The International Longwood Animation Film Festival (I LAFF) is an annual film festival event hosted by the Graphic and Animation Design program of Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. We hope to showcase the work of animators and increase the exposure of international animation to the Longwood and Farmville communities.

For the 2024 festival, the opening night will be April 5, 2024, and will feature animated shorts viewings, a gallery opening and reception, and guest speakers. Afterward, the shorts will run on a loop in the Bedford Gallery until April 10, 2024.

-Best in Show Award
-Best in 3D Category Award
-Best in 2D Category Award
-Best in Stop Motion Category Award
-Upcoming Longwood Student Animator (This award is only eligible for current Longwood University students)

-The submission must be animated in 2D, 3D, or Stop Motion.
-Please submit only humorous/funny/hilarious animated shorts
-The entry must be under 10 minutes in length
-The entry must have been completed after January 2020
-I LAFF does not pay screening fees. By submitting your film, you agree to screen your film without a screening fee or any other compensation if selected
-The selection and screening of all films screened at I LAFF are entirely at the discretion of the festival committee
-No Music Videos
-No Pornography
-No Promotional or Travel Videos
-Filmmakers must own all rights to their film and/or have secured rights
-Submitted films must be completed, no works in progress, rough cuts, or demo reels
-Only online submissions will be accepted, we do not accept hard copies, so please do not send DVDs, Blu-rays, etc.
-All films not in English must have English subtitles
-Submitting your film allows I LAFF the right to use short clips or screenshots for promotional purposes only.
-One entry per submission form
-Submitted entries will automatically be entered into the awards categories: Best in Show, Best 3D, Best 2D, Best Stop-Mo, Student Choice, and Upcoming Longwood Student Animator*
-Entries that cannot be viewed will not be accepted
-Failure to follow the “rules and terms” may result in your film not being accepted

*Please note that only current Longwood University students are eligible for the Upcoming Longwood Student Animator Award

Overall Rating
  • Nikhita Prabhudesai

    We were happy to get notified that our film 'Paperplanes' was selected as a Semi-Finalist at the festival. However there was no communication of it from the festival, and no information on the other film selections, laurels, or updates on the website (which has no mention of the festival, just the institution)

    Overall as an international submitter, we saw very little benefit from sending our film to the festival other than student exposure.

    April 2023