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International Competition Programme 6 “Below the Surface” (15*)

Part of LIAF 2017

A still from LIAF 2017 competition entry Nothing Happens

Animation has a great capacity for experimentation and reinvention. This programme showcases films from the 2,600 entries for London International Animation Festival 2017 that reflect this.

Animated Daily

Inspired by international events taken from the pages of the French daily newspaper Libération, this wildly creative animation leads us down an unexpected and troubling path.

France 2016 Dir Donato Sansome 4min


The Tesla World Light

New York, 1905. A portrait of visionary inventor Nikola Tesla. A spectacular burst of image and sound drawing from avant-garde cinema and animated documentary.

Canada 2017 Dir Matthew Rankin 8min



All the world’s a stage. The dance of a puppet and the mechanism that pulls the strings.

Italy 2016 Dir Dario Imbrogno 4min


Dead Reckoning

A wild ride around Vienna’s Ringstrasse Boulevard – falling, eating and ending up on the toilet. The cycle of life and the rhythm of the city.

Austria 2017 Dir Susan Young and Paul Wenninger 3min


Nothing Happens

In the cold outskirts of town, something is about to happen. The Kranots are back with a new kind of narrative about watching and being watched.

France/Denmark 2017 Dir Uri and Michelle Kranot 12min


Emanations: A Visual Poem

Gorgeous hand-painted ode to the relentless cycle of life, growth and decay from perennial LIAF favourite Patrick Jenkins.

Canada 2017 Dir Patrick Jenkins 5min


In a Nutshell

From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.

Switzerland 2017 Dir Fabio Friedli 5min


Starting Over

You fall down every time before you reach your goal. At each fall, the glass you held shatters, and everything starts all over again. But there are things you can only discover through repetition. The answer lies within yourself.

Japan 2016 Dir Mika Seike 8min


It Is My Fault

A twisted commentary on technology, violence, and self-destruction utilising the medium itself to deconstruct its character’s damaged psyche.

China 2016 Dir Liu Sha 5min


The Walker

A night in an almost deserted city. A man falls prey to his shadow.

France 2016 Dir Thibault Chollet 6min


149th and Grand Concourse

The diverse voices of the South Bronx and a backdrop of the rapidly changing streets. An animated portrait of New York City life in flux.

US 2017 Dir Andy and Carolyn London 3min



A gorgeously simple, playful character stretches, pulls and walks through a sparse monochrome grid.

US 2016 Dir Daniel Savage, Ambrose Yu 1min


The Battle Of San Romano

The savagery of a battle as seen in the 15th century painting ‘The Battle of San Romano’ by Paolo Uccello and depicted by master animator Georges Schwizgebel.

Switzerland 2017 Dir Georges Schwizgebel 2min


Little Girl

A little girl rides her bike.

US 2016 Dir Steven Subotnick 3min


Among the Black Waves

An ancient northern legend – a hunter, a seal-girl and the souls of the drowned. The sea holds many untold secrets.

Russia 2017 Dir Anna Budanova 11min

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