Submissions are now open for the 7th edition of the GLAS Animation Festival which will take place April 6-10th, 2022.

GLAS Animation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2014. Our core mission is to cultivate and promote the art and science of animation. We provide a unique platform for independent animation, champion diverse and underrepresented voices, and emphasize exceptional directors and artists that push visual, conceptual, and narrative boundaries within the cinematic artform. We are a community-driven organization that not only exhibits animated films, but creates a context and language for a shared understanding and appreciation of animation in the United States.

In March 2016 we launched the first annual GLAS Animation Festival in Berkeley, California. GLAS takes place over four days across Downtown Berkeley at various prestigious cultural institutions including theaters, galleries, media centers, and educational institutions.

GLAS exhibits films from local and international artists and filmmakers across the animation spectrum, creating a community and space for industry veterans, historians, animation enthusiasts, and emerging talent from diverse backgrounds to come together, share, learn, and appreciate the animated art form in a critical context. We started GLAS to showcase the most exciting animation being made around the world and expand the scope of how animation is understood as an artistic medium in the United States.

At the heart of the festival is the international competition, which showcases five curated programs of the most exceptional contemporary animated short films. These programs are the highlight of the festival as they demonstrate most fully the expressive abilities of animation as a medium. Created oftentimes by an individual artist or small team, these films push the boundaries of film itself through a singular vision not possible in any other medium.

We also host retrospectives, special curated programs, workshops, panel discussions, performances, and installations. We invite a diverse range of national and international guest speakers and presenters from various sections of the filmmaking community to come share their works, their knowledge, their expertise, and to facilitate discussion. The speakers and presenters we invite represent a multitude of aspects of the animation community including industry veterans, notable independent animators, curators, performance artists, and installation artists.

We bring this wide breadth of talent to have people in the US be able to see it all within a cinematic context. We believe in the power of a festival as a context to view films as an instigator for building communities and relationships.

In addition to the cash prizes for the official competition, we are pleased to announce a new collaboration with La Guarimba who will be screening the award winning films in person during their outdoor festival in Amantea, Italy Summer 2021. The award-winning filmmakers will receive accommodations as well as a travel stipend to attend.

• GLAS Animation Festival welcomes all animation techniques.
• Films must be completed after January 1st 2020
• Short films submitted must not exceed 40 minutes
• Feature length films must be over 40 minutes
• Short films that are online are eligible for selection
• Each applicant must be the rightful owner of submitted films and own all literary and musical rights.
• Films must be comprised of a minimum of 30% animation to be in consideration for competition

Submissions operate on a rolling basis.
It is free to submit from September 13 - October 10th.
$15 from October 11th- November 1st for shorts.
$20 from November 1-December 1st for shorts.

GLAS Animation does not pay for screening fees for films selected in the Competition programs.

• Filmmakers are required to fill out a completed application form via FilmFreeway
• The festival only accepts online submission links for preview (Vimeo/Youtube etc.) Film links may be private or public.
• All films submitted must be fully completed as works in progress will not be considered
• Films with languages other than english must have English subtitles

Preview Copy: The festival accepts link/urls to film
Screening Copy: Apple ProRes 422 HQ.

GLAS Animation Festival reserves the right to refuse a screening copy of poor technical condition that may be detrimental to the screening. Films with dialogues in a language other than English must have English subtitles.

Film selection is carried out by the festival programming committee.

Selected films for competition will be announced on the festival website no later than March 1st. Filmmakers will be notified no later than February 15th.

The party responsible for sending film materials bears the cost of transporting selected films for competition programs. The festival incurs the cost of the films return. If sent via mail, the sender must provide the festival with necessary information regarding its return (date needed by/address/phone number). International parcels should be marked ‘For Cultural Purposes Only/No Commercial Value). The copy will be returned within three weeks after festival completion.

Members of the jury for competition categories are selected by the Lead Programmer and Festival Director.



Participation in the festival and its submission process indicates acceptance, without reservation, the terms of the present regulations. By submitting a film through our submission process, submitters and filmmakers.

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