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.
Some films need extra time to develop their themes, to grow and draw us more comprehensively into their worlds. This competition programme is dedicated to showcasing the best of these longer films. 7 longer short films, 7 stunning stories including the winner of the Berlin International Film Festival Short Film Audience Award – ‘Solar Walk’ by Reka Buksi.
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Solar Walk (Reka Buksi, Hungary)
Chaos is beautiful. Chaos is cosmic. A remarkable journey through time and space.
Augur (David Doutel & Vasco Sa, Portugal/France)
During a harsh winter, a river by the house of two cousins freezes over. In the cold wind, their relationship grows bitter, reaching its limits.
The Death, Dad and Son (Denis Walgenwitz & Winshluss, France)
Death’s son does not wish to follow in his father’s footsteps and take over the family business. Instead he dreams of becoming a guardian angel, which leads to unexpected events.
Finity Calling (Jasper Kuipers, Netherlands/Belgium)
Five people are seated at a table, their withered bodies adorned with lush fabrics and jewellery. Tense and unsettling, soon the fragile atmosphere within the group is broken.
Mermaids and Rhinos (Viktoria Traub, Hungary)
A surreal navigation of family memories, mermaid grandmothers, and grotesque and bizarre characters hungry for love.
Reruns (Rosto, Netherlands)
Everything’s different but nothing has changed. A trip through a sunken maze of memories and dreams.
La Chute (Boris Labbe, France)
When otherworldly residents come to Earth, the world order is completely overturned. It is the start of a tragic chain of events involving hell and paradise.