Japanese Animation at the London International Animation Festival 2019

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This year’s London International Animation Festival (LIAF 19) will be at the Barbican from Friday, November 29th to Sunday, December 08th. The organisers have combed through 2,600 entries and whittled them down to 85 films that best represent the international indie animation universe.

I’m interested in everything Japanese so here’s what’s on offer:

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Japanese Animation at the London International Animation Festival 2018

The 15th London International Animation Festival (LIAF 18) returns to the Barbican for a run between November 30th and December 09th. There will be ten days of talks, forums, workshops and over 200 animated shorts and features from around the world. For a second year in a row there is a focus on the on-screen and off-screen representation of women in animation with the section Female Figures which will showcase works by female animation talent that explore female desire, physicality, and more. In the centenary since the end of WWI, there is a section called Aftermath which is dedicated to animation inspired or rooted in that conflict. There is also a lot of British talent getting the chance to show their works and there will be lots of independent animation to revel in. Heck, there’s even a film featuring Conan O’Brien! (trailer)

As the organisers have written on their press release,

The Festival promises to inspire, delight and challenge the notion that animation is merely for the 3D blockbuster genre, or cute cartoons. Independent animation is an art form that continues to thrive and develop as a breathtaking medley of styles, materials, techniques and production – from hand drawn, paint on glass, collage, sculpture, to some of the more interesting developments in CGI – all of which can be seen at this year’s LIAF.

I’m interested in everything Japanese so here’s what’s on offer:

dwarf studio-mogu-and-perol

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Japanese Animation at the London International Animation Festival 2017

The 14th London International Animation Festival (LIAF 17) returns to the Barbican from 1st-10th December and there are 200 animated shorts and features slated to appear as well as a lot of guests who will take part in Q&As and presentations. There is a focus on the on-screen representation of women and the usual high-quality and diverse selection of films which show the various media used in making the many different films.

As the organisers have written on their site,

This year’s uncompromising programme promises to inspire, delight and challenge the notion that animation is merely for the 3D-CGI blockbuster genre or cute cartoons for kids. Independent animation is an art form that continues to thrive and develop as a breathtaking medley of styles, materials, techniques and production – including hand drawn, paint on glass, collage, sculpture, cut outs, puppets, abstract, sand/salt, the interesting developments in CGI – all of which can be seen at LIAF 2017.

Here’s what’s on offer:

Gokurosama Image

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Japanese Films at the London International Animation Festival 2016

The London International Animation Festival is due to launch at the end of the week and it lasts ten days (December 02nd to December 11th). There are over 200 films getting screened and many of them are Japanese. The titles are spread across competitions and special screenings and there is a wide variety of Here’s a preview based on a press release and information from the festival site:

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Japanese Films at The London International Animation Festival 2015

The London International Animation Festival takes place at the Barbican Cinema and lasts from December 04th to 13th. 200 animated short and feature films have been selected from the 2,400 entries that were submitted to the festival and there are many from Japan. The festival organisers have programmed the Japanese films in several categories including the International Competition Programmes. Here’s a glimpse of what’s on offer:

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Japanese Films at the 10th London International Animation Festival

 

Genki London International Animation Film Festival 2013 BannerThe Barbican plays host to the London International Animation Festival which runs from Friday, October 25th to Sunday, November 03rd with over 300 films from 30 countries being screened. There are a number of Japanese films playing at the festival and here they are:

Kick-Heart

Director: Masaaki Yuasa

Running Time: 13 mins

Kick-Heart is the biggest title programmed for this festival. It is directed by Masaaki Yuasa (Mind GameThe Tatami Galaxy) and animated by Production I.G (Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell). This was big news in the anime world last year because it was successfully funded by the public via Kickstarter, a first for an anime title since the traditional route is to use corporate investors. It is playing at the London Film Festival which allowed me to copy and paste this blurb.

 

Romeo is a successful pro-wrestler. Juliet is a nun who lives a secret double-life as a female pro-wrestler. Romeo’s secret is that he enjoys taking a beating in the ring, while Juliet feels invigorated when facing her opponents as a wrestler. When the two meet in the ring, the fireworks fly.

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Japanese Films at the London International Animation Festival

Tomorrow sees the London International Animation Festival kick off at the Barbican for its 2nd year and there is an incredible amount of titles and talent due to attend.

The festival runs for 11 days at the new Barbican Cinemas 2 & 3 and closes on the 04th of November. During that time there will be 280 films from 30 countries with presentations, discussions and workshops with some of the creators getting involved including BAFTA award-winning Kevin Girffith and Klasky Csupo studios (Rugrats, Aah! Real Monsters).

