A brand new celebration of animation is coming to Cardiff in April 2018.

Over three days, from the 20th-22nd April 2018, Cardiff Animation Festival (CAF) will showcase some of the best animation from all over the world, with a broad selection of animated short films, features, masterclasses, workshops, filmmaker Q+As, retrospectives, an education program, behind the scenes screenings, industry events, panels, networking events and parties.

Held at Chapter, the Welsh capital’s vibrant arts hub, CAF will provide a brand new focal point for Cardiff’s thriving animation community, and a meeting place for industry, independent animators and enthusiasts from the wider animation world. CAF will provide a new platform for in Wales for the best of British and international animation, and will welcome independent filmmakers, exciting new talent and established industry greats to Europe’s youngest capital city.

Best Short
Best Student Short
Best Young Short
Audience Award

We accept all types of animated short films including: narrative shorts, non-narrative/experimental shorts, fiction shorts, documentary shorts, undergraduate shorts, postgraduate shorts, shorts made by young people, commissioned shorts, music videos, and micro shorts from all countries worldwide. We welcome all animation techniques.
Short films submitted must not exceed 20 minutes.
The International Short Animated Film category is open to animated shorts produced in any country worldwide.
The Welsh Short Animated Film category is open to animated shorts produced or co-produced in Wales.
The Student Short Animated Film category is open to animated shorts produced within a public or private educational institution in any country worldwide.
The Micro Short Animated Film category is open to animated shorts produced in any country worldwide with a running time of up to 120 seconds.
The Young Welsh Short Animated FIlm category is open to animated shorts where the majority of the crew, including the director, are aged 16 or under and live in Wales, with a running time of up to 5 minutes.
Filmmakers may submit more than one film and in more than one category. A separate entry form and entry fee must be submitted for each.
All films submitted must have been completed on or after 1st January 2016. Films previously screened in the animation program at Cardiff Independent Film Festival in 2016 or 2017 are not eligible.
Films must comprise of at least 50% animation to be considered.
Films featuring languages other than english must have English subtitles.
Short films already publicly viewable online are welcome and eligible for consideration.
Each applicant must be the rightful owner of submitted films and own all literary and musical rights.
If your film is selected, you allow us to use brief excerpts in promotional and marketing campaigns. We are happy to use any trailer you may have. We will not use clips from any films not selected.
The decision of the selection panel is final and we regret that we cannot enter into correspondence regarding films not selected.
Deadline for submission is Friday 12th January 2018.

Overall Rating
  • Christina S. Nerland

    Fantastic festival! Very high quality on both the screenings, masterclasses and other events. Easy to network, very nice staff and helpful volunteers. Quick to respond to email and overall a must go for any animation fan!

    May 2018
  • Amazing festival! It was an honour to be a part of it. Best wishes for future editions

    April 2018
  • Somnath Pal

    The festival organisers were warm and friendly. The workshops and presentations were insightful. Great opportunities to network with the eight people :)

    April 2018
  • Louise Bagnall

    Lovely festival and very welcoming. Well attended too. What a great first year!

    April 2018