Cartoon Brew is pleased to announce the launch of our Animation Festival Guide.

Having recently gone through the experience of submitting an animated short to festivals, I know what an overwhelming experience it can be trying to figuring out which festivals are worth submitting to and which festivals aren’t. This no-frills guide intends to help make your festival selection process just a tiny bit easier. Every week we’ll be posting a hand-picked list of calls for entries from around the globe so expect the list to grow over the coming weeks and months.

We launch our guide with three calls for entries from the Netherlands, Germany and Chile:

Holland Animation Film Festival

(Utrecht, Netherlands)
Festival website
Festival Dates: March 18-22, 2015
Submission deadline: December 1, 2014
Entry fee: FREE

In 2015 HAFF celebrates its 30th anniversary. We intend to organize an unforgettable edition!
We like to remind you to submit films for the following competitions:

  • Competition features
    The international competition for feature-length animation films.
  • Competition shorts
    In the categories narrative and non-narrative.

  • Competition student films
    It is with real pleasure that HAFF has decided that the European competition for student films will get a worthy successor in an international competition for student films. Student films that have already been submitted to HAFF will be transferred to the international competition for student films, the European as well as non-European student films that have been entered for the international competition for shorts. If you already submitted a film you don’t have to submit it again.

  • Competition Dutch animation (jury awards, audience award)
    Open only for Dutch productions: shorts, student films, TV films and commissioned films (shorts and student films can also enter those international competitions through the same entry form)

    How to apply
    The entry form for all competitions is available at http://www.haff.nl/en

    To apply a film for HAFF 2015 you need to create your own MyHAFF account (or use your existing account).

    Deadline entries: Monday 1 December 2014. When the film is not yet completed on December 1, the deadline for the preview copy is 1 January 2015 or in consultation with HAFF staff.

Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film

(Stuttgart, Germany)
Festival website
Festival Dates: May 5-10, 2015
Submission deadline: December 1, 2014
Entry fee: FREE

We kindly remind those who have not yet sent in their films that the entry deadline is approaching. Films for the following competitions must be submitted by December 1, 2014.

  • Grand Prix, State of Baden-Württemberg and City of Stuttgart Grand Award for Animated Film with a cash prize of 15.000 euros.

  • Lotte Reiniger Promotion Award for Animated Film with a cash prize of 10.000 euros. Sponsored by MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg.

  • SWR Audience Award, 6.000 euros in prize money.

YOUNG ANIMATION (international student film competition)

  • Award for the best student film worth 2.500 euros in prize money and sponsored by Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg and MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg.

TRICKS FOR KIDS (international competition for animated children’s films and TV series)

  • Award for the best children’s animated film with a cash prize of 4.000 euros. Sponsored by Studio 100 Media GmbH.

  • Award for the best children’s animated series.


  • Award for the best animated feature film.

Please read carefully the entry conditions. You will find the regulations and the entry form at http://www.itfs.de/en/call-for-entries
Online submission: To submit your film, please use the online entry form at itfs.picturepipe.net. Here you can create a personal account, access and complete the online form and upload your movie. For pre-selection purposes we prefer to receive a digital file. Films can be also sent on DVD.

More competitions

At the Animated Com Award prizes will be awarded for outstanding work in the areas of advertising, spatial communication and technology, and the special award of the Daimler AG.
You are kindly invited to submit films that fall into the category of applied animation and were produced no earlier than October 01, 2013 to the Animated Com Award.
Special award: “Future needs derivation – Mobility in a digital world“
Submission deadline for all Animated Com Award categories: January 15, 2015.

Chilemonos International Animation Festival

(Santiago, Chile)
Festival website
Festival Dates: May 5-10, 2015
Submission deadline: January 5, 2015
Entry fee: FREE

In its new edition, Chilemonos International Animation Festival opens two new categories in competition: Ibero-American Animated Feature Film Competition, and Latin American Animated Web Series Competition. Animators worldwide will be able to submit their work in the eight categories in competition:

1) Ibero-American Animated Feature Film Competition
2) International Animated Short Film Competition
3) Latin American Animated Short Film Competition
4) International Experimental Animated Short Film Competition
5) International School Animated Short Film Competition
6) Chilean School Animated Short Film Competition
7) Latin American Animated Series Competition
8) Latin American Animated Web Series Competition

The submission process began October 15, in all eight categories; the call for entries will be open till January 5th 2015, before 12:00 hrs. Continental Chile (GMT -4). The applications will be received through the official website of Chilemonos.