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Call for Submissions: Squeaky Wheel’s 17th Animation Fest!

Deadline: August 1, 2020, 11:59 PM ET
Notification Date: August 20, 2020

Squeaky Wheel invites submissions for our annual Animation Fest! In its 17th year, we are proud to continue a festival showcasing artworks made in a diverse variety of animation techniques such as stop-motion, claymation, 3D animation, hand-painted film, special effects, and motion graphics. Past festivals have showcased work from both rising artists as well as established artists.

The 17th Animation Fest will be held online in mid-September 2020, at 7 pm ET with a live screening, with films accessible for 24 hours thereafter. If selected, you will be asked for a downloadable copy of your film. The 17th Animation Fest is guest curated by Tabia Lewis.

  • Each individual submission should not exceed ~10 minutes.
    There is no submission fee.
  • All selected artists will receive a screening fee of $75 per selected film. (International applicants must have a Paypal account to receive their screening fee).
  • All selected artists will receive a one-year membership to Squeaky Wheel.
  • Multiple submissions per artist are accepted. Artists who are African/Black, Indigenous / Native / Aboriginal, POC, creatives with disabilities, women, 2SLGBTQIA+, and artists who face systemic and structural barriers are highly encouraged to apply and will be prioritized.

Click here to submit!

Please direct any questions about the application process and your submissions to Ekrem Serdar at ekrem@squeaky.org

About the curator
Tabia Lewis is a Black, trans writer, curator, and DJ living in Charlotte, North Carolina. They hold a BA in English from East Carolina University with a minor in creative writing. During their time at ECU they found their passion for curating while working in Joyner Library’s Special Collections. Their work is aligned with Black, radical imagination, the ordinary as extraordinary, and transness beyond physical matter. Outside of writing and music, they also use collage, zines, and homemaking as mediums/platforms for their work.
Currently, they are working on a project that investigates Black existentialism and its ties to social justice. In the future, they hope to work on projects that explore their relationship to ghosts as a Black trans person, Black, queer homemaking, and queer-coded families in cartoons. By 2022 they hope to have completed their memoir.

Squeaky Wheel’s Animation Fest is sponsored by Villa Maria College’s Animation program. Villa Maria College’s Animation Program teaches the fundamentals of animation and fine art, and builds from there. The small classes are instructed by our renowned faculty, and allow students to get a personalized, hands-on education. Additional support is provided by the County of Erie and County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, individual members, businesses, and supporters.