London International Animation Festival

The London International Animation Festival, the UK’s largest, longest-running and most eclectic animation festival returns for its 20th year with a mammoth 10-day celebratory feast of forums, screen talks and over 250 of the best recent, historical and retrospective animated shorts and features from around the world. As ever, this year’s uncompromising programme promises to inspire, delight and challenge the notion that animation is merely for the 3D CGI blockbuster genre or cute cartoons for kids. Independent animation is an art form that continues to thrive and develop as a breathtaking medley of styles, materials, techniques and production – from hand drawn, paint on glass, collage, sculpture, cut outs, puppets, abstract, sand/salt, to some of the more interesting developments in CGI – all of which can be seen at this year’s LIAF.

Past Screenings

LIAF 2023: International Competition Programme 8: Long Shorts 18

Some films need extra time to develop their themes, to grow and draw us more comprehensively into their worlds. It takes… Read More
Various, Various, 2022/2023, 115m.
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LIAF 2023: International Competition Programme 7: Looking For Answers 18

What goes through your mind when you are stuck in the city, on the cusp of adulthood, feeling charged with desire… Read More
Various, Various, 2022/2023, 95m.
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LIAF 2023: International Competition Programme 6: Animated Documentaries 18

Persuasive, illustrative and able to get over abstract details in attractive and compelling ways, animation is the perfect tool to document… Read More
Various, Various, 2022/2023, 95m.
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LIAF 2023: International Competition Programme 5: Into the Dark 18

Welcome to our annual deep-dive into the dark heart of animation. Here you will find films featuring maggots, skeletons, dead flies,… Read More
Various, Various, 2022/2023, 91m.
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LIAF 2023: International Competition Programme 4: Being Human 18

This programme examines some big life moments and asks some pointed questions. The 11 powerful films include a highly personal look… Read More
Various, Various, 2022/2023, 92m.
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LIAF 2023: International Competition Programme 3: From Absurd to Zany 18

This programme ‘From Absurd to Zany’ celebrates some of the funniest, weirdest and eye-poppingly nutty films that were entered this year.… Read More
Various, Various, 2022, 2023, 90m.
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LIAF 2023: International Competition Programme 2: Playing with Emotion 18

This programme takes a look at all aspects of emotion – 11 stunning films riffing on love, hate, jealousy, sensuality, melancholy,… Read More
Various, Various, 2022/2023, 85m.
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LIAF 2023: International Competition Programme 1: Abstract Showcase 18

We’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,400 entries to put together a series of screenings that showcase the best 86… Read More
Various, Various, 2022/2023, 74m.
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LIAF 2022: International Competition 8. Long Shorts 18

Some films need extra time to develop their themes, to grow and draw us more comprehensively into their worlds. It takes… Read More
Various, Various, 2022/2021, 112m.
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LIAF 2022: International Competition 7. Looking For Answers 18

What goes through your mind when you are on the verge of dying? What happens when you stop trusting your intuition… Read More
Various, Various, 2022/2021, 82m.
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LIAF 2022: International Competition 6. Animated Documentaries 18

Persuasive, illustrative and able to get over abstract details in attractive and compelling ways, animation is the perfect tool to document… Read More
Various, Various, 2021/2022, 80m.
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LIAF 2022: International Competition 5. Into the Dark. 18

Welcome to our annual deep-dive into the dark heart of animation. Here you will find films featuring a vampiric female spirit… Read More
Various, Various, 2021/2022, 90m.
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LIAF 2022: International Competition 4. Being Human 18

This programme examines some big life moments and asks some pointed questions. The 8 powerful films include the childhood memories of… Read More
Various, Various, 2021/2022, 83m.
This screening has now passed.

LIAF 2022: International Competition 3. From Absurd to Zany 18

This programme ‘From Absurd to Zany ’celebrates some of the funniest, weirdest and eye-poppingly nutty films that were entered this year… Read More
Various, Various, 2021/2022, 78m.
This screening has now passed.

LIAF 2022: International Competition 2. Playing With Emotion 18

This programme takes a look at all aspects of emotion – 12 stunning films riffing on love, hate, jealousy, sensuality, melancholy,… Read More
Various, Various, 2021/2022, 87m.
This screening has now passed.

LIAF 2022: International Competition 1. Abstract Showcase 18

This programme is our annual survey of abstract and experimental animation. Animators working in this field employ every technique from hand-drawn… Read More
Various, Various, 2021/2022, 73m.
This screening has now passed.