● The KuanDog Prize is held at the 11th Kuandu International Animation Festival (KDIAF) in 2021 to provide animators with a platform to screen and promote their works.

● The Festival injects new energy into the animation industry and promotes interactions between local and international participants.

● The KuanDog Prize encourages submissions from excellent animators and filmmakers. KDIAF also offers screening programs for outstanding animated films in different categories selected from all over the world.

● Every year we have around 20,000 attendees to our events.

- Best Animated Short Film Award: one winner;
Prize –Cash Prize of 2,000 USD (or 60,000 NTD)and one KuanDog Trophy.
Eligibility: All animated films are eligible to enter this category. Student animated films can opt to enter either this category or the Best Student Film category. However, one film can only enter one category.

- Best Student Film Award: one winner;
Prize – Cash Prize of 1,500 USD (45,000 NTD) and one KuanDog Trophy.
Eligibility: Animated film produced while the filmmaker(s) attended educational institutions and was under instructors’ supervision will be considered eligible.

- Taiwan Special Award: one winner;
Prize – Cash Prize of 45,000 NTD and one KuanDog Trophy.
Eligibility: All entered films produced by Taiwanese filmmakers who hold proof of citizenship will be considered eligible.

- Taiwan Student Award: one winner;
Prize –Cash Prize of 45,000 NTD and one KuanDog Trophy.
Eligibility: All entered student films produced by Taiwanese filmmakers who hold proof of citizenship will be considered eligible.

- Best Promising Score Award: one winner;
Prize – Cash Prize of 1,000 USD (or 30,000 NTD) and one KuangDog Trophy.
Eligibility: All entered films produced by Taiwanese filmmakers who hold proof of citizenship will be considered eligible.

- Honourable Mentioned: one or more winners;
Prize – Award Certificate.
Eligibility: All entered films will be considered eligible.


Any audiovisual animated films with a running time of no more than 30 minutes, including titles and credits, may enter. It can be made by any technique or in any genre. Films must be completed after January 1st, 2020 and never previously submitted to KDIAF.


Entrants are under obligation to complete the registration process and submit the required materials.

1. Required Materials:

Submit your film through the KDIAF FilmFreeway website (https://filmfreeway.com/KDIAF).

i. A digital copy of your film for Preview. Preview Format: (at least) 1920x1080 MP4 (Codec H.264)、 MOV. We DO NOT ACCEPT DCP or Blue-Ray.

ii. One photo of the director, JPEG format with at least 2MB file size.

iii. Three stills, JPEG format with at least 5MB file size.

iv. Films with dialogue must include English subtitles and the script in PDF, DOC, or DOCX format. If the film contains Chinese dialogue, please provide Chinese subtitles in Traditional Chinese.

2. Submission:

i. Sign up for a FilmFreeway account if you don’t have one. Follow website instruction and fill in your film(s) ’s information:

- Project Title
- Synopsis
- Distribution (School, Company or Independent)
- Credits (Directors/Producers/Writers and others)
- Duration
- Completion Date
- Country of Filming
- Language
- Upload/Link
- Still Photos
- Subtitles/Script
- Film Rating

Click Submit Now on KDIAF’s FilmFreeway website to enter (https://filmfreeway.com/KDIAF).

ii. Submit your film to FilmFreeway’s Project Section by uploading or linking your film file from Google Drive, Vimeo or other websites that allow online watching and download with authorisation to FilmFreeway’s Project File section. If the film is private, please provide an effective password in the Link section of the form.


1. The animation must be completed works. Unfinished animation will not be included in the preliminary review. Modification of the film(s) or changing the title after submission will not be accepted.

2. The information provided by the entrants will be used for the nomination announcement, the winner announcement, the promotion announcement and the awarding ceremony. Entrants should be responsible for any errors or omission of the information.


1. The list of nominees will be announced on KDIAF’s official website on September 1st 2021. Entrants will be notified of their film’s jury status via email.

2. The nominees need to provide a complete copy of the film by the informed deadline. If an entrant fails to comply with the submission requirement under regulations, including deadlines and formats, the competition team reserves the rights to consider it a voluntary withdrawal of their place.

3. The Jury Board panel consists of animators, filmmakers, scholars, and experts who will view and select each category’s winners. The winning films will be announced at the awarding ceremony.


1. By entering, each entrant declares to be the author or the rights owner of the film(s) in competition and own all the literary, dramatic and musical rights. If the film(s) is(are) found to be involved in breaching the copyright at any level, KDIAF reserves the right to revoke the award. Any copyrights disputes resulting from the film’s exposure and screening shall be the entrants’ full responsibility.

2. The entrants agree to grant the 2021 KDIAF and any affiliated or authorised third parties without recompense the right to edit or reproduce the submitted film for promotion purposes, including but not limited to adding Chinese or English subtitles or cutting a clip version for promotion. Once selected, entrants grant the KDIAF and the Animation Department of TNUA the right to use the text, stills, posters, and information on the personnel for promotion, related events, and documentation for the competition.

3. Entrants must provide a copy of the film during the jury deliberation period (April 15th ~ October 30th 2021).

4. The winners and the nominees must declare the film’s rights to KDIAF for non-commercial screenings until December 31st 2021.


1. By submitting to KDIAF 2021, the entrants accept, without reservation, the terms of the present regulations as stated in this document.

2. All prize awards should comply with the Taiwanese Income Tax Law. The cash prize and trophy would be given to the director unless the director designated another recipient. If the winner does not reply within six months after being informed, the cash prize and the trophy will be withdrawn.

3. The Rules and Regulations are printed in Chinese and English. In case of a dispute, the Chinese content is considered for interpretation and understanding and is governed by Taiwan’s (R.O.C.) laws. The entrants must agree that the Taiwan Taipei District Courts are the court in the first instance.

4. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 KuanDu International Animation Festival will modify the competition submission rules and regulations per government policies, including but not limited to adjusting the competition submission schedule, nomination announcement and awarding ceremony or postponing the event. Entrants should modify the term of the video authorisation or other things specified in cooperation with KDIAF. If anything is unspecified, please follow the official announcement information.


Department of Animation
Taipei National University of the Arts
No.1, Hsueh-Yuan Road, Peitou Dist., Taipei City, 112, Taiwan. R.O.C
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Email: tnuakdiaf2@gmail.com
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Overall Rating
  • chun hei mok

    It is my pleasure to take part in Kuandu International Animation.
    all the selected films are amazing.
    Thanks for the wonderful festival

    November 2019
  • Joe Chang

    A very good animated film festival! I like it .

    November 2019
  • Pencho Kunchev

    It was pleasure for me that my film "Roses in the Night" has been shown at Taiwanese audience.

    November 2019
  • Young Chan Jeon

    Poor unorganized festival makes confusing

    November 2019
  • Sadegh Javadi Nikjeh

    Kuandu International Animation was one of the best festivals in which my film was featured. And fortunately I won the prize. I hope that I can have more connections with them in the coming years.

    December 2018