International Competition Program #4


The International Competition Programs are the backbone of the entire MIAF mission. Drawn from more than 2,000 submissions they showcase the best, most imaginative animating talent on the planet in a series of programs in which the only rule is diversity.

We managed to lock in French master animator Ines Sedan’s latest film right on deadline and it brings to this program a perfect interlude of the kind of intense honesty that sits in the middle of all her films but this one comes with a bright colour burst that sets it apart from the nuanced pastels she usually deploys.

Horse – Jass Kaselaan

Jass Kaselaan
Estonia, 5’25, 2022
Drawing from a range of uniquely Estonian animation tropes, a strong, elegant horse marshals some powerful historical memories from a society in flux.

La Meuf de Jay – Lola Lefevre

La Meuf de Jay
Lola Lefèvre
France, 4’21, 2023
Much to Nina’s frustration, Jay isn’t being entirely upfront. But – as they say – one door closes, another opens.

Love Me True – Ines Sedan

Love Me True
Inés Sedan
France, 7’38, 2023
Laurence is desperately looking for love. Turning to online dating sites she becomes addicted to her phone and entwined with a truly toxic man.

Sunflower – Natalia Chernysheva

Natalia Chernysheva
France, 4’00, 2023
A story of a sunflower that learns to share its beauty by looking in a different direction at a different time of the day.

Hooked On Illusions – Laura Isabel Schneider

Hooked On Illusions
Laura Isabel Schneider
Germany, 4’30, 2023
Fishing alone one night an old man, beguiled by the moon’s reflection, dives into a beautifully ominous dream-world beneath the surface.

Liberation – Zih-Yu Hu

Zih-Yu Hu
Taiwan, 3’00, 2023
An absorbing and diverse interrogation illuminating the myriad intersecting expressions of dance, movement, and animation.

Dear Passengers – Max Kulikov

Dear Passengers
Max Kulikov
Russia, 11’00, 2023
Dear Passengers. Train seven-two is now departing from platform two….. and good luck to all aboard!

From The Top – Rich Farris

From The Top
Rich Farris
UK, 8’14, 2023
Determined to get rid of her drum kit, Robin discovers that giving up a passion isn’t always easy!

So Long Memories – Zhang Ruihan, Shan Wenzi, Chen Xingyi

So Long Memories
Zhang Ruihan, Shan Wenzi, Chen Xingyi
China, 5’00, 2023
A wry, quick-witted little raccoon finds the old man’s lost music box and, remembering the time he spent with him, sets off to return it to him.

3:12 PM, Wednesday – Jin Woo

3:12 PM, Wednesday
Jin Woo
Poland, 5’25, 2023
Wednesday at 3:12 p.m. I sit in my room, look out the window, and daydream. Am I a bird? Am I a fish? Or are they me? The dream of my existence begins.


This session is classified: Unclassified (M) Mature, not recommended for viewers under 15 years.

Please note that Backlot is NOT fully accessible. There are stairs with handrails, but no lift to the second floor where the cinema is located.

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May 09 2024


6:45 pm – 8:00 pm

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