The London International Animation Festival (LIAF 2016) returns to the Barbican with a whopping 10-day celebratory feast of forums, screen talks and over 200 of the best new, archive and retrospective animated shorts and features from around the world.
Guests at LIAF this year include world-renowned animators Chris Shepherd (UK) and Ann Marie Fleming (Canada) who will both take part in onstage discussions, career-spanning retrospectives and present world premiere screenings of their most recent films.
The opening night gala celebrates a giant of British animation, Chris Shepherd. One of the most cherished names in the UK independent animation scene, his work fuses comedy with commentary on the darker side of human nature and his numerous short films have won awards and screened to universal acclaim the world over. The gala will include the world premiere of Shepherd’s live-action/animated short film Johnno’s Dead, several years in the making and the sequel to the multi-award winning Dad’s Dead. Shepherd will attend the screening at Barbican, alongside cast and crew, to discuss his work and the making of Johnno’s Dead.
he festival will also present two programmes specifically for children; Marvellous Animations (for 8-15 year-olds) and Amazing Animations (for 0-7 year-olds), where talking animals and fun adventures will spark young imaginations.
The Bristol Palestine Film Festival, now in its sixth year, returns with a range of documentaries and feature films (some never seen before in the UK) that provide a unique insight into life in Palestine, told through the stories of the people who live there.
The Festival kicks off on Fri 9 Dec with pitch-black comedy thriller Love, Theft and Other Entanglements, about a bumbling car thief who is having a very bad day. On Saturday we take a Trip Along Exodus, a look into 70 years of Palestinian history via the life of Dr Elias Shoufani, whose director daughter will be here for a Q&A afterwards.
Sunday starts with Oriented, an engrossing documentary that redefines what it means to be gay, Arab and living in Israel, and is followed by 3000 Nights, a poetic and raw allegory of freedom under occupation.
As well as the screenings at Watershed the Festival also takes place at other venues across Bristol, including the Baggator (The Pickle Factory) in Easton and The Arts House in Stokes Croft.
Roger Ross Williams’s Life, Animated is one of the year’s most heartwarming and uplifting documentaries. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind’s 2014 memoir Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, Williams’s documentary recounts the Suskind family’s 20-year journey to connect with their youngest son, Owen. Diagnosed with regressive autism at the age of three, Owen lost the ability to speak, and developed an obsession with Disney’s animated movies. Latching onto their son’s new-found interest, the family began to converse in Disney dialogue, which eventually helped Owen regain his speech. Over the subsequent years, the Suskinds and their son’s therapist used the famed studio’s output to help Owen connect with the world around him. Enlightening and educational, Life, Animated (winner of the Directing Award at this year’s Sundance) is an inspiring story of triumph over adversity, and a moving celebration of family.
The Homeless Film Festival is pleased to screen Dark Days, renowned British filmmaker Marc Singer’s debut film. The showing will be preceded by a screening of two of this year’s officially selected short films Jordan by Prakash Nathan and Girl by Megan K. Fox Films.
Dark Days is a critically acclaimed documentary that follows a group of people living in an abandoned section of the New York City underground railway system, more precisely the area of the so-called Freedom Tunnel.
The Homeless Film Festival is a registered charity aimed at highlighting homeless issues worldwide through our annual touring film festival and free filmmaking courses for people affected by homeless issues. For more information on our events throughout the UK please visit our website.