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, and this bunch are some of the darkest, scariest and spookiest films that came in this year. Watch out for all manner of creepiness.
At Barbican book tickets
Spooktacular: An Animated Alphabet (Adam Osgood, USA)
An animated ABC of freaks, spooks, and scary ghouls set the scene to celebrate our annual ‘Into the Dark’ session.
D is for Deloused (Robert Morgan, UK)
A large bug helps an executed man get revenge on his ghoulish killers.
Palm Rot (Ryan Gillis, USA)
Investigating a mysterious explosion in the Florida Everglades, a crop-duster named Bill discovers a lone crate that survived the wreckage.
On the Other Side of the Woods (Anu Laura Tuttleberg, Estonia)
A girl made of clay comes to life. In a wildly overgrown house, she meets a wolf and an even worse monster: time.
Master and Man (Tom Tassel, Canada)
From the gloom, an abstract and struggling evil emerges with a seemingly endless will to drive the horses deeper into a hell that is hard to understand.
Dark Noir (Rafael Grampa, UK)
Private Eye Vincent Black is a private investigator with a gift for seeing the ideas in people’s minds…and who has stolen them from others.
The Hole (Bong Su Choi, South Korea)
From shadows, return to shadows. In the gothic horror that lurks beyond the reach of the eye, black is the perfect camouflage for black.
The Pride of Strathmoor (Einar Baldvin, USA)
Georgia in the summer of 1927, Pastor John Deitman descends into madness.
Heila Ormur (Rose Stark, Iceland/USA)
A parasite swims into the belly of a man in a hot tub and reality around him becomes distorted.
Bang Bang (Julien Bisaro, France)
A strange pink dog haunts a woman escaping her life, her father and the scene of an accident. But escape is a difficult feat to pull off on the best of days.
Deadly (Aidan Mcateer, Ireland)
Splintertime (Rosto, France/Holland/Belgium)
“Zip up! And let’s dance to the sound of breaking glass.” A band of sleepy spirits in an ambulance runs out of road.