If you’ve made a short animated film, 45 minutes or under, give your short the chance to be seen worldwide. Animation (according to Wikipedia) creates the illusion of motion and change with a quick show of a sequence of static images, each slightly different from the one that came before. Pretty dry explanation for an art that spans the Disney to Norshteyn spectrum. Audience Awards recognizes that animated films can be as fun as Pixar’s For the Birds or as achingly beautiful as Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Anomalisa.

How this festival works: We are an online community supporting filmmakers and their films. If accepted into this festival, you will upload your film to theaudienceawards.com where the public will be able to screen, comment and vote for your film during the online portion of the festival.

****In the event that your film is accepted to this festival, you will receive an email that explains how to submit your film. You will then need to upload your film before the festival start date here:


HOW THE FINALISTS ARE DETERMINED: From the first round of live audience and jury voting on The Audience Awards platform, the top 3 films with the most votes and the top 4 jury-selected films advance to the prestigious finals round. The finalist films are judged by an esteemed panel of industry jurors. The top 5 final jury winners are deemed the finalists.

A note on audience voting: If you want your friends and family to vote for your film, share away. Audience voting greatly increases your views & exposure for your film and career, but social sharing is not necessary to win. The jury ultimately chooses the finalists and winners of the festival.

ABOUT AUDIENCE AWARDS: Audience Awards provides filmmakers the opportunity to change the world through stories, win prizes and build an audience. Films are judged by the audience as well as industry professionals. Previous jurors represent Vice, YouTube, Variety, Sundance and the list goes on. We are committed to providing a stage for diverse, emerging talent and their creative work. Our platform is dedicated to celebrating the power of storytelling and building an audience. Created by filmmakers, for filmmakers, Audience Awards offers an invaluable platform for exposure. Learn More: https://theaudienceawards.com/filmmakers

Audience Awards for filmmakers: https://theaudienceawards.com/filmmakers
About Audience Awards: https://theaudienceawards.com/about
AudNews: http://audnews.com/audience-awards-animation-short-film-winners/

1st place: Fugi camera + Digital Distribution Deal
2nd-5th Place: Digital Distribution Deal

***In the event that your film is accepted, you will receive an email that explains how to submit your film to this online film festival. You must upload your film before the online festival start date. Your film will be publicly viewed, so make sure it’s the right time for your film to gain an online audience! If it's too early for the public to watch your film online, we invite you to come back next year and submit.***

All submissions must be 45 minutes or under in length.

Films may have been exhibited or previously distributed.

No purchase necessary to enter or claim a prize. A purchase does not increase your chances of winning. Odds of winning will depend on the total number of entries received. Entry via the Audience Awards account and connection is required. You must have the authority to submit the film for our consideration.

Anyone may submit to this festival, but videos will be judged for admittance into the festival before audience and jury voting opens. Preliminary judging will be based on the quality of content and adherence to the assignment. Videos will be judged by a score of 1-3. Videos that score a 1 will not be allowed to compete in the festival. The film must not (i) infringe any rights of publicity or privacy, moral rights or IP rights, including any music-related rights, (ii) be defamatory or indecent, and (iii) violate any applicable laws. You must have obtained and been able to prove that you have all the necessary rights to the music in your film. Creative commons licenses will not be accepted and do not prove that you have the rights to the music on your film.

Overall Rating
  • Shaun Rogers

    Great festival, very welcoming and professional.

    August 2017
  • Hyo-mi Kim

    This festival practically happened without me even noticing it,
    they never sent an email or anything.
    There was a letter from Filmfreeway that we are in, then nothing at all.

    October 2016
    Response from festival:

    Hi Hyo-mi Kim,

    Our apologies for the miscommunication here. I am looking back at emails and we sent you additional information about the festival the day after you submitted via film freeway. It sounds like the email may have landed in your spam. We would be happy to have you in our 2017 festival free of charge. I will email you additional information.

    Kate Truesdell
    Audience Awards

  • Heaven kid

    This is indeed a great film festival. Not only is the organization perfect, but the service is wonderful as well. We enjoyed being part of it.

    August 2016