What You Need to Know
- Entry deadline:
May 31st, 2021! Extended to June 6, 2021!Closed!
- Only animated works completed after May 29th, 2020 are eligible.
- It’s free to submit, there are no entry or registration fees.
- We only accept entries submitted via the official Entry Form on the OIAF Eventival Visitor Page.
- Each entry may only be submitted to one category.
- Films must be submitted as a link to an online screener. The link must remain accessible until the end of July 2021. Films submitted as files, downloads, or dead links will be disqualified.
- Entries must include at least 1 still from the film (72 dpi, jpg or png).
- If your film has dialogue that is not in English and is not subtitled, you must include an English dialogue script.
2021 Competition Categories
You may only submit to one category. When submitting your film, choose only the category that best describes your film’s production environment, distribution method and/or purpose:
Feature Film Competition
Animated Feature: An animated film over 45 minutes in length.
Narrative Short Film Competition
Short-format, non-commissioned animated films or videos. Suggested maximum length of 30 minutes. We define “narrative” as a short structured with some sort of narrative or story (i.e. “something happens”).
Non-Narrative Short Film Competition
Short-format, non-commissioned animated films or videos. Suggested maximum length of 30 minutes. We define “Non-Narrative” as a short structured without a clear narrative or cause-effect plotline.
Note: ‘Non-narrative’ does not mean ‘dialogue-free’. Dialogue, i.e. narration, is fine.
Student Animation Competition
Films made by students who are either currently enrolled in a high school, post-secondary or graduate diploma or degree or were so enrolled during the films’ production.
Commissioned Films Competition
Works that are funded and produced for specific commercial or promotional purposes.
Including but not limited to commercials, title sequences, station/program identification spots, music videos, and trailers.
Animation Made for Young Audiences Competition
Independent or commissioned films that are produced and distributed specifically for young audiences aged 0-12. Please note only one episode per series is eligible and is limited to 22 minutes and under.
Preschool: Any non-feature animated film (under 30 minutes) that is aimed specifically at young audiences aged 0-5.
Ages 6-12: Any non-feature animated film (under 30 minutes) that is aimed specifically at young audiences aged 6-12.
Virtual Reality (VR) Competition
Immersive works that are created for the Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, HTC Vive/Vive Pro, or Samsung Gear VR virtual reality platforms.
Immersive works: Independent and commissioned projects including but not limited to narrative short experiences, installations, time based works, interactive works, and non-linear narrative or non-narrative experiences. If applicable, please note only one episode in any series is eligible and all submissions are limited to an experience length of 20 minutes and under.
Animated Series Competition
Works that are created as part of an animated series for television, streaming, or the web and are not intended for children. Please note only one episode per series is eligible and is limited to 22 minutes or less.
Rules and Regulations
By submitting an online entry form, you are agreeing to the OIAF 2021 Rules & Regulations. Make sure you read this information carefully, as failure to abide by these rules may lead to your film being disqualified.
Qualification for Entries
Only animated works completed after May 29th, 2020 will be accepted.
Entries may only be submitted to one category. Submitting to more than category may be grounds for disqualification.
The official languages of the Festival are English and French. The Festival requires all submissions to include English subtitles where applicable.
Short and Feature Animation Categories
Films must be submitted for selection as a link to an online screener. No downloads or files will be accepted. The link must remain active until the end of July 2021 or risk disqualification.
Virtual Reality Category
VR submission can be presented as either a link to a streaming video play-through, or as a link to a VR build file. The link must also be active until the end of July. Supported platforms are:
- Oculus Rift
- Oculus Quest
- HTC Vive / Vive Pro
Registration & Dates
No registration fee is required. The entry form and the film’s online screener link must be submitted online by 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on
May 31st, 2021 June 6, 2021. Works sent after this date will not be accepted or considered. Blank entries and broken or incomplete screener links may be subject to disqualification.
The entrant must also include in their entry form at least 1 still (72 dpi, jpg or png), and (if applicable) a trailer link for the film. If you have any issues uploading your materials to the entry form, please contact us via email.
Each entry is considered for the Official Competition and the out-of-competition Panorama screenings. The Festival Selection team will choose the films to be screened in Competition and Panorama. Works will be judged within their category for conceptual, technical, and aesthetic innovation and excellence.
NOTE: The OIAF Selection team reserves the right to consider an entry for a different category if they feel it is better suited than the category in which it was submitted.
Frequently Asked Questions
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