The London International Animation Festival proudly showcases the whole spectrum of independent creative animation, showing that animation is for everyone.

Founded in 2003, LIAF aims to dispel the popular misconception that animation is just cartoons for kids by screening the broadest possible range of intelligent, entertaining and provocative current films on offer from all around the world as well as retrospectives and specialised sessions from countries and animators who don't normally elicit such attention.

Our annual 10-day Festival includes gala premieres, retrospectives, Q&A's with renowned filmmakers, workshops, audience voting, and the Best of the Festival screening. LIAF has grown to become much more than an annual Festival – we are programming more events, tours, screenings and masterclasses all year-round to as many cities and countries that invite us.

Best International Film - cash award/prize
Best British Film - cash award/prize
Best Childrens Film - cash award/prize
Best Sound Design - cash award/prize
Best music score - cash award/prize
Best Late Night Bizarre film - cash award/prize
Best music video - cash award/prize

The London International Animation Festival is one of the largest animation festivals in the world. We usually screen around 300 films each year in competitive, student, curated and retrospective programmes. LIAF also generates a smaller touring programme around the UK. When you enter your film to LIAF it is automatically considered for the tour as well, although we will send you separate invitations if we wish to screen your film outside of the festival.

There is a small administrative fee of £10 per film (if entered by May 31) or £15 (if entered after June 1). Payment can be made via PayPal to If you do not have a PayPal account, signing up is easy via the Paypal website.

To be considered eligible for selection in LIAF 2023, your film should have been completed AFTER 1 January 2022. The Festival Director reserves the right to grant exceptions to this criteria in exceptional circumstances.

To be accepted for selection, your entry must arrive in a format that can be viewed by pre-selectors and the jury members. Please load your film to Vimeo or YouTube and provide a link and (if applicable) password - OR, send a VOB or MPEG file via WeTransfer or DropBox.

Pre-selection decisions regarding all entries are made by the Festival Director, relevant advisors and a pre-selection committee. The selection process will be made by October 2023. All selected films will receive a formal invitation from the Festival Director. All unsuccessful films will receive notification via email.

The screening order of each programme and the programme in which each film is screened will be at the sole discretion of the Festival Director. All submission materials will be retained by LIAF for use in our archive – for reference in programming other screenings and events.

LIAF prefers to screen from DCP, H264 or Apple ProRes digital files. Please email a TESTED copy of your film to via WeTransfer or another file transferring programme.

If your film exists on DCP we are happy to screen from this format but we require a HD quality (at least 720p) digital back-up copy as well. All DCPs should be open and NOT require a KDM.

LIAF does not generally screen 16mm or 35mm film prints in competition however the Festival Director reserves the right to grant exemptions in exceptional circumstances and these will be considered on a case by case basis as part of the formal invitation process. Please advise the Festival Director at that time if screening from a 35mm print is an option.
All screening material must be in London by 15 October 2023.

Overall Rating
  • Brilliant Festival with a lovely community spirit. So pleased I got to be a part of it!

    May 2023
  • Wataru Iwata

    It was greatly honor to take part screening in the Abstract show case and it brought us a great joy receiving BEST ABSTRACT FILM AWARD in this wonderful festival. Thank you very much and I hope to join you so soon!

    December 2022
  • I am honoured to have had my film screened at LIAF 2022

    December 2022
  • Mary Martins

    The LIAF 2022 was a memorable series of screenings, full of inspiring and passionate animators. Thank you to the LIAF team for making this happen

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your kind words Mary!

  • Maureen Zent

    It was an honor to have my film included in such a fine program of abstract animation. For a festival of this scope, I was surprised and impressed by how personal the experience was thanks to Nag and his team.

    December 2021