We are open for submissions!

Absolute deadline is February 3rd, 2023.

Guidelines for Submissions

Chester International Film Festival is delighted to offer animators the chance to submit work for our Animation Festival to accompany the 2023 programme. We are planning a special stand alone event within the festival for the shortlisted shorts to be shown, then voted on to decide the Audience Winner.

All submissions are welcome, whether you are a professional or an amateur.

This is the 36th Chester International Film Festival and the 9th Chester Animation Festival.

Chester Animation Festival is a great way to get your film noticed.

The winner of the Animation Festival will receive a special trophy, career exposure and our undying gratitude.

We require:

Your Film. All entries are via FilmFreeway.

We ask that you include 2 or 3 high-resolution stills for publicity purposes if possible.

Shortlisted entrants will need to be able to provide a link to their film so that the cinema can download it for the festival event.

DEADLINES Our deadline is February 3rd, 2023. Late entries will not be accepted.

FILM ELIGIBILITY You must be an original author of the film (producer or director). If more than one person authored the film, you confirm, by submitting the film, that you have the necessary consent from its co-authors to submit the film. You are responsible for the permission of any audio used.

• Any animated film — from anywhere, made whenever, shown wherever, and in any genre.

• Place of origin – Films may come from anywhere in the world.

• Completion date – You may submit films made at any time during your life.

• Length – Films should be 15 minutes maximum.

• Other festivals – You may show your work at other festivals simultaneously.

• Internet – You may show as much of your work online as you like.

• Animation method – All animation methods are eligible: hand-drawn, computer, stop-motion, pixilation, rotoscope, motion capture, compositing with live action, etc. Live action films must have a strong animation component.

• Genre – All genres of animation are eligible: narrative, abstract, music video, advertisement, documentary, motion comics, non-play video game sequences, etc.

• Entry does not guarantee acceptance.

ACCEPTED FORMATS While various formats are acceptable, we prefer: file format .mov or .mp4 compression H.264 frame rate 24 or 25 fps aspect ratio 16:9 resolution 1920×1080

• File Format – We will attempt to play whatever you send — but strongly prefer .mov or .mp4 files.

• Compression – We recommend using the H.264 codec. Other codecs may work, but are more prone to compression artifacts. (Creating playable discs further degrades image quality.)

• Frame Rate – We accept any frame rate — but want 24 or 25 fps if you have it.

• Aspect Ratio – We accept any aspect ratio. All films will be displayed in a 16:9 frame, with black bars added as necessary.

• Resolution – Please send the highest resolution file you’ve got. A vertical resolution of 1080 pixels is ideal. Minimum vertical resolution is 480 pixels.

Overall Rating
  • Great event, great communication. Thanks a lot for selecting my film. Lots of success to all.

    March 2023
  • Gerald Conn

    Had a great visit to Chester who screened my film in the Animation Festival. Storyhouse is really nice venue for the festival.

    March 2023