GLAS Animation - Call for Entries

Submission by December 31

GLAS Animation welcomes all animation techniques
Films must be completed after January 2016
Short films submitted must not exceed 40 minutes
Feature length films must exceed 40 minutes
Short films that are online are welcome and eligible for consideration
Each applicant must be the rightful owner of submitted films and own all literary and musical rights.
Films must be comprised of 50% animation to be considered.

For more information, click here.

Animation Is Film Festival | October 20th-22nd

The inaugural year of Gkids Animation Is Film festival at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, commences in two weeks. Gkids has teamed with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Variety magazine and ASIFA-Hollywood to launch Animation Is Film, an annual animation festival in Los Angeles. The first edition will showcase feature films in competition, special presentations, retrospectives, and short film programs. Complete schedule below.

TCL Chinese 6 Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028


Friday, October 20, 2017
7pm: Breadwinner (Q&A): U.S. PREMIERE
9:30pm: Fireworks

Saturday, October 21, 2017
11:00am: Outlandish Lands
1:30pm: The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (Q&A)
1:30pm: Three Snow Whites
4:15pm: Zombillenium (Q&A)
4:15pm: Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Q&A)
7:00pm: Mutafukas
7:00pm: Virus Tropical (Q&A): WORLD PREMIERE
9:30pm: Mind Game

Sunday, October 22, 2017
11:00am: Big Fish and Begonia
11:00am: The Incredibles (Q&A)
2:15pm: Lu Over The Wall
2:15pm: The Lego Batman (Q&A)
5:15pm: Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Q&A)
5:15pm: Tehran Taboo (Q&A): NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
8:00pm: Night Is Short, Walk On Girl
8:00pm: Songs of Love and Death (Q&A)


Filmmakers: Nora Twomey (THE BREADWINNER ), Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert (THE BIG BAD FOX & OTHER TALES), Hiromasa Yonebayashi (director) and Yoshiaki Nishimura (producer) (MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER), Alberto Vázquez & Pedro Rivera (BIRDBOY: THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN), Arthur de Pins & Alexis Ducord (ZOMBILLENIUM), Santiago Caicedo (VIRUS TROPICAL), John Walker (producer, THE INCREDIBLES), Chris McKay (THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE), Ali Soozandeh (TEHRAN TABOO), and other film festival luminaries.

For more information CLICK HERE.

AninetFest Winner - Ed by Taha Neyestani

AninetFest Award

The festival ends 12th of March 2017.

A tribute to all life drawing models, and to the passion of the craft; exploring form, figure, life and all that lies within. 4th-year thesis film done at Sheridan college. Animated in Photoshop.

SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival now with VR!

This year, #SIGGRAPHcaf is moving beyond the flat screen. Prepare to join the new VR Theatre at #SIGGRAPH2017.

The Computer Animation Festival online submission deadline is March 21, 2017

The Computer Animation Festival online submission form will be available January 23, 2017

The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is the leading annual festival for the world's most innovative, accomplished, and amazing digital film and video creators. An internationally recognized jury receives hundreds of submissions and presents the best work of the year in the Electronic Theater. For SIGGRAPH 2017, the festival is moving beyond the flat screen to present short films and experiences in a new space, the VR Theater, where attendants will experience the next generation of storytelling in virtual reality.

The Computer Animation Festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a Best Animated Short Academy Award.

Film Festivals: Call for Entries

Film Festival Deadline Date
New Media Film Festival April 25, 2017 (Final)
Sun Valley Film Festival January 13, 2017
ShortShorts January 31, 2017 (Late)
Collective International Film Festival January 31, 2017
Short Circuit January 31, 2017 (Late)
The European Independent Film Festival January 22, 2017 (Late)
AnimafestFree Entry February 1, 2017
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival February 3, 2017
Emerging Filmmaker Showcase March 3, 2017
Stories From The Line April 14, 2017
College of Adaptive Arts Film Festival - Free Entry February 23, 2017
Festival De Cannes, Cinefondation Selection February 15, 2017
Annecy February 15, 2017
Crested Butte Film Festival - Discount February 1, 2017
Viennna Shorts Film, Animation, & Music Video January 31, 2017
Visions Film Festival & Conference January 17, 2017 (Late)
Catalina Film Festival January 16, 2017


Academy Reveals 2016 Student Oscar Winners

once-upon-a-line-alicja-jasinaI am so proud of one of my USC students, Alicja Jasina, who one a student academy award in animation for her film - Once upon a Line.

