3rd Annual


June 13, 2014 to June 16, 2014

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Animation - Shorts (up to 40 min, incl. credits))
Animated film with a run time of less than 40 minutes, including all credits.
Animation - Feature (40-150 min)
Animation Feature with a run time greater than 40 min.


TAAFI's mandate is to showcase and celebrate the best of animation arts from around the world in one of the leading animation hubs in North America: Toronto, ON, Canada.

Located around the beautiful Toronto waterfront, TAAFI will showcase the finest of animated film, series and commercials, as well as the many forms that animation has taken in the past decades!

*NOTE TO SUBMITTING FILMMAKERS: in an effort to reduce the inherent waste/cost associated with shipping DVDs, please know that, along with the ability to upload a screener to Withoutabox's submission form, we also happily accept Vimeo & Youtube links to your online films. We strongly encourage digitally streaming films as a preview screener format.


June 13-16, 2014 The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) is the first top tier international animation festival in Toronto and will be held in in the heart of Toronto’s waterfront and the surrounding entertainment district.

In its third year it will be an exciting, eye-opening look at compelling, animated storytelling with its highly anticipated content, star power and high profile screenings. It will also educate and inspire through the innovative and diverse techniques showcased in the gala premieres, screenings, keynote addresses, competitions, and awards. TAAFI will act as a tent pole event, supporting and building community by creating opportunities for studios to meet and work together through local and international networking events and social media initiatives.

TAAFI will be known internationally for its global representation. It will bring the world’s animation to Toronto, and Toronto’s animation to the world.

TAAFI prefers to receive submissions as Secure Online Screeners or as viewable online links (Vimeo, Youtube) - if your film is already viewable online, please post the link in the COVER LETTER section of your application.

DVD screeners are also acceptable (Region 1 or 0 only), but we discourage this format unless online links are absolutely unavailable. This preference is due to practicality: it saves the entrant fees on shipping, and it prevents needless waste (packing materials, DVDs). Please rest assured that the quality of online screeners are top notch, and do not compromise the technical aspects of the film.


Alexandra Moorshead (Event Planner); Barnabas Wornoff (Festival Chair/Community/Programming); Ben McEvoy (Sponsorship/Community/Programming); Cara McCutcheon (Public Relations); Jasmine Wang; Mark Jones (Operations and Finance); Mateusz Garbulinski; Mike Weiss (Programming ); Nick Boos (Web Technical Director); Rich Duhaney (Marketing/Programming)


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 2012 or later are accepted.

If you have submitted a film to previous editions of TAAFI, this film is no longer eligible as a current submission. Each film may only be submitted one time.

Submission Procedure and Format

To be eligible for selection for the 2014 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, 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 including
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 Dec 15, 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.

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 March 15, 2014, 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 April 1, 2014, 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 April 1, 2014, 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. If the filmmaker no longer wishes for their film/material to be used by the festival in this manner, they are welcome to opt out in the form of a written request to the festival."

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.