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Submit to Cartoon Brew’s 4th Student Animation Festival

It’s that time of year again. Our annual call for entries for Cartoon Brew’s 4th Student Film Festival, a yearly showcase of outstanding student films from around the globe. We received over 200 submissions for last year’s festival, and aim to top that number this year.

Our mission for the festival is simple: to draw attention to student-produced animated shorts and share them with the widest possible community of industry artists, fellow students and animation fans. And not just any student films, but films of the highest caliber…the most original, the most thought-provoking, the ones that make us laugh hardest and engage us emotionally. Of course, we present student films throughout the year on Cartoon Brew, but we want the festival to draw even more attention to the exciting work being produced by the art form’s emerging talents.

Every filmmaker whose work is selected to screen in Cartoon Brew’s Student Animation Festival will receive $500 US. This year, special guest judge Evan Spiridellis, the co-founder of JibJab, will select one additional film to receive the Grand Prize and a $1,000 cash prize.

Cartoon Brew’s Student Animation Festival is made possible by the generous support of our sponsor JibJab, a company that has shown consistent commitment to supporting young and emerging talent. We are proud to recognize them as the sponsor of this festival.

  1. Your film has to be animated. (Obviously.)
 Your film has to be a student work. (Even more obvious.)
  3. Must have been completed after May 1, 2012.

  4. Must be an online premiere. (Films that are accessible online to the public will not be considered.)

  5. Submissions due by Friday, May 31, 2013 Friday, June 7, 2013.

To submit, send an email to studentfest (at) cartoonbrew (dot) com with the following info:

  • Your name, school and country

  • Film title and synopsis

  • Private link & password (ex: Password-Protected Vimeo/Unlisted YouTube link).

Up to 8 films will be selected for this year’s festival. We will announce the festival selections in early to mid-June. Screenings will begin on Cartoon Brew in late June. Every film that is selected to screen as part of the Cartoon Brew Student Film Festival will be paid a screening fee of $500(US). One of the selected films will be awarded the Grand Prize and a $1,000 cash award. We don’t assume any exclusivity or ownership of your film. In other words, you are still free to submit to festivals, sell it to distributors, and post it anywhere else on the Internet shortly after it debuts online in our festival.

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  • Loopydloop

    We’re In! The Daves at LCAD, the Laguna College of Art and Design Animation Department!

  • Joe Sutherland

    I will apply… when I have have actually completed my film by 24/05/13 for the University of Sunderland of course.

    • Steve Henderson

      The best University in the north east of England between South Shields and Seaham, I went there myself. Good luck finishing off your film!

      • Joe Sutherland

        Thats cool, its a small world and thanks :) Hopefully you will get to see it when its finished then!

  • James Madison

    Good luck to all the students. Sounds like a really good festival.

  • Ikas

    How would it still be eligible for various feativals if its screened to the public online through CB, if selected ?

  • Maggie Gibson

    Will the winners be announced today or tomorrow?

    • AmidAmidi

      Monday, June 17. We received FAR more entries this year than anticipated.

      • Guy Charnaux

        Will the winners be announced this week? ‘Cause June 17 was two days ago, you know…

      • Jen Paehr

        Can we get an update as to what’s happening with the festival? Has it been dropped or are things still being decided?