Years running: 6 (since 2016)


Detroit International Festival of Animation.


The annual Detroit International Festival of Animation (DIFA) celebrates and showcases a wild diversity of animations from animators and filmmakers local and international. DIFA features approximately 90 minutes of animated shorts ranging from experimental to quirky as well as more sophisticated mini features.

Also within the same venue, you will find a gallery of animation and comic inspired art and an expo of local artists, animators, zine publishers and comic creators. There will also be a full bar for pop, beer and mixed drinks purchases and free popcorn all night.


  • There are no restrictions on content, style, medium or context, but your entry should be animated, either traditionally or digitally, in some way.
  • The overall running length should be no longer than 15 minutes.
  • Submit via Filmfreeway.
  • Screening format: non-compressed digital format for download, preferably from Dropbox.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    July 01, 2021
  • Deadline
    March 01, 2022
  • Notifications
    March 15, 2022
  • Event Dates
    1 — 2 April 2022
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