Sept. 15, 2020 - March 3, 2021


Submissions are OPEN for the sixth annual Florida Animation Festival (FAF)!  To date, we've received over 900 submissions from 57+ countries! Student, independent, and professional animators including animation studios from Argentina to Japan and throughout the USA submitted projects in different categories: 2D/vector, CGI/3D, stop-motion, frame-by-frame/traditional, and mixed media/experimental.

FAF is the only festival of its kind in the region, celebrating the art of animation in all its forms.  From stop-motions to visual effects, there are thousands of frames and keyframes involved that create the magic before our eyes.  We are excited that we're able to build on the successes of the previous years.

We are preparing things for our 2021 festival, keeping an eye on how things are progressing with COVID and events.  At this time, we feel our safest course is to set up for a virtual event and hopefully we will be able to host a few limited-attendance in-person screenings at the cinema.


Thank you to our global audience for your virtual attendance at the 2020 festival! It was a great experience for us as well, and gives us the motivation to forge ahead with another go at it!

Want to submit your short animated work to our festival?  Click the link below to be redirected to our FilmFreeway page!

Submit to  FAF

Animations under 10-minutes!


Thank you to our 2020 Judges!


Mixed Media/Experimental Animation Judge

Ezequiel Dalinger is graduated in Design of Image and Sound by the University of Buenos Aires (FADU – UBA) and Master in Administration of cultural and creative organizations (FCE – UBA).

Director and creator of ANIMA LATINA, Latin American Animation Film Festival (Buenos Aires, Argentina). He has also programmed for other festivals and organizations. He has served as jury member and speaker at numerous national and international film festivals and markets.

He currently contributes as a journalist to different national media and he has published many articles in academic journals.

His latest project is "Migrante", a collaborative animated short film about migration that involved more than 50 animators from 11 countries from Latin America.


Mixed Media/Experimental Judge

Marco Milone is both a film producer (Revengeance, The Mafia Is No Longer What It Used To Be) than a startuper (board member of Freedom Waves and Undo Studios as well as Administrative Director of The Nemesis). In addition to this as japanologist an as film critic he lectured at universities and in many festival, and wrote articles and books about classic Japanese culture (ukiyo-e, emaki, shinto) and about animated movies (abstract movies, Chinese and Russian animated movies). He also got invited to many festivals as judge.
Among his honours, he has been awarded with an honorary mention as comics journalist at Franco Fossati Award for his book “Fumetti”, has played twice as Italian representative in the shogi tournament “Yingde Cup” (2009, 2010) and has received an honorary degree in Naturopathy.


Stop Motion Animation Judge

Raymond Limantara Sutisna is a serial workaholic who happens to enjoy cartoons and design. A graduate from Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media, his work draws from the energy of youth, nature and animation. In his spare time, he tries to maintain a healthy work-life balance. His other hobbies include growing a beard and daydreaming.


Mixed Media/Experimental Animation Judge

Lu Pulici was born in Descalvado, Brazil in 1963 and lives in Pennabilli , Italy. He qualified as an architect by the Catholic University of Santos, Brazil, and graduated as a film director by the Centre d' Estudis Cinematogràfics de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. From 1993 to 2001 he worked in the Spanish film industry as Art Director, working for various productions, both short films to feature films.
In 2013, after 12 years fully dedicated to the theater productions, he returns to the world of cinema, creating the independent cinema group Lumaca Film.
In 2015 he founds his own film production house 22S PRODUCTIONS.


Stop Motion Animation Judge

Kotoko Nakamura was born in Kyoto, Japan and graduated from Kyoto University of Education, Faculty of Education. She graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design, Faculty of Fine Art and after working at a stop motion Animation company, became a freelance animation director. She has been a part-time teacher at Kyoto University of Art and Design since 2015.


