Animation Festival GuideUPDATED: March 22, 2017
You’ve finished your animation 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.

March 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: PASSED

May 2017

  • GOLDEN KUKER (Sofia, Bulgaria)
    Festival website: 2017.animationfest-bg.eu
    Festival dates: May 1-7, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED
  • 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: PASSED
  • IDEATOON BY PIXELATL Latin American pitching development program (Mexico City, Mexico)
    Festival website: ideatoon.com
    Festival dates: May 2017
    Submission deadline: April 24, 2017
  • 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: PASSED
  • ANNECY INT’L ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL (Annecy, France)
    Festival website: annecy.org
    Festival dates: June 12-17, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED
  • MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Melbourne, Australia)
    Festival website: miaf.net
    Festival dates: June 18-25, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED
  • 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: PASSED

July 2017

  • ANIMATOR FESTIVAL (Poznań, Poland)
    Festival website: animator-festival.com
    Festival dates: July 7-13, 2017
    Submission deadline: PASSED
  • ANIMA MUNDI (Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil)
    Festival website: animamundi.com.br
    Festival dates: July 18-30, 2017
    Submission deadline: March 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
  • SIGGRAPH 2017 COMPUTER ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Los Angeles, California, U.S.)
    Festival website: siggraph.org
    Festival dates: July 30-August 3, 2017
    Submission deadline: March 21, 2017

August 2017

  • ANIBAR (Peja, Kosovo)
    Festival website: anibar.org
    Festival dates: August 14-20, 2017
    Submission deadline: April 30, 2017
  • ANIMAZE (Montreal, Canada)
    Festival website: animazefestival.com
    Festival dates: August 17-20, 2017
    Submission deadline: March 31, 2017

September 2017

  • FANTOCHE INT’L ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (Baden, Switzerland)
    Festival website: fantoche.ch
    Festival dates: September 5-10, 2017
    Submission deadline: May 25, 2017
  • CARTOON FORUM European tv pitching market (Toulouse, France)
    Festival website: cartoon-media.com
    Festival dates: September 12-15, 2017
    Submission deadline: May 10, 2017
  • FESTIVAL STOP MOTION MONTREAL (Montreal, Canada)
    Festival website: stopmotionmontreal.com
    Festival dates: September 15-17, 2017
    Submission deadline: June 30, 2017
  • ENCOUNTERS SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Bristol, U.K.)
    Festival website: encounters-festival.org.uk
    Festival dates: September 19-24, 2017
    Submission deadline: May 23, 2017
  • OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Ottawa, Canada)
    Festival website: animationfestival.ca
    Festival dates: September 20-24, 2017
    Submission deadline: May 26, 2017
  • INDIE-ANIFEST (Seoul, South Korea)
    Festival website: ianifest.org
    Festival dates: September 21-26, 2017
    Submission deadline: June 19, 2017
  • ARS INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL (Katowice, Poland)
    Festival website: arsindependent.pl
    Festival dates: September 26-October 1, 2017
    Submission deadline: May 31, 2017
  • ANIMA SYROS (Syros Island, Greece)
    Festival website: animasyros.gr
    Festival dates: September 27-October 1, 2017
    Submission deadline: June 30, 2017

October 2017

  • ANIMA CÓRDOBA INT’L ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Córdoba, Argentina)
    Festival website: animafestival.com.ar
    Festival dates: October 11-13, 2017
    Submission deadline: May 30, 2017
  • STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS (Los Angeles, California, U.S.)
    Festival website: oscars.org
    Festival dates: October 12, 2017
    Submission deadline: June 1, 2017
  • KLIK! AMSTERDAM ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
    Festival website: klik.amsterdam
    Festival dates: October 17-22, 2017
    Submission deadline: June 1, 2017
  • CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.)
    Festival website: facets.org
    Festival dates: October 27-November 5, 2017
    Submission deadline: May 31, 2017
  • DOK LEIPZIG (Leipzig, Germany)
    Festival website: dok-leipzig.de
    Festival dates: October 30-November 5, 2017
    Submission deadline: May 5, 2017

November 2017

  • CINANIMA (Espinho, Portugal)
    Festival website: cinanima.pt
    Festival dates: November 6-12, 2017
    Submission deadline: July 1, 2017

Summer 2017

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

Coming Up in 2017

  • EL FESTIVAL BY PIXELATL (September)
  • 3D WIRE (October)
  • ANIM’EST (October)
  • BUCHEON INT’L ANIMATION FESTIVAL (October)
  • VIEW CONFERENCE (October)
  • TOFUZI (October)
  • KLIK! AMSTERDAM ANIMATION FESTIVAL (November)
  • CUTOUT FEST (November)
  • LES SOMMETS DU CINEMA D’ANIMATION (November)
  • FREDRIKSTAD ANIMATION FESTIVAL (November)
  • ETIUDA & ANIMA (November)
  • ANIMATED DREAMS (November)
  • NEW CHITOSE AIRPORT INT’L ANIMATION FESTIVAL (November)
  • ANIMATEKA (December)
  • KROK INT’L ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL (TBA)
  • REANIMANIA (TBA)
  • MANCHESTER ANIMATION FESTIVAL (TBA)
  • ANIMAGE INT’L ANIMATION FESTIVAL OF PERNAMBUCO (TBA)
  • PUNTO Y RAYA FESTIVAL (TBA)
  • PRIMANIMA WORLD FESTIVAL OF FIRST ANIMATIONS (TBA)
  • ANIMAE CARIBE (TBA)
  • SEOUL INT’L CARTOON & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (TBA)