For Animation Filmmakers:


  • Have an animation short to premiere/feature online, and need a comprehensive presentation (in the form of interview/review)? Zippy Frames is a trusted independent animation news website, which has featured a vast array of short animation films, from the more narrative to the outright experimental ones. Send us your film for consideration

⇒ Here's more info how to submit  


  • We address the story aspects of your animation film; we examine its theme, plot structure, characters, context, in accordance with your already stated idea and director's own intentions. We come up with solutions to story problems you face, and provide examples of fine practices for your project.

⇒ Here's more info


  • Animation festival submission seems both a laborious and a mindless process for independent animation filmmakers. We can make the process seem more structured, less laborious and more promising for your festival career of your film - handled by the same people who manage Zippy Frames (via Scheriaa Productions)

⇒ Here's more info

For Animation and Film Festivals & Events Professionals


  • Zippy Frames hosts an extended database of call for entries from animation festivals. A large part of its news roundup covers animation festivals and film festival news. However, not everything can be covered with the same depth and extent as it could (and should) have been. If you're interested in getting in talks and an offer for a festival promotion agreement, contact our Head Editor (vassilis AT zippyframes DOT com)


  • For festivals, conferences, film promotions, companies and products related to the animation industry, we offer reviews, interviews or video reports that promote your services or products in a creative and friendly way. For more info, email: info AT zippyframes DOT com



The European pitching forum CARTOON MOVIE has announced its nominees for Best European animation director, producer and distributor of the year.

They may didn't get the Academy Award this year, but they are (rightfully so) nominated in CARTOON MOVIE tributes.

Academy Award nominated directors Claude Barras (My Life as a Zucchini), Oscar winner Michael Dudok de Wit (The Red Turtle) and Cannes-awarded Jean-François Laguionie (Louise en hiver) are the three nominees for the CARTOON MOVIE tributes as European director of the year.

 The premier European pitching forum each year awards the best of European animated feature artists. Its tributes fall into three categories,  Director, Distributor and Producer of the Year.

 Zucchini producers (Rita productions,Blue Spirit Productions and Gebeka films) are also nominated for the Best Producer award of the year, along with the producers of the new Ethel & Ernest film by Roger Mainwood.

The film is based on Raymond Briggs story and graphic novel about his own parents.

The full lists:
European Director of the Year

  • Michael Dudok de Wit (the Netherlands) is nominated in the category "European Director of the Year" for the film "The Red Turtle" (released in June 2016) which received "Un Certain Regard Special Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2016 and was nominated for European Film Awards 2016, Césars Awards and Academy Awards 2017.
  • Claude Barras (Switzerland) is nominated for his long feature "My Life as a Courgette" (released on 19 October 2016 in France – 737,830 admissions). This film received several awards at festivals including the César Awards for Best Animated Feature and for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Cristal Award for Best Feature and the Audience Award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2016, the Best European Animated Feature Film prize at European Film Awards 2016 and was nominated for Academy Awards 2017.
  • Jean-François Laguionie (France) for "Louise by the Shore" released in November 2016 in France. This year, Jean-François Laguionie will present "The Prince’s Journey" which will be made in studios in Angoulême (under the aegis of the Pôle Image Magelis) and distributed by Gebeka Films.



The Red Turtle

European Distributor of the Year

  •   MUBI (United Kingdom), a global SVoD player available in over 200 territories in the world and with 8 million subscribers - "A Town Called Panic", "Waltz with Bashir", "The Three Robbers"
  • Angel Films (Denmark) - distributor in Scandinavian countries of "My Life as a Courgette", "Phantom Boy", "Ernest & Celestine", "Pinocchio", "Tad, The Lost Explorer"
  • Urban Distribution International (France), sales agent of "Long Way North", "Cafard" and of two films which will be pitched at Cartoon Movie 2017; "Zombillenium" in production and "Canaan" in development.

European Producer of the Year


  • Knudsen & Streuber Medienmanufaktur, Ulysses Filmproduktion (Germany), Melusine Productions (Luxembourg), Den Siste Skilling (Norway) & Walking The Dog (Belgium) for "Richard the Stork" (which will release in May 2017 in Germany), directed by Reza Memari and Toby Genkel ("Ooops! Noah is gone..."), which has been already sold to more than 70 countries and which celebrated its World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival (Feb. 2017) in the Kplus section
  • Lupus Films & Melusine Productions (United Kingdom/Luxembourg) for "Ethel & Ernest" (released at the end of October 2016 in UK), a graphic novel and animated film by English author and illustrator Raymond Briggs
  • Rita productions (Switzerland), Blue Spirit Productions & Gebeka Films (France) for "My Life as a Courgette".



Ma vie de courgette


Over 800 professionals attending Cartoon Movie will be in charge of selecting the winners who will be announced in Bordeaux, France on 10th March.



Support Zippy Frames

Keep this professional animation journalism effort relevant and updated. Become a Zippy Frames patron