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But LAAF isn't just about the big films. It also hosted an animation contest and selected entries will screen through out the weekend. Although LAAF received a worldwide selection of entries, many of the contestants were local students.
"We're trying to build up from the local schools," Andrews says. "At the end of the day, what we really want is the presence of the local community."
Flanagan likens the duo's approach to the festival to Los Angeles itself. Just as L.A. is a metropolis consisting of many neighborhoods, so does the animation industry consist of many smaller communities. "What we do with this festival is take all of these small, animation communities -- all these independent animation communities -- and we bring them together," he says.
"It's an international festival, but it's based in L.A.," says Flanagan. "By the very nature of L.A. as the center of entertainment, it encompasses the world."