On April 3rd and 4th 2020 at Detroit’s historic Senate Theater, the 5th annual Detroit International Festival of Animation (DIFA) will celebrate and showcase a wild diversity of animations from animators and filmmakers local and international. DIFA will feature approximately 90 minutes of animated shorts ranging from experimental to quirky as well as more sophisticated mini features.

NEW FOR 2020 – DIFA is now hosted at the historic Senate Theater in Detroit! This revitalized 1920’s Art Deco theater is home to the world’s 8th largest Wurlitzer pipe organ and features 784 seats, a classic concession stand, comfy lounge areas and secure parking.

5th annual Detroit International Festival of Animation
April 03 & 04 2020 – Senate Theater – Detroit


Submission are now being accepted for inclusion within 2020 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 a non-compressed digital format for download, preferably from Dropbox

The final deadline for submissions is March 1st 2020.

Overall Rating
  • Vincenzo De Sio

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

    April 2019
  • Whitney Walters

    I had a good time overall. There were many worthwhile films and the diversity in theme and aesthetic showed through in the selections, I was proud my film was part of the show. I only wish there had been more opportunity for networking or at least discussion time with the filmmakers who were there. It was hard to pick out a filmmaker in the audience if you didn't know them. It's a nice venue, but I do hope it continues to grow from there.

    April 2018