SoDak Motion Festival

Years running: 6 (since 2016)

SoDak Motion Festival

International Animation Film Festival


The SoDak Motion Festival (much like its predecessor the SoDak Animation Festival), seeks to show some of the best new independent animation from around the world. 

The SoDak Motion Festival is a true gem of the American midwest, because nowhere else in the heartland of America can you find the world's best independent animation. The festival has also hosted guest speakers including artists and filmmakers from NBC, Troika Design, Pixar, and an awesome slew of today’s top indie animators. It’s really cool to say that you've had work show in South Dakota, and for a film festival – and for an animated film festival! It's a small and sincere event, made for animators and by animators and lovers of animation.


The coveted Golden Cowbells are awarded for Juried categories


  • This event is for animated work only. Live-action films are not eligible. Work must be made of at least 51% animation to be considered an animated work. 
  • Submissions should be no more than 20 minutes long. 
  • Entries accepted completed no earlier than 2016 will be considered. 

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Cable Hardin (DIRECTOR)



United States

Official Website


Brookings, SD 57006
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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    June 03, 2018
  • Early Squirrely
    June 11, 2018
  • It's About Time
    July 11, 2018
  • Better Late Than Never
    August 07, 2018
  • Notifications
    September 17, 2018
  • Event Dates
    25 — 27 October 2018
Categories & Fees

Made specifically for non-commercial purposes, non-student work, less than 20 minutes

  • Early Squirrely — $10
  • It's About Time — $20
  • Better Late Than Never — $30

Animation created independently from professional/commercial work and does not adhere to mainstream or conventional narrative forms or structures.

  • Early Squirrely — $10
  • It's About Time — $20
  • Better Late Than Never — $30

Animated content created as significant part of a commercial project and/or while affiliated with a professional company.

  • Early Squirrely — $10
  • It's About Time — $20
  • Better Late Than Never — $30

Animated work made while enrolled at least half-time as a student as an undergraduate or graduate. Indicate your school and program please. No longer than 20 min.

  • Early Squirrely — free
  • It's About Time — $10
  • Better Late Than Never — $15

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