Animatricks Competitions for Animated Shorts 2016

Animatricks Festival is launching its 2016 Call for Entries, inviting filmmakers to submit their animated short films. International competition is arranged now for the third time alongside with the traditional competition for the best Finnish animated shorts.

International productions chosen to participate will be screened in the International Shorts Competition Category. The best international animation will be awarded with 3000 euros and the best Finnish with 1000 euros.

Submission will be closed 31 January 2016.


Rules for the International Competition

Animatricks Animation Festival will take place in 22–24 April 2016 in Helsinki, Finland. Animatricks was founded in the year 2000 and it is the only animation film festival in Finland. The festival is organised by the nonprofit association Palikka.

Animatricks Animation Festival provides the Finnish audiences annually an interesting selection of Finnish and international animated films. The festival’s mission is to strengthen and raise awareness of the art form and the growing animation industry in Finland.

Animatricks organizes the competition for animated shorts that will be screened in the International Shorts Competition Category and the New Finnish Animated Shorts Category. Animatricks is looking for films with unique storytelling, style and technique.

The Festival Jury will select one film from the International category to be awarded with the prize of 3 000 euros and one from the Finnish category to be awarded with the prize of 1000 euros. The award is given to the director of the film.

The entries to the Finnish category will be automatically included in the pre-selection process for the International competition and award.

The Competitions are open for short animated films and animated music videos with the following qualifications:

- Films should not exceed length of 30 minutes
- Films must have been completed after 1st of January 2014
- Industrial, educational or commercial films are not accepted. Also animated TV-series and their episodes, that are distributed or in production, are not accepted into the competition. The participation of pilots and such will be evaluated by the jury.
- Minimum 70% of the film duration must be animation
- Films must have English subtitles if they are not in English, Finnish or without dialogue
- Screening copy submitted in a digital format
- The selection will be made on completed productions only
- Films that have already been shown in Animatricks Animation Festival are not admitted but films that have been shown or awarded at other international film festivals are eligible

Fill in the online entry form here by 31st of January 2016. The form can be found here.

The following material is needed for the submission:

- 1 still photo from the film minimum 300 dpi
- online link to a preview-copy of the film

Make sure that the link to your film doesn’t have an expiration date.

There is no entry fee.

Animatricks forms a pre-qualification jury that selects films for the competition. Preselection is made during February 2015 and the results will be announced to all participants.

The participant has to deliver a preview copy as an online link in the entry form. No memory sticks, hard drives or DVDs for preview are accepted.

The preferred screening copy format is DCP or a digital file. For other formats please contact festival (films@animatricks.net) after pre-selections. Delivery either by online link, memory stick or hard drive. We prefer receiving screening copies online, so be in contact for postal submission.

Requirements for the screening copy:
File format: .mov or .mp4
Resolution: min 1280 x 720, max 1920×1080
Aspect ratio: all accepted
Frame rate: 25 fps
Data transfer rate: max 30.000 kbp
Video Codec: H.264
Audio Codec: Linear PCM, or AAC – 48000 Hz, Stereo.

The screening copy must be delivered by 15.3.2016.

The festival will decide on any cases of doubt, which have not been mentioned in these regulations. Participation in the festival implies recognition without reservation of the entry form and these regulations.

If you have any questions please contact: films@animatricks.net




Animated shorts awarded in Animatricks

In 2005-2013, Animatricks awarded the best Finnish animated short of the year with Metropolia Prize.  The award was sponsored by the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

Animatricks launched their ”Best International Animated Short”-competition in year 2014 with prizes sponsored by Rovio Entertainment Ltd.


Best International Animated Short
Mike Reynolds: Bottomfeeders

Best Finnish Animated Short
Pietari BaggeChrister Hongisto,Elisa Ikonen & Inka Matilainen: The Guradian


Best international animated short
Tomek Ducki: Baths

Best Finnish animated short:
Kari Pieskä: No Time For Toes

Heta Jokinen: Murky Papers

Jari Vaara: Syntymäpäivä


Kaisa Penttilä: Munaralli

Leena Jääskeläinen: Vaihdokas

Kim Helminen: Säieteoria
(Laurea Prize)

Ami Lindholm: Ilo irti
(Laurea Prize)

Laura Neuvonen: Kutoja
Anna Virtanen: Lauantai
(Laurea  Prize)







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