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 128 new films. Six ‘general’ International Competition Programmes, our ever popular Abstract Showcase and Long Shorts programmes, plus the British Showcase and Animated Documentaries. 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.
A blind girl who’s left eye sees the past and right eye sees the future, an elderly woman living with degenerative dementia and a choir of cars perform a breathtaking song and dance number – some of the funny and moving, heartfelt stories explored in this compelling bunch of shorts.
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Blind Vaysha (Theodore Ushev, Canada)
How Long Not Long (Uri & Michelle Kranot, Denmark)
Xenophobia, nationalism and intolerance are a daily occurrence. The world is divided among warring creeds and cultures, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Jukai (Gabrielle Lissot, France)
A young woman follows a trail of colored threads leading deep into a forest, hoping to find the answers to her lingering fears.
Beer (Nerdo Creative Studio, Italy)
An ode to alcohol by the great anti-poet Charles Bukowski.
It Was Mine (Kajsa Naess, Norway)
A playful and offbeat reflection on the surprising moments where you get the feeling that everything is somehow connected. Based on a short story by Paul Auster.
Carface (Claude Cloutier, Canada)
Black Out (Borbála Mészáros & Zsuzsanna Rádóczy, Hungary)
In a big city much like any other, a fox working a white-collar job tries to break out of his monotone life and escape from the pressure of society.
Phantom City (Patrick Jenkins, Canada)
Made in China (Vincent Tsui, France)
Wooden toys strive to act like humans, despite their physical limitations.
This is Not an Animation (Federico Kempke, Canada/Mexico)
Peter’s Forest (Martina Mestrovic, Croatia)
The Head Vanishes (Franck Dion, France)
An elderly woman living with degenerative dementia, her confused mind leaves her open to danger.
Blood Manifesto (Theodore Ushev, Canada)
A personal manifesto driven by a near-boundless creative vision and animated with the blood of the filmmaker.
G-AAAH (Elizabeth Hobbs, UK)
A celebration of Amy Johnson’s record-breaking solo flight from London to Australia in 1930 created with an Underwood 315 typewriter.