Entries are now open for the 2019 TAIS Animation Showcase

Scheduled for July 20, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, all artists/filmmakers selected for the TAIS Showcase will receive an Artist Fee.

REGULAR DEADLINE May 5, 2019 (by midnight) $8.00 USD

LATE DEADLINE June 1, 2019 (by midnight) $12.00 USD

Each year, the TAIS Animation Showcase presents the best local, national and international independent animation talent. With films from a variety of medium, genres and styles, this annual Showcase programme aims to exemplify the unlimited possibilities of animation filmmaking. The 2019 Showcase is presented with the support of the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Founded in 1984, The Toronto Animated Image Society initially began as a group for animators and animation enthusiasts to connect and share in an art form they love.

Over 34 years, TAIS has evolved into an artist-run media arts production centre with a growing membership that supports animation production, presentation, and skills development.

As a production centre, TAIS supports creation by our members and guest artists. We commission new animation through special projects and residency programs, present curated programs of animation art by artists from Toronto, across Canada, and around the world, and each year we invite guest artists to screen their work, give lectures, and teach workshops. TAIS prioritizes the involvement of artists from diverse practices, backgrounds, and communities. As part of our commitment to reaching new audiences for animation, we have presented over a dozen projects of community engagement by artists in the last 15 years. Today and into the future, TAIS seeks to present and support work by artists who reflect upon and investigate artistic (social, political, and creative) concerns and prioritize experimental production techniques inherent to contemporary forms of animated art making.

-TAIS prioritizes the payment of artist fees. Showcase artists will be paid a screening fee for the presentation of their film at the TAIS Animation Showcase 2019 ($87-$130 CDN)

-Awards will be granted by a jury and via an audience choice award. No cash value for the award.

-Any frame-by-frame or computer-assisted animated film or video completed within the last 2 years may be entered
-Eligibility is restricted to fully animated films only, no live-action
-Films must be no more than 10 minutes in length
-Films must be submitted by the REGULAR deadline on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 (by midnight) OR by the LATE deadline on Saturday June 1st.
-The person(s) submitting the film must either be the creator of the film or have express permission from the creator of the film to submit it.
-The creator(s) of the film must have the rights or express permission to use all materials used in the film

-Works selected must be available in Quick Time file format, sized at 1920 x 1080 / codec Prores, sound 48hz. These are the SCREENING REQUIREMENTS
-Films can be submitted via FilmFreeway, or by providing us the Dropbox URL for download, or by sending us a link to the film on Vimeo (if password protected you must provide the password).

We require:
-two 1920 x 1080 JPG or PNG or TIFF still images from the film with each submission
-Brief biography of the filmmaker

We'd also like to see *optional
-a link to an Artist CV/resume or equivalent listing of animation exhibitions/screenings info for last 3-5 years (artist website url).

-Free Submission for TAIS Members (membership # required)
-All material must be submitted by the REGULAR or LATE deadlines or it will not be considered
-All films are kept within TAIS Library for research purposes only

Overall Rating
  • Yen Liang Chen

    Great festival!It's an honor to join.

    August 2018
  • tong reko

    Great festival!!I'm looking forward to next year

    September 2017