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Into the Dark (18*) (International Competition 5)

London International Animation Festival 2019

a teenage boy rides a bike

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.

In this programme veteran LIAF regulars Robert Morgan and Phil Mulloy return with the British premieres of their brand-new creepy, dsytopian masterpieces alongside several new kids on the block presenting all manner of dark, scary, violent and spooky films.

Subjects include turning a blind eye to what goes into our food, a young womans’ obsession with taxidermy and returning animals to their natural habitat, the plight of refugees in a lorry crossing the border and an exploration of abuse and dysfunctional family environments.



Imbued Life
A taxidermist carefully restores and returns deceased animals to their natural habitat. Before doing so she removes a roll of film from their heads.
Croatia 2019 Dir: Ivana Bosnjak/Thomas Johnson 12min

Now I Think I’m Happy
Or am I…..?
UK 2019 Dir Phil Mulloy 5 min

Song Sparrow
The horrific journey of a group of refugees trying to reach a safe country in search of a better life.
Iran/Denmark 2019 Dir Farzaneh Omidvarnia 12 min

Dark feelings harvested during a boy’s childhood erupt into violence after his mother dies. An exploration of abuse and dysfunctional family environments.
Argentina/France 2019 Dir Pedro Casavecchia 7 min

Nettle Head
Bastien and his two buddies enter the forbidden zone. In the midst of ruins bathed in a toxic fog, something lies in wait.
France 2019 Dir Paul Cabon 14 min

Mr Deer
In an abandoned train station, just like any other European train station, all humanity is lost.
Iran 2018 Dir Mojtaba Mousavi 9 min

Food Chain
On the one hand it’s dirty work and on the other hand gorgeous product. Eat up! Yum! Yum!
Estonia 2018 Dir Liis Kokk, Mari Kivi 8 min

The Dream Report
A deadpan sci-fi tale interweaving moments of familiar routine with esoteric messages from deep space.
Ireland 2019 Dir Jack O'Shea 7 min

Tomorrow I Will Be Dirt
Inside the twisted, deranged mind of Lothar Schramm, serial killer, lurk many sick thoughts.
UK 2019 Dir Robert Morgan 8 min

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