Last year we had a festival focusing on the low-budget artists-individuals. We received more than 500 works from all over the world. But nonetheless, many of them were created by studios and not by individuals. Individual artists were largely the creators of experimental animations.
Therefore we decided to organize our 2nd festival with only one section and call it "experimental".

About the Festival

· Dates & locations. The 2nd International Experimental Animation Festival BEAR will take place on March 19-26, 2016, in Dresden, Saxony, Germany.

· Screenings & events. Festival events will include international shorts blocks, thematic screenings, guest shows, meetings with artists and more.

· Films in competition. Films submitted to the festival go through a rigorous jurying process.

The films must have burned-in subtitles in English or German, if the language of the dialogue is different from English or German. The duration for animations should not be longer than 7 minutes due to the limited projection time. The number of entries by author is not limited.

· Only experimental and video art films will be accepted for the contest.

How to Submit a Film

· This year we are taking a movies only through the platform

· Send the video file that you want screened! The digital file you provide for jurying is the same one that will be screened at the festival. In general, we do not accept preview-only copies of films. Do not watermark or place a “bug” on your film. If the word “screener,” a logo, or something similar appears over the image, your entry may be disqualified. Low resolution will also count against your film during our selection process, so please provide a high quality file.


- All animated films are eligible. We accept any animated film — from anywhere, made whenever, shown wherever.

· Country of origin. Films may come from anywhere in the world.

· Completion date. You may submit films made at any time during your life.

· Premiere status. You are welcome to show your work at other festivals simultaneously.

· Internet. You may show as much of your work online as you like.

· Genre. Following genres of animation are eligible: experimental, video art.

· Animation method. All animation methods are eligible: hand-drawn, computer, stop-motion, pixilation, rotoscope, motion capture, compositing with live action, etc.


· Submission deadlines. We begin accepting new submissions in September, 2015. Internet submissions should be sent before 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on the deadline date 15 January, 2016. Entries will not be accepted if they arrive after the final deadline.

Technical Requirements

· Preferred format. We are able to work with nearly any kind of digital video file, but prefer to receive the films on in HD.

· File format. We will attempt to play whatever you send — but strongly prefer .MOV or .MP4 files.

· Compression. We recommend using the ProRes 422 codec or H.264. Other codecs may work, but are more prone to compression artifacts and playback problems.

· Frame rate. We accept any frame rate, including 12, 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, and 30fps.

· Aspect ratio. We accept any aspect ratio.

· Resolution. Please send the highest resolution file you’ve got. A vertical resolution of 1080 pixels is ideal.

· File size. There is a limit on file size: 2GB are a maximal size of file. Files between 2 and more GB are unusually large, and sometimes more difficult to transfer. If you are submitting a short film that is over 2GB, it’s likely a sign that you have not used appropriate compression.

· Digital video files only. We do not accept films on celluloid or tape.


· No entry fee.

Awards & Prizes

· A professional jury will choose the winning films. They will be announced as the festival approaches. The winners will receive diplomas.

Use of Your Film

· Screening at the 2016 festival. By submitting your film, you authorize its public display at the 2016 2nd International Experimental Animation Festival BEAR. This includes one or more screenings in the ZMO-Jugend e.V. during March 19-26.

· Permission to download. Providing a link and password to your film via the festival’s entry form shall be understood as permission to download the video file for festival use.

· Press. The festival may choose to privately share a copy of your film with local press organizations for the purpose of garnering advance reviews.

· Still images from the film. The festival is granted permission to select and use still images from your film for publicity purposes. Examples: publishing photos in the festival program and on our website, printing posters and flyers, etc.

· Teaser video. The festival may use up to 10 seconds or 10% of your film (whichever is less) as part of a short online video promoting the 2016 festival.

Filmmaker Notification & Attendance

· Notification. Filmmakers should expect to receive email notification of selection status for each submission by February, 2016.

· Travel expenses. With regret, we are unable to provide airfare or hotel lodging.

General Provisions

· Acceptance of rules. Submitting an entry form and/or video file to the festival shall be construed as acceptance of the terms set out in these regulations.

· Legal responsibility for film being submitted. By making a submission, the entrant affirms that they have proper authority to represent that film. The entrant accepts full legal responsibility for the content of the film, and shall indemnify the festival against all claims involving copyright, trademark or royalty infringement that may arise from it.

· Schedule changes. We retain the right to make reasonable and necessary changes to the published festival dates and showtimes at our discretion.

· Elimination. International Experimental Animation Festival BEAR retains the right to eliminate films from inclusion in the festival at any time, at its sole discretion.

· Contact. If you have questions, please contact the festival via email at