Submissions for the competition section of our second edition opened in March 2017, on Film Freeway. Join our mailing list to be notified when any calls for entries open for additional, standalone screenings happening throughout the year.
– Narrative submissions must be at least 75% animation
– Documentary submissions must be at least 33% animation
– All animation source artwork must be analog (digital assembly, e.g. via scanning or digital photography, is okay)
– Competition films must have been completed in 2015, 2016, or 2017.
– Link to a secure Vimeo screener greatly preferred over FilmFreeway’s native video player.
– For films originally not in English, please submit a screener with English subtitles
The short answer: Yes, but understand that we are focused primarily on narrative and documentary shorts, and do not have a separate experimental category. The long answer:
Though we are not a regional festival, we’re very conscious of our hometown of Houston as a city that already has exceptional experimental and cult film programming, thanks to the hard work and discerning tastes of curators including Aurora Picture Show, Civic TV Collective, Mystical Crystal Revelations Movie Club, the Menil, the CAMH, and MFAH.
Rather than mirroring their efforts, we want to complement them with something new: a festival that celebrates handcrafted animation as a vehicle for personal, political, and narrative self-expression. Yes, experimentation is at the core of the handcrafted agenda. But we want films that go beyond mere exploration of a technique; for our purposes, visual experimentation should be a means by which the film in question reveals its greater story or message. If you have any questions about this, feel free to send us an email.
Waivers for free entry are available for handcrafted animated shorts created by primary, middle, or high school students, or teachers submitting on their behalf, and for handcrafted animators of any age for whom the entry fee truly represents a financial hardship. Please do keep in mind that the Earlybird Submission window is already free, and try to plan accordingly.