3rd Annual


June 13, 2014 to June 16, 2014


Animation - Feature (40-150 min)


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in Canadian Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
November 15, 2013
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *
Regular Deadline
December 15, 2013
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *
Late Deadline
January 15, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 15.00 *
WAB Extended Deadline
January 31, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 25.00 *

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately March 15, 2014

Features: From 40 minutes to 150 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2012

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
REGION 0    
REGION 1    

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
Film Gauge

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required with the entry form, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director

Prizes & Awards

This category is not a competition.
No prizes/awards entered for this category.

Category Rules

NOTE: By submitting your entry and paying your entry fee through Withoutabox.com, 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. This category requires that the minimum run time is 40 minutes up to a maximum of 150 minutes.

Submission Procedure and Format

To be eligible for selection for the 2013 TAAFI festival, 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 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:

Submit your submission electronically to the Withoutabox site including all of the elements listed below by the Submission Deadline.
Withoutabox will prompt you for the following information to be submitted with your preview film (a) the title of your film; (b) the category in which your film should be considered: (i) animation short,; or (ii) animation feature; (c) the genre that best describes your film (for example, comedy, drama, documentary, music video, thrillomedy, documusomedy, experimental); (d) the animation technique that best describes your film (for example, 2D classical, stop motion, 3D computer, 2D computer, VFX, Pixelation); and (e) a short synopsis of your film. (f) promotional materials
Please include with your submission an two (2) high quality (digital) film stills in .jpeg or .tiff file formats.
Lastly, as directed on the site, please pay your entry fee (if required, submissions are free until Jan 31, 2013) 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 Withoutabox.com, as directed.

If the film is already viewable online (Vimeo, Youtube, etc), a link to the film is also sufficient as a screener (please post the link in the Cover Letter section)

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 people 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 taafi.com 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. Preference: Apple Pro Res.
HDCAM, HDCAM SR, D-Cinema (DCP), Digital Betacam, Betacam SP, HDV, Mini-DV, DVCAM, 35mm.
Alternatively your film must be sent as a data file, and not as a DVD movie. If selected, the file containing your film must be delivered to us in Quicktime format, whose file suffix is .mov. Our file preferences are Apple Pro Res or Avid DNxHD, but we may agree to other arrangements in advance.
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 1920x1080m 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: (a) 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; (b) all material included in the film is original and authored by the entrant, or has been properly licensed by or assigned to the entrant; (c) 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; (d) 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.