The largest animated film festival in the United Kingdom– the London International Animation Festival– has announced this years program. Included are over 280 films from thirty countries competing in 10 categories. Showcasing the best in British and international animation, this years festival also includes several important premieres, in addition to attendee events and symposiums.
This year’s London International Animation Festival– or LIAF– is running October 25th — November 4th. This year the ten day festival will open with style, premiering ‘For No Good Reason’, the brand new feature film exploring the connection between life and art through the eyes of seminal British artist, Ralph Steadman. Follow the screening with an onstage discussion with the seminal British artist himself – Ralph Steadman, as well as ‘For No Good Reason’ Director Charlie Paul and Animation Director Kevin Richards.
On October 28th, Czech Republic director Tomáš Lunák will introduce a screening of his film Alois Nebel. Afterward, he will take part in a Q and A about the film.
Also on tap are a retrospective of Lithuanian Animation and a look at the emerging Japanese animation scene, including a masterclass and screening with short-form auteur animator Koji Yamamura. American studio Klasky Csupo presents a series of never-before-seen pilot films from some of their televisions series.
The festival will also be home to a variety of ScreenTalks and Creative Skillset symposiums and special presentations including a 2-day industry event in which topics such as The Future of Animation in the UK and The Art of Animated Film Titles will be explored. Technique Focus Workshops include an in-depth look at Live Action / Animation Hybrid films. There are also several programs and hands on workshops especially for children including the Make a Spooky Film Workshop in which BAFTA award-winning Kevin Griffiths will guide audiences through the various stages of ‘cut-out’ animation and the art of adding spooky soundtracks.
Another favorite program at the LIAF is Friday Night Bizarre. On November 2 at 9 PM, this ever popular, irresistible, train-wreck of a program commences — you wanna’ turn away but you know you can’t. Expect meat in all the wrong places, drunk babies, slimy politicians, Siamese twins, deranged zombies and Yoko Ono!
The festival will wrap up with The Best of the Next on Saturday night, leading into the Best of the Festival event on the following Sunday, showcasing a collection of the greatest films from LIAF chosen by judging panels and audience votes.
Full program schedules and additional information about the LIAF is available online at www.liaf.org.uk