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. This 2024 event is our 13th ever!

Award-winning and special recognition films are exclusively screened on all phones and devices via the new "DRAWtastic!" animation app. Full details of the app can be found at...

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

* All accepted films for our annual festival event will receive a "Finalist" digital laurel award.
* "Golden Pencil Award" winning films will also receive a digital Golden Pencil Award certificate, regardless of their style or category.
* All accepted films will be exclusively screened via our new DRAWtastic! phone app.

Animated films entered need to have been completed after January 1st 2020, 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 - or if there are less than 3 entries for a particular category - they reserve the right to transfer that film to a more suitable category, or else withdraw it entirely.

If the judges feel that none of the entries in any particular category achieve the "Golden Pencil Award" standard anticipated, then no award will be given for that category. At the same time, non award-winning films can still be screened as finalists at the festival regardless.

Golden Pencil Award-winning films will be exclusively, yet privately, screened on the "DRAWtastic!" phone app for up to one year following the premiere festival event.

Filmmakers will be informed at least 1 week prior to the festival premiere event, so they will have time to prepare their social media promotion material, if they so choose.

Award-winning and Finalist filmmakers will be required to supply DRAWTASTIC Animation Festival a high quality screener copy of their film, upon request.

Award-winning and Finalist filmmakers will be asked NOT to announce the results of the judging until after the DRAWTASTIC Animation Festival premiere event.

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

Animators entering films for our 2024 festival confirm their agreement to these published rules by doing so.

Overall Rating
  • Этот фестиваль я включила в список самых любимых фестивалей )))))

    September 2023
  • Great awards festival, keeping 2d animation alive! I was delighted that my short animated film 'Fire and Water' was a semi finalist here!

    May 2022
  • 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! :)

  • 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