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What's all the buzz about?

Since its first event in 2016, the Florida Animation Festival (FAF) has consistently grown and expanded, providing opportunities to more and more independent animators and artists year after year. We're proud to be housed in the heart of the All Saints District, and can't wait to continue to support creative communities at home and around the world. 

If you run a podcast, website or other animation enthusiast network and are interested in covering one of our events, click here to fill out our press form!

We've come a long way since our first festival, and people are taking notice! Here's the scoop on everything FAF from our own Tallahassee news outlets, as well as reporters from around the world: 

2023 Festival Changes

Things at FAF are shaking up as we look forward to 2023 as a return to the past. Our original festival started in 2016 as a weekend to celebrate animation. We screened a wide variety of films, from shorts to features, over three days to delight our community and Tallahassee Film Society members. The festival grew out of the knowledge that the most well-attended screening of the Oscar-nominated Shorts year after year at our cinema was always the Animated Shorts. Shows would sell out and we would hold them over as many times as we could in the brief period allowed before the Oscars. Over the years our festival has grown and morphed, having gone from a weekend of strictly curated pre-existing content to being 100% submissions-based.  We pivoted to a virtual fest in 2020 and it went so well that we continued it the following two years.  Being able to screen more content to a worldwide audience was nothing short of thrilling, giving our submitters a chance to have their work seen by not only themselves in context of programming, but by hundreds of other “attendees” who would otherwise not be able to travel for a physical screening.

It’s been quite a ride to say the least!  But we’re at a moment where we’ve decided to pump the brakes for 2023.  In addition to adjusting to “a post-Covid world,” our venue, All Saints Cinema, has been under construction and will continue to be until further notice.  The uncertainty of our location’s status has thrown a wrench into our logistics and rather than run another year of planning through last-minute changes determined by the ever-changing contractors’ timelines, we thought it’s best to hit the pause button.

What does this mean for FAF 2023?  Our next festival will present collections of animated content from several reputable sources, and we are holding off on receiving and awarding submissions. We’re looking forward to putting together a “throwback” fest to our first year, and seeing how it goes! The dates could shift a little but will still be in the summer; stay tuned to our website and social media channels, the TFS Website and their socials– or better yet sign up for the TFS email newsletter to have all the latest info on FAF’s programming.

 

If you’re an animator looking to submit your work for festival recognition, we would like to recommend our new friends at the up-and-coming FLAnimationFest in Jacksonville, FL!  They are on FilmFreeway and will be hosting their event in January 2023.  Please refer to their website and FF listing for more information, and good luck!

 

We are eternally grateful for our supportive animation community. Over the last 7 years we have formed strong relationships with animators, studios, schools, distributors, and of course fellow animation-enthusiasts. We have all come together to marvel at the wonderful work by animators everywhere, and it is our hope that we can continue to provide a delightful experience to our community and TFS members!

Florida Animation Festival Being Held Virtually This Year

Written by Amy Marcos | May 27, 2020

The Tally Wire shares the news about the virtual festival for 2020!

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Florida Animation Festival Creates Two New Categories For Young Animators Ages 7-13 and 14-17

Wrriten by Noah Griego | November 22, 2019

Press Release announcing the two newest categories for the Florida Animation Festival.

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History Lives On in the Tallahassee Film Society, 20 Years After its Inception

WCTV Eyewitness News

The WCTV Eyewitness News covers the Tallahassee Film Society, its history, and its legacy!

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Florida Animation Festival Submissions Now Open

Ciston PR Newswire | November 7, 2018

Ciston PR Newswire announces that the submissions for the fourth annual Florida Animation Festival are open, and gives a brief overview about the festival's background and history! 

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Animation Magazine: News Bytes

Written by Mercedes Milligan | December 3, 2018

Animation Magazine features us in their News Bytes column and calls animators from all around the world for their submissions!

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Calling all animators

Takeways in Tallahassee | Fall 2018

The Takeaways in Tallahassee Newsletter features a call for animators and gives an overview of the history of the festival!

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Things to do this week: Get ready for the Florida Animation Festival and more

Written by Mark Hinson and Kati Schardl, Tallahassee Democrat | june 12, 2018

The Tallahassee Democrat lists the 2018 Florida Animation Festival as its headline special event! Under the "special events" category, there is also a brief description of some of the festival's main attractions.

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Perspectives: Florida Animation Festival

WFSU News | May 17, 2018

The WFSU News sits down with the animators, animation enthusiasts, and animation professors that make the Florida Animation Festival a reality to hear what goes on behind the scenes!

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Learn About the Florida Animation Festival

CCP News World | June 13, 2018

The CCP News Blog features an in-depth Q and A on the history, events, and growth of the Florida Animation Festival!

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'Nobody' Honored at Florida Animation Festival

Mehr News Agency | July 9, 2018

Iranian news outlet Mehr News Agency features an article on one of the premier Florida Animation Festival submissions of 2018, 'Nobody', from Iranian animator Elham Torogi.

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The Florida Animation Festival is Here!

National Cartoonists Society | June 12, 2018

The Florida Chapter of the National Cartoonist Society discuss the history, background and schedule of the 2018 Florida Animation Festival!

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The pain and the joy of animation

Julie Montanaro, WCTV | June 18, 2017

WCTV goes behind the scenes with FSU's "animator in residence", Jason Mauer, to talk more about the animation process in anticipation of the Florida Animation Festival!

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The Florida Animation Festival to Return to Tallahassee

Sara Santora, FSU News | June 8, 2017

The FSU News discusses what to expect for the 2017 Florida Animation Festival!

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Student Animated Short Film to be considered for Florida Animation Festival

Alfonso Loya | June 6, 2017

The Creative Media Institute of New Mexico State University features an exclusive look at the artists behind one of films honored at the 2017 Florida Animation Festival, "Duck-a-Cola"!

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Events: the Florida Animation Festival

Council on Culture and Arts | June 16, 2016

The Tallahassee COCA gives the scoop on the first-ever annual Florida Animation Festival!

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The Florida Animation Festival is Coming to Tallahassee!

The Pod | June 1, 2016

The Pod Advertising talks about the goals of the first annual Florida Animation Festival, and why Tallahassee is the perfect location for a festival base.

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Florida Animation Festival 2016

FSU College of Fine Arts | May 20, 2016

The FSU College of Fine Arts discusses the first annual Florida Animation Festival and provides resources for students to take part in the experience!

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All Saints Cinema Gets Animated

Danny McAuliffe, FSU News | June 22, 2016

The FSU News provides a glowing review of the first annual Florida Animation Festival and discusses how it can help to preserve the diversity and creativity of the All Saints District.

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