2020 SUBMISSIONS

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Sept. 15, 2020 - March 3, 2020

 

Submissions are opening soon for the fifth annual Florida Animation Festival (FAF)!  In the past, we've received over 400 submissions from 28 countries! Student, independent, and professional animators 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 in our third year, and we're excited that we're able to build on the successes of the previous years.

The FAF team is currently working on preparing for submissions, reviewing judges candidates, and lining up speakers.  Animation will soon arrive at the station, see you there!

Please fill out the following form here and submit your film on FilmFreeway in order to be considered. Good luck!

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.

2020 Judges

THIS COULD BE YOU!

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Interested in being a judge? We need you! Please contact us directly via email to discuss your options!

Specializing in character animation, Keith is a character himself that brings with him a passion for digital animation, as well as a passion for passing along his knowledge.

MARCO BARRETO

Creative and artistic director, production designer, animator, and illustrator. Marco studied at the Film School in FSU (Graduate program). He is a remarkable storyteller and through his visionary and resourceful eye, has captured audiences worldwide.  Marco is now focused on designing brands and is a co-owner of design studio LiENZO. 

Chris is not only the heart of the Tallahassee Film Festival as its board chair, but also its soul as creative director. He has proudly served in these positions since 2013 and, lucky for us, brings his film expertise back to the FAF panel.

EZEQUIEL DALINGER

Ezequiel, director and creator of the Latin American Animation Film Festival ANIMA LATINA, brings his passion to this year’s festival.

MAUREEN ZENT

Maureen Zent is a filmmaker and writer in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Her animated
shorts are Oulipo’s Cave, Yank Tug Yank, Bostle Sleench, Job 1, Good Golly Mollies and
others. Her stories explore the insatiable human hunger for change, whether in
Eden or Inferno. Her animation has screened at Athens Animfest, Florida
Animation Festival, Brasil Stop Motion Festival, Northwest Animation Festival,
Lebanese Independent Film Festival, KuanDu International Animation Festival, and
more.

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

ENTRY FEES

 

Regular Deadline (Feb. 10, 2020)

Standard: $10

FilmFreeway Gold Members: $7.50

 

Extended Deadline (March 3, 2020)

Standard: $15

FilmFreeway Gold Members: $11.25

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: http://bit.ly/FAF062020 , that's /FAFzero-six-twenty-twenty)

1. Dates and Venue 
The absolute final deadlines are as dictated on Film Freeway or Without A Box. The venue for the festival is 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, in either 720p or 1080p. If you need to submit something higher than 2K, contact us to make arrangements: submissions@floridaanimationfestival.com

4. Submission method 

For the selection process we prefer online submissions through hosting sites Vimeo and YouTube, or directly through WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive, or FTP. 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.  A selection jury is assembled to determine whether submissions move into Phase II for judging, as well as assessing content appropriateness for screening to our community. The selection jury will choose, among the submitted films, the official selection for competition in the festival. The number of selected works will depend on the overall program. Our selection jury is comprised of animators (professional and independent), as well as non-animators to get holistic feedback of both the craft and the general audience reception to the content.
 

Please note that our screening times during the festival are limited so not every entry that passes into Phase II will automatically screen.  In a perfect world we would screen everything, but unfortunately we cannot.  So we repeat: Phase II includes all films that will be reviewed by our panel of judges, 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 Phase II submissions, let alone every submission we receive.  All submissions are reviewed by a selection jury and ranked. Those which score above 40% move into Phase II for judging.
 

If your submission is selected for Phase II, we will notify you so you can grant us access to download your film.  

If your submission does not meet screening requirements (as per the discretion of our screening selection committee's review described above in Point 5) but IS moving on to Phase II, we will notify you so you aren't wondering.
 

If your submission will not advance to Phase II, we will mark your film "Not Selected" in FilmFreeway and you will be notified on the date outlined in the platform.

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/FAF062020, that's /FAFzero-six-twenty-twenty ), 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!!

* ENTIRELY COMPUTER-GENERATED IMAGERY (CGI)/3D COMPUTER GRAPHICS * 
[Student / Independent / Professional]

* 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.

* ENTIRELY 2D/VECTOR-BASED ANIMATION * 
[Student / Independent / Professional]

- 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.
 

* ENTIRELY FRAME-BY-FRAME/TRADITIONAL ANIMATION * 
[Student / Independent / Professional]

- 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. 
 

* ENTIRELY STOP-MOTION ANIMATION * 
[Student / Independent / Professional]

- 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 * 
[Student / Independent / Professional]

- 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 * 
 

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 to form: http://bit.ly/FAF062020 , that's /FAFzero-six-twenty-twenty)

 

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 + 1 Honorable Mention (equal across all categories, as these are based on screened selections only)

 

As we are a non-profit festival, if you are not present to collect your medal we will gladly ship it to you if you can cover the shipping & handling fees.  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.

 

 

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.

CINEMA

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Tallahassee, FL 32310

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Phone: 850-386-4404

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