The London International Animation Festival wanted a trailer to celebrate their upcoming animation festival and their new home, the Barbican. LIAF is the UK's largest animation festival, showcasing more than 250 films annually and screening over ten days and nights at Central London cinemas from the 26th of August to the 4th of September. To find out more about the festival please visit

This year's focus theme for LIAF is 'cutout'. Inspired by my previous animation 'AIRMAIL' and the BBC Blue Planet documentary 'The Deep' I wanted to try and create an exploring experience of the London Thames. For all we know, there might well be jellyfishes and octos in it!

KinoLondon ( featured this trailer as the Film of the Week, and said: "Incorporating the leading theme of this year’s LIAF – “cut-out” – Ansems has succeeded where only great animation can, and taken us into a world we’d never get the chance to see in real life. This world is the deepest depths of the London Thames. No longer full of shopping trolleys and The Krays’ unlucky “associates”, through Bianca’s eyes the Thames is now an underwater abyss that would give Sea World a run for its money." - (

If you're interested, here are 3 pictures of the models and setup:

Directed & produced by: Bianca Ansems - /
Co-produced by: Len Rowles
Cinematography by: Charlie Goodger & Jack Wilkinson
Animation by: Bianca Ansems & Sam Turner
Sound Design by: Duncan Price
Original Score by: Lennert Busch -

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