Toronto Animation Arts Festival International 2013

We are excited to receive your work to the 2013 edition of the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International. We are now accepting both International and local shorts and feature-length submissions of all genres and techniques! Ads, Motion Graphics and Game cinematics are welcome and encouraged. If it is animated we would like to see it. Please read the Rules & Regulations for submitting a film to TAAFI, digitally, through Withoutabox.


The following are our deadlines for the upcoming year:

  • Free Submissions
    • Now until Jan 31st, 2013
  • Late Submissions – $10 fee
    • Feb 1st until Feb 28th, 2013
  • Very Late Submissions – $25 fee
    • Mar 1st, 2013 – Mar 15th, 2013

Submission Guidelines, Rules and Regulations

NOTE: By submitting your entry and paying your entry fee through, you accept all of the following guidelines, rules and regulations relating to the Toronto Animated Arts Festival International (“TAAFI”) and understand that this is a binding contract between TAAFI and you, the entrant.

Eligible Works and Entry Categories

Submissions of animated films of all genres and animation techniques with a production date of January 2011 or later are accepted. The shorts category requires that the maximum run time including credits is 40 minutes. The feature category requires a minimum run time of 40 minutes to a maximum of 150 minutes.

Submission Procedure and Format

To be eligible for selection for TAAFI 2013, you must ensure we receive your submission by the Submission Deadline. You may enter as many works as you wish, but each must be submitted separately as set out below, with all elements, including the entry fee, attached.

To make your submission, please do the following separately for each work you are submitting:

  1. Submit your submission electronically to the Withoutabox site including all of the elements listed below by the Submission Deadline.
  2. Withoutabox will prompt you for the following information to be submitted with your preview film
    • the title of your film;
    • the category in which your film should be considered:
      • animation short,; or
      • animation feature;
    • the genre that best describes your film (for example, comedy, drama, documentary, music video, thrillomedy, documusomedy, experimental);
    • the animation technique that best describes your film (for example, 2D classical, stop motion, 3D computer, 2D computer, VFX, Pixelation); and
    • a short synopsis of your film.
  3. Please include with your submission an two (2) high quality (digital) film stills in .jpeg or .tiff file formats.
  4. Submission are free of charge until Jan 31, 2013, after which time submission fees must be paid at the time of electronic submission. Your submission will not be complete or accepted until the fee is paid. The entry fee is non-refundable and will not be returned for any reason, including not being selected for participation in the festival. The entry fee is payable in Canadian funds through, as directed.

Submissions will not be returned. If you have made arrangements with us to send hard copies of your film and/or any accompanying materials, please do not send us your only copy of such materials.

Once you have made your submission, it cannot be withdrawn, except with the consent of TAAFI.

All submissions are made at the entrant’s sole expense.


TAAFI has a panel of judges that rotates from year to year comprised of various professionals experienced in animated film and video, in many different capacities. This panel will make its selections from all entries based on its discretion. While we thank all participants for their interest, we will communicate only with those entrants whose work has been selected for the TAAFI festival, and we do not provide comments or feedback on any entries. TAAFI’s judges’ decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

TAAFI will notify final selected entrants by April 15, 2013, and selection notices will be sent electronically to the email contact provided with submission. Please ensure that the domain name is permitted to email you, and check your spam filter. We can take no responsibility whatsoever for entrants who miss our notification and, therefore, miss the final deadlines for delivery of exhibition materials.

If the entrant’s film is selected for the festival, the entrant will be required to supply TAAFI with exhibition materials by no later than May 1, 2013, and failing to supply such materials on time will result in the entrant’s forfeiture of participation in the festival. The exhibition materials must be supplied to TAAFI at the entrant’s expense; however, screening copies will be sent back to the participant at TAAFI’s expense as soon as possible after the festival.
If the entrant’s film is selected for the festival, the entrant must deliver the following by the May 1, 2013, deadline referred to above:

  • A copy of your film in professional broadcast/cinema format.
  • The preferred exhibition format is a data file, meeting the following requirements: Quicktime, Apple Pro Res HQ (1920×1080 Uncompressed, 4,2,2, 48k sound). Should your film be accepted into the festival program, specific formatting instructions will be sent out. Other file formats are also workable but if not listed, they need to be discussed with TAAFI before they are sent as a screening copy.
  • Other acceptable projection formats include: HDCAM, HDCAM SR, D-Cinema (DCP), Digital Betacam, Betacam SP, HDV, Mini-DV, DVCAM, 35mm.
  • DVD movies are not an acceptable projection format.
  • Your film must have adequate image resolution, and if possible, be in high definition. TAAFI’s projection system is high definition and is capable of reproducing full 1920×1080m images.
  • If your original film is in a language other than English, your exhibition copy must be subtitled in English.

The final order and composition of the programs presented in the festival will be in the sole discretion of TAAFI’s Programming Director.

Transportation and Insurance

All material is sent at the entrant’s sole risk and expense. Digital submissions made through TAAFI’s email are not necessarily secure, though we use email systems that include the most recent security measures. If an entrant wishes to deliver digitally with added security, the entrant must do so at his or her own expense. If an entrant wishes to insure physically delivered materials, the entrant must do so at his or her own expense.
Promotional Use of Works

All entrants grant TAAFI the right to use a maximum of one (1) minute or ten per cent (10%) of the total run time of the film (whichever is less) for the advertising and promotion of the festival. Promotional materials created by TAAFI from the films selected for the festival become the property of TAAFI exclusively, and may be used by TAAFI in perpetuity to promote the festival and TAAFI’s programs, in all media throughout the world.
Representations, Warranties, Release and Indemnity

Each entrants represents and warrants:

  • that he or she is the author and owner of the submitted film, and if the film is co-owned by others that he or she has full authority and consent of all such co-owners to submit the film to TAAFI;
  • all material included in the film is original and authored by the entrant, or has been properly licensed by or assigned to the entrant;
  • no material included in the film will, in its reproduction and/or exhibition, constitute an infringement of copyright, trade-mark or any other intellectual property law or regulation;
  • no material included in the film is in violation of any third party rights, such as privacy rights, and no material included is defamatory.

Each entrant releases TAAFI from any liability, costs, expenses, damages and/or claims resulting from the exhibition of the entrant’s film, and each entrant indemnifies TAAFI fully from and against any liability, costs, expenses, damages and/or claims arising against TAAFI as a result of such exhibition. If TAAFI becomes aware of any infringing materials in a film, it reserves the right to disqualify the entry.

Each entrant also warrants and represents that he or she if of the age of majority in the jurisdiction of his or her residence. If the entrant is under the relevant age of majority, a parent or guardian’s consent and signature will be required at the time of entry.

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