The Inbetween Animation Festival is an international animation festival set in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is named both after its location between the major hubs of American animation, and also after the “inbetween” which is an important part of the anatomy of animation.


The goal of the festival is threefold: First, to bring the fruits of the independent animation scene to Cincinnati to enrich the area culturally and in artistic diversity; secondly, to keep artists in the midwest up to date in the techniques and content that are being used around the world. Thirdly, to uncover and give the spotlight to additional talented independent animators who may reside outside of the world’s animation hubs.

Events surrounding the festival will also provide opportunities for learning, doing, and meeting.

Best of Festival
Best Regional Animation
Best Character Design
Best Background Design
Best Student Film
Best Regional Student Film
Most Innovative


The film must have been completed in 2017 or 2018. Films completed in 2016 will only be considered if they premiered in 2017; films premiering prior to 2017 will not be considered.

More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must include a separate entry form and submission fee. Films submitted without proper payment will not be considered. Entry fees are non-refundable.

The submitting party must be either a producer or director of the film.

The Inbetween Animation Festival does not pay screening fees. By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work.

Rules & Guidelines

1.) We do not accept pre-screening materials through email and are unable to download files from sharing services. Submissions are only accepted through our FilmFreeway.

2.) All films must be submitted as an online screener with a YouTube or Vimeo link for consideration by the Selection Committee, and must be HD (720p or 1080p). Links MUST BE password-protected, passwords must be valid through April 9, 2019 or your submission will be considered invalid and will be deleted.

3.) Completed and digitally signed submission on FilmFreeway.

4.) Entry fee must be submitted with each film.

5.) All works selected to be in the festival must be available by 3/01/19 for inclusion in the festival.

6.) We do not accept pre-screening materials through email. Submissions are only accepted through our FilmFreeway.

7.) Do not submit industrial or instructional works.

8.) Films that are available online for screening, have had a theatrical release, a television broadcast within the United States or a release through an on-demand outlet such as Netflix, Amazon On-Demand or any other outlets that are available in Ohio prior to the Festival dates are not eligible to be named Finalists, but may be considered for “Special Presentation” screenings. Films with a theatrical release, television broadcast or available on-demand outside of the USA are eligible to screen as “Official Selections” and are eligible to be named Finalists.

9.) The film cannot require dual projection (interlock) or separate soundtracks.

10.) Non-English films must be sub titled or dubbed.

11.) Works in progress are not accepted at this time

12.) Regional films are defined as films that were made in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana.

13.) The Inbetween Animation Festival reserves the right to use images from films selected for screening for festival marketing purposes (web, print media, and television).

Official Selection

All selected films must be available for exhibition in an HQ file with ProRes422 or ProRes422HQ compression.

IMPORTANT: A media kit including 3 high res (300dpi minimum) stills from the film, a 300dpi poster, a synopsis, film run time, director bio, 300 dpi director photo and other useful promotional materials should also be provided with the screening copy. We can't get people to see your film if we can't include it in our advertising so print quality images are a must.

Judging Process & Criteria

A pre-screening committee comprised of artists, students, and academics watch all the films and videos entered in the competition. After all entries have been watched, the pre-screeners evaluate all entries to determine films to include in public screenings.

A combination of scoring and discussion among these committee members and our artistic director/programming staff ultimately decide the lineup of the Inbetween Animation Festival.

A Jury consisting of film professionals, academics and critics will select the best film within each category.

Terms & Conditions

By entering your film for consideration for the 2018 Inbetween Animation Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2019 Inbetween Animation Festival. The Inbetween Animation Festival is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and associated media materials for exhibition at the Festival and for promotional purposes. By submitting a film you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Inbetween Animation Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. The Inbetween Animation Festival may opt to withdraw your work from the festival at any time for any reason. The Inbetween Animation Festival does not pay screening fees. By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work. Inbetween Animation Festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund of submission fees. Inbetween Animation Festival does not issue refunds. The number(s), date(s), time(s), and location(s) of the screenings of films are at the discretion of the Inbetween Animation Festival.