Open World Animation Festival encourages creators to explore the frontiers of animation through both traditional & emerging mediums. Its mission is to help general audiences understand the artistry in animation and its diversity of subject matter. It aims to showcase many voices, styles, & perspectives. Anyone is welcome to take part!
Going beyond just screenings, the festival hosts a full-fledged art exhibit highlighting all the pieces of the animation process. These include pieces from films in the festival as well as staples of culturally significant animated works from the past.
Open World also features animation retrospectives, ‘Video Games As Animation’ presentation, Virtual Reality set-up, GIF displays, cereal bar & more.
The festival began in 2016 as a series of independent animation screenings from around the world, curated in a 4-day celebration of the medium. Open World is organized by the Alternative Gallery, a non-profit community art space, and is run 100% by volunteers.
The Alternative Gallery is located in Allentown, PA within the Cigar Factory Artist studios, featuring; exhibit & performance spaces, over 40 artist studios, a printshop, wood shop, darkroom, film archive, makerspace, classrooms & more. The organization & festival are both run 100% through the efforts of dedicated volunteers.
Top prize gets $1,000 plus an Open World Animation Fest awards package.
All other Award Winners will receive an Open World Animation Fest awards package which Includes:
Open World T-Shirt
Open World 2019 Poster
Film featured in special screening at Allentown ArtsFest 2019
- The Voyager Award (Best In Show)
- Best Narrative
- Best Experimental Film
- Critics Award
- Best Music Video
- Kids Choice Award
- The Immersive Award (VR)
- Student Film Award
- Best Web Series
Submissions Open November 1, 2018
Early Submission Deadline - Dec. 31st
Regular Submission Deadline - March 31st
Late Submission Deadline - May 31st
$5 per film (Early Submissions)
$10 per film (Regular Submissions)
$15 per film (Late Submissions)
FILM LENGTH: 10 SECONDS - 40 MINUTES
GIFS: Please send to - Contact@OpenWorldAnimation.com
ELIGIBILITY: FILMS MUST HAVE BEEN MADE AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2015 TO COMPETE FOR AWARDS
LANGUAGE: ANY (PLEASE INCLUDE ENGLISH SUBTITLES IF NOT IN ENGLISH)
STYLE: ANY STYLE THAT IS CONSIDERED ANIMATION, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: STOP MOTION, DIGITAL & COMPUTER, FILM CEL, 3D, CLAYMATION, ROTOSCOPE, MIXED LIVED ACTION/ANIMATION, MUSIC VIDEOS, VIDEO GAME CUT SCENES, VIRTUAL REALITY, & GIF.
ASPECT RATIO: ANY. WE ARE OPEN TO UNIQUE FRAMING METHODS TO FILMS. PLEASE NOTE IF THERE ARE ANY SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO SCREENING YOUR FILM.
YOU MAY ONLY SUBMIT WORK THAT YOU OWN OR HAVE LICENSING FOR.
FILMS MUST VIEWABLE IN THEIR ENTIRETY TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE FESTIVAL.
IF ACCEPTED, YOU WILL BE CONTACTED WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO HIGH NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO EVERYONE.