The DRAWTASTIC Animation Festival's "GOLDEN PENCIL AWARDS" celebrates animation of all kinds and from every corner of the world. It's core, underlying mission however is to especially honor, support and showcase traditional hand-drawn animation in this increasingly challenging digital age.

Founded in 2005 - and originally known as "The 2D OR NOT 2D ANIMATION FESTIVAL" - the inaugural event was opened by the late, great ROY E. DISNEY, nephew of Walt. DRAWTASTIC has grown increasingly ever since and is now entirely hosted online.

DRAWTASTIC has attracted major speaker visits by many of the top names in the industry - including twice Oscar-nominated TOMM MOORE, legendary Disney producer DON HAHN, 'Mulan' director BARRY COOK, industry legend RICHARD WILLIAMS, 2DFX & graphic novel genius MICHEL GAGNE and 'Simpsons' animator SILVIA POMPEI, among many others.

The highlight of the festival program is always the announcement and presentation of the "Golden Pencil Awards" each year. Next year's 2022 festival is the 11th ever!

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"Loved the festival.Some excellent and moving work and I am so honoured to be part of it. Thank you again, Tony and Drawtastic." ~ 2021 Golden Pencil Award winner, Elizabeth Lewis.

* All accepted films for online screening will receive a "Finalist" laurel award.
* All top scoring films will receive a respected "Golden Pencil Award", regardless of technique or category.
* All "Golden Pencil Award" winning, "Finalist" and "Honorable Mention" adjudged films will be screened at our annual online festival.

With the challenges of Covid affecting filmmakers and studios alike in 2020/21, we have decided to extend the time eligibility of films being entered for this event. Consequently, entered films need to have been completed after January 1st 2018, unless otherwise stated.

Submitted films must have all presentation rights cleared and approved for online and public screening by the festival organizers prior to their submission.

DRAWTASTIC accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any film screened on behalf of the festival that has not been previously approved.

All submitted films will pre-screened by the festival organizers for suitability and judging, prior to the event.

Should festival judges consider a film not suitable for the category it is entered into, they reserve the right to transfer that film to a more suitable category, or else withdraw it entirely.

Should there be less than 3 entries in any particular category, that category will be cancelled and any films entered into it will be assigned to another category if possible.

If the judges feel that none of the entries in any category do not achieve the "Golden Pencil Award" standard, then no award will be given. However, non award-winning films may still be screened at the festival regardless.

Golden Pencil Award-winning films will be announced in early March 2022 and all eligible films will screened before the end of the same month. The organizers of the festival reserve the right to privately screen all selected films for no financial reward at any time after that.

Filmmakers will be informed 1 week ahead of the announcement of their winning film, so they have time to prepare social media promotion material that can coincide with the announcement. Award-winning filmmakers will be asked to create a short, 1-2 minute video that introduces themselves and their films at the screening event. They are asked not to announce the results of the judging until after the DRAWTASTIC Animation Festival formally announces the results.

In addition to award winning films being screened on the DRAWTASTIC website, they may also can be privately screened at various not-for-profit school, community and library venues as part of the festival's promotional initiative.

The festival organizers retain the right to modify any of these rules, should a need arise - although they will not do so until all festival entered filmmakers have been informed first.

Animators entering films for the 2022 event confirm their agreement to these rules by doing so.

Overall Rating
  • Manuel Lopez

    Had a great time watching the festival! And it was truly an honor to be featured in the selection! Thank you Tony and the entire Drawtastic crew for the amazing work you do to make this happen! Thank you for what you do for 2D animation!

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Manuel for your kind comments - and for entrusting us with your wonderful film. Together we can ALL keep traditional hand-drawn animation alive around the world! Looking forward to seeing your next film! :)

  • Elizabeth Lewis

    I loved the festival from beginning to end. I am so proud to have been a part of this especially to be awarded.

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for you kind comment Elizabeth. It was a joy to see and celebrate your film! Looking forward to the next one! :)

  • Joe Chang

    This is a very good film festival and I am honored to join it. Thank you for your contribution!

    November 2019
  • Han Zhang

    Thank you for supporting 2D animation!!!
    It is fantastic that the DRAWTASTICON blog was updated day by day, and introducing the film, filmmakers and production process.
    Very Good!

    March 2017
  • Paul Johnson

    Thanks to Tony for making the festival happen, Seattle is lucky to have him!

    March 2017