The Festival of Animated Objects (FAO) promotes the arts of puppetry, mask, and animated objects. Animovies is produced by the non-profit group CAOS and is presented by The Festival of Animated Objects.

Animovies is a film component of the Festival of Animated Objects.

The FAO features high calibre local, national, and international artists working in the realm of animated objects. Programming includes live performances, screenings, lectures, workshops, and exhibitions for all ages, and adult audiences.

The art of mask and puppetry is alive in downtown Calgary. The Festival of Animated Objects (FAO) is a fantastical celebration of all things mask and puppet-like.

More than just puppetry, the FAO features a myriad of local, national, and international artists working in the broader realm of animated objects.

Fun, exotic and interactive, the FAO turns on the heat and adds sizzle to downtown with events for adult and family audiences.

Shorts involving ANIMATED OBJECTS are eligible.

Animated objects includes, but is in no way limited to: PUPPETS, MASKS, STOP MOTION ANIMATION, hand drawn animation, and encompasses a myriad of other expressions of animated objects.


Digital and/or computer generated animation is NOT ELIGIBLE. If your film is digital animation, do not submit it.
If your film is a live action film, it is NOT ELIGIBLE, do not submit it.

Overall Rating
  • Noelle Duddridge

    Amazing festival, which I was lucky enough to attend. The coordinators were very accommodating, the venue was quant and the Q&A following the films was filled with interesting and fun facts. Great experience all around!

    April 2023
  • David Lamarre

    Nothing but great things to say about this amazing experience. Don't hesitate to submit, it's well worth it!

    August 2022
  • Madeline Shubeck

    Great! Loved it! Thanks again for the package of goodies!

    May 2022
  • Kris Fleerackers

    Really stoked that my puppet film IDOL made it into this festival. It was great to be part of such a one-of-a-kind sort of festival, with an amazing selection of puppet films. The organizers really know how to make us puppet filmmakers feel welcome and appreciated. I only wish I'd been able to attend in person!

    April 2022
  • Yehui Zhao

    so happy my shadow puppet film To Grandma was screened at the festival this year! The staff are very friendly, communicative and they really care about supporting the filmmakers and their work. I had a great experience!!! I love this film festival so much ❤️

    April 2022