Need some animation fun this weekend? The Los Angeles Animation Festival (LAAF) starts tomorrow in North Hollywood and continues through Sunday.
The festival, first launched in 2007 and held off-and-on since, offers a robust slate of over 40 independent shorts in competition, as well as numerous talks and panels, plus the L.A. premiere of Joanna Priestley’s experimental feature North of Blue and a screening of the Colombian indie feature Virus Tropical, which we’ve covered previously.
Co-founded by film and animation industry veterans John Andrews and Miles Flanagan, LAAF takes a unique best-of-both-worlds approach to its programming: its short competitions and feature programming is strongly focused on the independent side, while its speakers and events take advantage of its L.A. location and pull in major names from throughout the industry. Here are some of the stand-out programming highlights: