• Lead Artists

    Asif Kapadia, Nick Abadzis

  • UK 2021. 15min

  • Production company

    A BFI LFF and Storyfutures Academy co-presentation

  • Language


Where to watch

6 to 17 October, 11AM to 9PM, in person at 26 Leake Street

7 October, 1PM to 5PM,in person at BFI Southbank Studio

6 to 17 October, virtually at The Expanse, available for free internationally

Laika was the first living creature sent by humans into space. Overnight, an unwanted and unloved stray that had survived on the streets of Moscow became the most famous dog in the world. Adapted from Nick Abadzis’ eponymous 2007 graphic novel, Laika is a tragic tale of love, deep humanity and a mission that heralded a new age of information, technology and the race for military supremacy. This animated VR film by Academy Award, BAFTA and Grammy-winning director Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, The Warrior) details Laika’s heartbreaking story, immersing audiences in its journey and the pivotal role it played in late 20th century world history.

Ulrich Schrauth

Age recommendation: 12+

  • Writers

    Asif Kapadia, Nick Abadzis

  • Director

    Asif Kapadia

  • Producers

    Asif Kapadia, Rebecca Gregory-Clarke, Jack Arbuthnott

  • Executive Producers

    Katie Grayson, Andrew Ruhemann, Debbie Crosscup, Jon Wardle

  • Animation Producer

    Ioan Holland

  • Associate Art Director

    Nick Abadzis

  • Associate VR Director

    Dave Walker

  • Art Director

    Yi Shen

  • Editor

    Kingsley Bailey

  • VR Development

    Vincent Warnke-Dherines

  • Sound Designer

    Stephen Griffiths

  • Sound Mix

    Oliver Kadel

  • Animation Production

    Passion Animation Studios

  • Production Companies

    Passion Pictures, Sheep Thief

  • With Sophie Okonedo, Tobias Menzies

  • Laika is a BFI London Film Festival Initiative. Presented by BFI, StoryFutures Academy, in association with Film4.

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