DRAWTASTIC celebrates animation from all over the world. However its deep underlying mission is to honor, support and showcase traditional 2D animation in an increasingly challenging digital age.
Founded in 2005 the inaugural festival was opened by the late, great ROY E. DISNEY, nephew of Walt. DRAWTASTIC has grown tenaciously ever since and is now hosted by the 'National Museum of Animation' in Seattle.
DRAWTASTIC has attracted major speaker visits by many of the top names in the industry - including twice Oscar-nominated TOMM MOORE, legendary Disney producer DON HAHN, 'Mulan' director BARRY COOK, industry legend RICHARD WILLIAMS, 2DFX & graphic novel genius MICHEL GAGNE and 'Simpsons' animator SILVIA POMPEI, among many others.
The highlight of the festival program is always the announcement and presentation of DRAWTASTIC's respected 'Golden Pencil Awards'. Pencils have been won by animated filmmakers from all around the world.
As indicated, the 2018 online festival is being hosted by the 'National Museum of Animation' in Seattle - the objectives of which are to honor, support and encourage the 'Past', 'Present' and 'Future' of animation in the USA, especially traditional hand-drawn animation.
* All accepted films for online screening will receive a digital 'Laurel of Merit’ award.
* All category winners will receive a coveted 'Golden Pencil Award'.
* The ‘Roy E. Disney Award’ is occasionally presented to a person, or organization, the festival believes has made a significant contribution to the furtherance of traditional 2D animation in this digital age.
Films need to have been completed after January 1st 2016, unless otherwise stated in any particular category.
Submitted films must have all presentation rights cleared and approved for online and public screening by the festival organizers prior to their submission.
DRAWTASTIC accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any film screened on behalf of the festival that has not been previously approved.
All submitted films will pre-screened by the festival organizers for suitability and judging, prior to the event.
Should festival judges consider a film not suitable for the category it is entered into, they reserve the right to transfer that film to a more suitable category, or else withdraw it entirely.
Golden Pencil Award-winning films will be announced in September 2019 and screened online in November 2019. Filmmakers will be informed 1 week ahead of the announcement of their winning film, so they have time to prepare social media promotion material that can coincide with the announcement.
In addition to award winning films being screened on the DRAWTASTIC website, they will also be additionally screened at various school, community and library venues as part of the pre 2020 festival promotion tour.
Submitting filmmakers additionally agree that the festival may use stills and/or short video clips from their films for promotional purposes.
Should there be 3 or less entries in any particular category the organizers reserve the right to not give an award for that category, or to transfer the films entered into another suitable category for judging.