Accepted Styles 

  • Computer animation 

  • Traditional animation 

  • Stop-motion animation 

Note: Hybrid projects (animation and live-action) are accepted but the film must contain at least 75% animation.


Awards & Prizes


All accepted films for judging will receive an ‘Official Selection’ Laurels. 

Juried awards are given for:

1st Prize - $300 USD
2nd Prize - $150 USD
3rd Prize - $100 USD
Best Student Animated Short Film - $100 USD

Prize money will be transferred via PayPal as soon as the proper information is provided by the filmmaker.





  • Animation Chico accepts animated short Films only. 

  • The maximum duration of each film is 15 minutes.

  • We will only be accepting submissions for films completed after January 1st, 2016. 

  • Your film must contain at least 75% animation in any technique. 

  • The Exhibition copy of your film must be encoded in H.264 .mp4 format with a constant bitrate no higher than 20mbps. We accept all films 720p or 1080p resolution.​

  • More than one film or video may be submitted. Each film or video must be accompanied by a separate submission form and entry fee.

  • Films with dialogue or narration in languages other than English must have English subtitles. 

  • The Festival has the right to use all materials related to the submission as well as a film excerpt up to 10% of the total length of the film that will not exceed 3 minutes for promotional purposes. 


EARLY BIRD DEADLINE - MAR 31st 2020 - $15

REGULAR DEADLINE - JUN 30th 2020 - $25

LATE DEADLINE - AUG 31st 2020 - $35

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