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.
Animation is the most innovative of all art forms and these films demonstrate the ability to experiment with, deconstruct and ultimately reinvent film language. In these absorbing shorts you’ll encounter films about the world’s greatest inventor Nikola Tesla pondering a revolutionary new concept of electricity, an animated portrait of New York City life in flux plus an ancient Russian legend where the souls of the drowned transform into seals.
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Animated Daily (Donato Sansome, France)
Inspired by international events taken from the pages of the French daily newspaper Libération, this wildly creative animation leads us down an unexpected and troubling path.
The Tesla World Light (Matthew Rankin, Canada)
Ossa (Dario Imbrogno, Italy)
All the world’s a stage. The dance of a puppet and the mechanism that pulls the strings.
Dead Reckoning (Susan Young & Paul Wenninger, Austria)
Nothing Happens (Uri & Michelle Kranot, France/Denmark)
In the cold outskirts of town, something is about to happen. The Kranots are back with a new kind of narrative about watching and being watched.
Emanations: A Visual Poem (Patrick Jenkins, Canada)
In a Nutshell (Fabio Friedli, Switzerland)
Starting Over (Mika Seike, Japan)
You fall down every time before you reach your goal. At each fall, the glass you held shatters, and everything starts all over again. But there are things you can only discover through repetition. The answer lies within yourself.
It Is My Fault (Liu Sha, China)
The Walker (Thibault Chollet, France)
149th and Grand Concourse (Andy & Carolyn London, USA)
The diverse voices of the South Bronx and a backdrop of the rapidly changing streets. An animated portrait of New York City life in flux.
Look-See (Daniel Savage & Ambrose Yu, USA)
A gorgeously simple, playful character stretches, pulls and walks through a sparse monochrome grid.
The Battle Of San Romano (Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland)
The savagery of a battle as seen in the 15th century painting ‘The Battle of San Romano’ by Paolo Uccello and depicted by master animator Georges Schwizgebel.
Little Girl (Steven Subotnick, USA)
A little girl rides her bike.
Among the Black Waves (Anna Budanova, Russia)
An ancient northern legend – a hunter, a seal-girl and the souls of the drowned. The sea holds many untold secrets.