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Spark Animation Festival, 29 Oct - 8 Nov 2020

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
29 October 2020 - 08 November 2020
Vancouver, Canada
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2020 Festival Coverage

The 12th annual SPARK ANIMATION Film festival has moved online in 2020 with an expanded program running over 11 days from October 29 to November 8. The virtual festival ― produced by Vancouver-based Spark Computer Graphics (Spark CG) Society ― is powered by Eventive, a technology platform designed by independent film lovers specifically to enhance virtual cinema screenings.

The 2020 Festival Pass provides full access to films, programming, and speakers for the single festival pass price of $25 (plus taxes and fees). Some programs may be available to limited markets and territories, which will be noted on the festival website.

The programming team, led by Festival Director Marina Antunes, is pleased to present a wide-ranging, diverse line-up of films and filmmakers available to screen and meet online in 2020. She adds, “Along with a program of edgy and award-winning short and feature films, we will have director Q & A sessions, live presentations, and opportunities for festival pass-holders to network with filmmakers virtually.”  

SPARK ANIMATION 2020 Festival highlights

This year’s showcase of the world’s leading animators includes anniversary-themed celebrations of film.

"The Women of Toy Story" honours the 25th-anniversary of this beloved film from the perspectives of the women who helped in its creation. Hollywood Producer Bonnie Arnold, who was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Spark CG Society in 2019, will be joined by other women from the production. The session will be moderated by author, film historian, and filmmaker Mindy Johnson.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Academy Award-winning short film Father and Daughter, an “In Conversation” session with London-based Dutch Director Michaël Dudok de Wit will be moderated by educator and film historian Keith Blackmore and will include a screening of this masterful short film.

 Popular films and programs returning in 2020

Female filmmakers’ talents are on display during the "Mothers of a Medium" program.
Films by Canadian filmmakers are celebrated with a “Made in Canada” showcase.
The “Spotlight on France” includes award-winning French shorts and features.
Experimental films provide fuel for “Late Night Snacks” screenings. 

The SPARK ANIMATION 2020 CELEBRATION features award-winning film selections by this year’s
prestigious jury of producers, directors, educators, and independent studio founders

Programming highlights in 2020 also include an online presentation by Irish animator and illustrator Tomm Moore, co-director of the Apple TV+ upcoming film Wolfwalkers. Reviewing the film at the Toronto Film Festival, Variety magazine’s Peter Debruge writes, “'The Secret of Kells' collaborators Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart blend ancient Irish folklore with empowering contemporary values in this visually stunning cartoon.”

Festival passes are on sale now at Eventive for $25, plus taxes and fees.

2019 Festival Coverage

A multi-stream event, SPARK ANIMATION thrives on bringing together industry experts with newcomers, and that principle extends into the festival which provides a showcase for both established filmmakers and fresh new talent. Since opening the festival to submissions in 2014, SPARK ANIMATION has attracted top animation from around the world and many of the projects recognized at the festival have gone on to win numerous awards — including Oscars. Notable titles include “The Dam Keeper” (Academy Award nominee), “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos” (Academy Award nominee), “Bear Story,” (Academy Award winner in 2015), “Dear Basketball” by Glen Keane and most recently this year’s Oscar winner, Domee Shi's "Bao."

With an eclectic mix of styles, languages and a world-class jury, SPARK ANIMATION has become the premiere animation festival in Western Canada.



SPARK ANIMATION 2019 furthers the art and craft of animation by championing the work of animators, filmmakers, and all artists who use this beautiful art form to tell a story visually. In its 11th year, SPARK ANIMATION 2019 runs October 24 to 27 in Vancouver, Canada. The event includes a film festival, career fair, and two-day conference (October 26 and 27). For more information visit


Founded to promote and foster Vancouver’s computer graphics community, Spark CG has organized the SPARK ANIMATION and SPARK FX (visual effects) conferences and festivals since 2008. In addition to the two annual signature events, Spark CG also hosts events that attract internationally renowned speakers and local industry professionals. To serve and support the dynamic local animation and computer graphics community, Spark CG is constantly highlighting leading artistic and technological advancements through conferences, film festivals, and events that provide insight into the evolution and latest techniques in animation and visual effects. Since its inception, the SPARK CG Society has been committed to equality and better inclusion.


Creative BC supported by the Province of British Columbia, Animal Logic, Capilano University, BRON Animation, DHX Media, Emily Carr University, MPC Film, Vancouver Film School, Arcana Studios, Bardel Entertainment, Campbell River Creative Industries Council, CMPA, Consulate of France in Vancouver, Foundry, Ziva Dynamics, ACM SIGGRAPH, VES Vancouver, YVRFF, Women in Animation and Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH.


2018 Festival  Coverage (Archive)

  2018 Festival Jury includes the following industry luminaries:

2020 Call for entries (Archive)
Festival Regulations and submission via FIlmFreeway
Deadline: 21 August (regular), 11 September (Extended)



Event Dates

  • From 29 October 2020 to 08 November 2020


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