London International Animation Festival 2023

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
24/11/2023 - 03/12/2023
London, UK
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Event Description: 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.

2023 Call for Entries

The 20th London International Animation Festival (LIAF) will take place from 24 November to 3 December 2023 in London.

Eligibility criteria

  • All animated films including music videos, animated documentaries, and children's films are eligible.
  • 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.

Awards and Prizes

  • Best International Film - cash award/prize
  • Best British Film - cash award/prize
  • Best Children 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

All screening material must be in London by 15 October 2023.


2022 Festival Coverage 

2021 Festival Coverage

2020 Festival Coverage

2019 Festival Coverage 2019 LIAF Awards

2018 Festival Coverage

This year LIAF received 2,589 entries and selected 117 finalists from 30 countries to screen in official competition in 10 international competitive programmes including Into The Dark scary shorts, From Absurd to Zany funny shorts, two programmes of Animated Documentaries, the British Showcase and the Abstract Showcase. Films range from the surreal and nutty, to heart-droppingly beautiful with all emotional bases covered – love and hate, sadness, anxiety and confusion and much more.

The 2018 short film competition showcases entries from a mix of festival veterans and first-time competitors. Oscar winners Alison Snowden and David Fine (Canada) join LIAF favourites Chris Shepherd (UK), Jonathan Hodgson (UK), Juan Pablo Zaramella (Argentina), Ulo Pikkov (Estonia), Tom Schroeder (USA), Liz Hobbs (UK), Sawako Kabuki (Japan), Rosto (Netherlands), Paul Bush (UK) and Ruth Lingford (UK) alongside an unprecedented amount of strong new work from all over the world.



Event Dates

  • From 24/11/2023 to 03/12/2023

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