We invite you to be part of an extraordinary celebration of animation at the 10th annual Detroit International Festival of Animation (DIFA), scheduled for Saturday, April 5th, 2025, at the historic Senate Theater in Detroit!

What to Expect: Each year, DIFA carefully selects and showcases 20-25 animated shorts, presenting a diverse array of styles, mediums, and themes. From experimental student projects to sophisticated mini-features, DIFA offers a unique platform to celebrate your creativity and connect with fellow animation enthusiasts.

Venue Highlights: The historic Senate Theater, with its stunningly revitalized 1920s Art Deco architecture, provides the perfect backdrop for this vibrant event. The theater is renowned for hosting the world’s 8th largest Wurlitzer pipe organ, adding a touch of golden era magic. Experience the enchanting melodies of this magnificent instrument not only during intermission but also as a delightful pre-show event. With 784 seats, a classic concession stand, comfortable lounge areas, and secure parking, you can fully immerse yourself in the magic of animation within a welcoming and nostalgic setting.

Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your talent and celebrate the art of animation. Submit your animations today!

For more information, visit: https://difestofanim.com

10th annual Detroit International Festival of Animation
April 5th 2025 – Senate Theater – Detroit

Submission are now being accepted for inclusion within 2025 Detroit International Festival of Animation. There are no restrictions on content, style, medium or context, but your entry should be animated, either traditionally or digitally, in some way.

Please note that to qualify for submission:

- You must be the writer, director or producer of the film
- The overall running length should be no longer than 15 minutes
- Review copy must be available to be viewed from FilmFreeway
- Selected films must be available in digital format for download

The final deadline for submissions is February 1st 2025.

Overall Rating
  • Louie Corrons

    I’m really happy DIFA accepted my film! I had submitted something else the year before and I wasn’t accepted, but the following year, they asked me to apply again so I sent them another film, Froghoppers! 🐸 You never know what can happen next so keep submitting and don’t give up! Thanks DIFA for giving me a chance!

    April 2024
  • Piret Sigus

    Dear Detroit International Festival of Animation! We are happy that our "The Turnip" was selected for DIFA program!

    May 2022
  • Jon Wilson

    Fantastic that you managed to run the festival online and would be interested to know the viewing numbers. Thanks for inviting Winter's Blight we really appreciate it.

    April 2020
  • Jared D. Weiss

    Festival didnt go as planned thanks to the current global situation but I have to greatly commend the festival for creating a digital alternative plan, and making sure all the artists involved still got their work featured through multiple platforms. Would definitely submit again, and hopefully get to physically go next time.

    April 2020
  • Great Festival, great short films and a great opportunity for artists and filmmakers. Excellent communication. Thanks to all the Staff!

    April 2019