Animaze is an international film festival and conference dedicated to exploring the world of animation in all its diversity. Filmmakers from over 65 countries working in a wide range of genres and styles converge on Montreal in the summer. We engage audiences and develop new opportunities in a unique and fast growing art form.

ANIMAZE presents le MIAFF! a Montreal based international animation film festival and industry conference providing a showcase for animators and animation producers to showcase and market their works including technology and anything animated in the digital landscape as a digital art or even for research purposes in the field of science.

ANIMAZE is registered non-profit organization with feature animation film as its prime focus. ANIMAZE is an animation industry conference, workshops for animators, producers network, cocktail networking and ANIMAZE DAZE international co-production incentive. For independent filmmakers festival strategy workshops.

ANIMAZE International Animation Film Festival screens animation features, shorts and experimental film. Industry conferences, panels and international co-productions will be facilitated. Workshops on the state of the art(s). Public film festival screening, panels and educational platform for children. A student film contest challenge from all graduate level animation film schools across the province of Quebec and Canada.

Taking place during The City of Montreal Printemps Numerique (Digital Spring) ANIMAZE will also facilitate and curate works and subjects pertaining to digital arts.

Awards & Prizes

Animation software an award prize. Extensive visibility and promotion in our travelling show in Berlin, Cannes Annecy, Glasgow and more.

The possibility of inclusion in our travelling shows The Best of Animaze, screenings at Annecy OFF film festival, Animation Day in Cannes, Berlin, Glasgow and more cities TBC.
VISIBILITY at one of the top Animation Film Festivals worldwide. Exposure via our official partner No awards or prizes given for Animaze Daze at Cannes or.
Montreal Edition 2017
Award for Best Feature, Best short, Best experimental, Audience Award. Student Film Award from participating schools college and university levels.

Rules & Terms

By entering your film for consideration for the 2016 ANIMAZE Montreal International Animation Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein.
Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2017 ANIMAZE Montreal International Animation Film Festival or and Animaze Daze on the Road in our Best of Animaze Collection. ANIMAZE is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

If your film is accepted, you will receive an invitation letter with further details, technical requirements for downloadable files, and deadlines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I submit to ANIMAZE via paper/email/ air mail?

We accept submissions that go through our profile. It is difficult to keep track of films when there’s no electronic record of a submission, it makes addressing potential unforeseen problems. If you would like to send a high-quality version by mail you may do so after submitting to FilmFreeway, but please note that shipping will be at your own expense.

How will we be notified*?
Accepted films will receive an invitation letter by email. Films not accepted will also be notified by email by the notification deadline. Your status of not accepted and accepted will also be reflected in FilmFreeway. If you do not receive an email within 7 days after the notification date, please contact us. Before contacting us, reconfirm who is listed as the primary contact and their email.

Please make sure you submit a wetransfer downloadable version hi res - ( less than 2 GB ) As we have a very short window to take submissions and green it we must receive all submissions via a Vimeo link for review as well and as a wetransfer film file.

We also suggest a permanent contact be used as the primary submitter and that a phone number and email address always associated with the production be used. Note: Email filters have a hard time with addresses that start with info@, mail@, admin@, etc. If you’re using an email address it’s more likely your notification email may not arrive. We also suggest using an email address that someone checks at least daily.

*Notification dates are subject to change, please check the festival website every few weeks for updates. We strive to notify all submitters via email when a change will be made.
Please note the festival does not pay screening fees.

7 Reviews

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    Ariane Smith

    Ranks as one of my "favs." From start to finish, very top notch, with attention to detail. You'll have many opportunities to get to know industry people as well as colleagues. Not many festivals accomplish this seamlessly. Thank you to the producers for a great experience.

    September 2016
    Response from festival:

    It was wonderful and insightful to have you as a speaker at Animaze. Thank you Ariane for making it a great event!

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    Ao Chen

    This is a great film festival!

    August 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ao for participating at Animaze 2016. Look forward to more great films!

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    Mailuki Films

    One of the most beautiful experience in the International Circuit of Film Festivals.
    We will submit more new shorts next year.

    August 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Mailuki! We enjoyed your films and look forward to more of your great work in 2017!

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    Steve Socki

    Great organization! Communication & social networking outstanding.

    August 2016
    Response from festival:

    Hey Steve thanks! We look forward to seeing you in Montreal at Animaze 2017! Let's keep on animating...:)

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    boubaker boukhari

    A great honor for me to participate in such a festival
    I wish you more success

    August 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thanks again for your participation Boubaker! Hope to see you again in 2017!