The Florida Animation Festival is a four-day film festival launched in 2016 by The Tallahassee Film Society in partnership with Wells Fargo and The Pod Advertising to showcase amazing animated films and spotlight both regional and global animation talent.

Our festival includes feature programming, free children’s shows, selections from the 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows, the 2019 Oscar-nominated short animated films, short animated film submissions, and more! The FAF is hosted in a historic Amtrak Station in the All Saints District of downtown Tallahassee; a unique, storied location from 1858 that speaks to the FAF’s identity as the only festival of its kind in North Florida.

Our logo represents our vision for the festival. Like thousands of digital pixels that come together to form a concrete picture, our wish for the festival is that patrons, artists, and filmmakers will come together to create a vibrant celebration of the art of animation.

To be announced early 2019!

Rules for Participation

PLEASE NOTE: ALL SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
ALSO NOTE: YOU MUST COMPLETE AN ONLINE FORM WITH YOUR SUBMISSION (link to form: http://bit.ly/FAF2019 )

1. Dates and Venue
The absolute final deadlines are as dictated on FilmFreeway. The venue for the festival is the historic Amtrak station in Tallahassee, FL (918 Railroad Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32310).

2. Competition
The festival is accepting any short-form animation (under 10 minutes, including credits). Each submission must be entered separately. Entries will be assessed and successful submissions will be programmed for screening and enter the festival competition. If your film is selected we reserve the right to show your film at a date and time of our choosing.

3. Formats
We accept HD video formats, in either 720p or 1080p. If you need to submit something higher than 2K, contact us to make arrangements: submissions@floridaanimationfestival.com

4. Submission method
For the selection process we prefer online submissions through hosting sites Vimeo and YouTube, or directly through WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive, or FTP. If you need to submit a different way, please email us to make arrangements: submissions@floridaanimationfestival.com

Please note: if you need to submit a physical copy on DVD or on a thumbdrive, it will not be returned.

5. Selection
The festival is organized by The Tallahassee Film Society in partnership with The Pod Advertising. The festival directors reserve the right to invite films for the competition and program. A screening selection committee is assembled to determine family-friendly content appropriate for screening to our community. Films that are not permitted to screen due to language, nudity, or other inappropriate content still have the opportunity to be considered for the juried selection and placement. Screening schedule will be announced after the final submission deadline. The final award-winning entries will be selected by a festival jury and audience votes. Award winners will be notified within 30 days of the festival screenings.

6. Screenings
If your submission does not meet screening requirements, we will notify you and it is your responsibility to ensure that your film(s) for screening are delivered to the festival organizers at least 14 days before any scheduled screening.

7. Publicity
We reserve the right to use extracts from submissions for festival publicity and marketing purposes. Press kits are not required, but are useful, so please feel free to send these with your submissions.

8. Categories

We have 6 major categories and require some details be provided by filling out an online form your entry (link: http://bit.ly/FAF2019 ), in order to be considered for festival screening and judging:

* ENTIRELY COMPUTER-GENERATED IMAGERY (CGI)/3D COMPUTER GRAPHICS *
[Student / Independent / Professional]

- Animated shorts, under 10 minutes including credits, that are entirely created using a three-dimensional representation of light, width, and depth.

- For example, computer animation programs such as Blender, Maya, and Cinema 4D would be considered for this category (among other comparable programs).

- Hybrid animations or mixed media are not considered for this category, please see Mixed Media/Experimental.

* ENTIRELY 2D/VECTOR-BASED ANIMATION *
[Student / Independent / Professional]

- Animated shorts, under 10 minutes including credits, that are entirely created using geometric models/vector graphics, digital images/raster graphics, kinetic typography, or any combination of the above.

- For example, computer animation programs such as After Effects, Photoshop, Character Animator, Flash, and ToonBoom would be considered for this category (among other comparable programs).

- Hybrid animations or mixed media are not considered for this category, please see Mixed Media/Experimental.

* ENTIRELY FRAME-BY-FRAME/TRADITIONAL ANIMATION *
[Student / Independent / Professional]

- Animated shorts, under 10 minutes including credits, that are principally created using hand-drawn or cel animation. The use of a digital interface is minimal, used solely for digitizing a final product.

