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:

(Montreal, Canada)
Festival website
Festival dates: September 25–27, 2015
Submission deadline: June 28, 2015
Entry fee: FREE
How to submit:

The Montreal Stop-Motion Film Festival celebrates and encourages the efforts of the talented people working in this unique art form of stop motion animation.

The festival has three categories:

Professional: films, television episodes and commercials that are commissioned or produced with funding.
Independent: films produced in an independent setting with or without subsidiaries.
Academic: films produced in an academic environment as part of a course or as an assignment.

Films completed after the first of January 2013 are eligible to participate.
Only films under 30 minutes, using Stop Motion animation and pixilation will be considered. Stop Motion is defined as the movement of three-dimensional objects animated frame by frame. Pixilation is defined as a stop motion technique using persons to create animation frame by frame.
In the case of mixed media, a content of 75% of stop motion animation is required for eligibility.
Cut-out animation, time lapse photography videos (videos created through the photographing of live-action movement at scheduled or sporadic intervals) and videos editing live-action footage to produce a “stop motion” effect are not eligible for the festival.

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(Espinho, Portugal)
Festival website
Festival dates: November 9-15, 2015
Submission deadline: July 10, 2015
Entry fee: FREE
How to submit:

CINANIMA is an animation film festival organised by NASCENTE – Cooperative Society with Cultural Purposes and by Espinho’s City Hall, first organized in 1976, and approved by ASIFA – Association International du Film d’Animation.

Festival winners compete for both the European Cartoon D’Or Cartoon”, organised by CARTOON – European Association of Animated Film, and are eligible for the Oscar© for the Best Animation Short -the festival is one of the events recognised by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

For its 39th edition, the festival invites animated works (more than 70% animation) concluded after the 1st of January 2014, which have not been presented for selection in previous editions of the festival.

The categories are the following:
International Competition:
I. Short films
A. Up to five minutes
B. More than 5′ and up to 24′
C. More than 24′ and up to 50′
D. Graduation / School Film
E. Commissioned Films
II. Feature Films -more than 50 minutes
National Competition:
A. Antonio Gaio award: Best Film in the National Competition
B. Best Young Portuguese Director Award (separate awards for children-youngsters and adults.

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(United States)
Festival website
Festival dates: September 18, 2015
Submission deadline: June 1, 2015
Entry fee: FREE
How to submit:

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is now accepting entries for its 2015 Student Academy Awards competition. The Student Academy Awards U.S. competition is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students whose films are made within the curricular structure of an eligible accredited institution. In the Foreign Film category, eligible schools are allowed to submit one film to the competition.

Films should be no longer than 40 minutes, and must have been completed and submitted between April 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015.
In the animation category (US entrants only) animated films may present an original narrative story, an existing story or fable, or an exploration of a mood or thought. Either comical or serious, they usually fall into one of two general fields—character animation or abstract animation. Various techniques include cel animation, computer animation, clay animation, stop-motion, pixilation, cut-out pins, camera multiple-pass imagery, kaleidoscope effects, and drawing on the film frame itself.

Winning Animation films are chosen by judging the product as a whole, as well as the artistic and technical skill of the filmmaker in whatever motif or animation technique the student has chosen.

In the foreign film category (International entrants), animated films may also be submitted by non-US students whose institutions are members of CILECT.

All Student Academy Award winners become eligible for Oscars consideration. Beginning this year, students are able to submit their films online using FilmFreeway, a widely used festival and competition platform.

Click here for the Entire Animation Festival Guide!

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