The After Hours Film Society invites all students to participate in "anim8," our 19th annual student film festival. In order to make this year’s fest exceptionally challenging, we are asking entrants to create an animated or experimental film with a running time of 8 minutes or less for our consideration. All submissions will be judged by film professionals and educators who have a knowledge of and respect for creativity, originality, ambition and determination. Winning entries will be screened and generous cash prizes will be awarded at the After Hours Student Film Festival tentatively scheduled for October 2021. Again the entry deadline is Saturday, June 15, 2021.

Featured image courtesy of Beatriz Bagulho from her award winning film, (IN)DIVIDUAL.

The After Hours Film Society will award up to $3,000.00 in cash prizes to students with consideration given to genre and level. Prizes will be awarded at the discretion of our judges. All decisions will be final.


1. Film entrant must be a STUDENT of any age.
2. All films must be submitted in the English language. If produced in languages other than English, they must be subtitled or dubbed.
3. Eligible entries may not exceed 8 minutes in length.
4. Only Animated and/or Experimental films will be considered.
5. Films must have been completed between January 2018 and June 2021 while the filmmaker was a full or part-time student of amateur status. No paid commercial, theatrical or TV releases will be accepted.
6. Entry deadline: June 15, 2021. Late deadline July 31, 2021.)
7. Winners will be selected by a panel of film educators and professionals.
8. Winners agree to participate in the publicity for the After Hours Film Society as well as other promotional events including the AHFS web site.
9. Best of Show, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit and Special Mention winners will be screened at a special After Hours program as long as a download link is provided (see Item 10). The judges have to right to decide to show a portion of a film rather than the entire film if time becomes an issue.
10. In order to preserve the integrity of the program, winning students must provide a download link in one of the following formats:
File Format: H.264 or MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720
Frame Rates: 23.976fps; 24fps; 25fps (not preferred but will accept); 29.97fps; 30fps
The download link must be made available within 24 hours after notification emails have been sent from the After Hours Film Society.
11. The determination of the winners is final.


1. Entry Fees are $10 per submission and are non-refundable.
2. Entry Deadline is June 15, 2021. (Late deadline July 31, 2021.)

Overall Rating
  • Jing Sun

    It has been the second time Anim8 Student Film Festival included my film!!! This time it's excellent award! I do appropriate we could have this special platform for Student filmmakers!!! It's very important for beginners like us! It's my glad my film could be a part this film festival at early stage of my career! Thank you so much + Congrats to all the filmmakers included (*^▽^)/★*☆

    October 2019