SISTER CITIES ANIMATED will be an international screening of short animated films created by artists working and/or residing in Baltimore and in Baltimore’s Sister Cities, curated by award-winning animator and animation scholar Lynn Tomlinson. This will be a one-night event, on Monday, February 11, held at Baltimore's beautifully restored historic Parkway Theater.

Films must have been made in or have a close connection to one of these participating Sister Cities:
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Alexandria, Egypt
Changwon, South Korea
Gbarnga, Liberia
Kawasaki, Japan
Luxor, Egypt
Piraeus, Greece
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Xiamen, China

For consideration, please submit your independent artist-directed or student-created short films, created in any type or style or technique of animation, including hand-drawn, stop-motion, under-the-camera, experimental processes, digital 2D or 3D animation, or any combination of these. The curators are especially interested in films with innovative artistic approaches and environmental and socially relevant themes that fit the Sister Cities' mission to "promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation — one individual, one community at a time."

There may be an opportunity for other Sister Cities to host the official selections for future screening events.

About the organizers:
Curator: Lynn Tomlinson is an artist and independent animator and Assistant Professor of Electronic Media and Film at Towson University. Tomlinson is a well established multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker, specializing in clay-on-glass animation. Her films have been exhibited in over 30 international festivals and has been shown in several prominent galleries and museums. She is a recipient of many festival awards and artist state artist fellowships. More at

Assistant Curator: Safiyah Cheatam is an multidisciplinary artist and current graduate student in the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Intermedia and Digital Arts MFA program. She has spent many years as a teaching artist instructing media arts in non-profit spaces. She plans to continue in research and community arts by becoming involved in educational programming in museums and local non-profits. More at

For more information about BALTIMORE SISTER CITIES:

SISTER CITIES ANIMATED will be presented as part of the Sweaty Eyeballs series, curated by Phil Davis, Associate Professor of Art at Towson University. Since 2012, Sweaty Eyeballs’ animation screenings have attracted viewers from all over Baltimore, MD including artists, critics, and art consumers from local universities such as Towson University, Maryland Institute College of Art, UMBC, etc. and art institutions such as the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Maryland Film Festival (MdFF). These screenings are now featured as a monthly events at the MdFF’s Parkway Theatre in Baltimore’s high-traffic Station North Arts District.

All films selected for Sister Cities Animated will receive an official selection certificate. Four filmmakers will receive a unique artist-designed award.

- Student Award - Best Animation by a Student
- Audience Award - Most Popular Animation
- Curators' Award - Most Innovative Animation
- Sister Cities Spirit Award - Animation that Best Exemplifies the Sister Cities Mission


Films must have been completed after January 1, 2012.

Films must be 15 minutes or less.

Films may include live-action elements, but must be at least 75% animated.

Preview files must be delivered through a private online screener on FilmFreeway or through Vimeo.

While subtitles are not required, films that can be understood by English-Speaking audiences are preferred. An English synopsis will be required from all official selections and should be used to clarify any language barrier.

In order to keep environmental impact low, no physical materials including DVDs or BluRay discs will be accepted. Please do not send printed promo materials with your film. For official selection films ONLY, filmmakers must supply up to 3 high resolution digital promo stills for festival publicity. We will notify you by email when we need these.

There are no premiere restrictions and films may have been previously released online.

There is no cost to enter films. No screening fees will be paid to participating filmmakers.

Up to two submissions per filmmaker are welcome. For each film, please use separate entry forms and screener DVDs.

All entries selected for the screening grant the right to use film stills for promotional purposes. Accepted filmmakers will provide a bio and headshot of the filmmaker for screening promotion purposes.

Accepted films must be available as high-resolution downloadable files. If accepted, final screening download links must be sent no later than January 25, 2019, or the entry will not be included in the screening.

Entrant/Filmmaker confirms and warrants required legal authority to:
• submit the entry into the Festival; and
• use of all music, images, and content in the entry; and
• grant permission to Sister Cities Animated for usage of clips and stills from the film for promotional.

Overall Rating
  • Mostafa Gad

    A very good job for the first year.. I expect a great success in the coming years .. so full speed ahead

    February 2019