1st Annual

Palm Springs International Animation Festival

November 10, 2017 to November 11, 2017

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1775 E. Palm Canyon Dr. Suite 110-196
Palm Springs CA 92264
Phone: 7602858051

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Animated Feature
Accepting animation films in all genres considered full - or feature-length
Animated Short
Accepting animation films in all genres considered short-format.
Student Animation
Accepting animation films in all genres considered full - or feature-length or short-format


To screen amazing animated feature and short films from all over the world.


Located in sunny Palm Springs, California. Home of the world famous Coachella Music Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Comic Con. The festival was founded by independent film and animation producer Brian Neil Hoff.

Brian got his start in the film business in 1994 on the film “White Mile”, which starred Peter Galaguer and Alan Alda. He went on to work for independent film producer Paul Leder, father of Dreamworks director Mimi Leder. Brian continued to work in the industry and began developing his own scripts and film projects. His first animated short film “Automaton” won an award at the California International Animation Festival in 2008.

Over the years Brian also developed and produced several independent films. He cast Ernest Borgnine in a voice role for the 2010 sic-fi indie film “Enemy Mind” shot at the Salton Sea in California.
In 2010 Brian appeared in the two-part Emmy winning episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show in which 200 adult men who had been molested came forward and told their stories. Palm Springs Life magazine published an article “Shooting for Strength” about the episode and Brian’s screenplay about his own life. The experience led him into charitable work in Palm Springs, CA, his current home.

In 2012 Brian developed an independent filmmaking program at Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, IA. In 2016 he gave a presentation on animation at The Arts Institute Palm Springs High School and is currently mentoring students at the school interested in animation.
Brian is the author and creator of the animated “Secret Agent 00K9” book series which is centered on spy dog Secret Agent 00K9 who goes on adventures as a detective solving crimes in an animal-only, but human-like, society. From 2014 to 2016 Brian held book signings and benefits for the Palm Springs Police Department K-9 Unit and read his book to elementary school students in Desert Hot Springs, CA.
Brian is proud to introduce the 2017 Palm Springs International Animation Festival and the opportunity to bring wonderful and intriguing animated films from all over the world to Palm Springs and to hold Q & A sessions with filmmakers, animators, and industry executives.


Brian Neil Hoff; Brian Neil Hoff


Rules for Participation

1. Dates and Venue
The absolute final deadlines are as dictated on Withoutabox. Category winners are announced after the festival. The venue for the festival will be announced closer to the date of the event.

2. Competition
The festival reserves the right to place entries into alternative categories if they feel it is to the benefit of the title. Each submission must be entered separately. Entries will be assessed and successful submissions will be programmed for screening and enter the festival competition. Failure to submit a screener copy four weeks prior to the festival will rule out eligibility for an award. If your film is selected we reserve the right to show your film at a date and time of our choosing.

3. Formats
For the selection process acceptable formats include: DVD or Blu-Ray.

Successful submissions that are granted a screening must submit one of the following: DVD or Online Screener.

Please address your entry to:

Palm Springs Animation Film Festival
1775 E. Palm Canyon Dr. Suite 110-196
Palm Springs, CA 92264

4. Selection
Festivals are organized by the Film Festival Guild. The festival directors reserve the right to invite films for the competition and program. Screening schedule will be announced after the final submission deadline. The final award winning entries will be selected by a festival jury and audience votes. Award winners will be notified within 14 days of the festival screenings.

5. Entry Returns
We do not return submission entries.

6. Screenings
It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that films for screening are deposited with the festival organizers at least 7 days before any scheduled screening.

7. Publicity
We reserve the right to use extracts from submissions for festival publicity and marketing purposes. Press kits are not required, but are useful, so please feel free to send these with your submissions.

8. Categories

Best Animated Feature
Best Animated Short
Best Student Animation

9. Awards

GRAND PRIZE Best Animated Feature
GRAND PRIZE Best Animated Short
GRAND PRIZE Best Student Animation


By signing below, you agree to the following Palm Springs International Animation Festival (PSIAF) Terms and Conditions, and indicate that you have read and understood the PSIAF entry guidelines.

The following will apply if my film/video is selected:

1. My film/video will be screened during the Palm Springs International Festival and will be eligible to win a filmmaker award.

2. My film/video will be shipped (at filmmaker's expense) in one of the exhibition formats specified on the PSIAF listing by February 12, 2017 at the latest.

3. My film/video may be utilized for promotional purposes of the festival, limited to private screenings and preview-only copies for press and supporters, unless otherwise arranged with the PSIAF.

4. I will permit the PSIAF to use my name and stills from my film/video (at least one print-quality version provided upon request) for promotional purposes.

The following will apply for all film/video submissions:

1. The PSIAF retains the right to archive the submitted screener copy of my film/video (excluding 16mm prints) in physical and/or digital format solely for historical and research purposes, and will not publicly screen it without my permission.

2. The PSIAF will conduct private screening sessions to review submissions, which may include my film/video.

3. The PSIAF does not provide refunds on submission fees.