DRAWTASTIC's '2D OR NOT 2D Animation Festival' is unique in that it supports a return of traditional 2D animation in the USA - at least at an 'indie' level! The festival does of course also support every other kind of animation from all parts of the world, but its real heart is in showcasing the hand-crafted, pencil-powered 2D-animated art-form! Founded back in 2005 by award-winning animator, TONY WHITE - and opened by the late, great ROY E. DISNEY - the festival has grown from strength to strength ever since on the Seattle scene.

A major motivational aspect of the 'DRAWTASTIC Festival, in addition to the festival's support of innovative & unique animation, is to attract the attention of other top artists, illustrators and creative talents from around the world - all joined by the common thread that is the use of the 'pencil' in their groundbreaking work. Past keynote speakers at the 2D OR NOT 2D festival events include twice Oscar nominee TOMM MOORE, Disney producer DON HAHN, games legend DANIEL DOCIU, animation maestro RICHARD WILLIAMS and 2DFX animator/comic book artist MICHEL GAGNE. 2016 DRAWTASTIC speakers included 'The Simpsons' top animator, SILVIA POMPEI.

The DRAWTASTIC festival celebrates the very 'best of the best' in both drawing & animation, positioning itself to be a hybrid 'ComicCon-style' event that embraces drawing, art, comic books, graphic novels and of course animation. The climax of the festival is always the announcement and presentation of its respected 'Golden Pencil Awards' - in addition to the audience participation votes for the 'Best of Fest' film and the 'Best of Fest' drawing exhibit.

Winning DRAWTASTIC films will also be taken on the road after the event for a number of private screenings, as part of the festival's promotion and fund-raising initiative for the following year. (Note: All surplus funds from the event will be donated towards the development of DRAWTASTIC 'We Support 2D Animation' initiative - where the festival seeks to produce its own 2D animated production that will eventually offer training & employment for traditional 2D animators in the USA - and beyond!) All animated films that reach the final judging stage of the festival will receive the festival's unique, digital 'Laurel of Merit’ award.

Awards & Prizes

* All accepted films for screening will receive a digital 'Laurel of Merit’ award.
* All category winners will receive a our respected 'Golden Pencil Award'.
* The audience-voted 'Best of Fest' film will also receive our special 'Statuette Award'.
* Our ‘Roy E. Disney Award’ will occasionally be presented to the person or organization we consider has made a significant contribution to traditional 2D animated art-form.

Rules & Terms

Films need to have been completed since January 1st 2014, unless otherwise stated. Submitted films must have all screening rights approved for screening at DRAWTASTIC's 2D OR NOT 2D Animation Festival prior to submission. DRAWTASTIC's 2D OR NOT 2D Animation Festival accepts no responsibility for any film screened at the festival that is not prior approved, the responsibility for which being solely that of the submitting party. All submitted films will pre-screened by the festival organizers for suitability, with ‘accepted’ films then being judged by an independent panel of judges. In the event of a voting tie, the Festival Director will provide the final casting vote. The selected ‘Best in Fest’ award will be decided by an audience vote at the time of the Golden Pencil Award-winners public presentation. The award-giving event may be streamed ‘live’ on the Web during, or at some time after the festival is over. A promotional ‘Winner’s Show’, comprising of all award-winning films and notable runners-up will be screened on tour to selective audiences as part of the festival's 2018 promotional and fundraising initiative. Full credits of film titles and filmmakers at such touring events will be published in a printed program that will be distributed at each screening venue. Submitting filmmakers also give automatic permission to the festival organizers for stills or short video clips from their films to be used for promotional purposes.

3 Reviews

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    Han Zhang

    Thank you for supporting 2D animation!!!
    It is fantastic that the DRAWTASTICON blog was updated day by day, and introducing the film, filmmakers and production process.
    Very Good!

    March 2017
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    Paul Johnson

    Thanks to Tony for making the festival happen, Seattle is lucky to have him!

    March 2017
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    Jason Zhang

    Great festival! It was a great honour to be given the award. Thank you!

    June 2016