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The London International Animation Festival (LIAF 2011) hits the screen with 10 days of the best new animation combined with diverse collection of themed, retrospective and special programmes. From August 26 – September 4 at the Barbican, the Horse Hospital and the Rio Cinema, LIAF will undoubtedly become the centre of the international animation universe. You’ll see a comprehensive line-up from award winners, outstanding industry veterans, inspiring independents, stupendous studios and those wonderful newcomers exploring their talent on screen for the very first time.
LIAF is the UK’s largest festival of its kind, bringing the best new animated films from every corner of the world to London audiences, and showcasing the whole spectrum of creative animation. This year the Festival features 280 films from over 30 countries, most of them British premieres, divided into 8 competition programmes, plus a series of satellite events.
Full programme available at www.liaf.org.uk
International Panorama Programmes
Friday 2 Sept, 7pm £10 for 3 sessions (£7 concessions).
Tickets here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/128146
The Panoramas are a great chance for us to show films that didn’t make it into competition for one reason or another – maybe they arrived late, maybe they just couldn’t pull off a consensus with the jury or maybe whoever has their hands on the levers around here just thought they should screen regardless of what the jury said.
25 films spread out over 3 bite-size, friendly, 45-minute sessions. Just £10 for the lot (£7 concessions).
International Panorama 1
Switzerland, 4’06, 2010
Following the moon to escape the concrete jungle, a girl sends her imaginary alter ego into a fantastically coloured land with no shadows.
Cristobal Leon, Niles Atallah, Joaquin Cocina
Chile, 3’50, 2009
Luis talks about his life in the forest and his relationship with Lucía as charcoal, dirt, flowers, found objects and cardboard shift around him to create a scary and perplexing mess.
Gerben Aqterberg, Jasper Bos, Emma Hazenak, Daniel Oliveira Prins
Holland, 6’00, 2010
An eleven person ‘anijam’ par excellence. 11 animators working in relay with nothing but a soundtrack and the last frame from the animator before them to explore the theme ‘city trip’.
Portugal, 7’00, 2010
Two hesitant human beings work in an office. What if they should meet?
This Is Love
China, 3’00, 2010
Prolific, high-energy Chinese animator Lei Lei returns with a high-speed, high-impact, brightly coloured exposé on the intricacies of love.
The Polish Language
Alice Lyons, Orla McHardy
Ireland, 8’00, 2010
A playful and solemn film-poem dealing with the sensuality, beauty and power of language.
My Childhood Mystery Tree
Russia, 10’20, 2010
A small boy searches for his teddy bear and discovers a place of lost childhood dreams.
Portugal, 4’00, 2010
A short, colourful search for the real origins of life’s pathologies.
International Panorama 2 // Friday 2 Sept Time: 8pm
The Death of an Insect
Hannes Vartiainen, Pekka Veikkolainen
Finland, 7’00, 2011
A tragic story constructed by using dead insects gathered from forgotten attics and tool sheds, between window panels and cobwebs.
How Your Money Works
Germany, 3’45, 2010
How do you think your money works for you? Let Musclebeaver tell you.
France, 9’00, 2009
A girl, Claude, is on holiday with her mother and brother in their house near the sea. One night, the sudden visit of an unknown man confronts Claude….
Sorry Film Not Ready
Canada, 1’00, 2010
A dramatic interplay between an ear of corn, a space monster, a hammer and a platypus made by accident while creating experimental animation invisible to the naked eye.
The Netherlands, 5’00, 2010
When a man is witness to a murder and takes pictures of the killer, he has to run for his life in this ultra-stylish thriller.
Germany, 3’20, 2010
An alternate world of seemingly basic shapes, cells and organisms that seem foreign yet at the same time familiar.
Portugal, 5’40, 2010
If all this were not a lie, if I were awake when I went there, I wouldn’t have to learn everything again, every single day.
France, 14’00, 2010
Some french fries, a love triangle, a potato with a scar, a huge nose, the North of France and a bunny…
International Panorama 3 // Friday 2 Sept Time: 9pm
Journey to the Sunflower Field
France, 4’15, 2011
Nicolas, a five-year-old child, is victim of an accident when playing with his kite.
Canada, 7’00, 2011
A man escapes the everyday, in order to chase a fleeting dream. Whenever he approaches it, it retreats, remaining forever a step away.
Cristobal Leon, Niles Atallah, Joaquin Cocina
Chile, 3’50, 2009
Lucía remembers the summer in which she fell in love with Luis. Poor, sweet Lucia.
Czech Republic, 6’34, 2010
A sweet tale of night swimming, water ballet and rule breaking.
Japan, 3’15, 2010
The latest example of Mizui’s intense, rhythmical, almost overwhelming abstractions.
Dog Walking Ground
Russia, 8’00, 2010
An automated pooper scooper observes the habits of dog walkers and their dogs.
USA, 2’00, 2010
Two narratives merge to create a third – a young boy rides his bike through the early morning air to cross paths with a freight train as the audio delivers a story of warfare in a distant jungle.
The Play of Silence
Italy, 3’30, 2010
A girl is playing alone, she loses, she hides and tries to be re-born.
France, 4’09, 2009
Why are all the noises of the world found in the house of just one man?
