Our annual survey of abstract and experimental animation. Animators working in this field employ every technique from hand-drawn ‘musical scores’ all the way across the scale to high definition, computer assisted image making. In common, these films share a pure love of animated movement and an artist’s eye for filling the screen, harnessing colour and creating non-narrative imagery.
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Jazz Orgie (Irina Rubina, Germany)
A total explosion of dots, lines, planes and forms drowning in a jazz-filled choreographic world.
Setting West (Judith Poirier, Canada)
A visual essay on the history of typography and printing using original 19th and 20th century printing materials.
If You Say Something, See Something (Gina Kamentsky, USA)
Subtitles can be fun! The latest flurry of stream-of-consciousness madness from LIAF regular Gina Kamentsky.
This (Malcolm Sutherland, Canada)
A soothing meditative visualisation of Tibetan Buddhist Monks chanting.
Youpla (Oerd van Cuijlenborg, France)
A playfully vibrant film exploring the abstractions and imagination of children’s worlds.
Retro Future (Mirai Mizue, Japan)
A futuristic world imagined in childhood – what will the buildings look like?
O (Erick Oh, South Korea)
Squame (Nicolas Brault, Canada)
Summer Streets (Paul Fletcher, Australia)
A smooth and elegant abstraction based on the music of Tatonic.
Books on Books (Lei Lei, China)
An eye-opening graphic cutup and collage of Eastern and Western secondhand book covers through the years.
A 4363’s Trip (Valentine Dumez, France)
Detour (Jasmijn Cedee, Belgium)
An illusory procession of wiped, scratched and painted imagery delivered in two tones.
Bottle Neck (Joanna Priestley, USA)
A luminous crush of still life silhouettes, abstract shapes and complex, interlocking patterns.
Sai Gon (Oerd van Cuijlenborg, France)
The hustle and bustle of the city, the incessant rain in the jungle – impressions based on several trips to Vietnam between 2007 and 2014.
Tracheal Shave (Gina Kamentsky, USA)
“Think of a small dot in space.” More glorious fun! Ink and paint on found 35mm film trailers.
Vitreous (Robert Seidel, Germany)
A riotously coloured nine-piece virtual sculpture resembling a Rorschach test on acid.
Begone Dull Care 2015 (Paul Johnson, Canada)
A re-imagining of the original 1949 NFB short by Norman McLaren – dizzying calisthenics dancing in time to an ’80s videogame soundscape.