London International Animation Festival 2020

International Competition Programme 8: Long Shorts

Expired December 5, 2020 8:00 PM
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Independent animation is an art form that continues to thrive and develop as a breathtaking medley of styles, materials, techniques and production – from hand drawn, paint on glass, collage, sculpture, cut outs, puppets, abstract to some of the more interesting developments in CGI – all of which can be seen at this year’s LIAF.

We’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,700 entries to put together a series of screenings that showcase the best 97 new films from every corner of the world. They can be funny, dramatic, bizarre, subdued, scary or autobiographical. The one thing they have in common is that we think they’re the pick of the crop.

Eight international competition programmes plus our ever-popular British Showcase. Every technique, every genre, every style – this is your annual window into the international indie animation universe.

Some films need extra time to develop their themes, to grow and draw us more comprehensively into their worlds. This competition programme is dedicated to showcasing the best of these longer films. Seven longer short films, seven stunning stories including a poignant and funny depiction of depression, a breathtaking journey of self-discovery taken by a lonely young woman, and a priest acknowledging his darker side in order to strive for a better, more enlightened self.

Recommended age 15+

Following the advice of the giant cat outside his house, a little pixellated man sets off to find the wise lion. It is a quest that takes him through a colourful fairytale world reminiscent of early video games; a world of animals grappling with philosophical questions.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    15 minutes
  • Country
  • Premiere
    UK premiere
  • Filmmaker
    James Molle