The world festival of animated film – IMAGINARIA invites you to submit your films for the 21st edition of the Festival, taking place on August 2023 in Conversano (Italy).
All short and feature animated films completed after 1 January 2022 are eligible to apply via FilmFreeway or using an application form on

The animated films can be submitted to following competition categories:
– Best Animated Feature Film
– Best Animated Short Film
– Best Animated Graduation Short Film
– Best Animated Short Film for Children
– Best Animated Music Video

Films compete for awards that are given by international juries.

Application deadline is 15 may 2023, and there is no entry fee.

Special awards made by an Apulian artist.

International Animation Film Festival
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Festival Dates: Conversano August 2024

FINAL DEADLINE: may 15, 2024

To submit your film to the Imaginaria – International Animated Film Festival, please read our eligibility requirements below.

Films must have been completed after December 2022.
We accept all categories of animated films: traditional animation, 2d digital, mix media and stop motion, 3d and visual effects, music videos, experimental.
Running time for the short films must be no more then 20 minutes and no more then 90 minutes for feature film.
Foreign films submitted to the Festival must be subtitled in Italian or English (.srt file).
Entries with HD digital files (1080p – H.264 – MP4 – MOV).
Those selected for the festival screenings will be notified at least thirty (30) days before the event date by e-mail.
One official entry form must accompany each individual submission.
Film producers must also agree to include in future promotion material the mention of the participation at the Imaginaria, the relevant section and any award received, along with the official IMAGINARIA LOGO.
The works already sent to the previous editions of “Imaginaria Film Festival ” will not be admitted.

IMAGINARIA AWARDS are determined by a jury of professional filmmakers, illustrators, cartoonist, distributors and journalists.

The prizes and special mentions for international competition:

– Best Animated Feature Film
– Best Animated Short Film
– Best Animated Graduation Short Film
– Best Animated Short Film for Kids
– Best Animated Music Video

Up to 100 shorts films and 8 feature films will be selected as finalists in the IAF Awards competition.
The winners will be chosen by a jury of entertainment industry professionals, and announced at the Winner’s Day.

NOTICE: As part of our mission statement, our organization may refer names and contacts of submitting filmmakers to independent distributors, creative agencies, press and internet companies. HD files and other related materials, however, remain in the strict possession of the Festival’s archive.

If you have any questions please link to the contacts section.

Application Fee:
Submission is free

Overall Rating
  • Beatrice Mazzone

    Such an amazing experience at Imaginaria! We have been lucky enough to participate at every projection, every day.
    Hi-quality film selection, very interesting debates and exhibition and last but not least a warming welcoming by all the staff.
    Imaginaria is not only about films but also about passionated people who help growing the world of animation!

    September 2022
    Response from festival:

    ❤️ thanks Beatrice!

  • Thanks for letting my film "Chocolate" be selected. I look forward to the end of the epidemic soon so that I can have the opportunity to attend the festival live in Italy. Keep safe!

    September 2021
  • Benedetta Sani

    It was a pleasure to participate in Imaginaria, the short films screened were really of a high standard and I was warmly welcomed by all the staff.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Benedetta! See you next time!

  • caterina de mata

    One of my favorite events! Great screenings and atmosphere

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks you so much!

  • Tooba Rezaei

    Great Festival! I'm so honored that I was a part of it!

    November 2016
    Response from festival: