The 2014 London International Animation Festival (LIAF), running over 10 days from 24 October to 2 November, featured an impressive number of Québec films - almost forty!
At this year’s LIAF, the award-winning Montreal-based filmmaker and guest of honour Steven Woloshen occupied centre-stage, where his film 1000 Plateaus was screened at the festival’s Opening Gala. He was also present for the festival’s Steven Woloshen Retrospective and the Scratch, Crackle & Pop! Hands-on Animation Workshop. Also worth noting is that the Opening Night Gala screenings included Entropy Or The Arrow Of Time, directed by Québec’s Damaris Baker, who was also in attendance.
This 10th LIAF also commemorated the renowned maestro animation and filmmaking pioneer Norman McLaren (born in Scotland and settled in Québec), whose career and influence spanned over half a century.
In addition to having these influential personalities at its centre, this year the festival was speckled with close to 40 Québécois creations by 17 filmmakers, 7 of which were nominated in the event’s International Competition. The filmmakers included: Steven Woloshen; Damaris Baker; Norman McLaren, Vladimir Leschiov; Benjamin Arcand; Janet Perlman; Michèle Cournoyer; Nicola Lemay; Janice Nadeau; Éléonore Goldberg; Nicolas Ménard; Fraser Munden; Judith Poirier; Pierre M. Trudeau; Theodore Ushev; Sharron Mirsky and David Barlow-Krelina.
Québec productions in LIAF’s International Competition were:
Rainy Days (Vladimir Leschiov, co-production Latvia/Québec – National Film Board of Canada)
Wackatdooo (Benjamin Arcand)
Monsieur Pug (Janet Perlman)
Thirst (Michèle Cournoyer)
No Fish Where To Go (Nicola Lemay & Janice Nadeau)
Wandering (Éléonore Goldberg)
Since its inception in 2003, LIAF has grown into a well-established yearly happening which attracts the whole spectrum of creative animation from around the world, demonstrating that this growing industry transcends all ages, cultures and genres. Animation is basically open to everyone.
A video of from the "Scratch, Crackle & Pop!" workshop.