2D Animation Judge

James Rogers III was born and raised in Compton, California. He escaped the hysteria in his neighborhood by way of fantasy books and many, many cartoons. James fell in love with filmmaking by transforming his encounters with danger into fantasy stories on his dad’s old camcorder. But in the shows he watched, James rarely found magical stories about people who looked like him. That feeling of invisibility, of looking out into imagined worlds and not seeing a reflection, motivated James to stop escaping into other people’s worlds and create his own. James is a recent graduate of USC's School of Cinematic Arts Stark Producing Program, where he directed and wrote short films across live action and animation. James intends to create epic adventures that include underrepresented boys and girls who, like everyone else, use fantasy to escape.


2D Animation Judge

George Kochell, as Mister Geo™, has been teaching community-based classes for children & teens since 1995.

Gava/Gate Animation Classes began at Greenbelt Access Television with a pilot "flipbook" project and have continued every year since 1998. Our student films have screened at more than 80 film festivals across the US and Canada.


Frame-by-Frame/Traditional Animation Judge

Ido Shapira and Amit Cohen Created the film “Hounds” as their graduation film in the screen based department, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.


Mixed Media/Experimental Animation Judge

Born in Romania in 1980, Veronica Solomon is currently living in Berlin, Germany. Owning a degree in Fine Arts (2003), she began a self-training process to become an animator alongside doing comics and illustration. In 2017 she graduated from the Filmuniversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF with a BA in Animation.


3D Animation Judge

Born and raised in Florida, Shaakira White grew up with a love for creative storytelling. Shaakira received her Master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Florida State University. While at Florida State University, Shaakira rediscovered her love for video and story with a graduate certificate in Digital Video Production. Shaakira has produced and edited videos for brands and individuals to progress their creative storytelling. 


2D Animation Judge

Roy Taylor is a stop motion artist working primarily with paper and filtered light on a multi-plane camera. His short film, A Tale of Crows (2016) was part of the 2016 Hiroshima Animation Festival, Montreal Animaze and The New Orleans Film Festival. A music video for Patty Griffin’s Ohio (featuring Robert Plant) premiered on RollingStone.com in 2013. Upon meeting Drew Dingeldein at a showing of their animated shorts he proposed a collaboration; A deep sea diver walks into a bar (2019).


Stop Motion Animation Judge

Currently Studying Animation at the Victorian college of The Arts in Melbourne, Australia (Graduating 2020). Lucy has produced two Stop-Motion animated short films, ‘The Saint of Good Digestion’ (2018) and ‘Dirty Dishes’ (2019). As a multi-disciplinary artist, she create quirky paper mache sculptures, draw comics and sketches life models.


2D Animation Judge

Mulan is an aspiring animator, illustrator, and filmmaker. She currently studies at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in Film and Television and minoring in History.

Being born and raised in Shanghai, Mulan traveled around the world throughout her teenage life, absorbing and loving the arts and cultures that she encountered. As an aspiring artist, she is constantly searching for new ideas, mediums, styles and possibilities, expanding her creativity into the worlds of illustration, animation, music and film.

Mulan’s independent animated and live-action shorts have won awards in international film festivals. She is thrilled to be continuing her journey through the artistic lens.


Frame-by-Frame/Traditional Animation Judge

Dante Zaballa is a frame-by-frame animator from Argentina, who likes experimenting with diverse materials like crayons, acrylics and markers. His work combines seemingly messy hand-drawn lines, raw shapes and flickering textures.


Stop Motion Animation Judge

Bismark Fernandes is a stop-motion filmmaker and designer from a Goa, India. He completed his M.F.A in Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently residing in New York.
Bismark has over three years of experience in designing and creating animated content for Television. He is well versed with various styles of animation with stop-motion being closest to his heart. What draws him towards this handmade art form is that it is tangible with subtle imperfections that makes it unique.


