Years running: 16 (since 2005)

GIRAF Animation Festival

International Animation Film Festival.


GIRAF is committed to gaining greater awareness for animation as an art form, and celebrates the spirit of independent, underground, and experimental animation.

We are looking for Animation submissions, in all genres, lengths, and mediums. Our programs are a strong eclectic mix of animation, representing the best of the medium from Claymation to CG. We focus on presenting independent animations that push boundaries through new techniques, unique visions, and stimulating subject matter.


Best of Canada, Most Innovative Animation, Best International Short Animation Awards (Juried), & Audience Favorite Short Animation Award.


  • Animations must be independently produced (not by major studios), with the director retaining complete editorial control;
  • No commercial work, please — some of those are super cool, but commercials, explainers, festival stingers and those sorts of things fall outside what our festival is all about.
  • The festival is also aimed at an adult audience, so we rarely select films that are explicitly aimed at children.
  • ONLINE submissions (ie YouTube and Vimeo links) are strongly preferred, but DVDs may be sent to:

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Laura Leif - Programming Director




Official website



GIRAF Submissions
c/o Quickdraw Animation Society
2011 10TH AVE SW
Calgary AB T3C 0K4


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    January 13, 2020
  • Deadline
    July 15, 2020
  • Notifications
    October 30, 2020
  • Event dates
    26 — 29 November 2020
Categories & Fees
  • Deadline — $3
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