www.OpenWorldAnimation.com
www.TheAlternativeGallery.com

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:

Award certificate
Digital certificate
Festival Laurel
Open World T-Shirt
Open World 2019 Poster
Film featured in special screening at Allentown ArtsFest 2019

Categories:

- 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

SUBMISSION CRITERIA

Submissions Open November 1, 2018

Early Submission Deadline - Dec. 31st
Regular Submission Deadline - March 31st
Late Submission Deadline - May 31st

COST
$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.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Michael Enzbrunner

    Thanks for giving this year's Voyager award to DEATH VAN! It's a true honour and I wish I could have been there in person.

    Communication with the festival staff was easy-going and professional. Great selection of films. Go submit your animated works to Open World Animation Festival!

    July 2018
  • Sara Taigher

    Nice genuine animation festival organized by true animation lovers! It was a pleasure being part of it! Thanks!

    July 2018
  • Irida Zhonga

    It was great being part of this festival, good communication overall and my film won 2 awards! What more can I ask?

    April 2017