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.
The loneliness of a Chinese manicurist working in a Miami nail salon, a homage to iconic 1950s and 60s motorcycle design, dreams about Donald Trump from people around the world and the physical and emotional journey undertaken by a lone explorer as he attempts to reach the summit of a remote island – some of the diverse, funny, moving and heartfelt stories explored in this compelling bunch of shorts.
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Herman Brown is Feeling Down (Dan Castro, UK)
Herman’s quiet, colourful world is suddenly interrupted by something loud and stressy.
Ride (Paul Bush, Portugal)
A masterful stop-frame homage to the iconic motorcycle design and culture of the 1950s and 60s.
Ugly (Nikita Diakur, Germany)
A broken animation about kindness, respect and coexistence.
Looking For Something (Cesar Pelizer, UK)
A man snoozes at his desk during working hours. He is wondering about the meaning of life and looking for answers.
Good Intentions (Anna Mantzaris, UK)
After a young woman is responsible for a hit and run, strange and spooky things start to happen.
Trump Dreams (Ruth Lingford, USA/UK)
Strange but true! Images, words and ideas collected from dreams about Donald Trump from people all around the world.
Contact (Alessandro Novelli, Spain)
Somewhere between reality and fantasy, a woman’s consciousness is awoken through her inner journey that reflects the world around her.
Agua Viva (Alexa Lim Haas, USA)
A Chinese manicurist in a Miami salon attempts to describe her feelings in the little English she knows.
Tears of Chiwen (Sun Xun, China)
Tradition and mythology explored in this glorious explosion of cascading imagery.
Yellow (Ivana Šebestová, Slovakia)
A young opera singer Viola is scared of everything yellow, sunny and spontaneous. She hides herself in the shadows but will she find her way out?
An Island (Rory Byrne, Ireland)
The physical and emotional journey undertaken by a lone explorer as he attempts to reach the summit of a remote island.