Would you be able to love him?
MacPherson (Martine Chartrand, 2012)
Painstakingly and fluidly painted frame by frame in oil on glass, this film recounts a friendship steeped in a love of jazz that leads to the creation of great music.