London International Animation Festival

Event Date: November 30 – December 9, 2018

The London International Animation Festival proudly showcases the whole spectrum of 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 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.

Awards & Prizes
Best International Film (currently sponsored by Toon Boom) - cash award/prize
Best British Film - cash award/prize
Best Childrens Film (sponsored by The Elf Factory) - cash award/prize
Best Sound Design - cash award/prize

Rules & Terms
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/£15 to enter. 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 2018, your film should have been completed AFTER 1 January 2017. 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.

An Entry Form must be submitted with each film entered.

There are no limits to how many films can be entered but each film needs a separate Entry Form.

Each film entered requires an administration fee of £10 (entered before May 31) or £15 (entered after May 31) – paid via Paypal at

Pre-selection decisions regarding all entries are made by the Festival Director, relevant advisors and a pre-selection committee. The full selection process can be a relatively lengthy one but an attempt will be made to finalise all invitations for selected films by October 2018. 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 H.264 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 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 1 October 2018.


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair