Animation in its purest form, this is LIAF’s annual collection of the most impressive, expressive abstract and experimental animated films from all over the world.
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A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time (Max Hattler, UK)
Life springs eternal from the geometrical genius of a universe we still cannot bring ourselves to understand.
Minotaur (Munro Ferguson, Canada)
The archetypal hero takes a journey through the seven stages of birth, childhood, mission, labyrinth, monster, battle and death/rebirth.
Sillon 672 (Bastien Dupriez, France)
Colour and motion drive you deep into the groove of vinyl.
Across the Light (Hui Chi Chuang, Taiwan/USA)
Inspired by microbiology and scientific experiments – a surreal peek into the micro-structure of living organisms.
Journey (Anita Gill, UK)
Childhood memories of a Mother’s time living in India in the 1960s. The vibrancy of daily life in the city.
MTL Rush (Mathieu Guimond, Canada)
An experimental essay on colour and movement, scratched and painted directly on 35mm film during the winter of 2014.
Pluto 3000 (Enrico Ascoli & Fabio Tonetto, Italy)
Aiming high, a deconstructionalist approach to creating an abstract version of the best Pluto ever.
Give Me a Pie (Gina Kamentsky, USA)
Through a noisy collage of crash tests, many dogs and a pie, a peg-leg man dreams of a burlesque woman.
Scribbledub (Ross Hogg, UK)
Don’t Worry I’ll Do It (Jordan Wang, USA)
Line (Steven Subotnick, USA)
The line as conductor, orchestra, star and supporting cast. Front of stage and re-configuring the frame. The Line.
Improvisation No.1: Cumulative Loops (Luigi Allemano, Canada)
The audio-visual artifact of an improvisation in hand-drawn animation and musical collage.
Banquet of Love (Haruka Mitani & Michael Lyons, Japan)
Abstract Iterations II (Sabrina Schmid, UK)
A playful tribute to the avant-garde artist Malevich who made the ultimate statement on abstraction 100 years ago by painting the iconic image of the ‘Black Square’.
Sumsing (Martin Rahmlow, Germany)
A mesmerising journey through dark, amorphous, geometric forms.
Locus of Everyday Life (Sawako Kynd, Japan)
A work of astounding beauty and visual complexity, rising over its course to an apex of movement and ongoing adaptive alteration.
East Meets West (Dirk de Bruyn, Australia)
When abstract cinema is swallowed by the Academy, the street is emptied. Technique becomes subservient, immobilised in service to the past, to become a marker of lost ideologies.
Once Canada Square (Simon Ball, UK)
Taking London’s financial heartland as a starting point for an architectural exploration of notions of progress and development.
Ten Anagrams for Norman McLaren (Delphine Burrus, France)