LOS ANGELES -- The Academy has voted 17 students as winners of the 43rd Student Academy Awards competition. The Academy received a record number of entries this year -- 1,749 films from 286 domestic and 95 international colleges and universities -- which were voted by a record number of Academy members. The 2016 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.


The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):


All These Voices, David Henry Gerson, American Film Institute
Cloud Kumo, Yvonne Ng, City College of New York
The Swan Girl, Johnny Coffeen, Maharishi University of Management

Die Flucht, Carter Boyce, DePaul University
Once upon a Line, Alicja Jasina, USC
The Wishgranter, Echo Wu, Ringling College of Art and Design

Fairy Tales, Rongfei Guo, New York University
4.1 Miles, Daphne Matziaraki, University of California, Berkeley
From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City, Elise Conklin, Michigan State University

It’s Just a Gun, Brian Robau, Chapman University
Nocturne in Black, Jimmy Keyrouz, Columbia University
Rocket, Brenna Malloy, Chapman University
Foreign Narrative

Invention of Trust, Alex Schaad, University of Television and Film Munich (Germany)
Tenants, Klara Kochanska, The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School (Poland)
Where the Woods End, Felix Ahrens, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Germany)
Foreign Animation

Ayny, Ahmad Saleh, Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Germany)
Foreign Documentary

The Most Beautiful Woman, Maya Sarfaty, Tel Aviv University (Israel)

Accidents, Blunders and Calamities

I was on the Siggraph Computer Animation Festival Jury and this is one of the films that made the cut!

Call for Submissions: Yule Log 2016

Now in it’s 4th year, Yule Log 2.0 is a collection of short films created by various artists that are bringing the Yule Log tradition into the digital age.

It’s an opportunity to showcase your work alongside some of the most talented artists in the world. It’s also a chance to make a difference. We’re raising funds to support Camp Interactive in the Bronx, NY. It’s a place where kids can learn to code (and canoe).

Last Year's (2015) Submissions

Yule Log Website

Submit Your Portfolio

SIGGRAPH 2016 - Computer Animation Festival Trailer- NEW

I was on the Siggraph Computer Animation Festival Jury and here is a preview of the festival screening!


I was on the Siggraph Computer Animation Festival Jury and this is one of the films that made the cut!

GLAS Animation Festival Opens 2017 Submissions

Submissions for GLAS Animation Festival 2017 are now open! The GLAS Animation Festival will be held March 2-5, 2017 in Berkeley, CA, just a quick ride away from San Francisco.

GLAS Animation is introducing new ideas and expanding the scope of animation by bringing new voices, new talents, new themes, and a new generation of independent filmmakers and curators to the United States. The festival highlights fresh voices in independent animation while curating special programs of the most significant periods of animation history that serve as an inspiration for contemporary animators.

The GLAS Animation Festival has a complete short film competition program as well as retrospectives, special curated programs, Q&As, behind-the-scene screenings and panels, animation installations and more. GLAS Animation Festival unites the animation community with the Berkeley and Bay Area community, sharing great and unique animated works from around the world.

Films may be submitted to GLAS Animation Festival 2017 using Submittable and Film Freeway. Submissions for Animated installations are also welcome.

Competition categories include:

  • Narrative Shorts
  • Non-Narrative/Experimental Shorts
  • Undergraduate Shorts
  • Graduate Shorts
  • Commissioned Shorts

GLAS Animation Festival submission process operates on a rolling fee basis.