2D Animation Judge

Sun, Jing is an animation director/animator based in Chengdu(China) and Los Angeles. In 2018, she graduated from California State University Los Angeles where she is majoring in animation studies with a concentration in aesthetic animation shorts. Her interest in animation began during the last two years of her BFA study in Jilin Animation institute in China when she had the opportunities to cooperate with Dmitry Geller, a Russian independent animation director. Their animation shorts like I Saw Mice Burying A Cat won numerous awards all over the world, including the Grand Prix Festival, in Hiroshima, Japan,the Best Short Film in with “Golden Monkey” in China,and the Special Jury Prize with “Suzdal” in Russia.


Inspired by this international cooperation, Jing went to the United States to pursue her MFA from 2014 to 2018. During the four yeas study, she has completed her first independent animation short, “The Old Man and The Pears” in 2016 and her thesis project “Prey” in 2018. Her goal is to continue to explore in the aesthetic areas of animation, to invent and explore more possibilities in visualization.

Director Statement


3D Animation Judge

Davide Benvenuti has been an Assistant Professor at NTU ADM School of Art Design and Media Singapore
since January 2013. Prof Davide Benvenuti has started his career in animation in Italy Florence in the mid 1990 and graduated with a  master degree in Architecture at Florence University’s with a thesis on Industrial Design and Computer Animation; his career spans from television, advertising and feature films.
He has been engaged by Disney, Dreamworks, Nelvana and Ubisoft.


3D Animation Judge

Eric Kunzendorf has been teaching computer graphics and animation at the college level for the last two decades at such varied institutions as Jacksonville University, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, the Atlanta College of Art and the School of Visual Arts’ Savannah campus. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Art History from Columbia University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia.

Most recently, Eric has completed courses for Digital Tutors and Pluralsight, Inc., a company that has been delivering video courses in Animation and Digital Art on CD, DVD and online for over 10 years. Eric has also contributed to several books including “Mastering Maya 8.5”, “Mastering Maya 7”, “Maya 5 Savvy” and “Maya: Secrets of the Pros Vol. 1”. His animations, “Final Project Assignment” and “Mime In A Box”, have made appearances at the Siggraph Computer Animation Festival in 1999 and 2000 respectively. His 2004 animation "The Secret Life of Netsuke" won first place in SEDAF-the Southeastern Digital Arts Festival. His animation “Courage” appeared in the 2010 CitrusCel animation festival in Jacksonville, Florida. Most recently, his animation “Lathe of God” appeared in the 2013 CitrusCel animation festival in Jacksonville, Florida and the 2013 Blue Plum animation festival in Johnson City, Tennessee. He has also exhibited computer-generated prints on the regional and national level.


3D Animation Judge

Irwan Junaidy is a Malaysian producer and director. He graduated from the University of Huddersfield, UK with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture. He is the co-founder of The R&D Studio, a development house that has developed and produced numerous creative IPs spanning different formats and genres. He has over 20 years of experience in the creative industry. His animation projects ‘Sunsastera’, and ‘Nobodies’ have gained recognition, having won awards in Singapore, Korea and Japan.

His directorial debut, ‘Batik Girl’ a 2D animated short film has won the Gold Medal for the Tokyo Broadcasting System Digicon6 Regional Prize 2018 and has been selected for screenings at international festivals.


Mixed Media/Experimental Animation Judge

Daniela Godel is Swiss, Italian and Brazilian. Born in Barcelona, she has developped from an early age a passion for drawing and animation, exploring mediums such as watercolour, papercut or charcoal. She entered in 2017 the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, where she is currently studying animation.


Stop Motion Animation Judge

Ani Antonova (b. 1986) is a multimedia artist living in Vienna, Austria. She finished her studies in Multimedia at “die Graphische” (2012) and Portuguese philology at Sofia University (2010) and worked as a graphic designer, animator and photographer at DSCHUNGEL WIEN Theater for young audiences (MQ, Vienna).


Frame-by-Frame/Traditional Animation Judge

Mike Shiell is a director, animation supervisor and animator. He has directed a number of kid’s shows including the Emmy awarding winners; “The Backyardigans” and “Mike the Knight”.

