Consultancy and Festival Submissions for Animated Shorts — Festagent / Scheriaa / ZippyFrames

Consultancy & Festival Submissions
for Animated Shorts

Collaboration Festagent (Russia) and Scheriaa Productions / Zippy Frames (Estonia).
The rules and requirements (competition categories, eligibility, premieres, etc.) of animation festivals can differ greatly from those of other film festivals. Festagent joins forces with animation services Scheriaa Productions / Zippy Frames; they both offer animation filmmakers the opportunity to navigate this specialized festival field with a clear strategy and the utmost efficiency.
  • Scheriaa Productions
    Animation Production Company
    Scheriaa Productions is an Estonian film production company, established in 2016. It has produced a 2D animation short Verikoka (dir. Spyros Siakas), and has in development two other animation shorts (The Sea Tranced Isle, Mar(t)y). Its client services include animation festival and event consultancy and strategy, and story development services.
  • Festagent
    Film Festival Promotion Agency
    Festagent is a leading film festival distribution agency, established in 2010, based in Moscow.
    Services provided by agency covers full circle of festival distribution: promotion, dcp's, poster design and subtitling.

    Portfolio includes over 500 films.
  • Zippy Frames
    Animation news website
    Zippy Frames is the premier news website on independent animation. Since 2011, it covers and reports on all major animation events, it hosts and presents short animation films from all over the world, and it informs and analyzes trends that directly concern independent animation and its practitioners.

Vassilis Kroustallis

Yulia Travnikova
Festival Submissions


Short animation — under 40 min. Platform fees are included, but not festival fees.
100 €
Consultancy + 50 submissions
399 €
Consultancy + 100 submissions
599 €
Consultancy + 200 submissions
899 €
Consultancy + 300 submissions
1049 €


Vassilis Kroustallis
Vassilis is a film and animation professional with more than 10 years of animation festival experience, reporting and serving as jury in many animation festivals. He is a member of ASIFA-Hollywood, and he runs (since 2011) animation news website Zippy Frames. He has served in animation festival positions, and he is currently serves as Animation Programme director at PÖFF Shorts, Estonia.
We join your animated film with the right animation festivals for your film. It's a matchmaking process that we propose for you as a filmmaker and your film towards both animation festivals and animation pitching events. We prepare a festival roadmap for you to follow.

How it Works
  1. You submit your film and we watch it
  2. We arrange an online consultancy section
  3. We present you with a plan of action that includes:
  • the films first and alternative choices of festival premieres
  • not-to-miss festival participations
  • a detailed map of festival /event nodes to follow that could actually prove beneficial to your film's visibility and career

Festival Submissions

Submit entry forms, track results, help to organize your visit to the festival.
  • Developing festival distribution strategy in collaboration with directors and producers and select festival list for months ahead.
  • Submitting festival entry forms due to list and deadlines of the festivals.
  • Delivering all necessary info for festivals for their printed catalogues and dcp copies. Coordination of the communication in case of selection or winning.
  • Management of the submission fees. All info about fees is transparent and available in google spreadsheet with dates and screenshots of payments.
  • Managing relationships with selection committees and festival's organizers.


Among our clients we have international studios like Disney and leading animation and film studios from Russia, film Schools, TV channels and independent filmmakers.

Request Consultancy and Submitting

Please make the card of your film (instruction) — it will greatly speed up the work and the process of collecting the materials.
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What should be ready before start (checklist)

By the time of signing the contract, you need to collect materials on the project — without them we will not be able to start working with the film. The list is below.

1. Preview copy with English subtitles

The copy of the film in full HD 1920x1080 resolution (up to 2 GB for movies up to 30 minutes, up to 4.5 GB for the feature films) with English subtitles in the format * .mp4 or * .mov.

2. Preview copy without subtitles

A similar file, without subtitles in the original language.

3. Subtitles file in *.srt format

Even if your subtitles are embedded in the video, you will still need a separate file. It is required for translations at the festival. The file must be prepared in advance.

4. Logline and synopsis

Synopsis is used in all festival profiles. Read the article on writing logline and synopsis.

5. Director's biography and filmography

Required in all, without exception, festival profiles.

6. Director's statement

We recommend writing the director's statement so that we can use it for personal submission straight to the festival selection commeet.

7. 5 shots and director's photo

Photos in print quality (300 dpi) — can be used in the festival catalogue. The face on the photo should be clearly visible. The file is needed in print quality (300dpi) — for festival catalogue.

8. Film poster and trailer

These are additional files, but it is better to prepare them too. Poster is used in all online materials and can be printed and hung on the venues of the festival. The movie trailer can also be used as a promotion at the festival.

Read: How to make a movie poster.

9. DCP copy

You can prepare it right before the first festival screening. One version is enough, to which you can add an additional package (subtitles, audio tracks).

Questions and Answers

We have collected popular questions and answered them

General issues

Application Form and Files

How to get started

Promote films to festivals without you forfeiting the rights. Distribute fiction, documentaries, animation, VR, music videos and experimentals. Both shorts and full-length.
Create DCP-copy of your film or video in 12 hours.
Translating film to any languages with native-speaking translators. Making subtitles according international standards.
Professionally develop the design of the poster, logo, business cards, invitations and site for the film.