Rush Process celebrates DIY, handcrafted animation as a vehicle for self-expression. We screen highly personal animation made with physical media, spanning a wide variety of genres, including narrative, documentary, essay, and experimental.

We are 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.

We welcome submissions made using any non-digital technique, including stop motion, paper cut-out, multiplane, ink & paint on paper, charcoal, chalk, paint- and sand-on-glass, analog rotoscoping, and 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.

Our 2018 festival is co-presented and hosted by Aurora Picture Show, a non-profit media arts center that presents artist-made, non-commercial film and video, currently celebrating 20 years of radical film programming in Houston, TX.

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

-- Narrative submissions must be at least 75% animation
-- Documentary submissions must be at least 50% 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, 2017, or 2018.
-- 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

Overall Rating
  • Though I wasn't able to attend, it was an honor to be included as a selection at Rush Process 2018. The festival staff was extremely responsive and informative and, from afar, it seemed like a thoughtful festival put together by folks who genuinely care about animation and take pride in running a festival with class. It's difficult to throw a festival that is filmmaker-centric without a submission fee. I encourage anyone who makes handmade animation to submit to this fest because they show quality work and they champion the art form.

    September 2018