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, short animated film submissions from around the world, workshops, speakers, 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.

Official selections will receive digital laurels (png and svg formats)! Winners will receive updated laurels based on their categories/sub-category along with a corresponding digital certificate. Best in Show, First Place winners & Honorable Mentions receive spiffy medals!

Please note, as we are a non-profit we ask that award winners who are not present during the festival cover the shipping & handling fees associated with sending your medal to its new forever home :-)

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/FAF062020 , that's /FAFzero-six-twenty-twenty)

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

Films that are not in English require English subtitles for consideration. If your submission does not have subtitles, we will contact you to replace your file within FilmFreeway before it will be considered for review. If you are unable to provide a subtitled version of your film, we will discuss with the filmmaker(s) whether you withdraw your submission or if there is a reasonable explanation for not having subtitles.

IF YOU ARE NOTIFIED THAT YOU ARE AN OFFICIAL SELECTION, we implore that you make your film immediately downloadable either directly from within FilmFreeway, a download button on another hosting site, or that you email us a link to download your short. This saves us a LOT of headache leading up to the festival so we aren't chasing you and stressing out.

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

5. Selection
The festival is organized by The Tallahassee Film Society in partnership with The Pod Advertising. A selection jury is assembled to determine whether submissions move into Phase II for judging, as well as assessing content appropriateness for screening to our community. The selection jury will choose, among the submitted films, the official selection for competition in the festival. The number of selected works will depend on the overall program. Our selection jury is comprised of animators (professional and independent), as well as non-animators to get holistic feedback of both the craft and the general audience reception to the content.

Please note that our screening times during the festival are limited so not every entry that passes into Phase II will automatically screen. In a perfect world we would screen everything, but unfortunately we cannot. So we repeat: Phase II includes all films that will be reviewed by our panel of judges, but not necessarily all films that will be screened.

Films that are not deemed for the screen due to extreme profanity, nudity, or other dramatically inappropriate content still have the opportunity to be considered for the juried selection and award placement. The screening schedule will be announced soon 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
The Florida Animation Festival takes place over 4 days, with screenings occurring primarily over 3 days. There is simply not enough time to screen all Phase II submissions, let alone every submission we receive. All submissions are reviewed by a selection jury and ranked. Those which score above 40% move into Phase II for judging.

If your submission is selected for Phase II, we will notify you so you can grant us access to download your film.

If your submission does not meet screening requirements (as per the discretion of our screening selection committee's review described above in Point 5) but IS moving on to Phase II, we will notify you so you aren't wondering.

If your submission will not advance to Phase II, we will mark your film "Not Selected" in FilmFreeway and you will be notified on the date outlined in the platform.

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.

From time to time we are asked to re-screen submissions for closed audiences and for specific reasons. For example, last year we screened selections at a ComicCon leading up to the festival as promotion for FAF. If this were the case, we will contact the filmmakers for approval to re-screen their film at a different time and/or venue.

8. Categories
We have 5 major categories and require additional details be provided by filling out an online form your entry (link: http://bit.ly/FAF062020, that's /FAFzero-six-twenty-twenty ), in order to be considered for festival screening and judging. Thank you in advance for completing the form, as it helps us tremendously with programming.

The form** will ask you to identify your sub-category:
- Student Animator (I am/was a full-time animation student at time of production)
- Novice/First Time Animator (I have never done this before & I'm basically self-taught)
- Independent Animator (I animate for fun, but I do something else to earn a living)
- Professional Animator (I'm serious about doing this, and by golly I normally even get paid to do it!)
- Animation Studio (We've been doing this together for some time now, it's good business)
**we learned very early on that it's a LOT easier to create 5 categories of submissions and then have you fill out a form with sub-categories vs having 25 different submission options... We appreciate your patience when filling out the form!!

Main Categories:
* ENTIRELY COMPUTER-GENERATED IMAGERY (CGI)/3D COMPUTER GRAPHICS *
- 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 *

- 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 *

- 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 *

- 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 *

- 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 festival.

9. Awards:
*Subject to change with advanced notice on our website*
- All official selections will receive digital laurels
- All winners will receive appropriate laurels defining their win, along with a digital certificate

Physical medals are awarded as follows:
- Top placement for Best In Show + 1 Honorable Mention (highest scoring shorts across all categories)
- Top placement + 1 Honorable Mention per Main Category
(for example: 3D animation First Place + Honorable Mention)
- Top placement + 1 Honorable Mentions per Sub-Category within a Category
(for example: First Place, Student - Stop Motion Animation; or Honorable Mention,
Professional Animator - Experimental Animation)
...please note sub-category clarification for awards above in Point 8.
- Audience Favorites 1st place + 1 Honorable Mention (equal across all categories, as these are based on screened selections only)

As we are a non-profit festival, if you are not present to collect your medal we will gladly ship it to you if you can cover the shipping & handling fees. Additional medals may be purchased for $10/each and will be shipped to the same physical address as the first one, unless you need them sent to different places, in which case separate s&h fees are invoiced.

10. To promote their film, participants will receive the FAF Official Selection laurels. Winners will receive the winner's laurels logo which identifies the category and sub-category in which they won, along with a digital certificate. Please contact us directly if you need additional festival assets.

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 company 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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  • Scott Farrell

    Was not able to attend but the team was absolutely wonderful, stayed in constant contact and answered all questions timely. They really love doing this and I will definetly submit again in the future!

    August 2019
  • Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the festival, but the communication and feed back was great.

    June 2019
  • Eric Kunzendorf

    Fantastic festival from start to finish. Actually fantastic from BEFORE the start to the last day. Communications were timely, prompt and accurate. I was able to attend, and I have never felt more welcomed. Kris and her team were fabulous, and I believe it is a testament to their efforts that this is such a rapidly growing festival.

    International submissions, great accommodations and hospitality, excellent networking opportunities and fantastic support from the community make this festival well worth submitting to and attending!

    June 2019
  • Donna Guthrie

    Great communication and I was happy to have our film screened at this festival.

    June 2019
  • Alison Loeb

    What a lovely bunch of humans. Great communication. Thank you so much for having us!

    June 2019