Like childhood, animation is full of wonder and simple pleasures. Come and take a mind-bending ride with us and watch 11 of the best short animated films, full of visually dazzling joy, from all around the world.
The London International Animation Festival has long been at the forefront of championing storytelling that inspires the imaginations of children and adults alike and this selection of films features diverse viewpoints and stories told in stylistically striking ways. A feast of seriously fun adventures and wondrous tales to spark those little imaginations.
Screens at the Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds
Archie – Ainslie Henderson, UK
Archie is devastated to learn of the death of his aunt. He makes the long journey to the home she’s left him in the Outer Hebrides and a new day brings renewed hope for Archie and his dog.
Tony the Tiny Pony – Ned Wenlock, New Zealand
Listen up cowboys, cowgirls and cow-everybody else too: gather round to hear the story of a tiny pony named Tony.
Hedgehog – Directors (various), France
A young boy, obsessed with hedgehogs, shares his love for them all the time with everybody.
Heatwave – Folkion Xenos, UK
In the midst of a searing heatwave two little children find a way to cool everyone down.
Lost and Found – Andrew Goldsmith & Bradley Slabe, Australia
A knitted toy dinosaur must completely unravel itself to save the love of its life.
Gunpowder – Directors (various), France
lt’s teatime! Unfortunately for Phileas all his tea boxes are empty. He decides to get some from China!
Good Heart – Evgeniya Jirkova, Russia
In a forest lives a primitive family. Mum is strict, crazy and grumpy. All she wants is that everyone eats well and is healthy.
Hansel and Gretel – Shaun Clark & Magid El-Bushra, UK
Hansel and Gretel’s parents have fallen on hard times. The mother sends them out into the forest to find strawberries for supper, not realising that it is a dangerous place after dark.
Senses – Directors (various), France
Colourful and soundless or noisy and black and white? Your choice!
Latitude du Printemps – Directors (various), France
An abandoned dog by the side of the road, a young astronaut wannabe and a professional cyclist and the connection between all three.
How much Does the Cloud Weigh? – Nina Bisyarina, Russia
A scientist is so concerned with observing the clouds that he fails to notice their beauty.
Located in the heart of Leeds, the Hyde Park Picture House is a two screen, community-focused, independent cinema. Open 364 days a year, it shows the very best new independent films, alongside family-friendly movies, classics, documentaries and artist films. For more information about Leeds Hyde Park Picture House and how to get there, find out more.