Animex Awards 2020 - CALL FOR ENTRIES!
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.
Entry deadline: you can submit animations until the extended deadline of 16th February 2020.
The competition and film screenings are part of the 'Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games', one of the largest festivals dedicated to animation and computer games in the UK.
This edition for 2020 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.
The best short animations are selected from the international entries to Animex Awards for curated programmes of animation shorts, that are screened at local venues, during March - May 2020. Animex Awards recognises the best short film in each competition category judged by industry professionals, as well as an Audience Awards where the audience votes for the most popular film. The award winning films will be announced at the Animation Party & Awards event on 10 May 2020, the eve of the Animex Festival 11-15 May 2020.
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 2019 has a truly international perspective - we aim to celebrate the art of animation and showcase the talent of student animations from around the globe.
Previously we have 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.
Entry deadline: 16th February 2020.
For your submission, please select one category 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 one category that is most applicable to the type of film.
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.
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.
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 a screening copy from you.
ANIMEX AWARDS 2020
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
PRIZES sponsors TBC.
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. Eligible maximum running time is up to 10 minutes 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 2018.
Animex Awards 2020 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, 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
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:
This is voted by the audience, so all selected animations in a student or professional category are considered for this award.
Award winning films will be announced on on 10 May 2020 and the winning film titles will also be published on the website after that date.
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 leading up to and for the duration of the Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games 2020.