Kraken Con Animation Fest will take place during Kraken Con 2018, held September 28-30 at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, CA.

Kraken Con is proud to present our third animation festival, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, September 30th! Kraken Con is a celebration of anime, cartoons, comics and cosplay and we are excited to showcase animation films from both established and upcoming artists.

Due to an extremely high volume of submissions received in the past (and subsequent difficulty in responding to all of the emails we received from entrants), we have added a small entry fee ($1).

Best Animated Short - $100 USD
Best Student Animated Short - $100 USD
Best Themed Animated Short - $100 USD

All entries selected for screening may request a free pass to Kraken Con 2018. Requested pass may be picked up at the VIP registration desk onsite at Kraken Con.

Please read all rules prior to submitting to Kraken Con Animation Fest.

By submitting your film to the Kraken Con Animation Fest the individual or corporation hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts the following requirements, rules and regulations.

1. Submissions must be at least 50% animated.
2. The maximum duration of each film is 20 minutes.
3. All entries must be family-friendly in nature (e.g. no nudity, adult language or situations)
4. Films must be completed after January 1st, 2014.
5. Only online submissions will be accepted.
6. Films with dialogue or narration in languages other than English must have English subtitles.
7. Multiple unique entries may be submitted. Each film must be accompanied by a separate submission form.
8. Kraken Con Animation Fest does not pay screening fees for selected films.

1. By submitting, each applicant declares to be the author or rights owner of the submitted film(s) and to own all literary, dramatic and musical rights. Kraken Con Animation Fest may require proof of ownership/licensing prior to screening the film.
2. Films must be submitted with completed application via
3. Films must be encoded in H.264 .mp4 format with a constant bitrate no higher than 20mbps. Films may be 720p or 1080p resolution.
4. Deadline for submission is August 1, 2018. Final deadline for submission is August 21, 2018.

1. You will receive notification by August 30, 2018 notifying you if your film has been accepted or not to the festival.
2. If your film is selected to screen at the Kraken Con Animation Fest, you will be asked to provide: a director's bio, stills from the film and press materials (which may be uploaded to FilmFreeway). These materials will be used to promote your film and may be used in our print program booklet.
3. Winners in one of the three categories will receive a cash prize paid out via Paypal within 90 days upon contest dates and receipt of all necessary bank details. Bank charges (if applicable) are to be borne by the recipient of the prize money.

1. Kraken Con Animation Fest reserves the right to refuse entries.
2. Kraken Con Animation Fest has the right to use all materials related to the submission as well as a film excerpt up to 10% of the total length of the film that will not exceed 2 minutes for promotional purposes.
3. The selection and scheduling of films screened at the Kraken Con Animation Fest is entirely at the discretion of the Festival Director.
4. Policies, rules, and terms and conditions are subject to change.

1. Kraken Con Animation Fest will not be held responsible for any materials lost or damaged in transit.
2. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Kraken Con Animation Fest 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.

Overall Rating
  • Hiroya Sakurai

    This festival consists of many excellent works.
    Most films were selected for many festivals from all over the world. There are excellent and beautiful films. On the other hand,it is a splendid point of this festival to choose films of the new face such as "Summer Festival"that was created by young students in Japan. The students was able to learn variety of the expressions from the films which gathered from all over the world.
    The program of this festival is like a jewel box.

    December 2016
  • TinMar Trelliv

    it was a really nice fest!

    December 2016
  • Thomas Lemoine

    The staff's festival changes the status of my short as "Accepted" on FilmFreeway 5 days before the event and since then, ZERO news from the festival.
    I tried to reach them by email a couple of times, also by facebook.. Only automatic respond. I wanted to send them a copy of my film as I proceed for every festival but they never answer me or even send me a more personal email about the selection of the film.
    They were absolutely nothing about the program of the festival on their web site. Neither on their facebook.
    I can imagine that the organisation of this kind of event can be difficult to manage and require a lot work but in the end, I don't even know if my short was screened. Very disappointing.

    November 2016
    Animationfest 350
    Response from festival:

    Hi Thomas, we appreciate your attempt to send us a copy of your film. Due to our previous (failed) experience in attempting to reach entrants we decided to use the screeners we had available via Vimeo and Youtube which were perfectly sufficient. We apologize that the notifications came so late; there was a bout of sickness going around that caused an unforeseen delay - we can assure you that your film was screened, however. Please see our website here for images of the nice pamphlet we distributed at our event:

  • Jarunee Thamyu

    I emailed them more than a week but no any reply.

    November 2016
    Animationfest 350
    Response from festival:

    Hi Jarunee,

    We don't have laurels (and don't mention on our information page that we will provide any) so it's sort of odd that you'd rate us over that. Unfortunately your request came at a time of a high volume of emails about general convention questions; we're working to set up a separate email for festival inquiries.