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NYICFF Adds Stop-Motion Award, Calls for Entries

The medium’s top film in the festival’s competition will receive recognition and a cash prize of $2,500. 

NEW YORK -- The New York International Children’s Film Festival is offering a special cash award for the best stop-motion animation film featured in competition in the 2018 program.

The winner of the stop-motion award will receive recognition and a cash prize of $2,500 thanks to special corporate support. Additionally, winners of the festival’s 2018 Grand Prize Short Award and the Jury Awards for Animated Short and Live Action Short will receive one free year of VimeoPRO, courtesy of Vimeo. Jury Award winners for Animated Short and Live Action Short also qualify for Academy Award eligibility.

Submissions are currently open through November, and a special reduced rate is available to stop-motion entries. The festival will be held Feb. 23 through March 18 at venues throughout New York City.

In addition to stop-motion film entries, the festival open call also seeks submissions for innovative, compelling, and visually and thematically original short and feature animation, live action, and documentary films for audiences ages 3-18

An Oscars-qualifying festival in the Best Live Action and Animated Short Film categories, the Festival’s prestigious jury includes filmmakers and producers Sofia Coppola, James Schamus, Gus Van Sant, Christine Vachon and Taika Waititi; actors/producers/directors Geena Davis, Matthew Modine and Uma Thurman; and distinguished animator and animation history scholar John Canemaker.

Deadlines to submit U.S. and international films through Withoutabox are:

  • Nov. 20: Late deadline (extended) for short film entries -- $75 fee ($40 student fee); 20 percent discount for stop-motion entries with the promo code “StoMoNYICFF.”
  • Dec. 1: Late deadline for feature film entries -- $125 fee ($80 student fee).

Complete eligibility information, submission fees and official rules and regulations for 2018 can be found at

Source: New York International Children’s Film Festival

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Tom McLean has been writing for years about animation from a secret base in Los Angeles.