On September 22 and 23 Cortland, N.Y. won’t just be the city of gym teacher students and unemployed factory workers—it’ll be the city of short funny animated films. The Duck And Red Octopus Short Funny Stop-Action and Animated Film Festival will feature workshops, industry guest speakers, film premieres, director Q&As and more.

Judges:

Tom Kenny (voice of "SpongeBob Squarepants")
Martin Olson (producer of "Phineas and Ferb")
Bobcat Goldthwait (comedian)
Jonathan Katz (creator of "Dr. Katz")
Gene Grillo (writer of "Teen Titans Go!" and "Kung Fu Panda" TV series)
Peter Hannan (animator and creator of "CatDog")

Best Stop Action Short
Best Animated Short
Funniest Stop Action Short
Funniest Animated Short
Best Under 1 Minute Animated Short
Best Under 1 Minute Stop Action Short
Best Short From Central New York
Best Youth Short From Central New York
Festival Audience Favorite Stop Action
Festival Audience Favorite Animated
The Totally Unfair Insider and Nepotism Award


General Rules
The Duck And Red Octopus Short Funny Stop Action and Animated Film Festival will take place in Cortland NY on September 22 and 23 2023.

Submission Deadline
Submissions will be accepted from March 1, 2023.
July 22, 2023 is final deadline.

Submission Fee
There is no submission fee.

Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
Unique approach to animation
Hilariousness
Strength of story
Quality of narrative and production values
Independent nature of the production

Submission Format
Films must be submitted on a downloadable link with password.
All entries except the under 1 minute entries, must be no longer than 10 Minutes.

Submission Eligibility
All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 1822.
There is no premiere policy for submission.
Premiere Status
There is no premiere policy.

The Duck And Red Octopus Short Funny Stop Action and Animated Film Festival endeavors to complete all selection procedures by August 1, 2023 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time.
The Duck And Red Octopus Short Funny Stop Action and Animated Film Festival will take place from September 22 to 23, 2023.
The Duck And Red Octopus Short Funny Stop Action and Animated Film Festival aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection.
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of The Duck And Red Octopus Short Funny Stop Action and Animated Film Festival. While every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, The Duck And Red Octopus Short Funny Stop Action and Animated Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. The Duck And Red Octopus Short Funny Stop Action and Animated Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Jacob Brasser

    Sadly we were not able to attend, however this festival was exceptionally encouraging through multiple network communication types and we will definitely take the opportunity to submit again! Great festival and loved the selections they chose! Very eclectic in all the great ways for animation!

    November 2023
  • Chris PUGH

    The best festival I've ever submitted to! Great to be kept informed throughout the selection process. Good interaction on social media and winners announced promptly. Nice to get positive feedback on submissions too.

    Great fun and created a sense of community. Thanks!

    October 2023
  • Joshua Romeo

    Awesome event with so many incredible people. Looking forward to the next one.

    September 2023