Animation Festival Guide: Spring 2017

Shawn Forno 03.09.2017

Spring is nearly here, which means it’s time to pack away that winter coat, put on those cargo shorts, and hit up some of the best animation festivals of the season. To help you prepare for the best animated shorts, feature films, commercial animation, and even a few great student films, here’s your complete Spring Animation Festival Guide for 2017. Enjoy!

Spring Animation Festival List

SXSW (March 10-19) Austin, TX

One of the premiere film festivals of the year and the unofficial kickoff of the spring festival season, South by Southwest (SXSW) is a destination festival with a strong showing of animated short films. Highlights from 2017 include:


Wednesday with Goddard

Annecy International Animation Film Festival (AIAFF) (June 2-5) Annecy, France

Featuring the full gamut of animation from student films, short films and full-length feature animations, to commercial animation and internet animation, Annecy is one of the world’s top animation festivals and awards. Over 500 films will be showcased this year (schedule released in May), but past selections include:

Au Moulin Rouge — Gobelins

Modern Love, A Kiss Deferred — New York Times

Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF) (March 22-26) Utrecht, Netherlands

HAFF delivers five days of some of the most interesting animation making the rounds today. It’s advertised as the place where “Unexpected, surprising and trend-setting animations meet their makers.” Featuring more than 450 long and short films, installations, games and cartoons, competitions, special programmes and presentations and talk shows, HAFF is the animation festival for animators and producers on the cutting edge. Animation selections include:

Float Talk

Hedgehog’s Home

Animatricks (April 21-23 ) Helsinki, Finland

Obviously the biggest animation festival in Finland, Animatricks is a hub for Scandinavian animation talent and one of the highlights of feature length and short animation films on the international stage. They’re still accepting submissions for 2017. Current selections include:

In the Distance

Belladonna of Sadness

Anifilm (May 2-7) Trebon, Czech Republic

This trippy international animation film festival (check out the home page) features the best and the brightest animations in a multitude of categories including student films, animated shorts, feature films, abstract animation, and even music videos. My hands down favorite category though has to be “International competition of feature films grown-ups.” I can only imagine.

Anifilm features a wide open field of 132 films with winners awarded categorically as well as regionally (European and non-European).

If you want to see something new, go to Anifilm, but be warned, “novel” animation means exactly that—something that might take you by surprise. Selections for 2017 include:

My Entire High School is Sinking into the Sea

I Want Pluto to be a Planet Again

Hot Dog Hands

Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (International Trickfilm Festival) (May 2-7) Stuttgart, Germany

A massive animation festival catering to kids and adults alike, the Trickfilm festival is all about fun. I mean, check out the animation festival trailer. It’s awesome.

World-renowned animators and open air screenings attract nearly 100,000 attendees to the festival each year, and submissions number in the thousands with more than 600 films on display in 2017. Whatever your fancy, you can find it in Stuttgart.

Spring Animation Festival Rundown

Spring is the big kickoff to the animation festival calendar. No matter where you’re located, what your budget is, or which type of animation you enjoy—feature length, animated shorts, student animations, music videos, or even abstract non-narrative animation—there’s an animation festival for you in the coming months.

Spring animation festival guide

If these international animation festivals are too far, find an animation festival that’s close to you and enjoy the very best in animation from your neck of the woods, because animators are churning out some quality films all over the world.

Let us know if you’re going to be featured in any upcoming animation festivals this spring and beyond. We’d love to chat with you about the animation process and what your animation is all about.

Shawn Forno

Shawn Forno is a massive Studio Ghibli fan who does content marketing. In that order. Find his other writing and extensive travel blogging here.

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