Rush Process is the only full-scale animation festival in the state of Texas, and the only animation festival in the US explicitly dedicated to handcrafted animation, a materials-focused practice at the intersection of DIY, auteur-driven cinema and analog animation art.

Rush Process aims to screen visually and emotionally stunning, non-digital animation touching a wide variety of genres (narrative, documentary, essay) and techniques (e.g. stop motion, ink & paint on paper, charcoal, chalkboard and whiteboard films, paper cut-out & multiplane, paint- and sand-on-glass, analog rotoscoping, direct animation on celluloid).

A parallel goal of the festival is to provide our audiences with the opportunity to create animation themselves, via popup animation stations, workshops and collaborative, time-based production challenges.

Awards & Prizes

RP has juried awards in the Documentary and Narrative categories, and an Audience Award decided upon by festival attendees.

Rules & Terms

-- Narrative submissions must be at least 75% animation
-- Documentary submissions must be at least 33% animation
-- All animation source artwork must be analog (digital assembly, e.g. via scanning or Dragonframe, is okay)
-- Competition films must have been produced in 2015, 2016, or 2017.
-- Link to a secure Vimeo or YouTube screener greatly preferred over FilmFreeway's native player
-- We are far less interested in screening films that are freely available on the web
-- For films originally not in English, please submit a screener with English captions or burnt-in subtitles
-- Waivers for free entry fee available for handcrafted animated shorts created by primary, middle, or high school students, or teachers submitting on their behalf, and for handcrafted animators of any age for whom the entry fee represents a financial hardship