Virtual Animex Awards 2021 - CALL FOR ENTRIES!

Following the success of last year’s virtual festival, the 'Animex International Festival of Animation, VFX and Games' once again takes place online.

Animex Awards is an international competition focusing on student animations from around the globe. Animex once again invites you to enter your work, open to any style, genre and technique of animation.

This year, Animex Awards will take place online only. The competition and film screenings are part of the Animex festival.

Entry deadline: you can submit animations until 3rd May 2021.

Entry to Animex Awards is free and it is open to animations completed by students while studying at a recognised University or Tertiary level film school, including graduation films. All the student categories are open to international entries from any country.

If your film was not selected before in the previous edition in 2020 you are invited to submit your film to Virtual Animex Awards 2021.

The best short animations are selected from all the entries for the international competition and the curated programmes of the selected films will be screened online.

Animex Awards recognises the best short film in each competition category judged by animation professionals. This year, the award winning films will also screen in a winners reel online on 19th May 2021.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

We have simplified the submission process - all work must be submitted using FilmFreeway.

Entry deadline: 3rd May 2021.

For your submission, please select one student category to enter your animation to.
All categories are open to international entries.
Submission can be made by the student or by the animation school.
All animations entered may also be considered for the other categories than you have submitted to. But you should submit your film to one category that is most applicable to your type of film.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Animex accepts digital video files for preview submitted to FilmFreeway.
When you add the online screener please choose the option ‘Upload’.
Upload of a high-quality digital video file is preferred.
The preferred file formats are .mov or .mp4 using the compression codecs ProRes 422 or H.264.
The preferred resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels or 1080 x 720 pixels.
When you add the digital video file to FilmFreeway, it is recommended that you upload the best resolution version, if possible.
You can upload a high-quality HD video file up to 10GB.
This means that the selection panel and judges will be able to view the animation at the best quality to make the selections and awards.
But if you are providing a lower res version of your video, we will be able to ask you for a high quality screening copy, if your film is selected.

Please note: you should also enable download when your digital video file is uploaded to FilmFreeway or we may request a download. When you enable download, only the festival can download your animation for festival previewing, selection and judging purposes.
Enabling download to your film helps the festival process and is more efficient for our selections.

OR:

Alternatively, you may prefer to add the online screener as a Vimeo link. Vimeo screeners can include a password so that only the festival previewers can view it. Important: if your film has a password please make sure you have included the password on your FilmFreeway submission.

Also please note: if your online screener on Vimeo is password protected, you should also enable download if possible. When you enable download, only the festival can download your animation for festival previewing, selection and judging purposes. Enabling download to your film helps the festival process a lot and is much more efficient for our selections.

If your film is selected for screening, then you will be notified by email that your film is invited and to confirm that your film will be screening online to UK audiences.

ANIMEX AWARDS 2021

From visual effects to animation in all styles and techniques, from drawing to stop-motion to computer animation in 2D and to CGI, Animex Awards celebrates the art of animation to showcase a wide range of student animations from around the globe.

You're invited to submit your films in the following INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES:

STUDENT - CGI Animation Award
STUDENT - Visual Effects Award
STUDENT - 2D Animation Award
STUDENT - Character Animation Award
STUDENT - Narrative Award
STUDENT - Stop-motion Animation Award
STUDENT - Experimental Animation Award

ELIGIBILITY

Entry is FREE.

All animation styles and techniques are eligible.

Animex Awards is open to animations completed by students while studying at a recognised University or Tertiary level film school, including graduation films.

All the student categories are open to international entries from any country.

Submission can be made by the student or by the animation school.

You should enter your animation in one category that suits your work.

Animex may also consider your entry in another award category.

Films that are selected or are invited will be competing and are eligible for the Animex Awards 2021.

Work in any category should be a self-contained short animation. Eligible maximum running time is up to 10 minutes duration.

Student productions can be work completed between 31. May 2018 - 3. May 2021.

If your film was not selected in the previous edition in 2020 you are invited to submit your film to Virtual Animex Awards 2021.

You can submit up to 10 individual films maximum, per submitter, in the competition.

Animations must be submitted individually and not within a compilation video.

Animex Awards 2021 only accepts submissions via FilmFreeway.

Please follow the ‘Technical Requirements’ guidelines (see above) for the online submission of the digital video file. All digital video files are carefully checked and processed before screening. If your film is selected, we shall be able screen your best quality video online at full HD.

For each entry, please ensure that the entry information requested on FilmFreeway about your film is complete and correct including production stills of the animation. It is also important to include the name of your school, college or university and the year when you made the film.

The film title, specifications, credits, synopsis, stills can be used in print and on the web if your film is selected. Animex reserve the right to edit synopsis text. Short excerpt clips or trailers may be used for publicity purposes of the Animex festival and Teesside University and associated sponsors and to promote your work. Supporting stills may be used for publicity purposes of the Animex festival and Teesside University and associated sponsors.

SELECTION AND AWARDS

Animex reserves the right to make the final selection and curatorial decisions and invite animations.

Each competition category will be judged by academic and animation professionals.

The criteria of the awards categories are stated in the drop-down section when you select a category to enter your film to.

All selected animations will be screened in the Animex Awards online screenings:

If your film is selected, you agree to allow Animex to screen your film online to UK viewers between 10th - 16th May. The award winning films will also screen in a winners reel online on 19th May 2021. (Online screenings are limited to UK territory)

GENERAL PROVISION
By submitting the work, the entrant accepts the Rules & Terms and affirms that they have authority to enter the film and that no third party copyright has been infringed. If the film is selected for screening, the entrant consents to the use of the animation for the purpose of Animex screenings online and associated to the Animex festival between 10th - 16th May and if the film is awarded to also screen online in a winners reel on 19th May 2021.

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  • Michelle Hao

    Thanks for hosting our film Fuelled! : )

    May 2021
  • Peter Feng

    very good festival!! saw some amazing films!!

    May 2021
  • We are thankful for the selection.

    December 2020
  • Here at Escape Studios in London we were delighted to have our short film "Jerich0" accepted into Animex 2019. Thanks for a great festival!

    January 2020
  • Great festival with a lot of stop-motion movies and events around screening. I'm very proud to have been part of the selection and wish to be able to come next time !

    May 2019