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For the fifth year in a row, we are pleased to announce our annual Cartoon Brew Student Film Festival. The mission for the festival is simple: to honor student-produced animated shorts and share them with the widest possible community of industry decision-makers, fellow students, and animation enthusiasts from around the world.

As the animation industry expands and evolves at an unprecedented pace, we are on a quest to identify and honor the next generation of boundary-breaking filmmakers. We’re not looking for just any student film, but films of the highest caliber…the most original, the most thought-provoking, the ones that make us laugh hardest and engage us emotionally. In other words, the student films that show a willingness to explore new directions and strive to elevate the standards of student filmmaking—and to do so with personal flair. You can see the past showcased films here.

The selections in our 2013 Student Animation festival.

Every filmmaker whose work is selected to screen in Cartoon Brew’s Student Animation Festival will receive a $700 US prize. In addition, a grand prize winner will receive a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablet.

Cartoon Brew’s Student Animation Festival is made possible by the generous support of our Presenting Sponsor JibJab, a company that has shown consistent commitment to supporting young and emerging talent. This year, we are also pleased to welcome Microsoft as an Award Sponsor.

  1. Your film has to be animated. (Obviously.)
 Your film has to be a student work. (Even more obvious.)
  3. Must have been completed after May 1, 2013.

  4. Entry is FREE.
  5. Must be an online premiere. (Films that are accessible online to the public will not be considered.)

  6. Submissions due by Friday, June 6, 2014.

To submit, send an email to studentfest (at) cartoonbrew (dot) com with the following info:

  • Your name, school and country

  • Film title and synopsis

  • Private link & password (ex: Password-Protected Vimeo/Unlisted YouTube link).

Up to 10 films will be selected for this year’s festival. We will announce the festival selections in mid-June. Screenings will begin weekly on Cartoon Brew on July 7th. Every film that is selected to screen as part of the Cartoon Brew Student Film Festival will be awarded a screening fee of $700(US). One of the selected films will be awarded the additional Grand Prize of a Microsoft Surface Pro 2. Outside of the exclusive online debut period, we don’t assume any exclusivity or ownership of your film. In other words, you can submit to festivals, sell it to distributors, and post it anywhere else on the Internet shortly after it debuts online in our festival.

Amid Amidi

Amid Amidi

Amid Amidi is Cartoon Brew's Publisher and Editor-at-large.

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