The backbone of the whole LIAF mission. We’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,400 entries to put together a series of programmes that showcase the best 118 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.
This programme celebrates some of the funniest, weirdest and eye-poppingly nutty films that were entered this year.
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Chaud Lapin (Geraldine Gaston, Floria Andrivon, Alexis Magaud, Mael Berreur & Soline Bejuy, France)
A corny but passionate love story featuring the forgotten art of model shipbuilding.
Jiro Visits The Dentist (Gina Kamentsky, USA)
Jiro has a dream about the artist formerly known as Prince and visits the dentist with his friend, the Lighthouse Phone Man.
Timber (Nils Hedinger, Switzerland)
Monkey Love Experiments (Ainslie Henderson & Will Anderson, UK)
Inspired unrequited love, a misguided monkey comes to believe that he is destined for a journey to the moon.
Very Lonely Cock (Leonid Schmelkov, Russia)
It’s a hard day for the very lonely cock. Perhaps tomorrow it’ll be better. Who knows? Anyway, it can’t get any worse. Or can it?
A Single Life (Job, Joris & Marieke, Netherlands)
A life can be lived, measured and even manipulated in so many different ways but beware the cracks and the sudden endings.
Driving (Nate Theis, USA)
Whoever called it the “rush hour” has never been out in it. The only thing that takes off is the blood pressure.
Squids Are Part Alien (Yingqi Wang, UK)
Jude (a pink bunny) and Momo (a blue man) meet each other and become friends. They both have super powers, but these are either useless or just harmful to themselves.
Oh Whale (Joana Locher, Switzerland)
The Uncustomary Occurrence (Ian Zell, USA)
Tired of being picked on, a lonely child summons up a demon for company and protection.
Bus Story (Tali, Canada)
A woman takes a job as a school bus driver in the country hoping for an idyllic existence of driving the country roads and enjoying nature. But life doesn’t always go to plan.
Endgame (Phil Mulloy, UK)
After a tough week at the office, Richard and George like to play war games over the weekend to relax.
House of Unconsciousness (Priit Tender, Estonia)
A man must navigate a bizarre hell of his own making if he is to control the fire that consumes all that matters to him.