- If images are hand-drawn/painted and scanned in for timing the animation using software such as Photoshop, After Effects, or otherwise, this is permissible in this category, provided the images themselves are not altered with computers; minor cosmetic edits are allowed (applied to images as a whole such as color balancing), but directly altering the images in any way would be considered as either 2D Animation or Mixed Media/Experimental depending on how many different media are used.

- Proof of traditional animation may be requested; if not provided your entry is void and your entry fee is forfeited.

- Stop-motion animations are not considered for this category, please see Stop Motion Animation.

- Hybrid animations or mixed media are not considered for this category, please see Mixed Media/Experimental.

* ENTIRELY STOP-MOTION ANIMATION *
[Student / Independent / Professional]

- Animated shorts, under 10 minutes including credits, that are principally created by physically manipulating objects so that they appear to move on their own. This includes still photography of posed humans/animals. The use of a digital interface is minimal, used solely for digitizing a final product.

- If models are captured digitally and organized on a timeline for pacing the animation using software such as Photoshop, After Effects, or otherwise, this is permissible in this category, provided the images themselves are not altered with computers; minor cosmetic edits are allowed (applied to images as a whole such as color balancing), but directly altering the images in any way would be considered as Mixed Media/Experimental.

- Behind-the-scenes evidence of models or methods may be requested; if not provided your entry is void and your entry fee is forfeited.

- Hybrid animations or mixed media are not considered for this category, please see Mixed Media/Experimental.

* MIXED MEDIA/EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION *
[Student / Independent / Professional]

- Animated shorts, under 10 minutes including credits, that are created using a combination of aforementioned methods.

- Any of the aforementioned techniques in combination with live-action footage is not considered in this category, please see Visual Effects (VFX).

- Visual Effects (VFX) to enhance a live-action production are not considered in this category, please see Visual Effects (VFX).

* VISUAL EFFECTS (VFX), aka LIVE ACTION WITH VFX *
[Student / Independent / Professional]

- Short films, under 10 minutes including credits, that are live action based but employ the use of imagery created or manipulated outside of live action production.

- These shorts are live-action based but are combined with some level of added 2D/3D characters or elements, matte paintings, set extensions or other significant manipulated imagery that helps tell the story.

- The "VFX" must be a significant contributor to the completion of the film. Not included are simple wire-removal, muzzle flashes, monitor or screen comps, etc.

- SUBMISSIONS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A VISUAL EFFECTS BREAKDOWN REEL AND SHOT LIST SHOWING AND EXPLAINING WHAT WORK WAS DONE.

9. Awards:
*Subject to change with advanced notice on our website*
- Top 3 placements for Best In Show (highest scoring shorts across all categories)
- Top placement + up to 2 Honorable Mentions per Category
- Audience Favorite(s) (across all categories, from screened selections only)
- Kid Favorite(s) (if applicable) (across all categories, from screened selections only)

10. To promote their film, participants will receive the official FAF selections laurels logo. Winners will receive the winner's laurels logo which identifies the category in which they won.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
All entries must follow category rules as specified.

Entries that do not meet the requirements and qualifications specified by each category will not be accepted by the festival.

The Florida Animation Festival will not return any materials sent in as part of an entry.

Florida Animation Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Florida Animation Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

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  • A great fun festival with lots of energy!!

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Hey there Brad! Thank you for your kind words!! We absolutely loved your short, A Drawing. Brought tears to many eyes in the theater <3 Beautiful storytelling and gorgeous execution, thank you for submitting to our festival :-D

  • Paul Charisse

    Excellent festival. Their communication was great and their desire to interview contributors and really dig into the work was brilliant. (encouraged us to make some behind the scenes content, which we were excited to see up on their site) I'd love to have gone in person, but am on another continent unfortunately. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a festival which really explores the work of its contributors.

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Paul!
    Thank you so much for your kind words, you're fantastic!

    Happy filmmaking, hope to see more submissions from you in the future! :-D
    - Animation Enthusiasts at Florida Animation Festival

  • Maureen Zent

    The FAF was wonderful to work with. Clear, professional communications. Responsive. Nice job promoting the shorts blocks and my film. I was sad to be unable to attend but would definitely recommend submitting to Florida Animation.

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Maureen!
    We loved your film, thank you again for submitting to our festival! We wish you could have been here too, so hopefully we'll get another opportunity to see your work!

    Happy filmmaking, keep the animation passion alive!
    - Animation Enthusiasts at Florida Animation Festival