Animex Awards 2018 - CALL FOR ENTRIES!

Animex Awards once again invites you to enter your work, open to any style genre and technique of animation.

Animex Awards is an international competition focusing on student animations. The competition and film screenings are part of the 'Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games', one of the largest festival dedicated to animation and computer games in the UK.

Entry deadline: you can submit animations until 22nd January 2018.

This edition for 2018 is open to animations completed by students while studying at a recognised University or Tertiary level film school, including graduation films. The student categories are open to international entries from around the globe.

A new competition category for UK Young Animation is inviting entries from the 11-16 and 16+ age groups from students creating animations while studying in Secondary Schools or Colleges in the UK.

The short-listed and selected animations will screen in an extended programme of STUDENT INTERNATIONAL ANIMATIONS and UK Young Animations.

The programme screenings of selected animations are planned to be held sooner than May (screenings schedule dates tbc) but the winning films will also screen during 14-18 May when the main events are held.

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 2018 aims to celebrate the art of animation and showcase the talent of student animations from around the globe and young animators in the UK.

In 2017 we received a record number of over 2000 submissions from more than 80 countries. Judging panels from previous awards have included representatives from Walt Disney Animation Studios, LAIKA, ToonBoom Animation, Beryl Productions International, Atomhawk Design, Pixar, ILM, Disney, Aardman Animation, Sony Image Works, DreamWorks and Electronic Arts, to name a few.

Judges and pre-selectors include animation academics, animation professionals and a student panel.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

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

Regular Entry deadline: 22nd January 2018.

For submissions to the STUDENT categories, please select one category you wish to enter your animation to. The STUDENT categories are open to international entries from around the globe. Submission can be made by the student or by the animation school.

(All student animations entered may also be considered for the other categories than you have submitted to but you should submit your film to just one category.)

For submissions to the UK Young Animation categories, please select the age group 11-16 for entries from Secondary Schools or 16+ for entries from Colleges. Submission can be made by the student or by the UK school/college.

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.
You should also enable download when your digital video file is uploaded to FilmFreeway or we may request a download. Note: when you enable download, only the festival can download your animation for previewing purposes.

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 - if your film has a password please make sure you have included the password on your FilmFreeway submission.

If your film is selected, then you will be notified by email that your film is invited and to confirm the screening copy.

Awards & Prizes

ANIMEX AWARDS 2018

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

UK CATEGORIES:
UK Young Animation Award 16+
UK Young Animation Award 11-16

Rules & Terms

ELIGIBILITY

All animation styles and techniques are eligible. Choose a competition category that suits your work and enter your animation in one category. Animex may also consider your entry in more than one award category.

Work in any category should be a self-contained short animation up to 10 minutes in duration.

The STUDENT categories are open to animations completed by students while studying at a recognised University or Tertiary level film school, including graduation films. The STUDENT categories are open to international entries from around the globe. Submission can be made by the student or by the animation school.

Student productions should be work completed after 31. May 2016
(and not submitted before to Animex Awards)

The UK Young Animation categories, are open to the age group 11-16 for entries from Secondary Schools or the age group 16+ for entries from Colleges in the UK. Submission can be made by the student or by the school/college.

UK Young Animation should be work completed after 31. May 2016.
(and not submitted before to Animex Awards)

Animex Awards 2018 only accepts the animation entries via FilmFreeway, an online submission platform.

You can submit as many films as you would like to enter in the competition.

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

Please follow the ‘Technical Requirements’ guidelines (see above) for the online submission of the digital video file. If your film is selected, we shall be able screen a high-res version at most venues. All digital video files are carefully checked and processed before screening at the festival. Some cinema venues required DCP: if your film is selected we may you to send a DCP or we may transcode it in-house.

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 and still can be used in print and on the web if your film is selected. Animex reserve the right to edit synopsis text. Short clips 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

The animations will be evaluated by a panel of animation peers and professionals, who will be allowed, via a protected password, to view the screener (digital video file) that is on the FilmFreeway platform in order to make the selections.

Animex reserves the right to make final selection decisions and invite animations. All the selected animations will be screened in the Animex Awards screenings within curated programmes.

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

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

Additionally we may also award:

Audience Award
This is voted by the audience, so all selected animations in a student or professional category are considered for this award.

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 to a public audience, at Teesside University and at external venues associated to the Animex festival for the duration of the Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games 2018.

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    stephane chung

    good festival ! thank you !
    The informations on the website were clear.

    June 2017