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Animation Nights New York

"Georges Méliès rocket reached the moon, Felix the cat hit the road, and the great journey continues." Anthony Haden-Guest

(PROJECT SUBMISSION IS FREE. We have ROLLING DEADLINES for project submission.) Please see our Rules & Terms.


Aug 2017 - Jul 2018 | Animation Nights New York curated monthly screening events
May 2018 | 2018 ANNY Cannes Program
Oct 2018 | 2018 ANNY Best of Fest
Ongoing | ANNY Exchange

(Please note: Animation Nights New York (ANNY) has ROLLING DEADLINES. If you have not received a notification it means your film is still in the running to be screened at one of our monthly events!)

Animation Nights New York is a competitive films festival. We host monthly screening events of our in-competition films in venues around NYC. Admission is Free.

The ANNY Cannes Program is an additional opportunity for our filmmakers. Working with the Cannes Marché du Film and Short Film Corner we shortlist qualifying films & filmmakers and then select 20 films to be showcased in our ANNY Cannes Program. Filmmakers receive limited festival accreditation and participate in both a market screening and industry events as part of ANNY Exchange.

ANNY Best of Fest is a conference held annually in NYC (late Sept / early Oct). The two day festival features animation screenings, virtual reality animation experiences, art installations, professional panels, and industry events.

ANNY Exchange connects animation talent to AR/VR/Traditional projects.

Animation Nights New York was founded by Yvonne Grzenkowicz. On September 9, 2015, Little Water Radio invited us to use their old space at 207a Front St in the back of Fulton Stall Market for our premiere “NY Independents” screening. The program was curated by Yvonne Grzenkowicz (Animation Nights New York) and Robert Lyons (ASIFA East). We had about 45 attendees. We soon outgrew the space! (Thank you, Little Water Radio and Fulton Stall Market!)

Jan-April 2016 we were in residency with the Third Annual Out to See Festival at 192 Front St (Jan-Apr) in the South Street Seaport. We were the premiere event for this winter festival hosted by Little Water Radio and sponsored by the Howard Hughes Corporation. Animation Nights New York continued to grow.

In May 2016, Animation Nights New York relocated to the beautiful 180 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038 with support from Anderson Contemporary, MHP, Clarion Partners, and Maiden Lane Hospitality. We could finally accommodate our growing regular attendance!

Animation Nights New York now holds screening events around NYC. Besides 180 Maiden Lane, we’ve held screening events at the One World Trade Observatory, the Arts Brookfield Terrace at Brookfield Place, and The Gutter Spare Room in Williamsburg Brooklyn. We’ve held workshops and VR pop-up events at The Capitale and The Hideaway Seaport.

We’ve had over 8000 films submitted from all around the world. The work is beautiful and inspiring and the events have fostered a sense of community and exchange.

We’ve had tremendous support from ASIFA, NYC ACM SIGGRAPH, NYWIFT, Women in Animation, and the animation community at large. Animation Nights New York programs have included work by award winning animators such as Bill Plympton, George Griffin, Joanna Quinn, John Dilworth, Signe Baumane, Michael Sullivan, Dustin Grella, AthanassiosVakalis and Tiny Inventions among others.

Animation Nights New York had our First Annual ANNY Best of Fest on September 29-30, 2016. Our panel judges selected 20 films from the 200 screened Sept 2015-July 2016. The ANNY Best of Fest featured Animation Screenings, VR Animation Experiences, Art Installations, Industry Events, Artist Booths, and Professional Panels at 180 Maiden Lane and venues around the Seaport District of NYC.

Our goal is to strengthen the animation community and ensure filmmakers are rewarded for their efforts. We are looking to partner with companies who are naturally aligned with our mission to promote the arts. A huge thanks to everyone who helped us get this started.

Keep supporting independent animation. We hope to see you at our next event!

Awards & Prizes
The monthly screenings (Aug - July) are curated. These events culminate in a juried annual ANNY Best of Fest (Oct). The films selected as "screened" at the regular monthly programs are automatically submitted to the annual juried show.

The ANNY Cannes Program is an additional opportunity for our filmmakers. Working with the Cannes Marché du Film and Short Film Corner we shortlist qualifying films & filmmakers and then select 20 films to be showcased in our ANNY Cannes Program. Filmmakers receive limited festival accreditation and participate in both a market screening and industry events as part of ANNY Exchange.

2017 Grand Prize and Animation for Adults Winners each received a prize from Wacom.

Our Grand Prize Winner had an opportunity to chat with 20-year Pixar veteran Andrew Gordon about their film!

All of our 2017 ANNY Best of Fest Winners received an Industry Badge for our 2017 annual festival (Sept 29-30), a one year subscription for Toon Boom, a one year subscription for Craft, a one year subscription for Stash, a three month subscription for Midas Creature, and a three month subscription for Sketchfab Pro.

2017 ANNY Best of Fest filmmakers were eligible for distribution via Shorts HD, if applicable.

Rules & Terms
We accept short animated films in all styles, mediums, and genres. There is no limitation on the age of the film. We do request that you be able to submit a high resolution 1080p digital file as a final format via Dropbox or YouSendIt.

PLEASE NOTE: Animation Nights New York (ANNY) has ROLLING DEADLINES. If you have not received a notification it means your film is still in the running to be screened as an In Competition film at one of our monthly events.

Once your film is selected, it may not be programmed immediately. We take great time and care with program curation. Once your film is programmed, it will be immediately be In Competition for our next ANNY Best of Fest. 20 ANNY Best of Fest winners are selected by a panel of Industry Judges. Grand Prize and Special Prize Winners in both film and VR categories are also selected.

WHAT SEMI-FINALIST MEANS: Your film has moved to the SECOND ROUND OF JUDGING for inclusion in Animation Nights New York (ANNY). At this stage, we are still reviewing your film. Your film has NOT YET been officially selected. It is still in the running! You will receive a second notification letting you know if your project has been selected for screening with Animation Nights New York. NOTE: If your project is selected, we will request download access for your digital file.

Please Attend! If you live in the NYC area we would like you to attend the screening and networking event.

If you live outside the NYC area we would like you to be available to attend the networking event virtually via Skype or Google Hangout. (Coming soon.)

PLEASE NOTE: If the film submission is accepted into Animation Nights New York, the entrant grants Animation Nights New York (ANNY) a non-exclusive, royalty free license for use for theater screenings and to publish excerpts in print or electronic media to promote the event in any and all media. The filmmaker must secure all rights and clearances. Foreign films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.

Again, deadline is rolling! Please do submit your project.


2017 ANNY Best of Fest, Sept 29-30!

Mark your calendars! The ANNY Best of Fest is a TWO DAY symposium (Fri & Sat, Sept 29-30, 2017, 12pm-10pm) featuring animation screenings, fine art installations, virtual reality animation experiences, professional panels, and industry events at 180 Maiden Lane in the Seaport District of NYC.

Enthusiast Packages (FREE) and Industry Packages ($30) are available now! Reserve your tickets, today!

(Saturday, Sept 30, 7pm & 8pm) 
Congratulations to our ANNY Best of Fest Winners! This year our panel judges picked 20 films from the 175 selected for our monthly curated screening events.

The 2017 ANNY Best of Fest Panel Judges are Debra Solomon (Independent Animator, Academy Member), Phil Weinstein (Disney), and Dayna Gonzalez (Jumping Tadpole Productions, Former ASIFA East President)

2017 ANNY Best of Fest filmmakers are up for our Grand Prize Award (selected by Andrew Gordon (Pixar)), our Animation for Adults Award (selected by Chris Perkins (AFA)), and our Art in Motion Award (selected by Ronni Anderson (Anderson Contemporary)). The results of the final portion of the competition will be announced closer to the festival date. Grand Prize and Animation for Adults Winners each receive a prize from Wacom!

Our 2017 ANNY Best of Fest Filmmakers receive an industry pass to our 2017 annual festival,  a free one year subscription to Toon Boom(, as well as a free one year subscription to It’s on Craft ( 2017 ANNY Best of Fest filmmakers may also be eligible for distribution via Shorts HD, if applicable.

2017 ANNY Best of Fest Filmmakers:

  • YÙL AND THE SNAKE. Gabriel Harel. France, 2015. 13:00
  • SISTERS. David Chontos. United States, 2016. 3:58
  • PUB CRAWL. Hayden Browne. Australia, 2016. 1:37
  • OSSA. Dario Imbrogno. Italy, 2016. 3:55
  • GINGER BEER. Macchia Ornella, Medard Simon. Belgium, 2016. 2:39
  • RADIO WAVE. Ryotaro Miyajima. Japan, 2016. 3:09
  • MOVING OUT. SeoHee Choi, John Han. United States, 2016. 2:56
  • HANGING. Nick LeDonne. United States, 2016. 5:37
  • PACKAGE OF MOVIE TRICKS. Nemjóova. Czech Republic, 2015. 2:00
  • ALL THEIR SHADES. Chloé Alliez. France, 2015. 5:46
  • SCAPEGOAT. Gal Haklay, Shulamit Tager. Israel, 2015. 8:28
  • ORCA. Shulamit Tager. Israel, 2014. 2:36
  • OUR WONDERFUL NATURE – THE COMMON CHAMELEON. Tomer Eshed. Germany, 2016. 3:32
  • ONCE UPON A LINE. Alicja Jasina. United States, 2016. 7:05
  • TICKING AWAY. Michael Sewnarain. Netherlands, 2015. 9:25
  • AS A LITTLE BIRD I… Yyhely Hälvin. Estonia, 2016. 7:05
  • IN THE DISTANCE. Florian Grolig. Germany, 2015. 8:00
  • IT’S A DOG LIFE. Julie Rembauville. Canada, 2012. 7:47
  • BEER BY CHARLES BUKOWSKI. Nerdo. Italy, 2016. 2:15
  • CHANGES. Bob Los. Netherlands, 2016. 3:41

(Friday & Saturday, Sept 29-30, 12pm)
Anderson Contemporary is curating the second installment of Art in Motion for 2017 featuring an installation celebrating animation! Opening Reception: Wed, Sept 13, 6pm-8pm

(Friday, Sept 29, 12pm – 8pm & Saturday, Sept 30, 12 – 6pm)
Our showcase is happening on the 29th Floor Showroom at 180 Maiden Lane. It’s a 26,000 sq ft space with 360-degree views from 500 ft above Manhattan. We will be presenting work from a number of amazing creators including Chris Milk, Penrose Studios, Jakob Steensen, Pirahna / Hey Mister!, Midas Touch, Artella / Sketchfab, Third Wish Media, High Fidelity, and NYU MAGNET among others!

(Friday & Saturday, Sept 29-30, 12pm – 9pm)
Panel, presentation, and industry participants scheduled include Kickstarter, The Molecule, ASIFA East, Penrose Studios, The Mill, Sesame Studios, Artella, SketchFab, SVA, VR Voice, Tommy Stathes, John Dilworth, Stash Media, Max Rothman, John Dilworth, Augenblick Studios, Abelana, Children’s Media Association, High Fidelity, and Framestore are just a few of the organizations on board.

  • Pitching Animation (Sept 29, 12pm) – Featuring: Kickstarter, The Molecule, and Children’s Media Association.
  • History of Animation (Sept 29, 2pm) – Featuring: Tommy Stathes and David Kay.
  • Film Festival Strategy (Sept 29, 3pm) – Featuring: The Productive and ASIFA East.
  • Cinematic Campfire Poetry (Sept 29, 4pm) – Featuring: Max Rothman.
  • Artella Virtual Studio: Sketchfab, Lily & Snout, and the Future of WebVR (Sept 29, 5pm) – Featuring: Artella Virtual Studio and Sketchfab.
  • VR Voice Panel: Storytelling in Virtual Reality (Sept 29, 6pm) – Featuring: VR Voice and Nice Shoes with Bob Fine as moderator.
  • Surviving and Thriving as a Freelancer (Sept 29, 7pm) – Featuring: Kalika Sharma, Stephen Brooks, Livia Beasley, and John Schnall with Dayna Gonzalez as moderator.
  • The Philosophy of Animation Style (Sept 29, 8pm) – Featuring: Stash Media, Renrose Studios, Max Rothman, and Cartoon Brew.
  • New York Film Lot Panel (Sept 30, 12pm) – Featuring: Devin Dixon, Valerie Lisyansky, Brandon Henriquez, and Daron Jenkins as moderator.  
  • Animation in VR: Pipelines and Workflow (Sept 30, 1pm) – Featuring: Penrose Studios, SVA, The Mill, and Nice Shoes with Kiira Benzing as moderator.
  • Puppetry and Motion Capture in Animation (Sept 30, 2pm) – Featuring: Sesame Studios, Handmade Puppet Dreams, and Matt Witham with Tristian Goik as moderator.
  • Animation: New Models for Business (Sept 30, 3pm) – Featuring: GKIDS, Frederator, and Sesame Studios.
  • Pre-Production and Planning: The Importance of Developing an Idea (Sept 30, 4pm) – John Dilworth, Paganomation, and Jimbo Matison with Nina Balton as moderator..
  • Animation Tech: Multi-User Experiences in Virtual Reality – (Sept 30, 5pm) – Featuring: Abelana VR Productions, High Fidelity, and NYC Magnet with Mark Sternberg as moderator.

(Friday, Sept 29, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm & Saturday, Sept 30, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm)
One-on-one Speed Pitching Blocks (Invite only. We will be putting out a call for artists, soon!)Animators/directors will have an opportunity to talk one-on-one with Industry reps!

2017 ANNY Best of Fest Wrap Party (Saturday, Sept 30, 10pm. (Venue, TBA))

We hope to see you at the festival!


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