Years running: 23 (since 1996)

Cartoons on the Bay

International Cross-media Animation and Children’s Television Festival.


More than 500 productions in competition for 50 countries, a Pulcinella Award assigned by a children jury.

 This year’s focus is the myth and the confrontation of cultures through myths, religions and migrations. 


International Jury grants the following awards for the works in the Competition (Nomination) by Category:

  • Pulcinella Award for Best Preschool TV Series (6 years and under)
  • Pulcinella Award for Best Kids TV Series (7-11 years)
  • Pulcinella Award for Best Teens TV Series (12+)
  • Pulcinella Award for Best Videogame
  • Pulcinella Award for Best Live Action / Hybrids TV Series
  • Pulcinella Award for Best TV Pilot
  • Pulcinella Award for Best Short Film
  • Pulcinella Award Best VR Cartoon

The Children’s Jury will grant the:

  • Special Pulcinella Award for Best Italian Kids TV Series (7-11 years)

The Artistic Director, in agreement with the members of the Editorial Committee, has the power to grant the following Special Awards:

  • Pulcinella Career Awards
  • Pulcinella Awards for Studio of the Year
  • Pulcinella Award to a Guest Country
  • Pulcinella Special Awards

In collaboration with UNICEF a Special Prize will be awarded to the Best Social-Issue related Work, chosen among all the categories in competition.


Animated works of any nationality made in 2016, 2017 and 2018 are eligible to participate. 

Works already submitted to past editions of the Festival will not be considered, with the exception of follow-up seasons of TV series and works previously submitted under another category that have been subjected to a different type of development.

Works may be submitted by registering online at the festival web site.

Works in English or with English subtitles.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Organized by RAI Com SPA.




Official website



Cartoons On The Bay
Via U. Novaro, 18
00195 Roma –
P.I. 05346581001

Phone: +39 06 33174130
Fax: +39 06 33178315

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    November 07, 2017
  • Deadline
    February 06, 2018
  • Event dates
    12 — 14 April 2018
Categories & Fees

Animated TV Series (6 years and under). Pilots and zero episodes of animated TV series must be submitted under the Category: TV Pilots.

  • Deadline — free

Animated TV Series (7 − 11 years). Pilots and zero episodes of animated TV series must be submitted under the Category: TV Pilots.

  • Deadline — free

Animated TV Series (12+). Pilots and zero episodes of animated TV series must be submitted under the Category: TV Pilots.

  • Deadline — free

Fall under this category all television series dedicated to children and teens exclusively or partially achieved through techniques of live action.

  • Deadline — free

Pilots and zero episodes of animated TV series representing a complete narrative synthesis and with the technical, artistic, and content features of the series to be created must be submitted to TV Pilots and not to any of the categories subdivided according to target audience.

  • Deadline — free

Animated short films with the technical, artistic, and narrative features that would render them suitable for possible, and hopeful, development into television programs are invited to participate. This category’s aim is to foster the spread of animated short films in broadcasters’ programming.

  • Deadline — free

This category includes all Interactive Multimedia Works made for fixed and mobile consoles that comply with the following PEGI (Pan European Game Information) classification requirements: PEGI 3, PEGI 7, PEGI 12, PEGI 16.

  • Deadline — free

Works for virtual reality created with any animation technique that can be viewed on any device or visor: shorts, series, motion comics, commercials and video clips that combine animation and VR viewing on an industrial or experimental level.

  • Deadline — free
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