GIRAF 16 Film Submission Form
Thanks for your interest in the 16th annual Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival!

We're looking for independent and artful animated films to share with our audience in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. That's intentionally pretty general: it can mean abstract or narrative, hand-drawn or computer-generated, student films or well-established professionals, or anywhere in between. We want films we can be excited about, films that are expanding what animation can do, and films that make us feel things.

We don't charge a fee to send us your film, and all selected films will receive a payment based on the rates recommended by Canada's Independent Media Arts Alliance. It's important to us that artists are paid for their work!

For a better sense of what we love, feel free to check out our Vimeo channel ( or the previous GIRAF festival lineup at

No commercial work, please — as great as those can be, commercials, explainers, festival stingers and those sorts of things fall outside what our festival is all about. The festival is also aimed at an adult audience, so we rarely select films that are explicitly aimed at children or family audiences. Music videos are admittedly a bit of a grey area--we rarely book them, but if you think yours will be the exception, feel free to submit.

Submissions close July 15, 2020, but early submissions are always appreciated. It's a lot easier for us to bunker down and watch these in winter than when the sun's inviting us outside. And we will try to notify you of results by mid-October. Because we pay every filmmaker we show, we're a pretty small fest—don't take it personally if we don't select your film, it doesn't mean we didn't absolutely love it.

We also have a FilmFreeway page at if their submission process is easier for you. Use the code 2020GIRAF to submit as a Friend of GIRAF (we have a small fee on FilmFreeway because free festivals can get slammed with irrelevant submissions otherwise).

That should cover it, but if you have any questions, please drop us a line at

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