FAFF celebrates factual and documentary animation - the only festival of its kind anywhere. Each year, at Ace Hotel London, we screen more than 40 animated and mixed media shorts from around the world to an audience of over 120 animation industry professionals, students and film fans.

As well as as our screening programme, FAFF 2018 will host three panel talks/workshops, a showcase of AR/VR, and opportunities to connect with leaders and peers from the creative industries. There will be prizes for the best animated films and for the winner of our ident competition.

All mediums and techniques of animation are welcome, on any topic as long as it is non-fictional in nature. Please see the category descriptions for more information.

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FAQs

What kinds of films are eligible?
- Examples of "factual animation" include:
- An animated film about a factual subject
- About dreams or hallucinations
- Telling a family story
- Representations of physical and mental health conditions
- Visualises folklore, prejudice and other 'invisible' subjects
- A factual story told though a fictional character
- A public service announcement
- News and reportage
- About historical events
- An educational film
- A biopic
- About social issues
- An explainer video
- Visualises statistics or abstract concepts
- An NGO, social or political campaign film

Does my film have to be a documentary?
- No. It just needs be a predominantly animated film that covers a factual, real subject.

I've made a film, but I'm not sure it's 'animated enough'. Is it?
- Your film should either prominently use animation, or use it at points to explore its core themes. We want to show films that don't rely solely on live action footage to explore topics. We will also consider experimental films, that play with images and sound through cropping, cutting, speeding up, slowing down, reversing, mixing, filtering etc.

I am a national of a country excluded from the international banking system. Can I still submit my film?
- In the spirit of artistic freedom and cooperation, Iranians and other nationals affected by international sanctions may still submit their animation project to FAFF. Please email us for details of how to do so.

This year there are three categories to submit to:

1. Animated shorts of 1-20 minutes.
2. Animated shorts of under 1 minute.
3. FAFF ident competition.

The winner of the 1-20 minute category will receive a pair of tickets to the entire FAFF 2018 programme, a bottle of champagne or tea hamper, and winner's festival laurel.

Finalists in this category will receive one ticket to the section/screening bloc of FAFF 2018 their film is screening in, the opportunity to purchase a discounted ticket to the entire FAFF 2018 programme, and finalists' festival laurel.

The winner of the under 1 minute category will receive one ticket to the entire FAFF 2018 programme and winner's festival laurel.

The winner of the FAFF ident competition will receive a pair of tickets to the entire FAFF 2018 programme, a bottle of champagne or tea hamper, and winner's festival laurel.

Please note FAFF 2018 will be in three sections/blocs, arranged by theme, from approximately 1pm until 9pm (tbc) on 7th October 2018.

To be eligible for consideration, films must include animation on screen for at least 50% of their runtime. All films must be non-fictional in nature - ie. concern a factual subject.

A pre-screening committee will watch and evaluate each entry to determine which submissions are selected for screening during the festival. By submitting your film you hereby give us the rights to publicly screen your film at FAFF 2018 and any related events.

Please note that complimentary tickets (ie. your film project was selected for screening) are only valid for individuals directly connected to the production and/or distribution of your film. Tickets are not transferable.

Winners in the 1-20 minute and Ident categories may choose between a prize of a bottle of champagne or a tea hamper. If you are a Winner unable to attend FAFF 2018, your prize will be mailed to you, subject to local laws, at our expense in lieu of your complimentary ticket(s).

1. Animated films under 1 minute.
By submitting your film, you permit us to use any publicity stills you have supplied, as well as stills from your film, for promotion of the festival, and allows us to use up to 12 seconds of your film in trailers and other video promotion. Non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Filmmakers must secure all copyright clearances. FAFF will not accept responsibility for any copyright infringement.

2. Animated films 1-20 minutes.
By submitting your film, you permit us to use any publicity stills you have supplied, as well as stills from your film, for promotion of the festival, and allows us to use up to 30 seconds of your film in trailers and other video promotion. Non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Filmmakers must secure all copyright clearances. FAFF will not accept responsibility for any copyright infringement.

3. FAFF ident competition.
To submit your ident, please email: factual.animation@gmail.com.. By submitting your ident project, you permit us to use the ident for the festival and related purposes and events. The ident you create remains your property, but is licensed to us in perpetuity solely for FAFF-related purposes.
EPS files of the FAFF logo and eye can be downloaded here: https://goo.gl/LxQRSM . You are free to not use the logo and instead create the word/characters "FAFF" in any way you wish. However your ident must contain the text "FAFF" or "FAFF 2018" and include a blinking eye.

Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash and are not transferable. Submission fees cannot be refunded.

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  • Irene Blei

    I loved taking part in this Festival, even being far away. A friend went in my place and enjoyed it very much. The film selection was great and I feel very proud of having been part of it. I hope Factual Animation Film Fuss keeps on growing and working enthusiastically. We really need it!

    February 2018
  • We always recommend this festival to filmmakers if they have an animated documentary, it's a great festival and run by superb folks. We've had several clients screen here and love it. Top work!

    December 2017
  • Sofia Castello y Tickell

    A great festival! Such an interesting range of films, and the organisers were very responsive and helpful.

    October 2016