The choice is bewildering until I remember that this is a Japanese film blog and I cover anime, so here are the Japanese contributions:

Japanese Films at the London International Animation Festival

The big news for Japanophiles is the fact that Oscar ominated and award winning short film auteur Koji Yamamura will be attending the London International Animation Festival and will be holding a masterclass and Retrospective which includes an introduction and Q&A. Here are the details:

International Programme 4: Recent Japanese Shorts (15)
Saturday 27th October, 7:00 pm – at Barbican Centre
Columbus Animated ShortThe best of recently released short animated films from Japan – this year’s LIAF country of focus. A programme that opens the window on what’s going on in the young Japanese animation scene.

 

Midori-ko (Japan 2010 Dir Keita Kurosawa 55 mins) (cert. 15)

Saturday 27th October, 9:00 pm – at Barbican Centre

Midori-ko
In this dark sci-fi tale, 21st century Tokyo is a city at the edge of apocalypse. Little Midori is dreaming of a colourful vegetable world, but instead, as a teenager, she travels to a post-apocalyptic, surrealist, and grotesque future that looks like a Jan Svankmajer nightmare where there is a serious food shortage. Neither hunger nor her bizarre mutant neighbours weaken Midori’s vegan spirit. In the meantime, five scientists work in a lab and manage to develop “dream food”, which is both meat and vegetable. The problem is that Midori-ko – a sort of pumpkin with face and limbs – has no intention of being eaten. When Midori and Midori-ko’s paths cross, they will have to fight to stay safe from neighbours, scientists, and even their own instincts.

Japanese animation artist Keita Kurosaka needed more than a decade’s work and almost 30,000 drawings, completely hand-drawn in coloured pencils, to produce Midori-ko, a dazzling, atmospheric “paranoid fairy tale”, as it has been called. Midori-ko is its own unique kind of animated classic, one that takes today’s present day environmental concerns and puts them into realms of imagination that most of us would never have dreamed possible.

Midori-Ko will screen with two of director Keita Kurosaka’s acclaimed short films:

Worm Story (Japan 1989 Dir Keita Kurosawa 15 min) and Agitated Screams of

Maggots (Japan 2006 Dir Keita Kurosawa 4 min).

New Japanese animation: The CALF collective (15)
Wednesday 31st October 31, 7:30 pm
13 shorts from The CALF Collective, a small group of young Japanese indie animators that decided to pool resources and take their work to the world under a single banner. It’s worked extremely well with CALF screenings of one kind or another in a vast array of festivals around the world in the last 18 months. And now it’s our turn to check out this group of Japanese indie animation trendsetters.

“The Oscar-nominated animator Koji Yamamura is in London to present a Masterclass and a Retrospective as part of the International Animation Festival. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the Japanese animation world’s true heroes talking about his work, so book early for the 1st November events.”

Masterclass
Thursday 1st November 2012, 6:30pm
Barbican Frobisher Room 4, Level 4

Tickets
Standard: £25 online / £30 on the door
Barbican Members: £20 online / £25 on the door
Concessions: £20 online / £25 on the door
Book Tickets
Maximum capacity: 25

Restrospective

Kafka COuntry Doctor

Thursday 1st November, 9:15pm
Introduction and Q&A with the director with the following shorts screened:

Mount Head / Atama-yama – 2002, 10 min
Fig – 2006, 4 min
The Old Crocodile/ Toshi wo Totta Wani – 2005, 13 min
Franz Kafka ‘A Country Doctor’ – 2007, 21 min
A Child’s Metaphysics/ Kodomo No Keijijougaku – 2007, 5 min
Muybridge’s Strings – 2011, 13 min
Barbican Cinema 3 (enter via Beech St)

Best of the Next: Programme 1 – Tokyo University of the Arts

Saturday 03rd November , 6:00 pm – at the Horse Hospital
Specimens of ObsessionLegendary Japanese animator Koji Yamamura (‘Mt Head’, ‘Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor’) dramatically and quickly re-energised the Tokyo University of the Arts animation course into a creative powerhouse of the Japanese animation scene and the world is beginning to sit up and take notice of its graduates. This collection looks at some of their more recent graduate works and shows what a unique torrent of animation has been untapped there. 14 shorts will be screened in this series

Tickets (Barbican)
Standard: £10.50 online / £11.50 on the door
Barbican Members: £8.40 online / £9.20 on the door
Concessions: £9.50 online / £10.50 on the door

Tickets (Horse Hospital)
Standard:  £10.00
Concessions:  £8.00