Cartoon Brew’s Guide for Animated Short Filmmakers

A list of major international animation festivals and submission deadlines:

October 13-16, 2011
Animatricks Animation Festival (Helsinki, Finland)
www.animatricks.net
Deadline: Ongoing; open-call for international shorts

November 7-13, 2011
Cinanima (Espinho, Portugal)
www.cinanima.pt
Deadline: Passed

November 9-13, 2011
Fredrikstad Animation Festival (Norway)
www.animationfestival.no
Deadline: Passed

November 16-19 2011
Istanbul Animation Festival (Turkey)
www.iafistanbul.com
Deadline: September 9, 2011

November 16-20, 2011
Animated Dreams (Tallinn, Estonia)
2011.anima.ee
Deadline: Passed

November 16-20, 2011
Animated Encounters (Bristol International Film Festival, UK)
www.encounters-festival.org.uk
Deadline: Passed

December 1-4, 2011
Montreal Animated Film Summit (Canada)
www.cinematheque.qc.ca
Deadline: September 30, 2011

Early, 2012
Animarte Animation Festival (touring–Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay)
www.animartefest.com
Deadline: October 15, 2011

February 17-26, 2011
Anima, Brussels International Animation Film Festival (Belgium)
www.animatv.be
Deadline: October 15, 2011

March 19-25, 2012
Monstra Animated Film Festival (Lisbon, Portugal)
www.monstrafestival.com
Deadline: October 30, 2011

March 28 – April 1, 2012
Holland Animation Film Festival (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
www.haff.nl
Deadline: December 1, 2011

April 26 – May 1, 2012
Anifest (Teplice, Czech Republic)
www.anifest.cz
Deadline: December 31, 2011

May, 2012
Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (Germany)
www.itfs.de
Deadline: Not accepting submissions for 2012 yet

May 29 – June 3, 2012
Animafest Zagreb (Croatia)
www.animafest.hr
Deadline: February 1, 2012

June 4-9, 2012
Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France)
www.annecy.org
Deadline: Not accepting submissions for 2012 yet

June, 2012
Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia)
www.miaf.net
Deadline: Not accepting submissions for 2012 yet

July, 2012
Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (South Korea)
www.sicaf.org
Deadline: Not accepting submissions for 2012 yet

July, 2012
Anima Mundi (Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil)
www.animamundi.com.br
Deadline: Not accepting submissions for 2012 yet

August, 2012
China International Animation and Digital Arts Festival (Changzhou, China)
http://www.cicdaf.com
Deadline: Not accepting submissions for 2012 yet

August 23-27, 2012
Hiroshima International Animation Festival (Japan)
www.hiroanim.org
Deadline: Submissions accepted between Feb. 1 – April 1, 2012

Sept, 2012
Krok International Animated Films Festival (Kiev, Russia)
www.krokfestival.com
Deadline: Not accepting submissions for 2012 yet

Sept, 2012
Fantoche International Animation Film Festival (Baden, Switzerland)
www.fantoche.ch
Deadline: Not accepting submissions for 2012 yet

Sept, 2012
London International Animation Festival (England)
www.liaf.org.uk
Deadline: Not accepting submissions for 2012 yet

Sept/Oct, 2012
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada)
www.animationfestival.ca
Deadline: Not accepting submissions for 2012 yet

Fall, 2012
Klik! Animation Festival (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
www.klikamsterdam.nl
Deadline: Not accepting submissions for 2012 yet


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How do I qualify my animated short for 2011 Oscar consideration?

To be eligible for award consideration for the 84th Awards year, a short film must fulfill one of the following qualifying criteria between October 1, 2010, and September 30, 2011. This qualification must take place within two years of the film’s completion date:

1. The picture must have been publicly exhibited for paid admission in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County for a run of at least three consecutive days with at least two screenings a day. For additional details, download the Rules and Eligibility PDF from the Academy Awards website.

OR

2. The film must have won a qualifying award at a competitive film festival, as specified in the Academy Festival List.

OR

3. A student film may also qualify by winning a Gold Medal award in the Academy’s 2011 Student Academy Awards competition in the Animation award category.

[A short film may not be exhibited publicly anywhere in any nontheatrical form, including but not limited to broadcast and cable television, home video, and Internet transmission, until after its Los Angeles theatrical release, or after receiving its festival or Student Academy Award. Excerpts of the film totaling no more than ten percent of its running time are exempted from this rule.]


Festival organizers: If you run a major international animation festival, send us your info using this form.