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 117 new films from every corner of the world. They can be funny, dramatic, bizarre, subdued, scary or autobiographical. The one thing they have in common is that we think they’re the pick of the crop. Eight general international competition programmes plus our ever-popular abstract showcase and British showcase. Every technique, every genre, every style – this is your annual window into the international indie animation universe.
This programme ‘From Absurd to Zany’ celebrates some of the funniest, weirdest and eye-poppingly nutty films that were entered this year including the latest films from Oscar winners David Fine and Alison Snowden (Animal Behaviour) and Juan Pablo Zaramella (Heroes) who’s films have won more than 500 awards around the world. Here you will encounter a bunch of weirdoes going nuts in an art museum, flying germs, sinister cloaked men, neutralist rabbits who live underground, five animals discussing their inner angst in a group therapy session and several more bizarre and loveable characters and stories.
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Animal Behaviour (Alison Snowden & David Fine, Canada)
Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. These animals reveal their inner angst in a group therapy session, with unexpected results.
Fest (Nikita Diakur, Germany)
Puppets on strings rave, eat and fly.
Muteum (Aggie Pak Yee Lee, Estonia)
A visit to the art museum produces lessons aplenty for mind, body and especially all the little souls.
Manimals (Jihyeon Oh, South Korea)
A woman remembers her former boyfriends as animals.
Cuckoo (Aline Hochli, Switzerland)
What if you had an animal living inside your body? And what if it made day-to-day life impossible because it was disruptive at all hours of the day?
Heroes (Juan Pablo Zaramella, Argentina)
Glory is at our fingertips!
Rabbit’s Blood (Sarina Nihei, UK/Japan)
Two rival groups battle for survival underground – sinister cloaked men and neutralist rabbits.
Facing it (Sam Gainsborough, UK)
As Sean waits anxiously in the local pub, he is forced to explore his own unhappy memories and relationships in an evening that will leave him changed forever.
Two For Two (Jelena Oroz, Croatia)
This home is a fragile home. Milk and honey. Cocoa and hell. Everyone pets their own bunny. The feeling is lovely.
The Hunt (Alexey Alekseev, France)
The disappointment of a harmless hunter and his compatriot – a rabbit.
Bless You! (Paulina Ziolkowska, Poland)
Contagion spreads at a breakneck speed through the crowded and vibrant city streets, recklessly infecting lovers, strangers, everyone.
Living Like Heta (Bianca Caderas, Isabella Luu & Kerstin Zemp, Switzerland)
Heta lives with her pet seal in her highly peculiar house full of curious rooms and endless corridors.
Eden (Julie Caty, France)
E and A live in The Garden of Eden with God, a dinosaur and a mountain of burgers.