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. In 2023 we'll be 16 years old! How time flies when you're having fun.

The aim of LAAF 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 more 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.

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.

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  • Kristina Jordan

    This is such an important festival for animation. To receive the encouragement and quality attention that chose my script, "Enter the Dreadi" for its Perfect Combo Screenwriting Award is so exciting! And, I have to say LAAF also gave the exact same level of expert encouragement and attention (for students too) in so many industry specific categories, anyone creating animation will be smarter after letting these industry insiders see your work.

    December 2022
  • Thank you Miles and John for awarding Da Doo Waas the Silver Award for First Time Animation Screenwriter. I thoroughly enjoyed the festival. Saw some terrific animation. Met some delightful people and learned so much from the celebrity guests. The awards ceremony was a perfect cap to a successful festival. John’s guitar and the other members of his quartet added a touch of class and good music for the finale. Thanks again. Lee Kitchen

    December 2022
  • Hui Tan

    It is my great honor to participate in and got an award from Los Angeles Animation Festival; I deeply appreciate your opportunity for our filmmakers to communicate and learn with each others! I hope I will be able to represent my films in Los Angeles Animation Festival in the future and get your valuable comments! Thank you for everything!

    December 2022
  • Pei-Lun Hsieh

    Huge thanks to LAAF for selecting my animated short! I had such a great time at the festival. I especially love the opportunity to be able to connect with other filmmakers during the mixer hours.

    December 2022
  • Jonathan Girgis

    I really enjoyed attending this festival along with screening my stop motion short Jump Start Man. Thank you!

    December 2022