Submission FAQ

We know that the submission process can bring up several questions so we’ve tried to answer some of these here for you.

When is your deadline?

My film has already been shown at a festival can I still enter?

What categories are you accepting submissions for?

What is an Industry Excellence Award?

What other information will you want from me in the form?

Does my film need to have subtitles?

Do you accept rough cuts or works in progress?

How many films can I submit?

Will you confirm receipt of entry?

What format will you be screening the films in?

When will I find out if my film has been selected?

What does the festival cover?

When and where is the festival taking place?

Who will be selecting and judging the films?

Do you screen any films out of competition?

Will you put my film online?

 

When is your deadline?
Films have to be submitted and received by Friday 28 July 201y.

 

My film has already been shown at a festival can I still enter?
Yes, provided the film was made after 29 July 2016.

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What categories are you accepting submissions for?
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.

We are also accepting submissions for the Industry Excellence Awards, buy antiallergic drugs online, these are in the following categories:
Storyboarding
Writing
Character Animation

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What is an Industry Excellence Award?
As well as celebrating individual films, this year we are also offering a focus on the industry by awarding people for their work and practice, highlighting the artistry and talent that contributes to these films. This is an award for individuals that have shown excellence within a production that has been commissioned and is not a solo project or artists film.

Films submitted must have 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. Applying for and receiving funding for a film pre conceived by the filmmaker does not qualify as a commission.
Submitted films MUST have the permission of the rights holder of the project and the nominee to enter into this award. Supporting documentation will be requested in the submission process, this will be a PDF of the full (or portion) of the storyboard or script, or a clip/showreel of clips of the nominees work specific to character animation.


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What other information will you want from me in the form?
We’ll ask for basic information about the film, including a synopsis, technique and at least one image. We’ll need information about the lead contact should the film be selected, we also need this should your film win an award as we’ll need to contact you to see if you can either attend the awards or send an acceptance video. We’ll need a screener of the film, ideally provided online and technical details about the screening format and aspect ratio.
If you’re submitting for an Industry Excellence Award we’ll also need some supporting documentation, this will be a PDF of the full (or portion) of the storyboard or script, or a clip/showreel of clips of the nominees work specific to character animation.

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Does my film need to have subtitles?
If your film contains non-English dialogue, we require that you include on-screen subtitles. If your film is mostly in English and you are intentionally leaving out subtitles for non-English dialogue, you do not need to provide on-screen subtitles.

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Do you accept rough cuts or works in progress?
Yes, as long as your film will be complete by August 2017. Unless your film is at an advanced stage of post-production, it might be better to hold off. Please ensure this is stated on the screening link/DVD.

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How many films can I submit?
There is no limit to the number of films you can submit, but please complete an entry form for each submission.

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Will you confirm receipt of entry?
Once you have submitted you will get an email confirmation.

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What format will you be screening the films in?
Our preferred screening format is DCP, these must be sent via online transfer or on USB stick/Hard Drive however if this is unavailable, we may convert it via our in-house software. All films are carefully checked and processed before screening at the festival. Please be aware that the information you provide when you submit your film will ensure it is presented in the correct format. We may ask for a backup copy of the film on h264 or HD mov file.
All screening material must be at the festival offices by 2 October 2017.

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When will I find out if my film has been selected?
We will inform successful entrants by Friday8 September 2017. Please let us know if your e-mail address or contact details change in the meantime.

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What does the festival cover?
Manchester Animation Festival does not cover screening fees. You will need to cover the cost of shipment to the festival (if required), Manchester Animation Festival will pay the return carriage only at the completion of the festival by regular airmail (or forwarded to another destination nominated by the filmmaker).
If your film is successful, we can offer one free festival pass for the director or named member of the filmmaking team.

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When and where is the festival taking place?
The Manchester Animation Festival 2017 will be on 14-16 November 2016 at HOME, Manchester, UK.

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Who will be selecting and judging the films?
The films will be shortlisted by the festival team, the films in the official selection will then be judged during the festival by a panel of respected industry professionals and is entirely independent from the festival organisers.

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Do you screen any films out of competition?
Yes we have a Panorama for Short films and Student films, these are not in competition but allow us to show a more diverse range of work offering an overview of the animation landscape each year.

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Will you put my film online?
No but as part of the T&Cs, we reserve the right to include a short 10-30 second clip of the film as part of a festival trailer/promotional video, this clip will be either selected by you or the festival team and will be appropriate for its use.

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