Brighton International Animation Festival is the first of it’s kind! Set on the sunny coast of Brighton, England it is a 3 day annual not-for-profit festival every April run by animators for everyone. The vision of the festival is that it embraces international partnerships and encompasses a global perspective, in addition to providing an accessible place for people to learn about the medium. 

In addition to film screenings of both specially curated and in competition programmes, the festival offers hands on animation workshops and talks from industry speakers. This allows both animators and non-animators alike to come and learn about the medium in both an artistic and commercial context.

Awards will be awarded in the categories of Best UK, Best International and Best Student film and the prize is a license from TV paint the festival sponsors. Additionally there is an augmented reality exhibition at the festival with Best AR award awarded. This is advertised through the festival instagram @brightonanimation

Brighton International Animation Festival does not have premiere status requirements.

For accessibility purposes all selected films must either provide captions/English subtitles burnt in or an srt (subtitles) file in English that can be used if the film is selected.

Films must have been made since 2022.

Any animated technique is eligible as well as any genre such as Documentary, Narrative, Music Video, Experimental etc.

Brighton International Animation Festival reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any projects submitted. If accepted, you must be able to provide the festival with a downloadable high-resolution export of your film, as well as at least one high-quality still image for promotional purposes.

For purposes of submission, all films must be submitted as online screeners through FilmFreeway. Submitted films must be complete. Works-in-progress will not be accepted.

All material in your film must be your own original work - you must have the rights to all images, music, and on-screen talent featured in your film. Films that do not adhere to copyright laws will be disqualified.

If the requested materials aren't submitted by the date stated and correspondence on the matter isn't engaged with the festival has the right to dis-include the film from the festival.

By submitting your film, you acknowledge that you are giving permission to Brighton International Animation Festival to utilise still images and trailers from your film for non-commercial use in promoting the event, and potential inclusion for any future pop up events.

Submission fees are non refundable.

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  • I was so honoured to be a part of this wonderful festival in Brighton. This was hands-down the best film festival I have been to so far! A brilliant venue, a diverse range of quality animation work, and most importantly, an incredibly friendly and warm atmosphere, with lovely staff and a comfortable environment to network with others. I met so many wonderful people there.

    Kate Jessop deserves an AWARD for coordinating such a vibrant and very inclusive festival (with BSL interpreter!) while celebrating truly exciting work in the field of animation from both seasoned and upcoming creators.

    This was my debut festival, for my short animation, Poco a Poco (for which I was delighted to receive a Special Mention for Best Student Film). So I will always remember you as my first festival feature! Thank you BIAF for all your hard work in creating a splendid and thoroughly enriching experience. Can't wait for the next one!

    June 2024
  • Shelley McIntosh

    So happy to be part of this lovely festival, and that my film was selected to be among such amazing works. Fabulous venue and imaginative energy.

    April 2024
  • Meara Withe

    This was my second year attending BIAF (this time as a filmmaker) and both times it has been such a great experience! The whole BIAF team foster a very welcoming environment and I always leave having made new friends.

    Filmmaker badges are a great touch, as it helps with spotting other filmmakers or if people want to come up to you and ask questions then they can do so. Also a BSL interpreter is always available.

    Kate's passion and energy for running the festival is unmatched. I can't wait for next year!

    April 2024
  • Chu-Chieh Lee

    Thank you, Brighton International Animation Festival for selecting my short film. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend in person this year, but if there are any more opportunities, I'd definitely be there and enjoy the fest.

    April 2024
  • We were thrilled to have had our animated music video selected by this amazing festival - and were very sorry not have been able to attend!

    Communication throughout was excellent.

    Judging by social media and follow-up photos it looked like so much fun –selections spanned a wonderful range of possibilities for animation - we are honored to have had our work included and if we are so fortunate as to have a work selected again will try our best to attend! Many thanks!

    April 2024