The Big Cartoon Festival is the largest annual animation festival in Russia. Since 2007, it has been introducing Russian audience to the best examples of Russian and foreign animation. The Festival program includes screenings of full-length films, thematic programs of short animation for adults and children, meetings with leading artists and directors, and master classes on various animation techniques. During recent years, the Festival has been held in Moscow, Voronezh, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Khabarovsk, Norilsk, Togliatti and Lipetsk, and in July 2020 it is held online for the first time.
Jury of the Foreign Competition presents the following prizes:
GRAND PRIХ for Best Foreign Short Animation
AWARD for Best Foreign Student Animation
Two Special Jury’s Prizes
Jury of the Russian Competition presents the following prizes:
GRAND PRIХ for Best Russian Short Animation
AWARD for Best Russian Student Animation
Two Special Jury’s Prizes
Audience Choice Award for the best film in the Festival’s program.
Prize of the BCF Management for the best film in the Festival’s program.
The juries have the right to withhold an award in any category where no entries, in the Jury’s view, meet its standards for recognition.
The awards – Animasha statuettes – will be sent to winners by courier post.
14th Big Cartoon Festival (BCF) will take place in Moscow (Russia) between the dates of October 29 – November 9, 2020.
Due to the unprecedented and ongoing problems presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the screenings of the Big Cartoon Festival 2020 will take place online, but some of them will take place offline. However, we reserve the right to turn the Festival to a fully virtual online festival if it is not possible or unsafe to host the event in a physical venue.
The Festival competitive program includes:
a) The Foreign Competition of short animated films,
b) The Foreign Competition of student short animated films,
c) The Russian Competition of short animated films,
d) The Russian Competition of student short animated films
Rules & Terms
All films must be less than 30 minutes long.
All films must not have participated in the previous editions of the Festival.
All films must have been completed after January 1, 2019.
Films are eligible for the Russian Competition if they are made in Russia or with a substantial contribution of a Russian main crew member.
Films are eligible for the Foreign Competition if submitted in English or with English subtitles.
Films are eligible for the Student Competition programs if produced by a student of an animation school.
The Festival will not consider works-in-progress.
The Festival will not consider advertisements and/or TV series.
Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.
The Festival places no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.
Films selected for competitive sections will be screened without screening fees.
Films selected for the Festival program can be screened not more than 3 times at the any Moscow cinema theater or online on the Festival platform as a part of competition and/or non-competition programs within the Festival dates (screening will be geo-blocked for the territory of the Russian Federation).
The Festival can use a maximum 1-minute sequence from the selected films to promote the BCF 2020 in any media. During the Festival, teasers of selected films may be screened at Festival venues, in TV spots promoting the BCF, on the website of the Festival, and in multimedia presentations during the Festival.
The Festival reserves the right to use film stills in promotional materials (Festival catalogue, Festival journal, leaflets, posters, billboards, website, and multimedia presentations), and provide them to the media for the purpose of disseminating information about the BCF.
Owners of the festival screening rights (hereinafter the “submitters”) may submit their films to the 14th BCF till September 25, 2020 for all the competition programs. If submitter does not provide a screening file of a submitted film, they will be disqualified from the selection process.
No registration fee is required.
The sending of a completed entry form and film constitutes a submitter’s full acceptance of the Festival’s rules and regulations.
Screening Formats & Supplementary Materials
Submitters must provide a screening copy as an full HD video files (1920x1080) without black bars and/or cropping, encoded with H264 video codec, therefore packed as *.mp4 / *.mov / *.m2ts / *.mkv . As for the audio, general stereo mix (2.0) is OK, encoded with AAC.
If there's no h264 version of the film availible, we can settle with ProRes / DCP / BluRay (digital image).
If the Festival does not receive the required presentation copy in the proper format on or before October 9th, 2020, the selected work will be withdrawn from the Festival program.
The Festival also requires three (3) CMYK 300 dpi film stills, film description, dialogue lists (with time codes or an .srt file of English subtitles) and a link to the film trailer where applicable. Film description includes a synopsis, duration, country of production, studio of production, year of production, credit list and animation technique used.