A Celebration of Twenty-First Century Animated Documentaries

Part film festival, part symposium, the inaugural Deptford Animadocs aims to bring together filmmakers, audiences and academics interested in the phenomenon of animated documentaries. We adopt Annabelle Honess Roe’s definition of animated documentary as any film that:
‘(i) has been recorded or created frame by frame
(ii) is about the world rather than a world wholly imagined by its creator; and
(iii) has been presented as a documentary by its producers and/or received as a documentary by audiences, festivals or critics’ (Honess Roe 2013: 4).

We invite participants to submit short animated documentary films between 5 and 20 minutes in the English language or subtitled in English.

This is an entirely volunteer-run and not-for-profit event. All submission fees will go towards running the event, which will be hosted at Deptford Community Cinema – a volunteer-run and built cinema and arts space in South East London dedicated to bringing lesser seen films from across the world to London audiences in one of the UK capital's most deprived boroughs.

Filmmakers, whose films are selected for the event can attend the festival for free.

Animadocs Team
Dr Victoria Grace Walden (University of Sussex)
Dr Annabelle Honess Roe (University of Surrey)

Entrants may only submit one film for the festival each year.

Films must be in the English language or subtitled appropriately in English.

FIlms must use animated techniques and be documentaries. Fictional animated works will not be accepted. Documentaries that do not make substantial use of animation techniques will not be accepted.

Films must be between 5 and 20 minutes in length.

Films must have been produced since the year 2000 inclusive.

We strongly encourage submissions from BAME, female and LGBT+ filmmakers, and those with disabilities.

Overall Rating
  • Carla MacKinnon

    This was a very good event. Set in a small venue but one totally committed to cinema, screening for an audience who were completely engaged and passionate about the animated documentary form. The quality of films screened was very high, with excellent value for the ticket price, and with relaxed, quality networking built into the structure of the day.

    July 2019