FAFF 2023 in London
BLOC Cinema, Arts One, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Rd, Bethnal Green, London E1 4PA
14 October 2023, 12:30 – 17:30

The Factual Animation Film Festival programme consists of two blocs of curated screenings and an FAQ session with animation directors.

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Programme 1

The Waiting
Director: Voker Schlecht
Duration: 15:35
Karen Lips is researcher and lives for several years in a tiny little shack in Costa Rica to observe frogs. When she leaves the cloud forest for a short time and returns, the frogs are gone. All of them. Karen sets out to find them – and encounters a horrible truth.

Our infinite sonic space for being otherwise
Director: Irene Izquierdo
Duration: 2:20
What is free improvisation and why do people practice it? Members of the Blank Canvas Octet tell us about their passion while different elements representing sounds interact with each other in a playful way.

It was Coming Towards!
Director: Lívia Janoch
Duration: 08:36
The short based on several interviews, recorded in Budapest. The characters are the representations
of the lower social classes. The film trying to show the truth of these people, the people who missed
the blessings of globalization, and left out in suburbia.

A Taste For Music
Director: Jordan Antonowicz-Behnan
Duration: 5:07
Living with a sick loved one can have benefits and problems, a self-reflected documentary inspired by the memories and the record collection of the director’s father.

Everything Must Go
Director: Alisha Liu
Duration: 3:58
People talk about yard sales, objects, and memories.

Discussions animées entre entendeurs de voix
Director: Tristan Thil
Duration: 12:12

Cesspit of Freedom
Director: Oran Rose O’Sullivan
Duration: 1:30
United Kingdom
The police’s consistent harassment of a popular gay bar heralds the UK’s first national Gay Pride March, taking place in the textiles town of Huddersfield, 1981.

Programme 2

Echoes of Memory
Director: Yifu Feng
Duration: 8:54
I heard the echoes of memory from the painting I had drawn unconsciously.

Holy Holocaust
Directors: osi wald, Noa Berman-Herzberg
Duration: 17:32
A dark family secret from the past is revealed unexpectedly and opens an abyss between two close friends: Jennifer, a German, discovers that she is the black granddaughter of a Notorious Nazi commander, and her life is turned upside down, while Noa, an Israeli, is doing whatever she can to prevent her life from turning around

The End of the World
Director: Ali Aschman
Duration: 3:00
How do we relate to the concept of climate catastrophe on a personal level? The filmmaker draws a parallel between various threats of climate change and her own visceral and emotional experience of grieving after an immense and sudden loss, questioning her capacity to care about humanity yet nonetheless showing a glimmer of hope for the future.

Slower Animals
Director: John Christopher Kelley
Duration: 7:00
While aimlessly following a winter goose migration across the American south, a professor slips in and out of childhood memories that all surround a forgotten trauma. This short animated film explores the ways we are shaped; both by what we remember and what we forget.


Mixtape for a Drowned Rabbit.

Directors: Alec Green, Finbar Watson
Duration: 7:35
For almost half a century, Don Ritchie would approach people contemplating suicide at the edge of a cliff, just 100 feet from his home, his palms facing up.

Voiced by Hugo Weaving, Teacups explores Don’s surreal interactions with years of suicidal individuals and his journey to reconcile the suicide of his best friend.
The film asks, can a simple act of kindness save a life?

It wasn’t Bourgogne
Director: Mathias de Panafieu
Duration: 6:38
Between two telephone calls, my grandfather recounts some of his memories from the war when he was twenty years old.

The Pink Jacket
Director: Mónica Santos
Duration: 08:20
A political musical film about a Pink Jacket that always has something up his sleeve. In the comfort of his home, Casaco Rosa uses couture and torture to stitch up the opponents of the system.

Mariupol. A Hundred Nights
Directors: Sofiia Melnyk
Duration: 07:26
«Mariupol. A Hundred Nights» tells us a story of a little girl, who wakes up on February 24th because of the air alert and tries to find someone living in the burning city. The main character is based on the story of Alice, a 4 year girl, who stayed in the blocked Mariupol during the whole time, she was also at Azovstal during the last month of defense. When russians allowed the evacuation of civilians from Asovstal, Alice was separated from her mother. A poem used in the film is «The wheels, the wheels, they hit the road» («Кolesa hlukho stukotiat») by Vasyl Stus who was a Ukrainian poet and an active member of the dissident movement in the 60’s and 70’s. Stus was repressed and died in GULAG. The film was initiated by Gogolfest, a Ukrainian festival of contemporary art, which last 5 years was involved deeply in cultural life of the city, and was created in the frame of the collaboration project “Belief Matters” between German & Ukrainian artists.