Animex Screen student films in competition - 2023- CALL FOR ENTRIES!

Entry deadline: you can submit animations until 21 May 2023.

Animex International Festival of Animation, VFX and Games runs from the 6th - 10th November 2023

Winners of the Animex Screen competition will be announced on the 9th November 2023.
Selected films will be shown alongside the talks this year and this year's event is shaping up to be stunning!

Animex Screen 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.

Entry to Animex Screen is free. Please note the categories:
Undergraduate films are films made in years 1,2 and 3 of a BA (Bachelors) Degree programme.
Postgraduate films are films made as part of an MA, MSC, Mart (Masters) or PHD programme.


The Special category is exclusively for youth groups and hobbyists under 18 years of age and outside of education as well as projects made by school groups.
This category is NOT for professional animators or graduate students.

Films in competition will be shown at selected venues leading up to the awards night.

Animex Screen recognises the best short film in each competition category judged by animation professionals.

Entry deadline: you can submit animations until 21st May 2023.


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

For your submission, please select one category to enter your animation to.
All categories are open to international entries.


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.
If you are providing a lower resolution version of your video, we will 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.


Alternatively, you may prefer to add the online screener as a Vimeo link, please add a password and MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE THE PASSWORD when you submit.

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 and is 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 Screen

From visual effects to animation in all styles and techniques, from drawing to stop-motion to computer animation in 2D and to CGI, Animex Screen celebrates the talents of young people involved in creating outstanding creative work from all around the world. Animex celebrates the best in student work from around the globe.

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

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT - Stop-Motion Animation Award
POSTGRADUATE STUDENT - Animation and Visual Effects.
*SPECIAL CATEGORY - Any type of Animation - Hobbyists and youth groups can apply and must be 18 years or under.


Entry is FREE.

Please make clear which category you wish to be entered into, young animators from any country can apply.

Animex Screen is open to animations by students ONLY, BA (bachelors) level students, postgraduate students, MA, Msc Marts and PHD level students and hobbyists and youth groups who are under 18 years of age.

College students, A-level students and BA students apply for the undergraduate level awards.
Masters level and PhD students apply for the postgraduate level awards.
If you are under 18 and made your film at a youth group or at home with friends or family members, or as part of a school project - apply for the special category.
If unsure, put down as much information as possible.

Submission can be made by the student or by the animation school or youth group leader/hobbyist.

Films that are selected will be competing for Animex Screen 2023 will be screened in front of an audience.

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

Films must be made after the 1st of September 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 Screen 2023 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 must be able to 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 Screen reserves the right to edit synopsis text. Short excerpt clips or trailers may be used for publicity purposes by Animex Festival, Teesside University and associated sponsors to promote your work and the work of the festival. Supporting stills may be used for publicity purposes for the Animex Festival, Teesside University and associated sponsors.


Animex reserves the right to make the final selection, 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 5th - 10th November. Award-winning films will also be screened on at the award ceremony during that time.

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 with the Animex Festival between 5th - 10th November and, if the film is awarded, to also screen online in a winners reel on between 5th - 10th November 2023.

Overall Rating
  • Wang Yanrusi

    Thank you,I love Animex Screen!

    June 2022
  • Costas Philippou

    It was an awesome festival that gives to the young artists the opportunity to share their work with an audience and professionals!!

    May 2022
  • Thank you for selecting “the wish” for your festival, it was a pleasure!

    May 2022
  • Liam Butler

    We were thrilled to be included in a festival with such quality films! We only wish it would have been easier to share the festival in person. Maybe soon!

    May 2022
  • Michelle Hao

    Thanks for hosting our film Fuelled! : )

    May 2021