The Festival of Animation Berlin (FAB) is the first film festival dedicated to animation in Germany's capital.
With the festival focus being on artistic animation of all kinds FAB annually presents the best animated films in both regional and international categories.
FAB aspires not only to promote numerous filmmakers but also to pay tribute to the art of animation. Filmmakers from Berlin and across the globe get the opportunity to associate with like-minded people and present their work to the public.
Apart from competition categories, the festival comprises a rich side programme revolving around animation related themes. As a platform where inspiration, creative exchange, innovation, and communication come together, it seeks to create a point of connection between both emerging and established filmmakers as well as local audiences.
More information about the festival, special guests, and the festival programme can be found on our website :
To our community in quarantine:
We wanted to let you know that we’re observing & staying put on the latest news and public decisions on COVID-19. As of now, we’re trying our best to make FAB happen as planned between 1st - 3rd October 2021, but we hope you understand that we’re obliged to handle the situation responsibly and according to official guidelines. This is why we’re also thinking about alternative formats like online screenings or webinars for example — either way, FAB will continue!
Please keep submitting & reaching out. We’ll post news soon and are committed to offering a fair solution to everyone.
Stay safe and healthy,
The FAB team
The winners of the competitions will receive our beautiful FAB2021 bear trophies.
The winner of the German Animation Film competition will be awarded with a cash prize. Additional cash prizes might be confirmed later.
The fifth edition of the Festival of Animation Berlin (short: FAB), takes place from October 1st - 3rd 2021 offering film screenings and a colorful framework programme. The second edition of “FAB Dimensional” starts one week before the festival from September 26th - October 3rd 2021.
It is our wish to organize a public festival with real encounters and a lively exchange. However, if we are still much affected by restrictions due to the Corona pandemic when we hold the festival in early October 2021, we reserve the right to have part of the festival or the entire festival take place online. In that case, our online screenings will only be made available via our website as an individual livestream at a specific time - similar to a cinema screening.
Any animated film including combinations of live action and animation completed after May 1st 2019 may participate. Only completed films qualify for the selection. For participation in the short film competition categories, productions up to a running length of 15 minutes are admitted.
The following competition categories are open for submission:
- International Animation Film: Animated shorts by international artists
- German Animation Film: Animated shorts made by animators based in Germany
- New Talents: Animated shorts made by students
- Animated Series: Pilot episode(s) of animated series
- Animated Feature Film: Animated films over 45 min
- Commissioned Films: Animated shorts with commercial background
Any borderline questions that may arise shall be decided by festival management. Submission deadline is May 15th 2021 (date of receipt, CET).
Film entries can be submitted exclusively through the online platform FilmFreeway: www.filmfreeway.com. A registration with FilmFreeway is required in order to submit to FAB. There is a small entry fee to be paid via the platform service. For the preselection we need a password-protected link to your film, provided through the online entry form. With the submission of the film the submitter commits himself to make a screening copy available to the festival for screenings in case of selection. No film may be withdrawn. In principle, if with dialogues, films must be subtitled in English.
All film applicants having submitted a film for preselection shall be notified by mid July via email whether their entry has been selected for the festival programme. In case of selection, the following additional materials will be required: CV, filmography, and portrait (300dpi, jpeg) of the director, a dialogue list with time codes in original language and English, a list of subtitles in English, film stills (300 dpi, jpg), available press material.
All material must be sent to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The required format for the festival screening is DCP (SMPTE/DCI). Other file formats like .MOV and .MP4 may be accepted in exceptional cases and after consultation with the programme management. Other film formats are not admitted for the festival screening. If the film contains dialogue, the screening copy must have English subtitles.
All shipping costs to FAB as well as any charges peripheral to shipping, i.e. customs duty and/or clearance etc., shall be borne by the sender. Preview copies as well as screening copies from non-EU countries must be labeled with the following note:
“for cultural purposes only, no commercial value” and be accompanied by a proforma invoice. Please state an amount of less than 10 EUR when declaring the shipment value. Festival entries do not represent a commercial value. Film prints from countries of the European Union can be dispatched without any customs declaration. Upon request, the screening copies shall be sent to the following address:
Festival of Animation Berlin
FAB c/o Dyrdee Media
Upon agreement, a delivery of the DCP screening files is possible by arrangement via file transfer or sending a download link.
The festival management will decide on the composition of the jury. The jury will decide the awarding of the prize of the following competitions: International Animation Film, German Animation Film, New Talents, Animated Feature Film, Animated Series, Commissioned Films.
None of the jury members shall be involved in the production or distribution of any of the films they will have to judge. The winning films of the audience award will be chosen by the general audience attending the festival.
Excerpts of participating films (up to 10%) may be used by the festival organizers to publicly promote, evaluate and display the festival’s objectives on the internet, broadcasting, and TV (irrespective of the means of transmission), cinema, press, video as well as all types of currently known storage media. The films will be provided free of charge for screening during the festival.
RIGHTS OF USE
By submitting the entry form, entrants confirm that they are the originators - in case of teams: co-originators - of the submitted work and that they are free to dispose of the submitted work and the rights to use them. The entrants ensure that the persons shown in the works as well as the originators of the works have given them permission for its reproduction and distribution within the festival competition and journalistic review. The entrants ensure that the work is free of third-party rights and that they release the festival organizers from any future claims that may be enforced by third parties relating to copyrights and rights to use the work. In case of teams, the digital signature of its representative is binding for all team members. Teams are jointly and severally liable.
Upon submission, entrants grant FAB the right to screen the submitted film unlimited times in the context of the festival during the duration of the festival (01 - 03 October 10, 2021) in cinema screenings on site in Berlin and in password-protected live streams on the Internet. The transfer of this right of use is free of charge.
All submitted materials, like film stills and press materials, will remain in the archive of the Festival of Animation Berlin. The submitted materials will not be forwarded to other festivals.
The organizers of the Festival of Animation Berlin do not take any responsibility in case of damage or non-delivery of the submitted films, missing entries or other technical problems for any reasons whatsoever. Further they do not take any responsibility in case of disruption of the festival by third parties or by force majeure. Entry and inclusion of films or videos implies acceptance of the rules and regulations.
The festival management shall decide on all questions of doubt and special cases not covered by the provisions of these regulations. If there is any discrepancy in the interpretation of these regulations, the German version prevails.