The GIRAF 15 – International Festival of Independent Animation, organised by Quickdraw Animation Society (QAS), a non-profit, artist-run centre in Calgary Alberta, (Canada), is accepting submissions for 2019.
We’re looking for independent and artful animated films to share with our audience in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. That’s intentionally pretty general: it can mean abstract or narrative, hand-drawn or computer-generated, student films or well-established professionals, or anywhere in between. We want films we can be excited about, films that are expanding what animation can do, and films that make us feel things.
If you want a better sense of what we love, feel free to check out our Vimeo channel (https://vimeo.com/channels/974651).
No commercial work, please — some of those are super cool, but commercials, explainers, festival stingers and those sorts of things fall outside what our festival is all about. The festival is also aimed at an adult audience, so we rarely select films that are explicitly aimed at children. Music videos are admittedly a bit of a grey area.
Submissions close July 15, 2019, but early submissions are always appreciated. It’s a lot easier for us to bunker down and watch these in winter than when the sun’s inviting us outside. And we will try to notify you of results by mid-October. Because we pay every filmmaker we show, we’re a pretty small fest—don’t take it personally if we don’t select your film, it doesn’t mean we didn’t absolutely love it.
That should cover it, but if you have any questions, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
An annual animation festival that runs each November at the Globe Cinema in Calgary, GIRAF celebrates the spirit of independent, underground, and experimental animation, showcasing Canadian animators and presenting diverse animations from around the globe. We’ve showcased the award-winning independent work of artists including Don Hertzfeldt, David O’Reilly, The Brothers Quay, Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, Malcolm Sutherland, Koji Yamamura, Bruce Bickford, Brandon Bloomaert, Barry Doupe, Cordell Barker, Richard Reeves, Chad Van Gaalan, Mati Kutt, Jan Svankmajer, Priit Parn, Nick Fox-Gieg, Amy Lockhart, Stu Hughes, Madi Piller, and Cam Christiansen, among many others.
GIRAF is committed to creating greater awareness for animation as an art form, through interactive activities including workshops, artist talks, visiting artists, and animation screenings. We focus on presenting works that push boundaries through the development of new techniques, hybrid forms of creation, and challenging subject matter, and thus animation that is rarely seen at other festivals. GIRAF is run by the Quickdraw Animation Society, a non-profit, artist-run centre in Calgary Alberta.