08/22/2018 - 12:00am to 08/26/2018 - 12:00am
Each year the festival receives over 2700 unique film entries from 103 countries. Our team of jurors work to select 250+ titles from shorts to features that showcase the breadth of the art form. We hold our judging to nine cinematic virtues: storytelling, humor, heart, ideas, originality, visual interest, craftsmanship, diversity, and gut-level viewing pleasure.
We're proud to be featuring award winning films from Cannes, Annecy, Tribeca and Sundance with Oscar® Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences , Emmy® and Grammy® wining artists and producers in a variety of styles from 2D, 3D, Hand Drawn, Water Color, Oil Painted, VFX & Rotoscoping, Experimental, Sand, Paper, Anime, and Stop-Motion. We will be featuring film for All Ages in a variety of genres from Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror and Abstract.
The festival experience is about more than just watching film after film. During intermissions, or at the after-parties, strike up a conversation about what you’ve just seen. Review the show with your date, pointing out personal favorites in the program. Ask one of the animators about what went into creating their project. Join the animation tribe, trading tips about local job opportunities. At its heart, the festival is a family reunion for animation-lovers.
Whether you’ve been attending since year one, or whether you’re discovering indie animation for the first time... The magic ingredient that turns films into a festival is you. We’re here together to celebrate creativity of these artists who have worked so hard to transform their daydreams into a fantasy reality and appreciate how much love has been poured into these projects.
The festival started in my backyard in 2009 and has grown into this amazing event. Thank you to everyone who has given their support to this colossal undertaking. Thank you to the film jurors, the friends who’ve helped get the word out, and the volunteers who have help promote this exciting event! Most of all, thank you to the filmmakers. Your films delight and inspire—it is a pleasure to help bring them to a wider audience.
Animation is a powerful form of art with the ability to educate, inform, transform, and inspire a whole new world of digital storytelling. Our goal and passion is to celebrate amazing animated films, the talented artist and their teams from around the world.