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 2024 we'll be 17 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.

Overall Rating
  • Chenxi Zhang

    Big thanks to LAAF for giving the Best 2D Student Animation Short to my film Braided!
    It's a very down-to-earth and passionate animation festival, with the organizers wholeheartedly dedicated and sincere in supporting all creators. Hope everyone have a good LAAF!

    December 2023
  • Bill Kopp

    Thank you L.A.A.F. We took home a silver award for our Dumb Bunny and Jackass show. This was the most entertaining film festival I've ever attended. The whole team that ran it was terrific and the audience had an absolute blast. I can't wait for next year!
    -Bill & Heidi

    December 2023
  • martin del carpio

    Thank u for the selection! 👍

    December 2023
  • Meera Cholera

    I wasn't able to attend in person but it was wonderful to receive regular updates!

    December 2023
  • It's nice to win an award at least there is light at the end of the tunnel...

    December 2023