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 Late Night Bizarre film - cash award/prize
Bets 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 2021, your film should have been completed AFTER 1 January 2020. 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 2021. 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.

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. If you prefer to send DCP’s/digital files to LIAF via post they will be sent at the filmmakers expense on a USB Stick (or pen drive) or a disc. This material will be returned to the filmmakers by LIAF at the completion of the festival by regular airmail (or forwarded to another destination nominated by the filmmaker).

LIAF does not generally screen 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 2021.

Overall Rating
  • Tom Schroeder

    I did an online Q & A after the screening of my film with Nag Vladermersky, Malcolm Turner and a couple of other filmmakers. We're all getting accustomed to doing Zoom meetings now and, though it's not ideal, it was a rich conversation. Nag is very well informed, has done his research and guides the conversation with intelligent questions. I've had other films in London Int'l Animation Festival in the past and my experiences have all been good. Nag is a real supporter of the whole range of possibilities in the world of animation.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your kind words, Tom.

  • Harrison Fleming

    Very much enjoyed LIAF 2020! Despite it being mostly online due to Covid, still had an amazing time watching some great animations. Was an honour to have my film included as well, I look forward to enjoying LIAF in future years.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Harrison. Glad that you could be involved.