cb-animationfestivalguideLast updated: February 4, 2017: You’ve finished your animated masterpiece, so now what? Getting your film onto the festival circuit is an important step for many filmmakers, but with an almost endless amount of festivals out there, it can become a daunting task to figure out where to submit your project. Our hand-picked festival guide makes it easy by identifying distinguished and reputable animation-friendly international festivals and conferences to which you can submit your animated project. The list is updated regularly—we encourage you to bookmark and check back often for new places to submit your projects.

February 2017

  • ANIMA (Brussels, Belgium)
    Festival website: animafestival.be
    Festival dates: February 24-March 5, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED
  • NEW YORK INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL (New York, U.S.)
    Festival website: nyicff.org
    Festival dates: February 24-March 19, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED

March 2017

  • GLAS ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Berkeley, California, U.S.)
    Festival website: glasanimation.com
    Festival dates: March 2-5, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED
  • CAPE TOWN INT’L ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Cape Town, South Africa)
    Festival website: ctiaf.com
    Festival dates: March 2-5, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED
  • ANIMAC (Lleida, Spain)
    Festival website: animac.cat
    Festival dates: March 2-5, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED
  • CARTOON MOVIE PITCHING/CO-PRO EVENT (Bordeaux, France)
    Festival website: cartoon-media.eu
    Festival dates: March 8-10, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED
  • SXSW (Austin, Texas, U.S.)
    Festival website: sxsw.com
    Festival dates: March 10-18, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED
  • TRICKY WOMEN (Vienna, Austria)
    Festival website: trickywomen.at
    Festival dates: March 15-19, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED
  • ATHENS ANIMFEST (Athens, Greece)
    Festival website: athensanimfest.eu
    Festival dates: March 16-22, 2017
    Submission deadline: February 15, 2017
  • MONSTRA (Lisbon, Portugal)
    Festival website: monstrafestival.com
    Festival dates: March 16-26, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED
  • HOLLAND ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (Utrecht, Netherlands)
    Festival website: haff.nl
    Festival dates: March 22-26, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED
  • BE THERE! CORFU ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Corfu, Greece)
    Festival website: betherefest.gr
    Festival dates: March 29-April 2, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED

April 2017

  • ANIMATRICKS (Helsinki, Finland)
    Festival website: animatricks.net
    Festival dates: April 21-23, 2017
    Submission deadline: January 31, 2017

May 2017

  • GOLDEN KUKER (Sofia, Bulgaria)
    Festival website: 2017.animationfest-bg.eu
    Festival dates: May 1-7, 2017
    Submission deadline: January 31, 2017
  • ANIFILM (Trebon, Czech Republic)
    Festival website: anifilm.cz
    Festival dates: May 2-7, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED
  • STUTTGART FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED FILM (Stuttgart, Germany)
    Festival website: itfs.de
    Festival dates: May 2-7, 2017
    Submission deadline: January 15, 2017 (children’s tv/web series, feature film), January 31 (German computer games), February 1 (German feature animation screenplays), February 3 (int’l commercials)
  • CHILEMONOS (Santiago, Chile)
    Festival website: chilemonos.com
    Festival dates: May 9-14, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED

June 2017

  • ANIMAFEST ZAGREB (Zagreb, Croatia)
    Festival website: animafest.hr
    Festival dates: June 5-10, 2017
    Submission deadline: February 1, 2017
  • ANNECY INT’L ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL (Annecy, France)
    Festival website: annecy.org
    Festival dates: June 12-17, 2017
    Submission deadline: February 15, 2017 (shorts/tv series/commissioned films), March 15 (feature films)
  • MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Melbourne, Australia)
    Festival website: miaf.net
    Festival dates: June 18-25, 2017
    Submission deadline: February 27, 2017 (Australian films only)
  • COUNTRYSIDE ANIMAFEST CYPRUS (Nicosia, Cyprus)
    Festival website: animafest.com.cy
    Festival dates: June 24-July 1, 2017
    Submission deadline: March 31, 2017
  • FEST ANCA (Žilina, Slovakia)
    Festival website: festanca.sk
    Festival dates: June 29-July 2, 2017
    Submission deadline: February 26, 2017

July 2017

  • ANIMATOR FESTIVAL (Poznań, Poland)
    Festival website: animator-festival.com
    Festival dates: July 7-13, 2017
    Submission deadline: February 20, 2017
  • ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY (Brooklyn, New York, U.S.)
    Festival website: animationblock.com
    Festival dates: July 27-30, 2017
    Submission deadline: May 19, 2017

August 2017

  • ANIBAR (Peja, Kosovo)
    Festival website: anibar.org
    Festival dates: August 14-20, 2017
    Submission deadline: April 30, 2017

Summer 2017

  • JAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL (Tokyo, Japan)
    Festival website: festival.j-mediaarts.jp
    Festival dates: Throughout Summer/Autumn 2017
    Submission deadline: February 1, 2017

Coming Up in 2017

  • PIXELATL (September)
  • CARTOON FORUM TV PITCH EVENT (September)
  • ENCOUNTERS SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (September)
  • FANTOCHE (September)
  • OTTAWA INT’L ANIMATION FESTIVAL (September)
  • ARS INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL (September)
  • 3D WIRE (October)
  • ANIM’EST (October)
  • VIEW CONFERENCE (October)
  • DOK LEIPZIG (October)
  • KLIK! AMSTERDAM ANIMATION FESTIVAL (November)
  • LES SOMMETS DU CINEMA D’ANIMATION (November)
  • ANIMATEKA (December)
  • FESTIVAL STOP MOTION MONTREAL (TBA)
  • STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS (TBA)
  • KROK INT’L ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL (TBA)
  • REANIMANIA (TBA)
  • CINANIMA (TBA)
  • FREDRIKSTAD ANIMATION FESTIVAL (TBA)
  • ANIMATED DREAMS (TBA)
  • MANCHESTER ANIMATION FESTIVAL (TBA)
  • ANIMAGE INT’L ANIMATION FESTIVAL OF PERNAMBUCO (TBA)
  • ETIUDA & ANIMA (TBA)
  • LONDON INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL (TBA)
  • NEW CHITOSE AIRPORT INT’L ANIMATION FESTIVAL (TBA)
  • ANIMA MUNDI (TBA)
  • PUNTO Y RAYA FESTIVAL (TBA)
  • PRIMANIMA WORLD FESTIVAL OF FIRST ANIMATIONS (TBA)
  • ANIMASYROS (TBA)
  • BUCHEON INT’L ANIMATION FESTIVAL (TBA)
  • ANIMAE CARIBE (TBA)
  • SEOUL INT’L CARTOON & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (TBA)