Until further notice we will continue to screen our festival online. We hope to return to a live venue when it is possible to do so safely.

The 7th annual Animation Chico Festival will present a diverse collection of animations from artists around the world. If you have a story to tell through animation…we want to see it!

Accepted Styles
• 3D animation
• 2D animation
• Stop-motion animation
• Experimental animation

Hybrid projects (animation and live-action) are accepted but the film must contain at least 75% animation.

Juried awards are given for:

1st Prize - $300 USD
2nd Prize - $150 USD
3rd Prize - $100 USD
Best Student Animated Short Film - $100 USD


Animation Chico accepts animated short films only.

The maximum duration of each film is 15 minutes including credits.

We will only be accepting submissions for films completed after January 1st, 2016.

Your film must contain at least 75% animation in any technique.

More than one animation may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate submission form and entry fee.

Films with dialogue or narration in languages other than English must have English subtitles.

The Festival has the right to use all materials related to the submission as well as a film excerpt up to 10% of the total length of the film that will not exceed 3 minutes for promotional purposes.

Press & Publicity
If your film or video is selected to screen at the Festival, you will be asked to provide: director's bio, stills from the film, and press materials.

Please do not send DVD's or BluRay Discs. As part of our green initiative, Animation Chico uses digital files only. If your film is accepted to the festival, you will receive a notification email with instructions on where to upload the final exhibition copy of your film.

The Exhibition copy of your film must be encoded in H.264 .mp4 format with a constant bitrate no higher than 20mbps. We accept 720p or 1080p resolution.

All filmmakers must have exclusive rights to their films as well as any pertinent releases including but not limited to actors image, location image, trademarked or copyrighted image and music. Animation Chico Directors reserve the right to request proof of such releases at anytime before films are screened.

This is a family friendly festival. Films considered pornographic or overly violent in nature by our screening committee will not be accepted.

I. Animation Chico and it's parent company Tree City Films will not be held responsible for any materials lost or damaged in transit.

II. The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries.

III. Animation Chico is hereby granted the right to utilize and excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the film festival for promotional purposes.

IV. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that they are authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

V. All fees are non-refundable.

VI. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Animation Chico and its parent company Tree City Films 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.

Overall Rating
  • Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

    Curated a really wonderful mixture of animated films, and presented on a very accessible platform. I especially enjoyed the many student films, and will be urging young animators here in Hawai'i to apply next year.

    October 2020
  • Geoffrey Clark

    My film was selected for Animation Chico, and I my wife and I had a wonderful time visiting. The organizers were very good communicators, and even allowed me to swap my film screening file before the festival. Thanks for the after-show dinner and drinks! The film selection was really great; many films are being shown around the world. I would go again!

    February 2020
  • Joe Chang

    This is a very good film festival and I am honored to join it. Thank you for your contribution!

    November 2019
  • Ryotaro Miyajima

    It's a great film festival, and I will also submit it for the next opportunity!

    November 2019
  • Garry Moore

    A great festival with lots of awesome films.

    January 2018