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Inside the Mind (15*)

London International Animation Festival

an animated image of a baby in utero as the stamen of a pink flower

We rediscover some of the most celebrated and talked about films from recent festival editions that explore the concept of an ‘inner life’.

Featuring work from the UK, Ireland, Estonia and the US, this programme shows how artists use animation to engage with first person narratives and to express the otherwise inexpressible.

Tagged with: Cinema Inside Out


In Dreams
A group of people swap their heads to help illustrate their most recurrent or memorable dreams.
UK 2011 Dir Samuel Blain 4 min

Tad’s Nest
The Place where eels mature before being compelled to return to a location using only memories of sensations to guide them.
UK 2009 Dir Petra Freeman 5 min

A lost soul stumbles drunkenly through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things.
UK 2014 Dir Alan Holly 9 min

The Empty Space
A past memory, an apartment that once existed, and a small girl playing there. A reconstruction of a vision of the anxieties in the 1950s Soviet Union.
Estonia 2016 Dir Ulo Pikkov 10 min

Strange Wonderful
A bubble eyed cacophony of indescribable schemes from the other side of this guy’s mental looking glass.
US 2013 Dir Stephanie Swart 4 min

An anxious young man has a moving experience at a friend’s house party. Fleeting love, mixed emotions and human interactions.
Ireland 2014 Dir Conor Whelan 5 min

An Eyeful of Sound
The fascinating complex internal world of audio-visual synaesthesia is discussed, dissected and celebrated in this beautifully sensitive animated documentary.
UK 2010 Dir Samantha Moore 10 min

Mr Madila or The Colour of Nothing
A series of conversations between the filmmaker and a gifted spiritual healer, exploring the inner mind, the fabric of the universe, and the nature of reality itself.
UK 2015 Dir Rory Waudby-Tolley 9 min

House of Unconsciousness
A man must navigate a bizarre hell of his own making if he is to control the fire that consumes all that matters to him.
Estonia 2015 Dir Priit Tender 11 min

Barbican Cinema 2