Due to overwhelming response, the notification deadline has been postponed to October 3, 2016!

Festival + Conference + Business Symposium + Career Fair
Celebrating Inspiration & Innovation in the World of Animation

From October 20 to 23, Spark CG will host the 9th annual SPARK ANIMATION Festival. Part conference and part festival, SPARK ANIMATION thrives on bringing together industry experts with newcomers, and that principle extends into the festival which provides a showcase for both established filmmakers and fresh new talent, and over the years has included a number of projects which have gone on to win Academy Awards – most recently Bear Story which won the Oscar for Animated Short Film and which played SPARK ANIMATION in 2014. Visit our archive for previous editions of the festival:

With an eclectic mix of styles, languages and a Jury of world class talent, SPARK ANIMATION has become the premiere animation festival in Vancouver!:

SPARK ANIMATION 2016 will feature a series of regional, national and international short and feature films, filmmaker workshops and mixers.

We are looking for animated projects from all over the world:
• Animated Feature Films
• Animated Short Films
• Animated Student Projects
• Animated Music Videos
• Animated Commercials & PSA
• Game Cinematics & Trailers

Accepted Styles
• Computer animation (2D & 3D)
• Traditional animation
• Stop-motion animation

Important Dates
Festival: October 20 – 23
Conference: October 22 – 23
Business Symposium: October 21
Career Fair: October 22

The inaugural SPARK Conference and Festival took place in 2008. Since its inception, the Society has been working diligently to promote and foster the local computer graphics community year-round by holding sold-out events, attracting internationally renowned speakers, and keeping abreast of how to best serve the dynamic community.

Awards & Prizes

Best Short Film
Best Student Project
Best Feature Film
Best Music Video

Other prizes to be determined upon judges' discretion.

Rules & Terms

• Extended submission deadline is September 11, 2016
• Films in foreign languages must have legible English subtitles
• Films must include accurate submission information!
• Selected films will be required to submit a fact sheet outlining the name of all filmmakers, date of project completion, a short synopsis, whether the film is a first time project or a student film and at least one high-resolution image

Additionally, to be considered for competition, projects must:
• Be premieres in Vancouver, Canada (graduation screenings excluded)
• Projects must have been completed after September 1, 2015

Projects which have been completed prior to September 1, 2015 may still be submitted for festival consideration but will not be eligible for competition.

2 Reviews

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    Chantal Beaulne

    I really enjoyed the festival and conference (I've been going for years now). It was awesome to be a part of it this time. The conference was the real highlight, and I got to meet so many important figures in the industry. I was given passes to the conference and a second all-day exclusive conference. I took a lot of notes and learned a lot, made great contacts and had a wonderful time. Thanks Marina!

    November 2016
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    Vincent Desbiens

    I had a great time. Wish I could arrive sooner.

    November 2016