Manchester Animation Festival, 10-14/11/2019

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
10 November 2019 - 14 November 2019
Manchester, UK
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2019 Call For Entries (Archive)


This is an award for a film, it can be a Short Film, Student Film, Commissioned Film or Immersive Film. You may submit your film to one category only. Films must be under 30 minutes in length.

  • Short Films: Films not made by a student or person under the age of 16.
  • Student Films: Films created by undergraduate and post-graduate students.
  • Commissioned Films: Can be educational or scientific films, music videos or for advertising or promotional purposes. Commissioned films must have the permission of the rights owner before submission.
  • Immersive Films: Films that abandon traditional screening conditions and opt for an immersive format, this could be VR (interactive and non interactive), AR or 360° films.

All films must have been completed after 28 July 2018. All animation techniques are eligible.

This award is for an individual person for their work in the fields of:

  • Scriptwriting
  • Storyboarding
  • Character Design
  • Character Animation

Only work on one project can be submitted per nomination.All collaborations will require a little clarification in the form. International nominations are accepted.

Nominations MUST have the permission of the rights holder of the project and the nominee to enter into this award. Supporting documentation will be requested in the submission process, ideally a copy of the storyboard, animatic or script, design work or a clip/showreel of clips of the nominees work on character animation.


2019 Festival Poster

MAF team has commissioned artist Frida Ramirez, from MAF’s industry partner Brown Bag Films, to create a bespoke artwork to celebrate the Festival. Her work embodies the ambition at MAF’s heart to celebrate the talent in the city, and as an international festival, share it with the world.

Animation brought me to Manchester and Manchester brought me to good people, great friends, lovely sights and a lot of inspiration. I made this design as a tribute to a city that is so special that it deserves a huge celebration! - Frida Ramirez

When we launched our search for an artist to create artwork for the MAF poster we knew we wanted someone who had a unique view of Manchester to share with the world. In Frida we have found someone who sees Manchester through a vibrant, colourful lens and we couldn't be more delighted to have her playful artwork lead the parade towards this year’s festival in November - Steve Henderson, Festival Director

2018 Festival Coverage (13-15/11/18)

  • Industry Excellence Awards  celebrate those scripting, storyboarding, designing and animating some of our favourite television programmes and commercial work. Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on Thu 15 Nov, 20:00. THE 2018 INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARD NOMINEES ARE:

Oriol Vidal for Danger Mouse: A Fear to Remember
Krystal Georgiou for Luo Bao Bei: Footsteps of Others
Vince James for 70 MPH Tales: Jack and the Beanstalk

Evgenia Golubeva and Myles McLeod for Becca’s Bunch: Cute Lil’ Bug
Alex Collier for Danger Mouse: Grand Stressed Auto
Daniel Postgate for The Clangers: The Block

Character Animation
Duncan Rudd for Buy Any Part: Farmer
Mark Kilkelly for Danger Mouse
Rachel Thorn for Simon’s Cat: DIY
Fabrice Pieton for The Clangers

Character Design
Eimhin McNamara for The Western Spring
Valentina Ventimiglia for Labuntina
Aoífe Doyle for Aurora
Leigh Hodgkinson for Olobob Top

The winner will be announced during the MAF 2018: Awards Ceremony and the winner will receive one of MAF awards designed by Beth Jupe at Mackinnon and Saunders.



Event Dates

  • From 10 November 2019 to 14 November 2019
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