2022 SUBMISSIONS

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Sept. 15, 2021 - March 3, 2022

 

Submissions are OPEN for the seventh annual Florida Animation Festival (FAF)!  To date, we've received over 1000 submissions from 63+ 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 celebrates 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 2022 festival and keeping an eye on how things are progressing.  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 and 2021 festivals! 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!

PS - we're working on an updated trailer for 2022, but we love every submission we get so we'll replay 2020's submission trailer above until we have a new one!

Submit to  FAF

Animations under 10-minutes!

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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.

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

ENTRY FEES

 

Regular Deadline (Feb. 10, 2021)

Standard: $12

Student: $10

FilmFreeway Gold Members: $9.50

Debut & Debut Junior: $2 ($1.50 Gold Members)

 

Extended Deadline (March 3, 2021)

Standard: $17

Student: $15

FilmFreeway Gold Members: $13.50

Debut & Debut Junior: $5 ($4 Gold Members)

Rules for Participation

PLEASE NOTE: ALL SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. 

ALSO NOTE: YOU MUST COMPLETE AN ONLINE FORM WITH YOUR SUBMISSION (link to form: https://bit.ly/FAF2022)

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. For a physical event, we produce 1080p blu-ray discs for the festival so we will down-convert 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 2022; if they entered a film for 2022 then they cannot judge their submission’s category.  Our judging is segmented based on our main 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 other category 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 typically takes place over 3-4 days for a physical event, with a longer window for streaming virtual content.  Both our virtual festival and any in-person screenings are limited to a total number of films and/or minutes we must adhere to. 

There is simply not enough time to screen all submissions but boy we wish we could!

7. Publicity 

We reserve the right to use excerpts 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, for the last three years we have 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: https://bit.ly/FAF2022), 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.

MAIN CATEGORIES:

*  90% (or more)  COMPUTER-GENERATED IMAGERY (CGI)/3D COMPUTER GRAPHICS * 
[Novice/Student / Independent / Professional/Animation Studio]

* ENTIRELY COMPUTER-GENERATED IMAGERY (CGI)/3D COMPUTER GRAPHICS *
- 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.
 

*  90% (or more)  FRAME-BY-FRAME/TRADITIONAL ANIMATION * 
[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. 

* MIXED MEDIA/EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION * 
[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.

* DEBUT JUNIOR & DEBUT * 

With two sub-categories each

- Animated shorts, under 10 minutes including credits, in any medium that are created by young animators. Debut Junior is for ages 12 and under, Debut is 13-17, at the time of creating the work.

- SUB-CATEGORIES: Solo project or group/class project

Please do not submit work that is created by adults and intended for younger audiences. This is not the category for that. Refer to our 5 main categories above for your submission.

We do ask that these Debut & Debut Junior submissions also complete our intake form (link: https://bit.ly/FAF2022).

 

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

Digital certificates for winners are awarded as follows: 

  • Top placement for Best In Show + 2 Honorable Mentions (highest scoring shorts across all categories)

  • Top placement + up to 1 Honorable Mention per Main Category

(for example: 3D animation First Place + Honorable Mention)

  • Top placement + up to 1 Honorable Mention 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. Overall Categories: each are awarded 1st place + up to 1 Honorable Mentions

  • Debut and Debut Jr. Sub-Categories are awarded 1st place + up to 1 Honorable Mentions

 

All awards are based on ranked votes by our judges, with a hard line drawn at a certain percentage above which 1st and Honorable Mentions are awarded.  Each year that hard line is redrawn upon completion of overall voting by the judges as each year the panels are different.

 

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.

 

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: 

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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