The backbone of the whole LIAF programme; somehow, we’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,550 entries to put together a seven showcases of the best 100 or so new films. The films come in from every corner, they use every technique, they can be funny, dramatic, eye-popping, subdued, documentary or autobiographical - and we're think they're the pick of the crop.
Man and machine. It’s a relationship that has to work to keep the mission on track. But it doesn’t always work perfectly, and there is a part of the real man that is out there – somewhere.
UK 2013 Dir Nicolas Ménard 6 min 50
A Little Pond By The Great Wall
The story of a dreamer unafraid to contemplate the beauty of the world despite the difficult political situation. This film is dedicated to the life and memory of Te Wei, a Chinese animator.
Russia 2013 Dir Dmitry Geller 6 min 40
An exquisitely confected circuit board boogie.
Finland 2013 Dir Joni Männistö 4 min 45
It’s another days at the baths. Nothing seems unusual until you start looking closely at the patterns, the lights and beneath the surfaces.
Poland 2013 Dir Tomek Ducki 4 min 20
A film about the educational problems of our time. We are all flooded with unimportant information, losing contact with the important stuff.
Croatia 2013 Dir Martina Mestrovic 7 min 50
A siren call over a radio to a lonely, isolated watchman, foreshadows the arrival of a lorry loaded with dangerous freight that wants to enter the forest he is protecting.
Switzerland 2014 Dir Nino Christen 6 min 30
An endless warscape of battlefield horrors is leavened by the healing powers of a sea of letters swept in from over the horizon.
France 2013 Dir Augusto Zanovello 11 min 20
A drawn animation of staggering imagination and audacious skill. An absolute thrill to watch and a feast for the eyes.
Poland 2013 Dir Wojciech Wojtkowski 6 min 50
A hyper-realistic scene where two ghosts fight to the death. But how do ghosts die?
Italy 2013 Dir Igor Imhoff 5 min
The deep, misty memories of a woman exiled from a place that she cannot return to or systematically recall.
Canada 2013 Dir Éléonore Goldberg 6 min 10
Cloud surfing in from the high heavens, a couple find an unusual sanctuary amidst the every changing landscape of a surreal floating island.
Poland 2013 Dir Marcin Wasilewski 6 min 5
A lost soul stumbles drunkenly through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things.
Ireland 2014 Dir Alan Holly 8 min 55
This event is part of:
London International Animation Festival 2014
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