LAAF is LA's only International Animation Festival running since 2007. Previous guests and honorees include Pixar Director Brad Bird, Sean Lennon (also Artistic Director), Bill Plympton, ‎Peter Chung, Chris Prynoski, Tom Kenny, Jerry Beck and the late great Will Vinton.

LAAF is the country's leading international animation festival since 2007 dedicated to helping indie and student filmmakers. So in 2022 we'll be 15 years old!

As for many, 2020 and 2021 were tough years, filled with obstacles. As a festival our primary concern was to keep the event going and to try to make it a live event as soon as possible, in whatever way we could. The real success of any festival is in getting filmmakers together in-person, to celebrate their work and be able to network - with colleagues and industry insiders.

So we're now looking forward to a full and thoroughly back-to-normal festival in 2022. Meaning screenings, panels, celebrity guests, full bar, vendors and much more.

For the winners there'll be live music and complementary winners photo ops on the festival step and repeat.

But we continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation from a global perspective, with our priority being to create a safe environment for all attendees, following the health and safety protocols set forth by the state of California.

Be safe and well.

The LAAF Team

WINNERS share prizes, awards and benefits from our many sponsors - TBA.

WINNING features will be offered the opportunity of having their work distributed through FILMFEST DISTRIBUTION.

LOS ANGELES ANIMATION FESTIVAL (LAAF) rules are very basic but necessary. Please read all of the rules thoroughly before you enter.

1. Entry Rules
We accept ANY films, produced ANY year, in ANY category.

Submit the film/screenplay digitally through FilmFreeway exclusively. You may have multiple entries. We do not offer a waiver fee. Entry fees are non-refundable. We do not return submission entries. All selections are final.

2. Subtitles
Any foreign language films must have english subtitles.

3. Formats
For the selection process a digital screener must be submitted via FilmFreeway. Screenplays must be submitted as a digital PDF via FilmFreeway.

4. Publicity
We reserve the right to use extracts from submissions for festival publicity and marketing purposes.

5. Legal Terms & Conditions

Entrant warrants that they have the full & uncontested legal right (incl. full rights to the use of the film’s music) to enter their film/screenplay work to LAAF and that the said work is not subject to nor threatened by any litigation.

Entrant holds LAAF its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry. Entrants agree to defend and indemnify LAAF, its directors, officers, employees, contractors, consultants, volunteers, judges and agents against any and all claims, demands, actions, or lawsuits arising out of or related to the screening of the submitted film, performance of the music, or displaying of the art.

LAAF has the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to change the festival date or location, if deemed necessary or unavoidable, to ensure a successful festival. In such a case the festival would continue as normal, just at another venue/date TBD or operate online-only if deemed necessary or unavoidable.

Overall Rating
  • Jule Körperich

    Thank you so much for having our film The way to a man's heart at your festival!!! I hope we can meet one day in real!

    September 2022
  • Annette Peterson

    What an honour! I never expected to even get a mention - this was awesome.

    March 2022
  • Harrison Fleming

    Such a blast to be a part of this festival! Would have loved to have been there in person, but everyone still made it a great experience

    January 2022

    very nice people and organization! I'm very happy to attend in person this year!

    January 2022
  • Florence Yuk-Ki Lee

    A really great animation festival! Liked it!

    December 2021