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 Place - $200 USD

2nd Place - $150 USD
Best Student Animated Short Film - $100 USD 

Cash prizes are given away at the festival. On the occasion that you cannot attend the festival, the cash prize 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, 2013. 

  • 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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