Call for submissions: Squeaky Wheel’s 18th Animation Fest! – Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center

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Call for submissions: Squeaky Wheel’s 18th Animation Fest!

June 21, 2021 @ 8:00 amAugust 3, 2021 @ 11:30 pm EDT

Extended deadline: August 3, 2021, 11:59 PM
Notification Date: August 25, 2021

Squeaky Wheel invites for submissions for our annual Animation Fest! In its 18th 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 and established artists. The 18th Animation Fest is curated by Tabia Lewis.

The 18th Animation Fest will be held online on Friday, September 3, 2021, 7 pm ET with an in-person outdoor screening at Albright Knox at Northland and a virtual screening through Squeaky Wheel. Films in the virtual program will be accessible for 24 hours thereafter for general audiences, and 72 hours for Squeaky Wheel members. If selected, you will be asked for a downloadable copy of your film.

  • 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.

Click here to submit!

Please direct any questions about the application process and your submissions to Ekrem Serdar at

About the curator
Tabia Lewis is a Black, trans writer, curator, and DJ living on Catawba Nation territory in Charlotte, NC. While they mostly creative non-fiction and critical essays they also have an affinity for poetry. Their work is aligned with Black radical imagination, memory, mythography, and transness beyond physical matter. They’re also a big fan of cartoons.

Banner image: 16th Animation Fest at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, 2019


June 21, 2021 @ 8:00 am EDT
August 3, 2021 @ 11:30 pm EDT
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