Since 2005, East Tennessee State University has hosted a curated showcase of work from animators of all skill levels—from all corners of the world. Every summer, the Overmountain Animation team (students and faculty of ETSU's Digital Media department) gathers entries from around the world and organize screenings of the films in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee. Live audiences enjoy the films over two days as part of a larger summer arts and music festival for the city.

Every animation is judged by a panel of industry professionals to award a winner in each of the Student, Professional, Independent and Audience Choice categories plus a Critic's Choice award goes to the best animation overall. Animations will be scored based on criteria such as artistic merit, story, technical proficiency and more. The submissions will be ranked based on these scores, The gift prizes are sponsored by ETSU's Department of Digital Media.

Critic's Choice Award
Gift Prize (equivalent to $250 US)

Best Student Animation
Gift Prize (equivalent to $150 US)

Best Independent Animation
Gift Prize (equivalent to $150 US)

Best Professional Animation
Gift Prize (equivalent to $150 US)

Audience Choice Award
During the Festival itself, audience members will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite animation.
Gift Prize (equivalent to $150 US)


Your submission must be completely animated. We will not accept demo reels, samples, or works in progress. Your piece should be complete.

This festival is a family-oriented event and most of our animations would be given a "G" rating. We will accept animations with a "PG" rating at our discretion. Some of those "PG" films may only be aired during our evening show times. We will not accept animations that are objectionable, violent or obscene. If we decide not to accept your animation, you will be notified. If you have any doubts, please ask before submitting an entry.

To promote their film, participants will receive the OAF official selections laurels logo. Winners will receive the OAD winner's laurels logo which identifies the category in which they won.


Student Animation
Student Animators would be those who were a full time student when the animation was completed

Independent Animation
Independent Animators would be those who do not receive income specifically for animation, nor qualify as a full-time student when the animation was completed.

Professional Animation
Professional Animators would be those who receive income on a regular basis for the their skills as in the production of animated shorts or features.



Submit your PREVIEW Copy on FilmFreeway. The festival committee will review this for acceptance. If we cannot preview your animation before the final deadline, we may not be able to accept your entry.


Once you receive the notification of acceptance, then we need the EXHIBITION QUALITY Copy of your animation entry to be received no later than the first week of August.

OPTION 01: Turn on the download feature here on FilmFreeway, Vimeo, etc.

OPTION 02: Send us the EXHIBITION QUALITY Copy of your animation via electronic transfer. Minimum resolution is 1280×720 with a square pixel aspect ratio. We recommend using H.264 compression (Quicktime) as an .mp4

Send your .mp4 via one of these electronic delivery services:
In the message subject give us the film title and the OAF#
File names should include the film title and the OAF#

Preferred Method (1): East Tennessee State University’s free and secure, drop box service:
We will be then able to download your file through our password protected system.

Alternative Method (2): (send to

Alternative Method (3): Vimeo® subscribers— a Vimeo link to your animation with the download option turned on.

If we do not receive your animation in time, we cannot showcase it during the festival.


Visit for more information, past winners and to learn more about our panel of judges.


Please Note: All submission fees are non-refundable

All entries must follow category rules as specified.

Entries that do not meet the requirements and qualifications specified by each category will not be accepted by the festival.

The Overmountain Animation Festival will not return any materials sent in as part of an entry.

Overmountain Animation Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The individual or corporation submitting the film shall indemnify and hold harmless Overmountain Animation Festival and its ETSU sponsors 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
  • Hui Tan

    It is my great honor to receive your announcement!
    I deeply appreciate Overmountain Animation Festival to provide this opportunity for filmmakers to represent their films and share their experiences!
    Tan, Hui

    December 2022
  • Rui Tintone Hao

    It is our great honor to be part of the festival!!!
    Greetings from "Under This Luminous Sky"2022:) am grateful for your support for student films over these years!!! TRULY THANKS!

    October 2022
  • Lovebun Productions

    We were super honoured to be included in Overmountain's selection this year. Great festival, great people, awesome time!

    August 2022

    I'm very appreciative of getting the Critic's Choice Award. I just got the Prize the festival delivered to me today and it's even more than what I expected! Great festival and hope it will grow better and better!

    November 2021
  • Justin Ethington

    Overmountain Animation Festival was a great experience. Honored to have "Slice of Adventure" included in their lineup of animated shorts.

    November 2021