Music Video Session
Sat 3 Sept 8pm £10 for both sessions (£7 concessions)
Tickets here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/128147
Animation is an integral element in many of the best music videos. Producing them also provides a credible, often commercially viable way for animators to earn a living from their skills and still produce work they can be proud of.
Here are 21 of the world’s best and most innovative music videos produced in the last 12 months in a special 90-minute programme providing a visual mash-up of styles, techniques and genres.
Gnarls Barkley “Who’s Gonna’ save your soul?”
Director: Chris Milk
Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds”
Director: Chris Hemming
Wax Tailor “I Own You”
Director: Romain Chaissang
Cornershop “What Did the Hippie Have in His Bag?”
All India Radio “Lucky”
Director: Darcy Prendergast
Gorillaz “On Melancholy Hill”
Directors: Pete Candeland/Jamie Hewlett/Rob Valley
Holy Fuck “Red Lights”
Directors: Brian Borcherdt & Michael LeBlanc
Stereolab “Neon Beanbag”
Director: Julian House.
TV on the Radio “Me I”
Director: Mixtape Club
Gigi D’Agostino “Bla Bla Bla”
Director: Andreas Hykade
Memory Tapes “Yes I know”
Director: Eric Epstein
Chad VanGaalen “Peace on the Rise”
Director: Chad VanGaalen
Toru Matsumoto “And And”
Director: Mirai Mizui
Goldfish “We Come Together”
Director: Mike Scott
Cornershop “Non Stop Radio”
Director: Vidya Sharma and Rajesh Thomas
Van She “Van She”
Director: Daihei Shibata
J.Mascis “Not Enough”
Director: Chad Van Gaalen
Subtle “The Mercury Craze”
Directors: Yu Sato and Marc Reisbig
Renaud Hallee “Sonar”
Director: Renaud Hallee
Cassette Schwarzenegger “Play”
Director: Studio Shelter
Themselves “Roman is as Roman does”
Director: Yu Sato
Late Night Bizarre // Sat 3 Sept 10pm
LIAF’s annual, ever popular, irresistible, train-wreck of a programme – you wanna turn away but you know you can’t. Expect insane prison inmates, robust insect loving, an experiment involving a long spike and an ass … well, you get the picture. There’s a lot more, but these were the only plots we could publish.
Arts And Crafts Spectacular #1
Sebastien Wolf, Ian Ritterskamp
Germany, 1’12, 2010
A short, sharp, beautifully raucous debunking of everything you’ve ever heard about the countryside – and some of the gentle folk who live there.
UK, 1’38, 1987
Hello Dad, I’m in jail. Say hi to Mum, from jail. I like it here, I’m in jail. Hahahahahaha – ha.
UK, 2’00, 1999
A scabrous display of the odd relationship between a window gimp, a pretty schoolgirl and an oozing, giant beetle-thing.
Tomasz Cechowski, Grzegorz Paluch
Poland, 1’24, 2009
The professor has a theory. OK. To prove this theory he needs a spike and an ass. So, you take the spike and then you put it…
Meat Or Die (Yans!Gans!) / Meat05: Linda
Japan, 1’45, 2010
Some insane little jabberers (one with a bladder problem) try to bite off more than they can chew when they flip the shopping switch to ‘brontosaurus’.
Dukes Of Broxstonia: Wash Day
Australia, 0’45, 2010
The Dukes are Back! And they’re dirty – very dirty! It’s time to clean up their act and maybe burn some clothes.
Python In Wonderland
Piotr Hoang Ngoc
Poland, 6’20, 2010
A detailed psychedelic exploration of male nipples, special rabbits, Can-Can dancers’ legs and boxing.
Weenie Wagon Woe
Canada, 3’36, 2010
Spurt, our ‘everyday-man’ hero has one passion in his life – he was born to drive his weenie wagon.
USA, 4’15, 2010
Travis is a dangerous, disturbed and disturbing young man on a mission.
Green Money Weed Connection: “Got Milk”
USA, 1’34, 2011
Bunkfunk MC and Lil’ Joint are practicin’ what they’re preachin’. And they’re preachin’ it pretty damn hard.
Nasty Habits: Bono
UK, 3’00, 2010
When bad nuns get worse, not even Bono is sacred.
Lee Han Bit
South Korea, 10’00, 2010
The city at night can harbour some strange hybrid creatures who stride, crawl, fly and creep through the streets, propelled by odd desires and decaying memories.
Arthur Peltzer, Fabien Guillaume, Jean-Baptiste Maligne, Jeremy Macedo, Julien Daubas, Paul Nivet, Ugo Bienvenu
France, 2’50, 2010
Medical emergency meets sexual urgency in this crazed romp about CPR gone wrong.
Mr Choco In Love
Czech Republic, 5’56, 2011
Mr Choco may well be in love but he sure has a funny way of showing it.
About A Cat
Belgium, 3’10, 2010
Some cats are just hideous, conniving, murderous, soulless, pitiless little bastards.
The Dance Of Death
Director: Johan Pollefoort
France/Belgium, 8’00, 2010
Death – the great equaliser. A swirling journey through the macabre dance of death and the passage from one life to another.