The third Cardiff Animation Festival will be a celebration of animation for everyone with online and in-person events in April 2022!

Cardiff Animation Festival (CAF) will showcase some of the best animation from all over the world, with a broad selection of animated short film programmes, feature films, masterclasses, workshops, filmmaker Q+As, retrospectives, behind the scenes screenings, industry events, panels and networking events, in CAF’s first ever hybrid festival with in-person and online events.

In-person events will be held at Chapter, the Welsh capital’s vibrant arts hub, from the 7th-10th April, with online events running until the end of April.

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 showcases Welsh animation to the world and provides a platform in Wales for the best of British and international animation. CAF 2022 will welcome independent filmmakers, exciting new talent and established industry greats to the Welsh capital in person and remotely through its hybrid programme.

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
Best Micro 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.

If your film is selected you agree for your film to be screened both online and in-venue. Online screenings will be available during the festival on Eventive. They will still be judged by an industry jury as standard.

All content screened at Cardiff Animation Festival Online is DRM protected on Eventive which will prevent users from downloading, redistributing, copying or converting content.

We don’t intend on using geo-blocking on our shorts programs online unless it is specifically requested as we want to ensure as many people have access to our programmes online as possible.

For cinema screenings we require DCP format and for online screenings we require .mov or .mp4 format.

Some films will be invited to be screened out-of-competition in our Cardiff Animation Nights screening to open the festival.

All films submitted must have been completed on or after 6th December 2019.

Films must comprise 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 submissions is Friday 3rd December 2021.

Overall Rating
  • Robert Brown

    What an amazing festival it was and having to go online this year didn't make it any less wonderful! I was delighted that my film 'Fire and Water' was selected here for screening. Looking forward to the next one!

    November 2020
  • 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