London International Animation Festival 2022

International Competition Programme 5: Into the Dark

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Welcome to our annual deep-dive into the dark heart of animation. Here you will find films featuring a vampiric female spirit with luminous internal organs hanging from her neck, an extremely anxious woman reliving her past traumas through therapy and a startling depiction of celebrated author Will Self’s story about a family man, high on morphine, struggling to come to terms with his life. Step in, take a seat, turn out the light and get ready for our annual showcase of all manner of dark, creepy, violent and spooky films.

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 2,400 entries to put together a series of screenings that showcase the best 87 new films from 30 countries around 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. 8 international competition programmes. Every technique, every genre, every style - this is your annual window into the international indie animation universe.

Recommended age 15+

Driving along the motorway, Will loses his sense of scale. As his crippling drug addiction deepens, he struggles to unpick the sequence of events that led to his predicament, before he’s lost forever.

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    Joseph Pierce