Open World Animation Festival launched in March 2016 as a series of DIY screenings focused on celebrating the art of animation. Films from around the world, comprising of a diversity of styles, mediums & perspectives were featured. The films on display were ones that blurred the lines of what animation is and what it could be.

The event was created & hosted by the Alternative Gallery at their Cigar Factory location in Allentown, PA. The concept for the event originated due to a lack of movie theaters and general access to film & animation in the Lehigh Valley.

After a great response to the 2016 screenings and requests for more, the 2017 event has grown into a 4-day film festival where films will compete for awards & prizes. This is very much a festival focused on the art of animation, with the awards aspect being added to help fund projects for these creators.

Hundreds of films cover a wide array of styles including stop motion, film cel, digital & computer animation, claymation, 3D, experimental, GIF, mixed live action/animation, music videos, video game cutscenes & more!

Anyone is welcome to take part in the festival and all submissions are free!

Awards & Prizes

The Voyager Award (Best In Show)

The Voyager Award is our main award for the film Best In Show. This creator is considered a navigator of the Open World who has proven their ability to explore, conquer & create.

Top prize gets $500 plus an Open World Animation Fest swag bag.

Audience Award

This category is chosen by the audience themselves. What film got the most laughs, or reaction, or overall appreciation? This can be a film of ANY genre, the audiences reaction will determine what that is!

Winner gets a fancy Open World Animation Fest Swag Bag.

Best Narrative

Sometimes you just need a good story, and that's what this category is all about, which film told the best story?

Winner gets a fancy Open World Animation Fest Swag Bag.

Best Experimental Film

Open World Animation Fest is all about exploring new territory. This category shines the light on those creators that are dipping their toes in unknown waters.

Winner gets a fancy Open World Animation Fest Swag Bag.

Critics Award

The Critics Award is chosen by a panel of writers, bloggers & journalists who love animation.

Winner gets a fancy Open World Animation Fest Swag Bag.

Best Music Video

Music videos can lend themselves to so many different styles, many of which utilize animation. Our favorite music video of the fest will take home this award!

Winner gets a fancy Open World Animation Fest Swag Bag.

The Creativity Award
Open World Animation Fest is all about exploration. We don't want to set the boundaries of what a film should be, we want to have films re-define what films CAN be. This special award will go to the film that best explorers the limitations of the medium.

Winner gets a fancy Open World Animation Fest Swag Bag.

The Immersive Award (VR)
Virtual Reality is rapidly changing the way we view not only animation & entertainment, but the world itself. The VR film that takes us to new and unimaginable lands will take home The Immersive Award!

Winner gets a fancy Open World Animation Fest Swag Bag.

The Homey Award
Being that this is no ordinary film festival, we are presenting an award that represents something very dear to us, The Simpsons. One of the blocks during the festival will feature Simpsons-inspired films. The best will take home, The Homey Award!

Winner gets a fancy Open World Animation Fest Swag Bag PLUS a Simpsons twist.

Rules & Terms

SUBMISSION CRITERIA

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 20, 2017

COST: FREE

FILM LENGTH: 10 SECONDS - 40 MINUTES

ELIGIBILITY: FILMS MUST HAVE BEEN MADE AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2013 TO COMPETE FOR AWARDS

LANGUAGE: ANY (PLEASE INCLUDE ENGLISH SUBTITLES IF NOT IN ENGLISH)

STYLE: ANY STYLE THAT IS CONSIDERED ANIMATION, INCLUDING GIF

ASPECT RATIO: ANY. WE ARE OPEN TO UNIQUE FRAMING METHODS TO FILMS. PLEASE NOTE IF THERE ARE ANY SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO SCREENING YOUR FILM.

YOU MAY ONLY SUBMIT WORK THAT YOU OWN OR HAVE LICENSING FOR.

FILMS MUST BE ABLE TO BE VIEWED IN THEIR ENTIRETY TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE FESTIVAL.

IF ACCEPTED, YOU WILL BE CONTACTED WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO HIGH NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO EVERYONE.

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    Irida Zhonga

    It was great being part of this festival, good communication overall and my film won 2 awards! What more can I ask?

    April 2017