In his “spare time" he creates cartoons, illustrations and animation for a wide range of clients including GoComics/Universal Press Syndicate, National Lampoon, American Bystander, Reader’s Digest, Nimble Collective, Kids Can Press, Weekly Humorist, Saturday Evening Post, Prospect Magazine (UK), Phoenix Magazine (IRL) The Oldie (UK), Nickelodeon, BBC, Funny Times Magazine, Spider Magazine, Oatmeal Greetings, HIT Entertainment, CBS News, NobleWorks Greetings, Lucas Arts, Hallmark and King Features to name a few.


Frame-by-Frame/Traditional Animation Judge

Scott Farrell is a native New Yorker who’s been working at Blue Sky Studios in feature film animation for the past 15 years. His animation credits include the Ice Age and Rio franchises; as well as Ferdinand, Peanuts, Epic and Horton Hears a Who. He most recently worked on the film Spies in Disguise.


Frame-by-Frame/Traditional Animation Judge

Igor Coric is an animator, film director and an author of inexorable energy. Since he graduated painting at the Belgrade Faculty of Fine Arts 16 years ago, he created over two hundred animated shorts screened and awarded at numerous animation and short film festivals around the world.

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Curious about submitting? Check out our terms and conditions below to get you started!

Florida Animation Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.



Regular Deadline (Feb. 10, 2021)

Standard: $10

FilmFreeway Gold Members: $7.50


Extended Deadline (March 3, 2021)

Standard: $15

FilmFreeway Gold Members: $11.25

Rules for Participation



1. Dates and Venue 
The absolute final deadlines are as dictated on FilmFreeway. Hopefully the venue for the festival will continue to be the historic Amtrak station in Tallahassee, FL (918 Railroad Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32310).

2. Competition 
The festival is accepting any short-form animation (under 10 minutes, including credits).  Each submission must be entered separately. Entries will be assessed and successful submissions will be programmed for screening and enter the festival competition. If your film is selected we reserve the right to show your film at a date and time of our choosing. 

3. Formats 
We accept HD video formats, preferably in 1080p and above. We produce 1080p blu-ray discs for the festival so we will downconvert any files above that size on the timeline to ensure consistency for our audience.  The same holds true for our virtual event.

4. Submission method 

For the selection process we prefer online submissions through FilmFreeway w/ the download option enabled; links to HD videos on Vimeo and YouTube, or directly through WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive, or FTP are all acceptable. If you need to submit a different way, please email us to make arrangements: submissions@floridaanimationfestival.com  

Films that are not in English require English subtitles for consideration.  If your submission does not have subtitles, we will contact you to replace your file within FilmFreeway before it will be considered for review.  If you are unable to provide a subtitled version of your film, we will discuss with the filmmaker(s) whether you withdraw your submission or if there is a reasonable explanation for not having subtitles.

IF YOU ARE NOTIFIED THAT YOU ARE AN OFFICIAL SELECTION, we implore that you make your film immediately downloadable either directly from within FilmFreeway, a download button on another hosting site, or that you email us a link to download your short. This saves us a LOT of headache leading up to the festival so we aren't chasing you and stressing out.

Please note: if you need to submit a physical copy on DVD or on a thumb-drive, it will not be returned.

5. Selection 

The festival is organized by The Tallahassee Film Society in partnership with The Pod Advertising.  All films are reviewed initially by FAF staff to assess content-appropriateness for screening to our community. Films then move into our competition for judging.  The number of selected works for screening will depend on the overall program. Our judging jury is composed of animators (professional and independent) sourced from our previous festivals who are not in competition for 2021; if they entered a film for 2021 then they cannot judge that category.  Our judging is segmented based on categories, with separate panels of judges dedicated to each category. The top 2 films that score the absolute highest in their overall category are re-reviewed by a mixture of all judges in order to award Best In Show.

Our youth categories, Debut & Debut Junior, are reviewed separately by a group of peer-aged budding artists as well as professionals with experience working with students in the arts, and are not in competition against paid-for submissions.

