A second celebration of animation is coming to Cardiff in April 2O2O.

Over four days, from the 2nd-5th April 2O2O, 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 is a focal point for Cardiff’s thriving animation community, and a meeting place for industry, independent animators and enthusiasts from the wider animation world. CAF provides a platform in Wales for the best of British and international animation, and will continue to welcome independent filmmakers, exciting new talent and established industry greats to Europe’s youngest capital city.

Cardiff Animation Festival is a non-profit community organisation run by a team of animation lovers and creators living in Cardiff. The Cardiff Animation Festival team have been running animation events in Wales since 2014.

Best Short
Best Student Short
Young Jury Award
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 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.
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 2018.
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 (stills & video clips) in promotional and marketing campaigns. We are happy to use any trailer you may have. We will not use any media 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 6th December 2019.

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