Professional Submission

  • Early Bird Deadline – May 16th – June 30th – FREE
  • Early Deadline – July 1st – July 31st – $15
  • Regular Deadline – August 1st to September 30th – $25
  • Late Deadline – October 1st – December 15th – $35

Student Submission

  • Early Bird Deadline – May 16th – June 30th– FREE
  • Early Deadline – July 1st – July 31st – $10
  • Regular Deadline – August 1st to September 30th – $20
  • Late Deadline – October 1st – December 15th – $30

For more information on submission eligibility and requirements, visit the GLAS Animation Festival website

Anim’est Opens 2016 Call for Submissions

Winners receive trophies, prize money and/or animation software, with the best film of the festival shortlisted for the annual CARTOON Media Cartoon d’Or Award.

Organizers for Romania’s Anim’est International Animation Film Festival are now accepting submissions for the 11th edition of the festival, which will be held in Bucharest in October.Launched in 2006, Anim’est has become Bucharest’s most beloved film festival and a recognized event on the international animation scene. The presentations, workshops, masterclasses and round tables provide the perfect opportunity to get in touch with the latest creations and make contacts. Previous attendees of the festival have included Bill Plympton, Georges Schwitzgebel, Juan Pablo Zaramella, John Dilworth and Mike Reiss, among many others.

The festival's program consists of six competitive sections: international feature film, international short film, Romanian film, student film, video, and the Minimest, or children’s film, category. In addition, the Mozaic section presents the hottest animation short and feature animations in international film festivals along with special sections & retrospectives dedicated to important animation studios, directors, film schools and festivals. The Anim'est Trophy is presented every year to one of the films competing in the short film competition.

The winners get trophies, prize money and/or animation software, while the best film of the festival is shortlisted for the annual CARTOON Media Cartoon d’Or Award.

Submissions can be made online and are free of charge. The deadline for submissions is June 20th. Visit the Anim’est website for rules and eligibility.

Open World Animation Festival Open Call


The Alternative Gallery is launching its premier animation festival in March 2016. Open World Animation Festival aims to bring together a wide mix of animation styles, voices, mediums & artists from around the world.

Submissions are now being accepted for the festival, and are open to the following styles: stop motion, 3D, digital & computer animation, film cel, claymation, experimental, glitch, rotoscoping, GIF, mixed live action/animation, video game cutscenes & more.

Submission is FREE and open to anyone.

To submit, either email a link to the work online, or mail a physical copy.

Physical copies must be in DVD, Blu-Ray, or VHS format. We will also accept flash drives. Please note that copies will NOT be returned. All work will be considered private and no public viewings will take place without express consent from content creator.

Submission Deadline: February 29th

Festival: March 25-27

Address for all physical submissions:

The Alternative Gallery
707 N. 4th St. Suite 103
Allentown, PA 18102

Tickets available now for The World Animation Celebration 2015

Tickets Available Now for The World Animation Celebration 2015

Animation Libation Studios and Animation Magazine present the 2015 edition of The World Animation Celebration international short film animation festival, hosted by Sony Pictures Animation.

The event will take place Oct. 24-25at Sony Pictures Animation, 9050 W. Washington Blvd. Culver City, Calif.

The World Animation Celebration will feature two full days of animation including:

  • Animated films
  • Industry panels
  • World-class professional judges
  • Portfolio reviews
  • Industry guest speakers
  • Guest artist demos
  • Recruiters

The event serves as a showcase for the best animated short films from all over the world using any number of techniques, including: CG, traditional, student films, stop motion, 2D digital and experimental films.

Animation Magazine is the leading magazine promoting the business, art, and technology of animation globally.

Animation Libation Studios makes it possible for newly emerging artists to work hand-in-hand with seasoned industry professionals from around the world.

Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated and family entertainment for audiences around the world, including the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movies; the 2012 monster hit comedy Hotel Transylvania and its upcoming sequel Hotel Transylvania 2, in theaters this September; as well as a brand-new, all-CG Smurfs movie scheduled for worldwide release in summer 2016. Sony Pictures Animation is an operating unit of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group.

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