Search

London International Animation festival at the Barbican cinema

PUBLISHED: 18:06 27 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:06 27 November 2017

Toutes Nuance, All Their Shades - London International Animation Festival

Toutes Nuance, All Their Shades - London International Animation Festival

Archant

126 films have been selected from the 2,600 entered and are all on show over the 10 day festival

World of Tomorrow episode 1 - London International Animation Festival World of Tomorrow episode 1 - London International Animation Festival

The 14th annual London International Animation Festival returns to the Barbican on December 1 with ten days of the best animated shorts and features.

Of the more than 2,600 new films entered for the festival, the best 126 have been selected across several competitive categories in the International Competition Programme.

The opening gala on December 1 at 6:30pm brings animator David O’Reilly’s absurdist narratives to the fore. His work has earned more than 80 awards at festivals worldwide, defying traditional forms and aesthetic conventions. He is known for Her (2013) and visuals for musicians such as M.I.A. and U2. He also gives a lecture on December 3.

The programme for the international competition has eight separate screenings showcasing the best in new animation. Programme 1: From Absurd to Zany on December 2 looks at some of the weirdest and funniest films. The second, Being Human, looks at the big moments in life with themes of connection and isolation.

Don't Think of a Pink Elephant - London International Animation Festival Don't Think of a Pink Elephant - London International Animation Festival

The other six programmes cover looking for answers, emotion and the darkness of scary cinema.

A showcase of British animation (December 1, 9pm) includes shorts from two to nine minutes and talks from the filmmakers themselves. Felix Massie’s Rain or Shine is a 360 degrees interactive VR animation about a little girl called Ella, who is pestered by her own personal raincloud every time she puts on her new sunglasses.

Layla Atkinson’s Aftermath is an adaptation of Siegfried Sassoon’s war poem, which was broadcast on every Armistice Day for many years after the war.

There are also full length feature screenings, such as Cleopatra (December 2, 9pm), a rare Japanese anime from 1970 made by Osamu Tezuka and Eilchi Yamamoto, which was never released in the UK.

The Ex-Magician - London International Animation Festival The Ex-Magician - London International Animation Festival

A special programme, Female Figures, gives you the chance to question filmmakers. Female Figures presents a selection of shorts with complex and compelling female characters, followed by a panel discussion about on screen representation, problematic depiction of women as passive objects of desire and the rise of female-led narratives.

Academy Award nominated Don Hertzfelt shows his vision of the future in two episodes of World of Tomorrow (December 10, 2pm).

Most events are at least a 15 rating, but two events for children (for 0-7 and 8-15 year olds, though all adults are also welcome) mean there’s something for all.

A closing gala on December 10 shows the best films form the festival, selected by a judging panel and audience votes.

For a full programme of events over the 10 days, go to liaf.org.uk

Latest Hackney Stories

Yesterday, 21:15

Harry Kane dug England out of a hole and secured a last-gasp 2-1 win over Tunisia in their World Cup opener.

Yesterday, 18:00

World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst is excited about England’s chances at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Yesterday, 16:18

The overhaul at Arsenal continues with the club appointing Andy Woodman as head of academy goalkeeping.

Yesterday, 16:00

The 24-year-old praised his Tottenham Hotspur manager ahead of England’s Group G opener with Tunisia

Yesterday, 15:39

Read our World Cup blog which will be featuring over the coming weeks. Lane Dias reviews match one on day five of the tournament.

Yesterday, 15:00

The 48-year-old is impressed with the 23-man squad Gareth Southgate has picked and hopes they can impress in Russia

Yesterday, 17:32

More bobbies on the beat paid for out of council tax could soon be coming to Hackney with the creation of a new police command for east London.

Yesterday, 15:09

What better way for neighbours in Upper Clapton to get to know each other than by closing off their road and holding a party?

PROMOTED CONTENT

To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.



Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read entertainment

Show Job Lists