The 15th London International Animation Festival will take place at the Barbican between November 30th and December 09th. There will be forums, workshops and over 200 animated films done in a range of styles, techniques, and materials from hand drawn to paint on glass, collage and sculpture and CGI. There are a lot Japanese films on offer in various sections and this post will list them.
December 01st: Amazing Animations for 0-7 year-olds
Konigiri-Kun: Music Box (2017, Dir: Mari Miyazawa, 5 mins)
Konigiri-Kun eats a super-sour pickled plum to wake himself up, then grabs his music box to show his friends.
Watercolors (2017, Dir: Takashi Yoneoka, 2 mins)
When the room is empty tiny watercolour paints jump onto the canvas.
Mogu and Perol (2018, Dir: Tsuneo Goda, 8 mins)
Two friends live on Yummy Island, where delicious food can be found everywhere!
December 01st: Abstract Showcase
Cosmopolite (2017, Dir: Rina Okada, 4 mins)
A subtle and softened x-ray tinted journey through an opaque, undescribable stratosphere.
December 01st: International Competition Programme 1: “From Absurd to Zany”
Rabbit’s Blood (UK/Japan 2017 Dir: Sarina Nihei 5 mins) Website.
Two rival groups battle for survival underground – sinister cloaked men and neutralist rabbits.
December 02nd: Marvellous Animation for 8-15 year-olds
Cat Days 「2017, Germany/Japan, Dir: Jon Frickey, 11 mins.」
Jiro, a little boy, feels sick. His father takes him to the doctor. She diagnoses a harmless condition, but it shakes the core of the boy’s identity.
December 02nd: International Competition Programme 4: “Playing With Emotion”
Waaah「2018, Dir: Sawako Kabuki, 1 min.」
A baby cries and cries and cries. And then what? There is no substitute for the ultimate pacifier.
December 05th: Female Figures 2 + Q&A
CHROMOSOME SWEETHEART 「2017, Dir: Yano Honami, 5 mins.」
An ex-couple in a café, a girl sucking on her girlfriend’s hair, a running woman, a little girl walking along the river. In this world, there are as many forms of love as there are people.