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 and Will Vinton.

LAAF 2019 promises to screen even more indie animation than ever before and concentrate on helping animators and creators learn more about the industry - how to sell and find distribution for your work, how to pitch, how to find employment opportunities and how to adapt to current changes in the industry.

LAAF is the country's leading international animation festival since 2007 dedicated to helping indie and student filmmakers.

WINNERS will share $1000 (current total value) worth of prizes, awards and benefits from our many sponsors - TBA.

WINNERS will be offered the opportunity of having their work featured in a non-exclusive STREAMING VIDEO distribution deal - as part of a LAAF Packaged TV Channel.

Awards are given to all our winners. Plus we offer a series of industry panels - discussing everything from storytelling to distribution - with a host of industry insiders.

We also promise an unprecedented LAAF networking experience - with a full bar, lounge and dining area for informal socializing before and after screenings and panels.

LOS ANGELES ANIMATION FESTIVAL (LAAF) rules are very basic but necessary. Please take a look 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. Awards
BEST CHARACTER-BASED SHORT
BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT
BEST CHARACTER
BEST STORY
BEST UNPRODUCED FEATURE SCREENPLAY
BEST SHORT FROM A SERIES
BEST COMEDY SHORT
BEST EXAMPLE OF A TECHNIQUE
BEST MOTION GRAPHIC PROJECT
BEST COMBINATION ANIMATION AND LIVE ACTION
BEST ANIMATED COMMERCIAL
BEST FEATURE FILM

6. 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.

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  • Joe Chang

    Thank you very much for accepting my film.

    January 2020
  • Lovely, intimate festival. Great for networking! I met so many fellow filmmakers. Miles was so helpful in guiding me through the steps of getting my film shown and distributed. The festival itself was wonderful and full of amazing animated films. It was followed by an awards night and I was honored to receive an award. Thank you, Miles and John, for including my film and awarding it at this festival.

    January 2020
  • Alexandre de Villeneuve

    Thank you again for all ! You rock !

    December 2019
  • A really excellent festival. Great communication, an amazing mix of animated short films, and very interesting panel discussions. It was a huge honor to win the special jury award at the LAAF for my film 'Asteroid Season', the experience was top notch from start to finish!

    December 2019
  • Supernova Design

    A really fun local festival held in a quaint intimate space. Our film Passage won the silver award for best experimental short. We got to see a really wonderful array of animated films and attend some interesting panels. Thanks to John and Miles for letting us be a part of this event!

    December 2019