Rush Process celebrates handcrafted animation, a materials-focused practice at the intersection of DIY, auteur-driven cinema and analog animation art. The festival's first edition - set for August 26-28, 2016 in Houston, Texas - will combine curated and competition screenings with filmmaker Q&As and a DIY animation jam. Rush Process 2016 is co-presented by Aurora Picture Show.

RP aims to screen visually and emotionally stunning, non-digital animation touching on the following genres and techniques:
-- documentary/non-fiction
-- personal narrative
-- fictional narrative
-- analog ink & paint on paper
-- charcoal on paper
-- chalkboard films
-- stop-motion
-- paper cut-out
-- paint-on-glass and sand-on-glass
-- direct animation on celluloid

If you are unsure whether your film is handcrafted as we've defined it, please read the festival description and guidelines. If after reading the guidelines you are still unsure, feel free to email and ask and we'll take a look. If your film does fit the guidelines, we'll reply and let you know.

Awards & Prizes

Best Narrative: awarded to an exceptional narrative film, as chosen by the 2016 jury. A copy of DZED Systems Dragonframe and a 3-month subscription to Fandor.

Best Documentary: awarded to an exceptional film combining handcrafted animation and documentary or essay filmmaking, as chosen by the 2016 jury. A copy of DZED Systems Dragonframe and a 3-month subscription to Fandor.

Best Youth: awarded to an exceptional handcrafted animated film made by a single young animator, group of young animators, or adult-led class or workshop in which all participants were under the age of 18, as chosen by the 2016 jury.

Audience Award: awarded to an exceptional film from any of the above categories, chosen by the Rush Process 2016 festival audience.

The festival would like to thank DZED Systems LLC and Fandor for their support in providing prizes for the festival winners.

Rules & Terms

-- Narrative submissions must be at least 75% animation
-- Documentary submissions must be at least 33% animation
-- All animation source artwork must be analog (digital assembly, e.g. via scanning or Dragonframe, is okay)
-- Competition films must have been produced in 2013, 2014, or 2015.
-- Maximum two (2) submissions per filmmaker.
-- Link to a secure Vimeo or YouTube screener greatly preferred over Dropbox
-- We are far less interested in screening films that are freely available on the web
-- For films originally not in English, please submit a screener with English subtitles or send a link to an .srt file.
-- Waivers for free entry fee available for handcrafted animated shorts created by primary, middle, or high school students, or teachers submitting on their behalf, and for handcrafted animators of any age for whom the entry fee represents a financial hardship (email us a request).

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