The motto of the FIKE International Short Film Festival is “Life is Short”, and the five day festival did seem to literally fly by. FIKE is a showcase for short live action, animation, and documentary films. I seldom have the opportunity to see short live action films and so it is a special treat for me. Watching films coupled with the warm hospitality of festival director Joao Paulo Macedo made it five perfect days for me.
The International Festival of Puppet Theatre and Animated Films for Adults is a festival that combines two worlds - the world of theatre and the world of cinema, and takes place in Warsaw, Poland from 12 - 20 October, 2015.
This year we have decided to add to the festival with the International Animated Film Competition for Young Artists (the age limit for entrants is 30 years) which aims at presenting and promoting animated films for adults.
Submit your film to the International Festival of Puppet Theatre and Animated Films for Adults, or to the Animated Film Competition for Young Artists - the submission deadline is 5 September, 2015.
Animate Dubai is the the Arabian Gulf’s first annual international animation film festival.
We are hungry for your films!
Animated shorts, features, commissioned works, series; all systems are GO.
The call is open till August 20, 2015.
The renowned Dutch producer/director Willem Thijssen has launched a crowd funding campaign for his new film called Ticking Away. Willem won an Academy Award in 1987 for the animated short Een Griekse Tragedie and a Dutch newspaper has already written "Give a hand to a new Oscar candidate film".
See Willem's message, and follow the link to watch a teaser and find out how to become part of this exciting new project.
FESA – Festival of European Student Animation, was established in 2012
under the auspices of Serbian Ministry for Culture.
The main goal of the festival is to promote the art of animation
from the European countries and to create conditions that will enable
the younger generation to conquer new concepts and new technologies.
The Festival of European Student Animation is going to be held
in the period of August 29th to 30th 2015.
The Festival comprises of Students Competition programme
(film schools and single student authors)
This year’s competition theme is SYMBOLS
in the widest sense of the terms.
When ANIFILM International Festival of Films comes to town for one week each year the historic spa town of Trebon becomes the animation capitol of the Czech Republic. The festival combines the best of the new animation with screenings of historic Czech films. The festival is a puppet animator’s dream, with screenings of films by such masters of the art as Jiri Trnka and Vlasta Pospisilova. There were even live puppet shows in the park which surrounds the castle in the center of town.
Each year the Fete De l’Anim brings students from all over Europe together with a small group of international professionals for three days of master classes, screenings, and hands on projects. It is a marvellous opportunity for students to hear some of the top professionals from the world of independent animation as well as people from such studios as Pixar and Disney talk about the processes they use to create their work. The students also have the opportunity to ask questions and show their portfolios to the masters to get feedback.
The KROK International Animated Film Festival will take place from 27th of September to 3rd of October 2015, and are looking for film submissions!
Initiated by the Public Enterprise “Belgrade Fortress”, FESA – Festival of European Student Animation, was established in 2012 under the auspices of the Serbian Ministry for Culture.
The main goal of the festival is to promote the art of animation from the European countries and to create conditions that will enable the younger generation to conquer new concepts and new technologies.
The Festival of European Student Animation is going to be held on August 29th and 30th 2015.
The Festival comprises of the Student's Competition programme (film schools and single student authors).
This year’s competition theme is SYMBOLS in the widest sense of the terms.
Most people that I know don’t really enjoy sitting on festival selection committees, but watching 14 or 16 hours a day of animation is my idea of heaven. I was delighted when festival director Nadezhda Slavova invited me to Sofia, Bulgaria to sit on the selection committee for the Golden Kuker Animation Festival which will be held on the 4th through the 10th of May in Sofia.
Be there! Corfu Animation Festival announces its call for entries for its 5th edition, 15-18 October 2015.
Be there! Corfu Animation Festival invites all directors to submit their animated films to the competitive festival section of the 4th festival edition, 15-18 October 2015.
The festival has three competitive programmes:
1. Short films: films which were completed after 1/1/2014, regardless of geographic origin.
2. Graduation short films: films which were completed after 1/1/2014, regardless of geographic origin.
Films in the above categoies may range from a few seconds to 35 minutes in length, without restrictions in animation technique or genre.
