Festival + Conference + Business Symposium + Career Fair
Celebrating Inspiration & Innovation in the World of Animation

From October 26 to 29, Spark CG will host the 9th annual SPARK ANIMATION Festival. A multi-stream event, SPARK ANIMATION thrives on bringing together industry experts with newcomers, and that principle extends into the festival which provides a showcase for both established filmmakers and fresh new talent.

Since opening the festival to submissions in 2014, SPARK ANIMATION has attracted top animation from around the world and many of the projects recognized at the festival have gone on to win numerous awards — including Oscars. Notable titles include “The Dam Keeper” (Academy Award short list), “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos” (Academy Award short list) and “Bear Story,” (Academy Award winner in 2015). Most recently four of the five films short listed for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film, screened at SPARK ANIMATION 2016. Visit our archive for previous editions of the festival:

With an eclectic mix of styles, languages and a Jury of world class talent, SPARK ANIMATION has become the premiere animation festival in Vancouver!

SPARK ANIMATION 2017 will feature a series of regional, national and international short and feature films, filmmaker workshops and mixers. Filmmakers of festival selected projects will receive complimentary passes to the conference, festival and business symposium.

We are looking for animated projects from all over the world:
• Animated Feature Films
• Animated Short Films
• Animated Student Projects
• Animated Music Videos
• Animated Commercials, PSAs & Self-Promotion
• VFX Short Narrative
• Game Cinematics & Trailers (real-time or pre-rendered)

Accepted Styles
• Computer animation (2D & 3D)
• Traditional animation
• Stop-motion animation

Important Dates
Festival: October 26 – 29
Conference: October 28 – 29
Business Symposium: October 27
Career Fair: October 28 – 29

The inaugural SPARK ANIMATION Conference and Festival took place in 2008. Since its inception, the Society has been working diligently to promote and foster the local computer graphics community year-round by holding sold-out events, attracting internationally renowned speakers, and keeping abreast of how to best serve the dynamic community.

Awards & Prizes

Best Short Film
Best Student Project
Best Feature Film
Best Music Video

Other prizes to be determined upon judges' discretion.

Jury Screening:
• Jurying takes place a few weeks prior to the festival and is conducted in a full theatre with the full jury in attendance. For this screening, HD 1080p files in H.264 and stereo should be easily available for download

Rules & Terms

Rules & Terms

• Films in foreign languages must have legible English subtitles
• Films must include accurate submission information or risk being disqualified!
• Selected films will be required to submit a fact sheet outlining the name of all filmmakers, date of project completion, a short synopsis, whether the film is a first-time project or a student film and at least one high-resolution image. Fact sheet must also include the following technical details:
- Aspect ratio
- Projection mode
- Resolution
- Frame rate
- Sound

As an example: 1.85:1 – Flat – 1920 x 1080 – 24fps – 5.1

• Selected films will be required to submit a high resolution file of the project (for specifications see the “Technical Specifications” section below)

Additionally, to be considered for competition, projects must:
• Be premieres in British Columbia, Canada (graduation screenings excluded)
• Projects must have been completed in 2016 or 2017

All festival award-winning projects will be screened theatrically. Festival selected music videos, cinematics and commercials/PSA’s may be shown as part of a curated streaming program

Technical Specifications:


3 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    DaCosta Bayley

    The Spark festival was fantastic!!! It gets better every year.

    November 2017
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    Chantal Beaulne

    I really enjoyed the festival and conference (I've been going for years now). It was awesome to be a part of it this time. The conference was the real highlight, and I got to meet so many important figures in the industry. I was given passes to the conference and a second all-day exclusive conference. I took a lot of notes and learned a lot, made great contacts and had a wonderful time. Thanks Marina!

    November 2016
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    Vincent Desbiens

    I had a great time. Wish I could arrive sooner.

    November 2016