The selections in our 2013 Student Animation festival. The selections in our 2013 Student Animation festival.
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Submit to Cartoon Brew’s 5th Student Animation Festival

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For the fifth year in a row, we are pleased to announce our annual Cartoon Brew Student Film Festival. The mission for the festival is simple: to honor student-produced animated shorts and share them with the widest possible community of industry decision-makers, fellow students, and animation enthusiasts from around the world.

As the animation industry expands and evolves at an unprecedented pace, we are on a quest to identify and honor the next generation of boundary-breaking filmmakers. We’re not looking for just any student film, but films of the highest caliber…the most original, the most thought-provoking, the ones that make us laugh hardest and engage us emotionally. In other words, the student films that show a willingness to explore new directions and strive to elevate the standards of student filmmaking—and to do so with personal flair. You can see the past showcased films here.

The selections in our 2013 Student Animation festival.

Every filmmaker whose work is selected to screen in Cartoon Brew’s Student Animation Festival will receive a $700 US prize. In addition, a grand prize winner will receive a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablet.

Cartoon Brew’s Student Animation Festival is made possible by the generous support of our Presenting Sponsor JibJab, a company that has shown consistent commitment to supporting young and emerging talent. This year, we are also pleased to welcome Microsoft as an Award Sponsor.

  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, 2013.

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

  6. Submissions due by Friday, June 6, 2014.

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 10 films will be selected for this year’s festival. We will announce the festival selections in mid-June. Screenings will begin weekly on Cartoon Brew on July 7th. Every film that is selected to screen as part of the Cartoon Brew Student Film Festival will be awarded a screening fee of $700(US). One of the selected films will be awarded the additional Grand Prize of a Microsoft Surface Pro 2. Outside of the exclusive online debut period, we don’t assume any exclusivity or ownership of your film. In other words, you can submit to festivals, sell it to distributors, and post it anywhere else on the Internet shortly after it debuts online in our festival.

  • AnimationStudent

    I love this contest! But I feel that the “online premiere” issue might get some of the very best student films out there disqualified for the contest. I see it as both their and the contest lost. Might reconsider?

    • AmidAmidi

      I understand what you’re saying. In our experience though, this set-up works very well for the majority of students and many students view the exclusive Brew premiere as one of the perks, so we’ll be sticking with the format for now.

      • Taco

        Amid, unfortunately many Animation Schools out there, like Sheridan & Calarts for example, already use their students’ films as an online showcase to help promote their academic institution (ya gotta convince future students to fork over those tuition fees somehow.). In such cases is there anything you would suggest to those students, as far as what they could do to become eligible. Should they temporarily set their vimeo film file to private to gain eligibility for the CB festival? or ask their school to temporarily do so, if their film has been uploaded under an institutions online video account? Any other suggestions or tips?

        • Hamburger

          I have to side with Amid here. These have been the rules and regulations for the past 5 years. It is very common for film festivals to ask that films not to be premiered beforehand. I find it strange that students from the top schools in the world (calarts, sheridan) have not heard of these restrictions. Especially since their alumni are usually the winners.
          To change the rules now would be unfair to those who have waited patiently. And I know of many people who have waited a very long time just for the opportunity to participate. Either way, the internet is the real festival out there – so if your film is good it will be noticed and probably even showcased by cartoonbrew in a post of its own (which might even be better than the festival).

        • mick

          (flippancy alert)
          A sub clause could be- ‘If your student work is ear marked for use convincing people to fork over tuition fees then you need not apply’.

          (puzzled alert)
          Seems a little unethical that they own your work after you pay for them to tell you how to do the work… is this really true?

          • Taco

            “You pay for them to tell you how to do the work” …. (flippancy alert) How often does this actually happen Mick? In most cases you’re paying them for the privilege of using the facilities, all the guest lecturers & tutors who actually run classes and the fancy piece of paper you get in the end. Most of the animation faculty heads of staff aren’t much involved in any “teaching” as that’s usually sub-contracted out to a tutor who has hopefully come in from the outside and hopefully has actual industry & relevant program / tool experience. And when you make your film, they ususally just leave you & the other students to it. Maybe giving the odd verbal “review” or what not.

        • Justine

          The films at CalArts aren’t owned by the school they’re owned by the student. The school only promotes the online films by simply adding it to their Vimeo channel after the student decides to put them online. The film itself is always under the Vimeo account of the filmmaker. The school understands how important it is for the filmmaker for the film to be under their account. And that is something the CB festival should do as well.

          The idea of festival premieres for short films is thankfully becoming more and more obsolete as festivals have realized the sort of damage this does to the filmmaker.

          I would highly encourage students NOT to submit to the CB Festival until it changes its premiere policies. Many of the students may think having an exclusive CB premiere is a perk, but that’s primarily attributed to the fact that nobody has told them otherwise. In many ways the justification is not much different than the craigslist ad who ask for free labor with the promise that the ‘opportunity will be great for their portfolio and provide exposure.’ It doesn’t take too long before the students realize how problematic this way of thinking truly is. Sadly it’s often after it’s too late and long after they’ve been taken advantage of.

          Why not change the policies to genuinely benefit the students? Even if the films have already premiered and are on their own account it will still provide CB with the same amount of exposure and will receive the same amount of hits. However robbing the students of their ability to put their films online in the early stages only hinders their ability to truly establish their own name, and most importantly, a good following.

  • AmidAmidi

    Last year’s selections ranged from 90 seconds to nearly 10 minutes. Length is less important than the content and overall quality of the film itself.

  • Deiv Apellidos

    how can I submit my film? where i have to send the submission?

  • Augusto Roque

    Does the film have to remain available online after the festival? My only concern is that it could be a problem to enter in future festivals.
    Thank you

    • AmidAmidi

      Yes, the film remains online. Almost no major festival nowadays has a clause that your film can’t be online. In fact, one of the films from last year’s festival—Passer Passer—is currently nominated for a Student Oscar and will screen at Annecy next month.

      • Louis Morton

        I just wanted to chime in here that I’m really super glad Passer Passer premiered on Cartoon Brew. Like Amid said, most major festivals seem to not disqualify if the film is online, and mine was only in a couple festivals before premiering on CB. In fact, because of the exposure it got on here it even got invited to some festivals. This is just my own experience, but I strongly support the wonderful opportunities the Cartoon Brew festival provides!

  • El Gato

    “online premiere”… that’s a shame… But, as Rosemary Travale did, i share with you our animated animation. Hope you enjoy!!

  • Mags

    This is cute! I really enjoyed it. Thanks for posting!

  • Taco

    Mick, I concur, enough said….

  • Neilizza Silva

    Knew I shouldn’t have submitted my film online yet. Ah well, here it is I suppose (as I can’t enter this).

  • Nirali

    Sorry if this is a silly question! Just wondering if we receive any confirmation that our films have been received? I submitted my entry earlier this week, but my email account has been playing up recently, so just wanted to be sure the email went through. Thanks so much!