3. Feature films: films over 50 minutes length, completed after 1/1/2014, regardless of geographic origin, technique or genre.
There are no submission fees. Submission forms will be completed online, while film prints and accompanying documents will be sent electronically to Competition Section Coordinator, Giorgos Oikonomou.
See the festival regulations for more details.
Submission Deadline (all programmes): 30 June 2015.
For all requests, email: info [at] betherefest.gr
ANIMA Brussels ushered in the year of the sheep in grand style with the Belgian premier of Shaun the Sheep Movie on their opening night. Aardman Studio is back doing what it does best, pure entertainment in flawless claymation. The 85 minute film brings Shaun and his fellow sheep to the big screen with all of the usual suspects from the television series.
The Montreal Stop-Motion Film Festival - 25th, 26th and 27th of September 2015 announces their Call for Entries, ending June 28, 2015.
The 38th International Animated Film Festival Cinanima, 10 through 16 November, 2014 in Espinho, Portugal is one of the oldest and most respected animation festivals in the world. It has the reputation for screening not only the best of current animation, but is also a major showcase for Portuguese animation. The Grand Prix winning film at the festival qualifies for submission to the Academy Awards and the Cartoon D’ Or. Portugal has a rich literary history and a centuries old connection to the sea, and that is often reflected in their animation. When coupled with the country’s long years of isolation from the rest of Europe, I feel it often makes Portuguese animation difficult for other cultures to appreciate. With the exception of a few well-known Portuguese animators such as Regina Pessoa, Abe Feijo, Jose Miguel Ribeiro, and Joanna Toste, comparatively little animation from this country has been seen at other festivals in the past. There are numerous excellent animators such as Zepe (Jose Pedro Cavalheiro) whose films are well-known in his own country but seldom seen in the rest of the world.
Anibar Call for Entires
Animators around the world! We invite you all to become part of the competitions, for the 6th edition of Anibar Animation Festival! This year’s Anibar has four new crowns to award in the categories: Best Environmental, Best music video, Best production and Best children.
KLIK! INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL at THE EYE in AMSTERDAM, 4 - 9 November 2014
KLIK! is always a perfect blend of excellent animation and fun, Fun, FUN, but when Lesley the Pony pranced into the Eye this year he brought a whole new meaning to fun! The spirit of Lesley the Pony, created by Christian Larrave as his junior year project at the Rhode Island School of Design (USA), fit right in with this year’s festival theme of Gender Bending: Girls, Boys, and Beyond.
Nik and I love Portugal, the food, the wine, the people, so when I was invited to be on the jury of FIKE and Nik was asked to give a workshop we were very excited. We had never been to Evora before so we weren’t prepared for the unique beauty of the historic town.
The Animate Dubai Animation Festival, running April 22 - 25, 2015 is looking for submissions. The deadline is February 8, 2015.
Open call for animation directors, documentarians and creative producers:
For projects in development, creative research and for forming new collaborations.
Through a series of professional seminars, ANIDOX:LAB will offer talented documentary and animation filmmakers the opportunity to engage and combine their two worlds.
The coaching seminars and collaborative workshops are designed to progress from fine-tuning an initial idea, through narrative and visual development, to pitching sessions at our prestigious partner festivals.
KROK SAILS SMOOTHLY THROUGH TROUBLED WATERS - the KROK International Animated Film Festival took place 29 September to 5 October 2014 along the Volga River, Russia
Animators around the world become part of the competitions in the 6th edition of Anibar Animation Festival! This year’s Anibar has four new crowns to award in the categories: Best Environmental, Best Music Video, Best Production and Best Children's Film.
ITFS - Extended submission deadline for the animated feature length film competition AniMovie until January 19, 2015.
Animated Com Award - awarding outstanding work in the areas of advertising, spatial communication and technology, and the special award of the Daimler AG. Films can be submitted until January 15, 2015.
A five day Animation, Comics, and Technology Exhibition held in conjunction with the 7th Xiamen International Cyber Sousa Animation Festival, August 15 - 19.