The London International Animation Festival announced its programme – essentially consisting only of shorts – a while ago already, but I didn’t manage to write up a post immediately. Japan, South Korea and China are all represented this year, with shorts that are showing as part of strands featuring animations from other countries as well – there is no dedicated Asian strand.
Note 2: If you are not London-based, do read on as a few of the shorts have actually been made available online by their directors (video clips linked).
- 「こまねこのおるすばん」(Komaneko no orusuban/ Komaneko, Home Alone, Japan, 2012, dir. by Goda Tsuneo) screens as part of Amazing Animation (0-6 years old). (Note: It’s also on the programme for the London International Film Festival.)
- Kick-Heart (Japan, 2013, dir. by Yuasa Masaaki) screens as part of International Competition Programme 1. It’s another one that also pops up at London International Film Festival.
- 「くちゃお」(Kuchao/A Gum Boy, Japan, 2010, by dir. Okuda Masaki) screens as part of Marvellous Animations. If you can’t make the screening, the short is actually available on the internet (posted by the director himself) in full:
- 「激しい衝動」(Hageshī shōdō/Crazy for It, Japan, 2012, dir. by Kubo Yutaro) screens as part of International Competition Programme 2. Again, the director has made the short available online:
- 「Futon」 (Japan, 2012, dir. by Mizushiri Yoriko) and 나무의 시간 (Namuui Sigan/The Hours of Trees, South Korea/France, 2013, dir. by Jung Da-hee) both screen as part of International Competition Programme 4. I reviewed Namuui Sigan as one of two PiFan shorts some time ago. Here’s a teaser for it (nothing for available for 「Futon」):
- 争凳仔 (Zhēng dèng zǐ/Musical Chairs, China, 2012, dir. by Du Yukai Du and Tang Ya, 2012) screens as part of the International Competition Programme 6. I did find a video online, but I am not sure that it was posted by the directors, hence no linking from here.