Manchester Animation Festival, 14-19 Nov 2021

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
14 November 2021 - 19 November 2021
Manchester, UK
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Festival Description:
Manchester Animation Festival is the UK’s largest Animation Festival dedicated celebration of the animated art form. Hosted at HOME in Manchester, the festival brings one of the UK’s biggest animation hubs together and invites the international community to join us to delight in all things animated.

Animation is everywhere, from the smallest smart phone screen to the largest cinematic projection. Manchester Animation Festival unites artists, practitioners, students and enthusiasts and all those in between to savour the many and varied achievements of the animated form.

2021 Call for Entries

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 27 July 2019 and must be submitted and received by Friday 30 July 2021. 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. You may nominate another person as long as you have their permission. As scriptwriters we understand you often work in pairs and so two people can be under one nomination for scriptwriting. All collaborations will require a little clarification in the form. International nominations are accepted.

Nominations must be for one person working on a project that has been commissioned by a third party or broadcaster (television or online). It can not be a student film or have been commissioned as part of advancement in an academic qualification process, nor is it an independent project created without the input of any third party commissioner.


2020 Festival Coverage

2019 Festival Coverage

2018 Festival Coverage



Event Dates

  • From 14 November 2021 to 19 November 2021