On April 2nd and 3rd 2021 at Detroit’s historic Senate Theater, the 6th 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 2021 – 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.

ALSO NEW FOR 2021 - Due to the pandemic, our 2020 festival was screened online during the festival weekend for the public to enjoy the selected animations. Because it was so well received, we have decided this year to include a single night password-protected online screening of the festival on our final night to allow international viewing of the festival. If selected, you will have the option to opt out of this online screening to be included in the theatrical release only.

6th annual Detroit International Festival of Animation
April 02 & 03 2021 – Senate Theater – Detroit


Submission are now being accepted for inclusion within 2021 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, preferably from Dropbox

The final deadline for submissions is March 1st 2021.

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • 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