Animate - Australia Animation Film Festival

AniMate is an International Animation Film Festival and a growing community of animation lovers, students, professionals and film makers.
With its second edition 2021, AniMate welcomes all Animation film entries. You can now submit your Animated film; we may screen it in Sydney and you may receive a nomination.

Short and feature Animated films of all genres, we would love to have you here at AniMate!

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Are you the producer of a short or feature animated film? We would love to see your work!

Submit your film today for a chance to be nominated to the Animate 2021 Film Festival!

There is an early bird entry fees of only AU$5 until the 30th of November 2020 and it is a great opportunity to have your film out in the crowd.

We receive animated films from all over the World; any genre and lengths are welcome. Your film will be viewed and assessed; if short-listed, it could be nominated to the Animate Film Festival program. Once nominated, you will receive a Laurel to promote your film.


To be considered, at least 70% of your film's total length must be animated;
We consider Short films those with a maximum duration of 40 minutes in total, credits included.
Films longer than 40 minutes are considered Feature Films.

For the 2021 season we accept films completed in 2020 and in 2021.


Categories for this year are:

- Short Animation - General

- Short Animation - Anime

- Short Animation - Experimental

- Short Animation - Australian (animated films produced in Australia)

- Short Animation - Children (intended for an audience of children)

- Short Animation - Student (made by students as part of their course)

- Short Animation - Music Video

- Feature Animation - General

- Feature Animation - Anime

- Feature Animation - Children (intended for an audience of children)

- Feature Animation - Family

You can submit your film into different categories.

Any genre, short and feature Animation films are welcome. We do particularly value content that is challenging and bold, new and original, representing Indigenous voices and diversity, including experimental.


For the Animate edition 2021, the first deadline is the Early Bird, ending on the 30th of November 2020. The latest deadline is the 30th of June 2021.


There is an early bird entry fees of only AU$5 until the 30th of November 2020.

All other fees after the 30th of November, are listed on the right side of this page.


Submissions are sent via FilmFreeway.

You certify that you are the right holder of the submitted film, you have the sole and exclusive ownership of all rights related to the film you submit as well as having full authority for submitting it to AniMate. Your film could be nominated to the AniMate Film Festival program. Your film may be publicly screened with the primary location been Sydney (Australia) and possibly, with your consent, on our website and/or social media for a specified period. AniMate may use part of submitted films, stills and other submitted materials for exhibition at the Festival, promotions, classification, archive and other purposes. No payment or compensation of any sort is given to the submitter/film maker for the use of any materials, including those used for publicity, or for the screening of their film.

AniMate assumes that the submitting party or the producer has insured the exhibition copy for damage and loss, and I will not hold AntiMate liable for any damage or loss during shipping, preview, or screening.

Further info:


Thursday 1 October, 2020
Monday 30 November, 2020
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Sydney ,

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