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.
Animation is the most innovative of all art forms and these films demonstrate the ability to experiment with, deconstruct and ultimately reinvent film language.
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Tik-Tak (Ulo Pikkov, Estonia)
Zepo (Cesar Diaz Melendez, Spain)
Paperworld (Jons Mellgren, Sweden)
A grown man revisits his early teens, memories of dangerous games played with friends.
Dandelion (Steven Subotnick, USA)
All the wishes you could ever want contained in a single dandelion.
Isola del Giglio (Tom Schroeder, USA)
Wrapped (Roman Kälin, Falko Paeper & Florian Wittmann, Germany)
The only constant is change, and for every entity that deteriorates, it becomes the foundation for another’s life. A tour-de-force of visual effects.
Cruising (Zachary Zezima, USA)
An extrovert’s dream, an introvert’s nightmare. The chaotic, cacophonous world of forced-fun aboard the closed bubble of a cruise liner.
That’s Mine (Maryam Kashkoolinia, Iran)
Contemplative village life, work in the field and children’s games all from the perspective of a landmine. Left in the bush in a war long ago, it awaits its victim with fatal patience.
Ants’ Songs (Sasha Svirsky, Russia)
Re Place (Sven Windszus, Germany)
Nature can be taken for granted and seem familiar, but in this alternative reality strange creatures appear to be inhabiting the planet.
The Wait of May (Simone Massi, Italy)
The rhythm of life in the countryside as depicted by the seasons, the elements and the sheer goodness of Mother Nature.
Goodbye Rabbit, Hop Hop (Caleb Wood, USA)
A mind in the city looks inwards, and escapes into the rabbit’s domain.
Isle Of Seals (Edmunds Jansons, Latvia)
It’s a dirty job but somebody has to photograph it. But in a world of grey does anybody give a thought to what the camera is going through?
Santolo: Panteon de Dolores (Alejandro Garcia Caballero, Mexico)
A Mexican cemetery comes alive with a colourful procession of animated characters.