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Mar 3

GIRAF 19 – International Festival of Independent Animation

March 3 - August 1

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Quickdraw Animation Society (QAS) is accepting submissions for 2023, for the 19th GIRAF International Festival of Independent Animation.

The organizers are looking for animation submissions, in all styles, genres, lengths, and mediums, to present to their audience in Calgary, Canada.

Selected films will be presented during GIRAF 19 and the best International and Canadian short film will be awarded.

The annual Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF) presents independent animation that pushes boundaries through the use of new techniques, unique visions, and stimulating subject matter.

Submitted films can be abstract or narrative, hand-drawn or computer-generated, student films or well-established professionals, or somewhere in between — excluding commercial work!

There are definitely commercials, trailers, mo-graph pieces etc that we love, but commercials, explainers, festival stingers and those sorts of things fall outside Quickdraw Animation Society’s mandate. The festival is also aimed at an adult audience, so children’s films aren’t the right fit. Music videos are admittedly a bit of a grey area; we don’t book them very often but have made exceptions in the past.

GIRAF is an annual animation festival that runs each November at the Globe Cinema in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Incorporated in 1984, the Quickdraw Animation Society (QAS) serves as a fulcrum for independent artists and the larger community with progressive artistic and community-based initiatives.

No Entry Fee!

It’s free to enter.


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