Animation Chico will present a wide variety of animated films from both established and upcoming artists. The films selected for screening will showcase the latest techniques in animation and innovations in technology, with the most entertaining storytelling around.

Accepted Styles
• Computer animation
• Traditional animation
• Stop-motion 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 - $200 USD
2nd Prize -$150 USD
Best Student Animated Short Film - $100 USD


Animation Chico accepts animated short Films only.

The maximum duration of each film is 20 minutes.

We will only be accepting submissions for films completed after January 1st, 2014.

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

More than one film or video may be submitted. Each film or video 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, b&w and/or color 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 all films 720p or 1080p resolution.

All film makers 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 Ulexite 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 Ulexite 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
  • Garry Moore

    A great festival with lots of awesome films.

    January 2018
  • Nancy wennan zhang

    Nice festival! Thanks for having me.

    December 2017
  • Joshua DuJordan

    Wide variety of fantastic shorts, something for everyone!

    December 2017
  • Great festival and communication. The program was great. I'm glad I was part of the official selection. Until next time !.

    December 2017
  • Honor for me to participate with you in this festival
    Thank you for your interest and appreciation for Cinema Animation
    I wish more success for each team and for the festival
    Good luck

    December 2016