Cartoon Brew’s Animation Festival Guide is a hand-picked list of calls for entries from respected festivals around the globe. This week, we add three new call for entries from:

(Tokyo, Japan)
Residency website
Residency dates: January 7-March 17, 2016
Submission deadline: September 10, 2015
Entry fee: FREE
Submission Info

This project, organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (Bunka-cho), is an artist in residence program that provides three outstanding young animation artists from around the world with an opportunity to come to Tokyo and create new works while directly interacting with Japanese animation culture. It aims to promote both the creation of excellent works of animation and a better understanding of Japanese culture.

Education/training: Participants will give reports on the progress of their work being created as part of the program and will receive guidance from accomplished Japanese animators/experts on a regular basis.

Visits/exchange events: Participants will visit animation studios and participate in exchange events with artists and students enrolled in art programs at educational institutions.

Creation of a new work: Participants will begin a new work while in Japan and present the finished work or one part of a work in progress at the end of their stay.

Travel/accommodations will be covered, and a living allowance will be provided.

ANIMA 2016
(Brussels, Belgium)
Festival Website
Festival dates: February 5-14, 2016
Submission deadline: September 20, 2015
Entry fee: FREE
Submission Info

For its 35th edition, Anima is looking for all the new trends in animation. Besides its national and international competitions, the Festival nominates a selection of films from its European prize-winners for the Cartoon d’Or and is also qualified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the short animated film category. Last year, the festival has welcomed about 40.000 people, including a large number of professionals from all over the world.

Here are all official competition categories:

International Short Films by Professionals
International Short Films by Students
International Short Films for Children
Feature Films
Feature Films for Children
Belgian Shorts
International Short Films ‘The Animated Night’

(Lleida, Spain)
Festival website
Festival dates: February 25–28, 2016
Submission deadline: October 30, 2015
Entry fee: FREE
Submission Info

Animac is the International Film Festival of Animation in Catalonia, and is organized by the Lleida City Council and Generalitat of Catalonia. Over the years, Animac has consolidated its independent and artistic character. Created in 1996 and throughout his nearly 19 years history has become one of the most popular audiovisual events held in Spain, with an important international presence and prestige.

Animac is a non-competitive film festival aimed at artists who use animation as a tool for personal expression. We go beyond the limits of traditional narrative and we seek visionaries who make independent and daring works full of energy and who take their expressive potential to the limit. Animac is also a meeting place for artists, a laboratory in which ideas are generated and relations between the different artistic disciplines are established. It is a place to dream and screen stories of the future.

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