Please note that our screening/program times during the festival are limited so NOT every entry will automatically screen.  In a perfect world we would screen everything, but unfortunately we cannot.  So we repeat: all submissions will be reviewed by our judge panels, but not necessarily all films that will be screened.

Films that are not deemed for the screen due to extreme profanity, nudity, or other dramatically inappropriate content still have the opportunity to be considered for the juried selection and award placement. The screening schedule will be announced soon after the final submission deadline. The final award-winning entries will be selected by a festival jury and audience votes. Award winners will be notified within 30 days of the festival screenings.

6. Screenings 

The Florida Animation Festival takes place over 4 days, with screenings occurring primarily over 3 days.  There is simply not enough time to screen all submissions.

This extends into our virtual festival, which is limited to a total number of films and/or minutes we must adhere to.  

7. Publicity 

We reserve the right to use extracts from submissions for festival publicity and marketing purposes. Press kits are not required, but are useful, so please feel free to send these with your submissions.

From time to time we are asked to re-screen submissions for closed audiences and for specific reasons.  For example, last year we screened selections at a ComicCon leading up to the festival as promotion for FAF.  If this were the case, we will contact the filmmakers for approval to re-screen their film at a different time and/or venue.

8. Categories

We have 5 major categories and require additional details be provided by filling out an online form your entry (link: http://bit.ly/FAF2021), in order to be considered for festival screening and judging.  Thank you in advance for completing the form, as it helps us tremendously with programming.


The form** will ask you to identify your sub-category:
- Student Animator (I am/was a full-time animation student at time of production)
- Novice/First Time Animator (I have never done this before & I'm basically self-taught)
- Independent Animator (I animate for fun, but I do something else to earn a living)
- Professional Animator (I'm serious about doing this, and by golly I normally even get paid to do it!)
- Animation Studio (We've been doing this together for some time now, it's good business)

**we learned very early on that it's a LOT easier to create 5 categories of submissions and then have you fill out a form with sub-categories vs having 25 different submission options... We appreciate your patience when filling out the form!!

ONE FINAL NOTE ABOUT CATEGORIES: We ask that you consider your category wisely. It is getting more difficult to define animation mediums as described below thanks to the wonders of modern technology.  As such, we receive a lot of hybrid animations under a single category that would be better suited for Mixed Media.  You will read below that we aim for animations w/ 90% or more in a single category because you may need a little assistance to pull off your vision than what a single format permits. We will follow up with you during our pre-selection phase if we feel your film is in the wrong category.

COPYRIGHTED MUSIC MUST HAVE THE APPROPRIATE LICENSE/PERMISSION CLEARLY DISPLAYED IN THE CREDITS.  We will not accept films that have copyrighted music. Support a fellow independent artist and have a custom soundtrack ;-)  Or replace your track with royalty-free music.  Please no films with copyrighted music.

[Novice/Student / Independent / Professional/Animation Studio]

- Animated shorts, under 10 minutes including credits, that are entirely created using a three-dimensional representation of light, width, and depth. 

- For example, computer animation programs such as Blender, Maya, and Cinema 4D would be considered for this category (among other comparable programs).

- Hybrid animations or mixed media are not considered for this category, please see Mixed Media/Experimental.

*  90% (or more)  2D/VECTOR-BASED ANIMATION * 
[Novice/Student / Independent / Professional/Animation Studio]

- Animated shorts, under 10 minutes including credits, that are entirely created using geometric models/vector graphics, digital images/raster graphics, kinetic typography, or any combination of the above. 

- For example, computer animation programs such as After Effects, Photoshop, Character Animator, Flash, and ToonBoom would be considered for this category (among other comparable programs).

- Hybrid animations or mixed media are not considered for this category, please see Mixed Media/Experimental.

[Novice/Student / Independent / Professional/Animation Studio]

- Animated shorts, under 10 minutes including credits, that are principally created using hand-drawn or cel animation. The use of a digital interface is minimal, used solely for digitizing a final product.

