The Festival of Animated Objects (FAO) promotes the arts of puppetry, mask, and animated objects. Animovies is produced by the non-profit group Calgary Animated Objects Society (CAOS) with support from The International Festival of Animated Objects Society.

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. *NOTE*

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
  • Alfonso Moreno

    What an honour it has been to screen at the CAOS festival. You can tell it's organized by artists and Humans with a capital H. Not only do they pay filmmakers a screening fee and keep personally in touch with them with timely updates. They also send us nice card with a cool sticker and a badass wool cap thanking us for participating. We are very proud to have been able to be a part of such a creative, heart-warming, and classy event.

    April 2021
  • Ben Page

    This small but mighty festival has been nothing but communicative and supportive. Highly recommended!

    March 2019