Entries are now open for the 2020 TAIS Animation Showcase
******NOTE with regards to Covid-19 Pandemic******

We are still accepting submissions and hopeful Showcase will now happen July 3rd to 10th. As well, this will be an ONLINE Screening. We will adjust the scheduling if necessary. As well we are waiving the late submission fees for TAIS Members as we know that many people in the arts will be feeling the financial implications of these times. We have adjusted the late submission fees for students and non-member submissions as well.

Scheduled for June 13, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, all artists/filmmakers selected for the TAIS Showcase will receive an Artist Fee.

REGULAR DEADLINE March 30th, 2020 (by midnight) $15.00 USD

LATE DEADLINE April 20, 2020 (by midnight) $15.00 USD

**TAIS members REGULAR DEADLINE March 30th, 2020 (by midnight) FREE

**TAIS members LATE DEADLINE April 20, 2020 (by midnight) FREE

**Students REGULAR DEADLINE March 30th, 2020 (by midnight) 5.00USD
**Students LATE DEADLINE April 20, 2020 (by midnight)5.00USD

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 2020 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.

-Only Animated films 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 12 minutes in length
-Films must be submitted by the REGULAR deadline on March 30, 2020 (by midnight) OR by the LATE deadline on April 20, 2020.
-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 for REGULAR Deadline (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
  • Thanks so much for having isle of Chair screening at this year's programme. :)

    July 2020
  • Noam Sussman

    TAIS is one of the best animation events in Toronto! I love it! The selections are usually pretty good. The animation showcase also includes a short program of "anijam" short shorts. A+

    July 2019
  • Great selection of indie animation!
    Always great!

    July 2019
  • It's a treat to be involved in a festival that has such apparent respect for filmmakers of all stripes. The diversity of work on display is always inspiring and it fosters a wonderful sense of community. Always more great people to talk to than I get to.

    July 2019
  • Rachel Samson

    ❤️ amazing artist run centre, amazing showcase — you definitely want to sumit your film/attend

    July 2019