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Call for Entries: Submit Your Short to the Conscious Cartoons Festival

International animation festival with a mission toward ‘awakening insight, justice, and compassion through animation’ runs September 14-16 on Vashon Island, WA.

Conscious Cartoons, a non-profit competitive international animation festival, and the first of its kind solely focused on short works (15 minutes or less) addressing social issues, has issued a call for entries.

These issues can be personal, local, national, global or historical in scope but should reflect broader humanistic themes such as peace, justice, love, responsibility, consciousness, and the joy and pain of the human condition. The aim of this festival is to open eyes, hearts, and minds, through the uniquely transcendent medium of animation.

Along with promoting greater awareness of social causes, the festival celebrates and supports independent animators by offering $20,000 in cash prizes across multiple categories.

The festival is held September 14-16, 2018 on Vashon Island, WA, a jewel in the Puget Sound known for its vibrant art culture, progressive attitudes, and stunning natural beauty.

Awards & Prizes

  • GRANDE PRIZE $5,000
    Judges choice for the overall best submission
    The people’s choice for their favorite animation
  • STUDENT AWARD $3,000
    Specifically to honor the work of upcoming young talent (high school or college students)
  • CHILDREN’S FILM AWARD $5,000 Sponsored by Committee for Children
    An award for films specifically aimed at children (approx. ages 6-14)
  • AWARDS OF MERIT $3,000
    Judges will have the discretion to award these prizes to films of note at the time of the event.

All awards are subject to change at the discretion of the festival. Short films running less than 15 minutes that address social issues and were completed after June 2016 can be submitted via FilmFreeway.

Source: Conscious Cartoons International Animation Festival