GIRAF 13 International Festival of Independent Animation - Animation competition

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GIRAF 13 International Festival of Independent Animation

The Quickdraw Animation Society has started accepting submissions for its 13th animation competition titled GIRAF International Festival of Independent Animation bringing the best independent animation from around the world to Calgary.


The Quickdraw Animation Society, the organizers of the 13th edition of animation competition GIRAF (Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival) are looking for independent and artful animated films to share with their audience in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Submitted films may be abstract or narrative, hand-drawn or computer-generated, student films or well-established professionals, or somewhere in between.

They want films they can be excited about, films that are pushing forward what animation can do, and films that make them feel things (even if that feeling is just "oh my gosh, this is ridiculous").

No commercial work, please — some of those are super cool, but commercials, explainers, festival stingers and those sorts of things fall outside what this festival is all about. The festival is also aimed at an adult audience, so we rarely select films that are explicitly aimed at children.

GIRAF is an annual animation festival that runs each November at the Globe Cinema in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Last year, the Festival received over 1,300 submissions from over 77 countries.

Submissions close July 15, 2017, but early submissions are always appreciated.

There are no entry fees for this competition!

It's free to enter!


Selected films will be presented during GIRAF 13 — scheduled for November 2017 — and the best International and Canadian short film will be awarded.


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