Dear Friends of Rush Process,

Due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey on our home-base of Houston, we have had no choice but to cancel the 2017 edition of our festival, which had been set for mid-November.

In light of the widespread destruction to homes and businesses, and the real suffering of our friends and neighbors, we have felt a moral obligation to redirect our energies toward helping with the relief efforts at this time. If you are an arts educator in Houston and would like to assist with our upcoming series of free animation workshops for kids affected by Harvey, please get in touch: contact@rushprocess.org.

A special note to filmmakers: this year’s batch of submissions has been exceptional. Our jurying process is complete, and filmmakers will be notified in October. Accepted films will be carried forward to the competition program of our next edition. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me directly, at dave@rushprocess.org.

We greatly look forward to coming back strong in 2018 to share the accepted submissions from this season, alongside new special programs and workshops.

All the best,

Dave Merson Hess
Founder & Festival Director
Rush Process

Rush Process celebrates DIY, handcrafted animation as a vehicle for self-expression.

Rush Process is the only full-scale animation festival in the state of Texas, and the only animation festival in the US explicitly dedicated to handcrafted animation, a materials-focused practice at the intersection of DIY, auteur-driven cinema and analog animation art.

Rush Process aims to screen visually and emotionally stunning, non-digital animation touching a wide variety of genres (narrative, documentary, essay) and techniques (stop motion, ink & paint on paper, charcoal, chalkboard films, paper cut-out & multiplane, cel, paint- and sand-on-glass, analog rotoscoping, direct animation on celluloid).

A parallel goal of the festival is to provide our audiences with the opportunity to create animation themselves, via popup animation stations, workshops and collaborative, time-based production challenges.

Rush Process is the only full-scale animation festival in the state of Texas, and the only animation festival in the US explicitly dedicated to handcrafted techniques.* (We define “handcrafted animation” as a materials-focused practice at the intersection of DIY, auteur-driven cinema and analog animation art.)

We aim to screen visually and emotionally stunning, non-digital animation touching a range genres and techniques: