imaginaria // Imaginaria

16th edition

Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2020
Conversano, Italy

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation
Film length Full length, Short
Genre Adventure, Art, Avantgarde, Drama, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Independent

IMAGINARIA is the first and only international festival of animated films born in Apulia region.
In its history Imaginaria has grown enormously, earning an important artistic and social position in the international festival sector.
Festival of “people and places”, Imaginaria manages to create a family atmosphere among the public and professionals who come in cinemas open air of Conversano. Imaginaria, which is characterized by the importance of “numbers” and the excellent quality of thousands of works of international standing, is a project to promote, disseminate, film training, which aims to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of cinema animation international. Imaginaria intends to trigger, in a long-term perspective, all possible synergies in the community helping to create socio-economic opportunities in the area and at the same time promote the culture of animation. The festival, therefore, is a project which aims to spread the use and knowledge of animation not only during the event, held every year in Conversano, but also in places and times of the year using different networks, made up of other festivals and exhibitions (national and international) to which Imaginaria participates or which it is the promoter.
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Class Founded: 2020
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Jan 11, 2018

Early bird deadline: May 15, 2018
Regular deadline: May 15, 2018
Late deadline: May 15, 2018

Notification date: Jul 31, 2018

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Awards Total prize money: 1,000.00 USD
Festival sections
General rules To submit your film to the Imaginaria – International Animated Film Festival (IAF), please read our eligibility requirements below.

Films must have been completed after December 2016.
We accept all categories of animation films: traditional animation, 2d digital, mix media and stop motion, 3d and visual effects, music videos, experimental.
Running time for the short films must be no more then 20 minutes and no more then 90 minutes for feature film.
Foreign films submitted to the Festival must be subtitled in Italian or English (.srt file).
Entries with HD digital files (1080p – H.264 – MP4 – MOV).
You must upload the work on a file sharing website (eg dropbox, wetransfer, 4shared, etc..)
Those selected for screening during the IMAGINARIA Awards will be notified at least one (1) month before the event starts by e-mail.
Those selected for the screenings will be notified at least thirty (30) days before the event date by e-mail.
One official entry form must accompany each individual submission.
Film producers must also agree to include in future promotion material the mention of the participation at the Imaginaria, the relevant section and any award received, along with the official IMAGINARIA LOGO.
The works already sent to the previous editions of “Imaginaria” will not be admitted.

IMAGINARIA AWARD recepients are determined by a jury of professional filmmakers, illustrators, cartoonist, distributors and journalists.
IMAGINARIA AUDIENCE AWARD is determined by audience votes.

The prizes and special mentions for international competition:

– Best Animated Feature Film
– Best Animated Short Film
– Best Animated Short Film for Kids
– Best Animated Short Film (student)

This awards are determined by a special youngsters jury:

– Best Animated Short Film for Kids

Up to 100 shorts films and 5 feature films will be selected as finalists in the IAF Awards competition.
The winners will be announced at the Winner’s Day.

The following items MUST accompany with online entry form.
– Digital HD file with English or Italian subtitles (1080p – H.264 – MOV – MP4).
You can upload the work on a file sharing website (eg dropbox, wetransfer, 4shared, etc..)
– Short Synopsis (by email)
– One line Synopsis (by email)
– Director’s Biography (by email)
– n.1 B&W or color stills of director (we prefer JPEG/TIFF 300 DPI by email)
– n.2 B&W or color stills of film (we prefer JPEG/TIFF 300 DPI by email)
– Complete credits list (by email)

These items may be used in our catalogue or web site and may be released to the news media in order to promote selected films.

NOTICE: As part of our mission statement, our organization may refer names and contacts of submitting filmmakers to independent distributors, creative agencies, press and internet companies. Digital files and other related materials, however, remain in the strict possession of the Festival’s archive.

If you have any questions please link to the contacts section.

Application Fee:
Submission is free