The backbone of the whole LIAF mission. Somehow we’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,550 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.
At Barbican book tickets
Grace Under Water (Anthony Lawrence, Australia)
Lou is losing the cold war with her stubborn and enigmatic stepdaughter Grace, when an unexpected challenge arises from the depths of a warm, dreamy afternoon at the local pool.
Lake (Steven Subotnick, US)
A burial on a frozen lake.
The Key (Kim Noce & Shaun Clark, UK)
Winter And Lizard (Julia Gromskaya, Italy)
Long Bridge of Desired Direction ( Ivan Maximov, Russia)
The story of a lonely man who lives with his pet on a small island and longs to get to other people.
Hair (Delphine Hermans, Belgium)
Snow Hut (Yoriko Mizushiri, Japan)
Dipendenza (Panna Horváth-Molnár & Virág Zomborácz, Hungary)
Bubu works at the fish market. He is slavishly in love with his colleague Angela, a woman of ever-changing artistic ambitions. They live in harmony until one day a handsome stranger appears.
Bendito Machine IV – Fuel The Machines (Jossie Malis, Spain)
Betty’s Blues (Remi Vandenitte, France)
Pifuskin (Tan Wei Keong, Singapore)
A man scratches the skin he lives in.