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.
Memories of schooldays, the horrors of addiction, how to deal with magical sea spirits and life passing at 24 frames per second – some of the themes explored in this compelling bunch of shorts.
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If I Was God (Cordell Barker, Canada)
While dissecting a frog in Biology class, a 12-year-old boy speculates about what he would do if he were God.
Boom Boom the Fishermans Daughter (Ivan Maximov, Russia)
A lonely fisherman with a long nose befriends an orphaned baby elephant who believes that the man is its mother.
100% Mood (Dmitry Yagodin, Bulgaria)
An ordinary man goes through life in the only way he can – without desires, dreams or aspirations.
Nuggets (Andreas Hykade, Germany)
A kiwi bird develops a taste for mysterious golden nuggets. Fun or addiction, where do you draw the line?
Cyclopedes (Mathieu Epiney, Switzerland)
Early 20th century, the dawn of cycling and the dawn of filmmaking.
Tsunami (Sofie Nørgaard Kampmark, Denmark)
Haru returns home in denial after a tsunami, where he must learn to deal with his loss through an encounter with a magical Sea Spirit.
Double Act (Ding Shiwei, China)
What results from our political convictions? What happens when we align ourselves with one party? Where will it lead us?
La-Gar-To (Miguel Jiron, USA)
A young boy travels with his family to Nicaragua. When he forgets to roll his r’s his imagination takes over.
Deathsong (Malcolm Sutherland, Canada)
A monk journeys into the afterlife in this meditative short.
Transparency (Daniel Suljic, Croatia)
Scanners, surveillance, online forms and credit cards. A decent citizen has nothing to hide. Only criminals do.
Under Construction (Marcin Wojciechowski, Poland)
How do you depict a person’s daily life? Especially someone who is struggling on a daily basis with reality.
Next Door (Andreas Marterer, Germany)
An ordinary building in a normal environment. Everybody goes about their business and does what they have to do again and again and again.
Carrotrope (Paulo D’Alva, Portugal)
A man drinks and the time passes at 24 frames per second. The cyclic movements of life.