A comprehensive screening of the very best recently released British animation, including several world premieres. Check the pulse of the British animation scene, meet many of the filmmakers and see the films that will take British animation to the world. Nobody in the world screens more British animation than LIAF and this snapshot of the state of British animation paints a vibrant picture of a spirited and imaginative animation nation. Alongside the screening, there is a chance to meet many of the animators, hear them talk about their films and ask them questions about their work.
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Enough (Anna Mantzaris, UK)
The stressed inhabitants of a city have had enough and start acting on their dark impulses.
Haley and Joanna (Laura Hodkin, UK)
Boys, beers and bras.
Togetherness (Shaun Clark & Kim Noce, UK)
A story of disillusioned body parts which separate, believing they are better off alone. But as they scatter, they soon realise they are better off together.
The Woman Who Turns Into A Castle (Kathrin Steinbacher, UK/Austria)
An animated documentary about a woman who turns into a castle based on an Oliver Sacks case study.
Tend (Tom Judd & Ed Barrett, UK)
A father and daughter live peacefully in the forest until one day their familiar routine begins to fall apart. As he struggles to keep the fire burning he spirals into an obsession with the flames.
The Strongest of the Strange (James Merritt, UK)
A stunning visualisation of Charles Bukowski’s poem exploring abstract notions of elusiveness, creative expression and fleeting artistry.
The Brave Heart (Luca Schenato & Sinem Vardarli, UK)
A brave heart takes a wild journey inside the body to try to sort out the problems of a hungover morning.
Women & Power (Meg Earls, UK)
An exploration of the relationship between women and power and the female form, based on the Mary Beard book ‘Women & Power: A Manifesto’.
Marfa (Greg McLeod, UK)
An evocative and atmospheric depiction of a town on the borderlines of Texas. – a place out of time.
Anna (Jessica Mountfield, UK)
A loving look at the world of dementia-stricken Gus; a former gardener who lives with his granddaughter and struggles to reconcile reality with an increasingly present past.
Blue Hands (Diyala Muir, UK)
Sitting alone on a night bus, a young woman is forced to face the ghosts of her past.
Lint (Lisa O’Sullivan, UK)
The aftermath of a breakup and one person’s bizarre attempt at regaining some semblance of normality.
Cleaning in Progress (Grant Holden, UK)
The bristly relationship between a cleaner and his talking brush.
Queen of the Forest (Gabriela Sibilska, UK)
Losing someone close can be devastating. This film explores how to come to terms with that loss.
West Question, East Answer (Dal Park, UK)
Communication can be difficult when cultural and historical backgrounds are so distanced. A Korean grandmother and her German granddaughter try to work it out.
Via (Izzy Burton, UK)
The journey of life, the good and the bad.
Silent London (Ivelina Ivanova, UK)
A visual ode to the grabbed, found and overheard sounds of London, delivered in an intensely rendered water-coloured canvas.