Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF) in the old centre of Utrecht is an international festival for animated film, founded in 1985 and since 2009 an annual event. The festival provides a national and international platform for animation. It is a national and international meeting place and source of inspiration for animation professionals and rising talent and it promotes animated film as an attractive cultural leisure pursuit to all possible target groups. HAFF screens the newest developments, organizes competitions and presents thematic programmes and retrospectives, talkshows, masterclasses, debates and an educational programme. There are international competitions for features, shorts, commissioned films and web films. Dutch films can also compete for the audience award for best Dutch animation and there is a competition for European student films.