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 examines some big life moments such as falling in and out of love, the fear of ageing and how your life can be chronicled through the loss of your teeth.
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Amelia and Duarte (Alice Guimaraes & Monica Santos, Portugal/Germany)
Two lovers struggle to cope after their relationship ends in this dazzling pixilated world.
Black Tape (Uri Kranot & Michelle Kranot, Denmark)
In an entangled tango, all are victims.
Airmail (Isabelle Favez, Switzerland)
The Sleepwalker (Theodore Ushev, Canada)
Edmond (Nina Gantz, UK)
A man with cannibalistic urges travels back through his life looking for the root of his unhappiness.
Missing One Player (Lei Lei, China)
Three players await the fourth so they can finally begin their mahjong game.
Migration (Fluorescent Hill, Canada)
Snowfall (Conor Whelan, Ireland)
An anxious young man has a moving experience at a friend’s house party. Fleeting love, mixed emotions and human interactions.
Flocons (Marie Josee Saint Pierre, Canada)
Using tests from the Norman McLaren short ‘A Chairy Tale’, a character is imprisoned in the celluloid on which McLaren paints directly.
Teeth (Daniel Gray & Tom Brown, UK/Hungary/USA)
The life of a misguided and intensely focused man, chronicled through his oral obsessions. Narrated by Richard E. Grant.
Re:belief (Raymond McCarthy Bergeron, USA)
Breaching the Sea Wall/Modern Love (Adam Wells, UK)
When Laurel Fantauzzo met a young woman and her bicycle in Manila, her relationship to the city was transformed.
Gerascophobia (Shuangshuang Hao, UK)
A boy called Mo is scared about growing up and ageing.
Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove, Canada/Norway)
The latest beautifully crafted short from Oscar-winner Torill Kove tracing a young girl’s journey around her creative, unconventional and loving but hopelessly out-of-touch parents.