London International Animation Festival 2021

Figures in Focus - Up Yours!

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LIAF 2021 is back and we are super-excited to be opening our festival with a celebration of radical animators making politically charged work. At a time in the UK when our right to protest is being challenged, this programme reflects on the power of animation to spread a message. The title is a nod to the seminal work Oh Bondage Up Yours! by British, feminist, punk pioneer Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex and its message to revolt against the subjugation that women face in society.

The programme features contemporary animations about issues that continue to be questioned, such as gender equality, body image, gay rights, maternity, sexual harassment, and women’s sexual agency. Works by daring animators demonstrate how animators are presenting an alternative viewpoint to the status quo through their experimental and artistic work.

Figures in Focus, (previously called Female Figures) was devised in 2017 by Animation Producer and Programmer Abigail Addison, in recognition of the under-representation of female and non-binary animators and their stories within the independent animation sector, the programme spotlights some of the incredible work crafted by contemporary animators, both in the UK and internationally.

This LIAF opening programme is a festival favourite - numbers are strictly limited. Book early to avoid heartbreak.

Recommended age 15+

Protesters from around the world mix with nudists, Greenpeace demonstrators and punks.

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    4 minutes
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    Martha Colburn