The fifth London International Animation Festival (LIAF) is taking place from Sept 1-7, with more than 220 animated films from 27 different countries being shown at various London venues.

Films being screened at the festival include the UK premiere of Bill Plympton's graphic pencil-drawn style Idiots and Angels, the French animated Fear(s) Of The Dark, which was shown at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Estonian puppet animation studio Nukufilm's Kings Of The Time.

The festival includes a series of programmes celebrating animated works from Switzerland, Russia, China and San Francisco. It will also look back at the highlights of Siggraph 2007, one of the largest digital animation events in the world.

Special guests include the British independent film maker Jonathan Hodgson, and award winning film-maker Josh Raskin, whose animated short documentary, I Met The Walrus, was nominated for an Oscar in 2008. Raskin will be part of a round the table discussion with other filmmakers about how animation can enhance the documentary form.

Other festival highlights include British Panorama, a programme celebrating the latest in British animation, which includes a presentation of new work from recent graduates of the National Film School, and the latest works by animation directors Run Wrake and David Anderson.

The festival's screenings and events are being held at The Curzon Soho, the Renoir, the Horse Hospital and the Rio Cinema, London.