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.
Choir Tour (Edmunds Jansons, 2012)
A world-famous boys’ choir goes on tour. In the hands of their conductor they are obedient but when he gets trapped in an elevator they become playful children.
The Hungry Corpse (Gergely Wootsch, 2012)
Set in London’s bustling, desolate Trafalgar Square and featuring a rather hungry corpse and a pigeon. Voiced by Bill Nighy and Stephen Mangan.
Spellbreaker (Diana van Houten & Janis Joy Epping , 2013)
A beetle, crawling through the sand, gets trapped underneath a bucket with which two kids are amicably building a sandcastle. The children transform into monsters and a violent struggle erupts.
Junk (Kirk Hendry , 2011)
A tale of an obsession with junk food that may prove hard to swallow.
Rabbitland (Ana Nedeljkovic & Nikola Majdak jnr., 2013)
The rabbits who live in Rabbitland have holes instead of brains, and they are happy regardless of what happens. They vote free and democratic elections once a day, because Rabbitland is an ordered democracy.
In the Air is Christopher Gray (Felix Massie, 2013)
Christopher Gray has been in love with Stacey for quite some time, and no amount of lemonade can cool his desire. Meanwhile, Barry Flint has just bought his son a five-foot python from the pet store.
Plug and Play (Michael Frei, 2011)
Anthropoid creatures with plugs in place of heads are up to mischief. Instead of abandoning oneself to the dictates of the raised finger, they soon submit to themselves. But the fingers also finger around. Is it love?
Along The Way / Chemin Faisant (Georges Schwizgebel, 2012)
Through paintings that interact on the principle of Russian dolls, we are drawn along the swirling path of the thoughts of a pilgrim, a solitary walker.
Sonata (Nadia Micault, 2012)
In an imaginary musical world, a young woman seeks escape, loses herself and tests her own limits. Gradually she must open up in order to reinvent herself.
Musical Chairs (Yukai Du & Ya Tang, 2012)
The familiar game of musical chairs – but you’ve never seen it depicted this way.
Palmipedarium (Jeremy Clapin, 2012)
Simon knows quite a lot about ducks. They make a noise, fly, swim and some even roll. Sometimes it’s a bit confusing and Simon gets lost.