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2016 Shanghai TV and Film Festivals Now Accepting Animation Entries

Deadline for submissions to the Shanghai TV Festival is March 10, 2016; animated features can be submitted to the Shanghai International Film Festival through April 15.

Industry eyes will be on Shanghai this spring when the 30th annual Shanghai TV Festival and the Shanghai International Film Festival take place, presenting hundreds of animated TV projects and a growing number of animated features.

First launched in 1986, the Shanghai TV Festival is the oldest and most culturally influential international television festival in China and features the Magnolia Award International TV Program Competition. The 2016 edition of the festival will run June 6-10. Among the Magnolia Awards are prizes for best animation and best animation storytelling. Each year, hundreds of animation entries from more than 50 territories worldwide are accepted into the competition. Animated series, one-off TV specials or any non-live action animation projects have been initially broadcast anywhere worldwide between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016 are eligible to compete. Online submissions can be sent via by March 10, 2016 and there is no fee to enter.

At the 2015 TV Shanghai Festival, Kung Fu Bunny from JJJoy Animation Studios won the award for best animation, while American series, Lost Treasure Hunt, from Argosy Film Group, won the best storytelling award.

For film projects, the Shanghai International Film Festival, which was founded in 1993, showcases more than 2,000 films from over 100 countries and regions around the world every year all vying for Golden Goblet Awards in the competition section.

Last year, the festival introduced a Golden Goblet Award for best animated film for the first time ever, which was won by Ireland’s Song of the Sea from Cartoon Saloon.

Running June 11-19, the 2016 edition of the festival will accept animated films that have been completed in the country of origin after June 1, 2015 with a minimum running time of 70 minutes on 35mm film print or DCP. Films with world premieres or international premieres will also be given priority. The entry deadline is April 15, 2016; there is no entry fee and online submissions can be made at

(via Kidscreen)

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.