This year LIAF received 2,589 entries and selected 117 finalists from 30 countries to screen in official competition in 10 international competitive programmes including Into The Dark scary shorts, From Absurd to Zany funny shorts, two programmes of Animated Documentaries, the British Showcase and the Abstract Showcase. Films range from the surreal and nutty, to heart-droppingly beautiful with all emotional bases covered – love and hate, sadness, anxiety and confusion and much more.
The 2018 short film competition showcases entries from a mix of festival veterans and first-time competitors. Oscar winners Alison Snowden and David Fine (Canada) join LIAF favourites Chris Shepherd (UK), Jonathan Hodgson (UK), Juan Pablo Zaramella (Argentina), Ulo Pikkov (Estonia), Tom Schroeder (USA), Liz Hobbs (UK), Sawako Kabuki (Japan), Rosto (Netherlands), Paul Bush (UK) and Ruth Lingford (UK) alongside an unprecedented amount of strong new work from all over the world.
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LIAF screens around 300 films each year in competitive, student and retrospective programmes. All films completed after January 2017 are eligible for entries.