The backbone of the whole LIAF mission. We’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,600 entries to put together a series of screenings that showcase the best 126 new films across 10 competitive programmes.
A looping GIF has an existential crisis, a peaceful haven populated by good-hearted little frogs and an unlikely meeting between a tough female polar bear and an enthusiastic male grizzly bear – some of the funny and moving, heartfelt stories explored in this compelling bunch of shorts.
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Poles Apart (Paloma Baeza, UK)
The Stranger in my Head (Petra Balekic, Croatia)
A dramatic retelling of Albert Camus’ “The Stranger”, read 12 years ago but stuck in the filmmakers head.
Wicked Girl (Ayce Kartal, France/Turkey)
An 8 year-old Turkish girl endowed with an exuberant imagination recalls the happy days spent in her grandparents’ village until dark and terrifying memories slowly rise to the surface.
The Ogre (Laurene Braibant, France)
Beside Oneself (Karolina Specht, Poland)
A warped perception of reality – one day She notices that something strange is happening to Him.
Have Heart (Will Anderson, UK)
A looping GIF has an existential crisis.
Debut (Katarzyna Kijek, Poland)
A screenwriter finds himself in the centre of the story he tries to create.
Charles (Dominic Etienne Simard, Canada/France)
I Am Here (Eoin Duffy, Canada)