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Being Human (15*) (International Competition 4)

London International Animation Festival 2019

a woman stands in a golden forest near a table surrounded by red leaves

The backbone of the whole LIAF mission.

We’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,600 entries to put together a series of screenings that showcase the best 85 new films from every corner of the world. The one thing they have in common is that we think they’re the pick of the crop. This is your annual window into the international indie animation universe. 

This programme examines some big life moments with a tribute to the victims of terrorist attacks in the USA, a dance of life and death in the tropical rainforests of Mexico and Peru, a moral tale of greed set in 18th century Germany and how for one little girl at the seaside five minutes can seem like an eternity.


The Flounder
One day a humble fisherman catches an enchanted fish. Can the fish help him and his wife improve their lot?
UK 2019 Dir Elizabeth Hobbs 6 min

Something Happened
The last day of the holidays. A siren sounds in the distance, the beach is emptying. Everyone is gone... almost. 
France 2018 Dir Anne Larricq 8 min

Embarrassing, disturbing, grinning people lose themselves in the abyss of human existence.
Switzerland 2018 Dir Claudius Gentinetta 4 min

The Juggler
The other side of life - the scary, unknown side we never fully grasp, but we know is there, somewhere near, so close.
Lithuania/France 2018 Dir Skirmanta Jakaite 11 min

An ode to her mother’s Puerto Rican accent. A spoken word piece written and performed by Denice Frohman.
Australia 2018 Dir Robertino Zambrano 2 min

The Lonely Orbit
A satellite technicians inability to cope with his solitude causes a chain reaction in space and in his own mind.
Switzerland 2019 Dir Frederic Siegel, Benjamin Morard 9 min

Winter in the Rainforest
In the tropical rainforests of Mexico and Peru, animals, birds, insects and flowers are fragile and resilient at the same time.
Estonia/Lithuania/Mexico 2019 Dir Anu-Laura Tuttelberg 9 min

Five Minutes to Sea 
For this little girl, five minutes are an ocean of boredom that stretches on and on forever and ever.
Russia 2018 Dir Natalia Mirzoyan 7 min

A bunch of faceless people make decisions based on no real logic at all.
Switzerland 2019 Dir Michael Frei 9 min

What Else Needs To Happen?
A tribute to the victims of terrorist attacks, a message of hope and light against the darkness roaming around us.
France 2018 Dir Marie Lavis 6 min

In the space of 10 minutes the African baobab tree grows 0.008 mm, the fastest dog in the world can run 12 km, and the Earth travels 18,000 km around the Sun.
South Korea 2019 Dir Dahee Jeong 10 min

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