Introducing Cartoon Brew’s Animation Festival Guide

One of the questions that we get asked most frequently is, Which animation festivals should I submit my animated short to? Withoutabox offers an unedited list of thousands of regional and niche film festivals, but there’s no clear hierarchy of which festivals are important to the animation community. Considering the time and expense required to submit films, we thought it would be helpful to create a simple guide for filmmakers who wish to participate in the most significant animation festivals around the globe. So, let us introduce Cartoon Brew’s Animation Festival Guide.

We’ll update the list regularly with submission deadlines, and add more international animation festivals to the list. We encourage festival organizers to keep us up to date. Though the list will grow, it will also remain carefully curated to include only major international festivals that have diverse programming slates and invite guests and attendees from around the world. If you’re looking for a comprehensive and unedited list of every film festival in the world, there are other places to find that.


  • http://www.colleenlynnecox.com Colleen

    Wonderful – thanks for taking the time to build this list!

  • GhaleonQ

    Fantastic! If you’d highlight the winners of more than just the largest 3 festivals, it would be perfect.

  • http://www.kirstenlepore.com Kirsten L.

    Great idea!

  • http://flavors.me/ferg_brennan Ferg

    This is great, thank you!

  • pizzaforeveryone

    hey this is really helpful. yeah!

  • http://www.segaltoons.com Steve Segal

    Excellent! Isn’t it time for the United States to have an animation festival of it’s own. I think most of these festivals use government support, so that let’s us out. (Unless Brewmasters want to expand theirs)

  • http://stupix.com/ Jonathan Lyons

    Thanks! I’m about halfway through my festivals, but I’ll dig into it.

  • http://lifeincartoonmotion.org Tünde

    How nice that you already mentioned KLIK! :) The 5th edition of the festival will take place in November 2012, exact dates will be announced soon. The Call for Entries will be from February 1st until May 1st 2012.