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. The one thing they have in common is that we think they’re the pick of the crop. This is your annual window into the international indie animation universe.
This programme examines some big life moments including an old and dignified nun trying to fulfil her childhood dream, a young woman dreaming of what lies beyond the border of her tiny country, the complexities of a mother-daughter relationship and growing up with an annoying little sister in 1990’s China.
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Mary and the 7 Dwarfs (Riho Unt, Estonia)
Having spent her entire life behind the convent walls, Maria, an old and dignified nun decides to fulfil her childhood dream.
The Call (Anca Damian, Romania)
A phone call, a bathroom and a woman are at the intersection of different worlds.
Untravel (Ana Nedeljkovic & Nikola Majdak, Serbia/Slovakia)
A girl lives in a grey, isolated country, enclosed by a huge wall. She has never travelled anywhere, but all her life she has been dreaming of leaving for a perfect world called Abroad.
Circuit (Delia Hess, Switzerland)
A small planet, a complex little ecosystem, an endless loop of poetically surreal actions.
Panta Rhei (Wouter Bongaerts, Belgium)
Like the beached whales he studies, an introverted marine biologist flees the ocean. But floods, leaking faucets and endless rain keep seeping into his life, and he can’t keep the water out
Sister (Siqi Song, China)
A man remembers his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in 1990s China. How would his life have been if things had gone differently?
How to paint your Rainbow (Erick Oh, USA/South Korea)
A man dies and a red flower blossoms. Reincarnation depicted as a beautiful rainbow.
Hybrids (Florian Brauch, Kim Tailhades, Matthieu Pujol, Yohan Thireau & Romain Thirion, France)
When marine wildlife has to adapt to pollution, the food chain changes.
Spermaceti (Jacky de Groen, Belgium)
Sailors kill time under a blistering sun, awaiting a sign of their prey. After bloodshed, a strong arm offers a moment of shelter. A boy gets his first tattoo.
Your Mothers Are Mine! (Kim Noce, UK)
The complexities of a mother-daughter relationship.