LIAF 2017: Best of the Next Programme 1

Help! Dying!


The London International Animation Festival returns to the Horse Hospital over 3 nights with 6 eclectic and inspiring screenings and talks with some of the most creative minds working in animation today.

Independent animation is very much alive and kicking and continues to thrive and develop with a breathtaking medley of styles, materials, techniques and genres. From hand drawn, paint on glass, collage and sculpture, to cut-outs, puppets, abstract and sand/salt – LIAF 2017 showcases all of this.


Selected from 60 graduate showreels and almost 30 countries this is a look at the best student work and first professional films from all around the world – the first step on the animation ladder for these talented filmmakers, and the first time their wild and wonderful imaginations have been unleashed.

Best of the Next Programme 2 screens just after this one at 9pm tickets to both are just £12 (CLICK HERE)


Films screening:


Less Than Human

Steffen Bang Lindholm (Denmark)

In the aftermath of a zombie outbreak, the zombies have been cured and exiled to secluded camps.

6min, 2016



Etienne Kompis and Fela Bellotto (Switzerland)

A cat and a child move elegantly between speeding trains and cross dimensions and planes only to encounter one another again in space, motion and time.

4min, 2016


Closed Visit

Jade Evans


How would you cope if you could only see your son from behind a screen? An exploration of isolation, separation and loss.

2min, 2017


Black Sheep

Rosalie Benevello


In the middle of the mountains in a glass cube live a father and his son. A sheep arrives and breaks the solitude.

9min, 2016


Little Wonders

Triet Le


Simple memories, beautifully portrayed.

2min, 2016


City Lights

Jessica Lester


The city is alive. A journey through Central London at night.

3min, 2016


In your Hands

Delphine Delannoy, Lisa Baillon, Tsu-Ning Lai, Atiyyah Lallmahomed, Gwenaël Renaud, Daphné Westelynck


When red crystals begin to mysteriously appear all over a mans’ body his sickness begins to have an effect on the outside world.

8min, 2017


Remember How We Used to Play?

Matthias Cuciniello


A boy’s weekend visit to his estranged father.

5min, 2017


Scent of Geranium

Naghmeh Farzaneh


A poignant autobiographical tale of a journey from Iran to the USA.

5min, 2016



Lalita Brunner


Tommy goes swimming in a pool filled with his anxiety.

3min, 2016


Lead in the Head

Aurore Peuffier


A wolf is hunted and brought back to a village as a trophy. But the wolf is not dead and the bullet in its skull has repercussions on its psyche.

8min, 2016


Help! Dying!

Noah Malone


A beguiling tale of foot-sucking and a cop-killer.

5min, 2016



Junyi Xiao


Security over risk? Or freedom over obedience? And at what cost?

6min, 2017



Ai Hsuan Shih


A girl escapes the harsh sounds of the urban environment to find solace in her inner world.

2min, 2016



Katy Wang


Stranded on a distant planet, a lonely astronaut sends out a signal in search of human contact.

7min, 2017