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 calls for entries from:

(Baden, Switzerland)
Festival Website
Festival dates:
September 1-6, 2015
Submission deadline: May 25, 2015
Entry fee:
How to submit:

From 1 to 6 September, Baden will be playing host for the 13th time to Fantoche – Switzerland’s animation film showcase, looking for the latest trends in the world of animated film, in all their countless variations.

Films completed after 31 March 2014 and no longer than 40 minutes are eligible to compete in the festival’s main competitions:

International Competition
This is where trends and current developments in the animation film industry are sniffed out: Festival Director Annette Schindler and her team are looking, on the one hand, for artistically daring ideas, unconventional approaches and new talent, and on the other hand for first-class independent films and the best in new animated films from around the world.

Twelve different prizes are awarded, including awards for  ‘Best Film’, ‘High Risk’ and ‘New Talent’.

Swiss Competition
Films by Swiss directors are automatically entered in the ‘Swiss Competition’ as well (premiered in 2009). The competition puts Swiss film in the spotlight, and also presents it in an international context.

Films for Children Competition
In cooperation with the children’s film club ‘Die Zauberlaterne’, the latest films for children in variousage brackets are selected from the entries submitted. These films are also judged by a jury – made up of children – and two prizes are awarded, one by the child jury and the other by the child audience.

Festival website
Festival dates: July 13-18, 2015
Submission deadline: May 4, 2015
Entry fee: FREE
How to submit:

The 2015 edition of the Countryside Animafest Cyprus invites call for entries. Animafest Cyprus, the official platform for animation in Cyprus, is one of the longest-running film festivals in the country, and celebrates its 14th edition.

International Competition
This program showcases a selection of the world’s latest productions, focusing on non-commercial, independent author films that show acute artistic sensibility and originality of idea, story and execution.

National Competition
The Cypriot competition is aimed at supporting homegrown productions, which are currently on the rise.

Submissions are open to animated short films no more than 30 minutes in length, which have been completed after the 1st of January 2014.

The festival awards are as follows:
International Competition Grand Prix – 1,000 €
National Competition Best Film – 500,00 €

(Ottawa, Canada)
Festival website
Festival dates: September 16-20, 2015
Submission deadline: May 15, 2015 for entry forms; May 29 for preview DVDs or submission URLs
Entry fee: FREE
How to submit:

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), one of the world’s most respected film festivals, is seeking state-of-the-art, thoughtful, funny and provocative animated films to showcase at venues in the national capital region from September 16th through the 20th.

All animators are invited to submit their recent work into one of the Festival’s eight categories:

Feature Animation
Narrative Short Animation
Experimental/Abstract Animation
Undergraduate Animation
Graduate Animation
Commissioned Animation
Short Animation for Children
Animated Series for Children

Festival hopefuls are encouraged to read the Official Rules and Regulations available on the OIAF website before submitting their work.

Click here for the entire Animation Festival Guide!

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