- If images are hand-drawn/painted and scanned in for timing the animation using software such as Photoshop, After Effects, or otherwise, this is permissible in this category, provided the images themselves are not altered with computers; minor cosmetic edits are allowed (applied to images as a whole such as color balancing), but directly altering the images in any way would be considered as either 2D Animation or Mixed Media/Experimental depending on how many different media are used. 

- Proof of traditional animation may be requested; if not provided your entry is void and your entry fee is forfeited.

- Stop-motion animations are not considered for this category, please see Stop Motion Animation.

- Hybrid animations or mixed media are not considered for this category, please see Mixed Media/Experimental. 

*  90% (or more)  STOP-MOTION ANIMATION * 
[Novice/Student / Independent / Professional/Animation Studio]

- Animated shorts, under 10 minutes including credits, that are principally created by physically manipulating objects so that they appear to move on their own. This includes still photography of posed humans/animals. The use of a digital interface is minimal, used solely for digitizing a final product.

- If models are captured digitally and organized on a timeline for pacing the animation using software such as Photoshop, After Effects, or otherwise, this is permissible in this category, provided the images themselves are not altered with computers; minor cosmetic edits are allowed (applied to images as a whole such as color balancing), but directly altering the images in any way would be considered as Mixed Media/Experimental.

- Behind-the-scenes evidence of models or methods may be requested; if not provided your entry is void and your entry fee is forfeited.

- Hybrid animations or mixed media are not considered for this category, please see Mixed Media/Experimental. 

[Novice/Student / Independent / Professional/Animation Studio]

- Animated shorts, under 10 minutes including credits, that are created using a combination of aforementioned methods.

- Any of the aforementioned techniques in combination with live-action footage is not considered in this category.

- Visual Effects (VFX) to enhance a live-action production are not considered in this festival.


New for our 2020 festival is the addition of two divisions for young animators!  Free for the first year, there are two categories under which animators can submit: Ages 12 and under are "Debut Junior" and between 13 - 17 are "Debut."   As it is our first year opening up these specific categories, the judging process will be independent from paid-for submissions.

We do ask that these Debut & Debut Junior submissions also complete our intake form (link: http://bit.ly/FAF2021).


9. Awards: 

*Subject to change with advanced notice on our website*

  • All official selections will receive digital laurels

  • All winners will receive appropriate laurels defining their win, along with a digital certificate

Physical medals are awarded as follows: 

  • Top placement for Best In Show + 1 Honorable Mention (highest scoring shorts across all categories)

  • Top placement + 1 Honorable Mention per Main Category (for example: 3D animation First Place + Honorable Mention)

  • Top placement + 1 Honorable Mentions per Sub-Category within a Category (for example: First Place, Student - Stop Motion Animation; or Honorable Mention, Professional Animator - Experimental Animation)

...please note sub-category clarification for awards above in Point 8.

  • Audience Favorites 1st place + up to 2 Honorable Mentions (equal across all categories, as these are based on screened selections only)

  • Debut and Debut Jr. each are awarded 1st place + up to 2 Honorable Mentions


New to 2021 is grant funding that will allow us to ship medals both domestically and internationally to our winners!  Additional medals may be purchased for $10/each and will be shipped to the same physical address as the first one, unless you need them sent to different places, in which case separate s&h fees are invoiced.


10. Laurels:

To promote their film, participants will receive the FAF Official Selection laurels. Winners will receive the winner's laurels logo which identifies the category and sub-category in which they won, along with a digital certificate.  Please contact us directly if you need additional festival assets.




All entries must follow category rules as specified.

Entries that do not meet the requirements and qualifications specified by each category will not be accepted by the festival. 

The Florida Animation Festival will not return any materials sent in as part of an entry.

Florida Animation Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. 

The individual or company submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. 

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Florida Animation Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Submit to  FAF

Animations under 10-minutes!





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