Lugano Animation Days is a five-day international animation festival that takes place in the beautiful sunny city of Lugano, in Southern Switzerland.


Online digital submission only via
Each submitter declares to be the author or rights owner of the submitted film and to own all literary, dramatic and musical rights guaranteeing LAD against any claims, conflicts and legal action concerning the presentation of the film. The information requested, including photos, is required for electronic and paper, media linked to LAD. This information will also be used on the Internet and LAD's database.
No entry fees are required.

All films must be original productions and must have been produced within the past three years (after January 2021).
Premiere status is not required.
On the submission form, entrants must provide the following information: film credits, image material, synopsis and director’s filmography, e-mail, address, and a contact phone number.
It is important that you include correct and complete contact information with your submission.

You can submit your animated films for one of these categories: pico shorts (duration under 1 minute), and short films (duration under 30 minutes).
You can submit different films for each category.

The jury is made of experts in the film and animation industry.
The selection process is divided into two parts: the pre-selection is made by the jury and will be screened during the summer; final selection screenings will take place during the festival.
Entrants will be notified of the final selection results no later than September 2024, directly via FilmFreeway.
After being notified, films cannot be withdrawn.

Selected submissions for screening must be submitted in one of these formats: Digital Cinema Package (DCP), H.264, ProRes 422 HQ.
Films must be available to download via FilmFreeway, wetransfer, or FTP (for DCP).

Films can be submitted in any language.
Films with no English or Italian dialogues must be submitted with English or Italian subtitles.

We reserve the right to use extracts from submissions for promotional use across all established media, print and digital.

Selected films for screening must be deposited with the festival organizers at least 14 days before the festival begins. Failure to do so may lead to the cancellation of your screening.
The festival will not pay any film screening fees.

Overall Rating
  • Eugene Garcia

    We attended our screening in beautiful Lugano, Switzerland and the experience was priceless! The whole team at Lugano Animation Days was warm, professional and gave us great feedback in person. Their passion for animation and sharing that joy was overflowing. We especially enjoyed interacting with kids on children's day- and watching the budding filmmakers learn the craft through workshops. We would definitely love to enter again and hopefully return!!

    January 2024
  • Barbara Brunner

    Thank you so much for selecting Rainboy, I really wish I could have been there, hopefully next year!

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing your work and see you next year :-)

  • It was great fun to come to Lugano. Thanks for selection ETHEL to Swiss Competition and keep going with this wonderful festival.

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for visiting and for sharing your wonderful film with us.

  • It was great to have my animated short in the Concorso Svizzero of this promising LAD. I also enjoyed the masterclass and its following discussions about animation film productions.
    Very engaging and ambitious people who run this young LAD and I wish them a sucessful future.

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing your amazing film :-)

  • Eduardo Fierro Duque

    Very good option, and good feedback

    November 2022