Big Cartoon Festival

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Years running: 15 (since 2007)

Big Cartoon Festival

The largest annual animation festival in Russia.

About

The Big Cartoon Festival is the largest annual animation festival in Russia. Since 2007, it has been introducing the Russian audience to the best examples of Russian and foreign animation. The Festival program includes the International and Russian Competitions, screenings of full-length films, thematic programs of short animation for adults and children, meetings with leading artists and directors, and master classes on various animation techniques. Over the recent years, the Festival has been held in Moscow, Voronezh, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Khabarovsk, Norilsk, Togliatti and Lipetsk.

In July 2020 it was held online for the first time. In 2021, the festival celebrates its 15th anniversary. The Big Cartoon Festival (BCF) will take place in Moscow between the dates of October 28 – November 8, 2021.


Program Directors of the Big Cartoon Festival are Dina Goder and Maria Tereschenko

Awards

The International Competition:

  • GRAND PRIХ for Best Short Animated Film
  • AWARD for Best Student Animated Film
  • AWARD for Best Non-narrative Animated Film
  • Special Jury Prize

The Russian Competition:

  • AWARD for Best Russian Short Animated Film
  • AWARD for Best Russian Student Animated Film
  • AWARD for Best Russian Animated Film for Children
  • Special Jury Prize

The International Children Competition:

  • AWARD for Best Episode of TV Show (under 12 y.o.)
  • AWARD for Best Episode of TV Show (over 12 y.o.)
  • AWARD for Best Foreign Animated Film for Children

Other Prizes:

  • AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
  • CRITICS CHOICE AWARD
  • PRIZE of the BCF Management

Rules

It will be possible to submit an application for the Festival from May 1 to June 30, 2021. Films are accepted through the FilmFreeWay platform: https://filmfreeway.com/BigCartoonFestival-2021. All the information about the application criteria in Russian is posted on the following page: https://multfest.ru/moscow2021/regulations.

The results of the selection will be announced no later than August 10 (for international competitions) and August 24 (for the Russian competition). The full program of the BCF-2021 will appear on the Festival’s official website at the end of September 2021.  

 

The festival assumes offline screenings of all films of the competition programs, but reserves the right to transfer the event completely to the online format if it is impossible or unsafe for the participants to hold screenings in cinemas.

Competition Programs
The Festival competitive program includes:
a) International Competition of Animated Short Films
b) Russian National Competition of Animated Short Films
c) International Competition of Animated films for Children
d) International competition of Animated Series

Rules & Terms
Submission of applications for the competition is carried out through the form posted on the Festival’s page on the FilmFreeway website.
Films selected for competitive sections will be screened without screening fees.
The festival accepts films from 1 to 30 minutes.
All films must not have participated in the previous editions of the Festival.
All films must have been completed after January 1, 2020.

Films are eligible for the Russian Competition if they are made in Russia or with a substantial contribution of a Russian main crew member.
Films are eligible for the Foreign Competition if submitted in English or with English subtitles.
Each film selected for the Festival can be included in the program of only one competition. The final decision on the inclusion of a film in a particular competition is reserved by the selection committee.
The Festival will not consider works-in-progress.
The Festival will not consider advertisements.
Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.
The Festival places no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

The festival assumes offline screenings of all films of the competition programs, but reserves the right to transfer the event completely to the online format if it is impossible or unsafe for the participants to hold screenings in cinemas.
Films selected for the competition can be shown within the framework of the competition programs no more than 4 times in any Moscow cinema or online on the festival platform for 3 days during the festival.
Public online screenings will be geographically limited to the territory of the Russian Federation. In case of expansion of the screening area, the Festival will notify the representative of the film in a letter about the inclusion of the film in the Festival program.
All participants of the competition programs, regardless of their location, are provided with free access to the online platform of the Festival to view the competition programs.

The festival covers the cost of accommodation of nonresident participants of the competition programs of the festival in a Moscow hotel, no more than 2 nights during the festival. The Festival does not cover the cost of purchasing air tickets, train tickets to / from Moscow, taxi tickets to / from the airport to the city, or the cost of food over the duration of the Festival participant's stay in Moscow.

The Festival can use a maximum 1-minute sequence from the selected films to promote the BCF 2021 in any media. During the Festival, teasers of selected films may be screened at Festival venues, in TV spots promoting the BCF, on the website of the Festival, and in multimedia presentations during the Festival.
The Festival reserves the right to use film stills in promotional materials (Festival catalogue, Festival journal, leaflets, posters, billboards, website, and multimedia presentations), and provide them to the media for the purpose of disseminating information about the BCF.

Submission
Owners of the festival screening rights (hereinafter the “submitters”) may submit their films to the 15th BCF before June 30th, 2021 for all the competition programs.
No registration fee is required.
The sending of a completed entry form and film constitutes a submitter’s full acceptance of the Festival’s rules and regulations.

Screening Formats & Supplementary Materials
Submitters must provide a screening copy as a full HD video file (1920x1080) without black bars and/or cropping, encoded with H264 video codec, packed as *.mp4 / *.mov / *.m2ts / *.mkv. As for the audio, general stereo mix (2.0) is OK, encoded with AAC.
If there is no h264 version of the film availible, either of the following will be acceptable: ProRes / DCP / BluRay (digital image).
If the Festival does not receive the required presentation copy in the proper format on or before August 24th, 2021 for the international competition programs and before September 7th, 2021 for the Russian national competition program, the selected work will be withdrawn from the Festival program.
The Festival also requires three (3) CMYK 300 dpi film stills, film description, dialogue lists (with time codes or an .srt file of English subtitles) and a link to the film trailer where applicable. Film description includes a synopsis, duration, country of production, studio of production, year of production, credit list, animation technique used and information about the film's prizes and its participation in competitions of other festivals.

 

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

The Festival has three juries:

International jury of the International Competition,

Russian Jury of the Russian National Competition,

International jury of the international competition of animated films for children and the international competition of TV shows

Each jury consists of three people closely associated with the art of animation.

The organizers of the festival are the Studio BFM, LLC and the Non-profit Partnership Kinoteatr.doc.

Documents

Place

Russia
Moscow

Official Website

multfest.ru

Contacts

E-mail: multfest@gmail.com

18, Perevedenovsky lane
Moscow 105082
Russian Federation

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    May 01, 2021
  • Deadline
    June 30, 2021
  • Notifications
    August 10, 2021
  • Event Dates
    28 October — 8 November 2021
Categories & Fees

Russian and foreign episodes of TV shows created after January 1, 2020 are accepted.

  • Deadline — free

Foreign animated films for children created after January 1, 2020 are accepted.

  • Deadline — free

Films are eligible for the Foreign Competition must be made in any country except of Russia (submitted in English or with English subtitles) and produced by a student of an animation school.

  • Deadline — free

Films are eligible for the Foreign Competition must be made in any country except of Russia (submitted in English or with English subtitles).

  • Deadline — free

Films (professional, student, children's) are eligible to participate in the Russian competition if they are made in Russia or with the significant participation of the Russian main member of the film crew.

  • Deadline — free
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