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Entries from all over the world are welcomed as well as UK and students. Prizes will be awarded in the categories of Best International, Best UK and Best Student film, judged by external guest judges. Either a video file with English subtitles must be provided or an srt subtitles file.

Why charge for submissions?

In the UK there is no public or government funding awarded to animation festivals, unlike central or eastern Europe. The festival is not-for-profit and all the submission fees go towards all the expenses of putting a festival on, and it literally couldn’t run without this.


Rules & Terms

All Submissions must come through Film Festival Freeway

Brighton International Animation Festival does not have premiere status requirements. 


For accessibility purposes all selected films must either provide captions/English subtitles burnt in or an srt (subtitles) file in English that can be used if the film is selected. 


Films must have been made since 2022.


Any animated technique is eligible as well as any genre such as Documentary, Narrative, Music Video, Experimental etc.


Brighton International Animation Festival reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any projects submitted. If accepted, you must be able to provide the festival with a downloadable high-resolution export of your film, as well as at least one high-quality still image for promotional purposes.


For purposes of submission, all films must be submitted as online screeners through FilmFreeway. Submitted films must be complete. Works-in-progress will not be accepted.


All material in your film must be your own original work - you must have the rights to all images, music, and on-screen talent featured in your film. Films that do not adhere to copyright laws will be disqualified. 


If the requested materials aren't submitted by the date stated and correspondence on the matter isn't engaged with the festival has the right to dis-include the film from the festival.


By submitting your film, you acknowledge that you are giving permission to Brighton International Animation Festival to utilise still images and trailers from your film for non-commercial use in promoting the event, and potential inclusion for any future pop up events.


Submission fees are non refundable.

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