Manchester Animation Festival becomes an Academy Award® qualifying festival

Industry News  |  03 July 2023

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has designated Manchester Animation Festival as an Academy Award® qualifying festival on the Short Films Qualifying Festival List.

Manchester Animation Festival

Manchester Animation Festival has become the only dedicated animation festival in the UK to have this honour and joins only a handful of other UK film festival events that qualify. This year’s festival runs from 12-17 November.

Recipients of the festival’s Short Film Award will be eligible for consideration in the Short Films competition of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Established in 2015, the festival has grown to become the UK’s largest animation event, taking place over six days including film competitions, workshops, masterclasses, panels and more, as well as an academic conference, industry forum and family day. Past guests at the festival include Aardman Animations, Blue Zoo, Cartoon Saloon, Industrial Light & Magic, Locksmith Animation, Lupus Films, Netflix, Passion Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios and more.

It’s an honour to represent both Manchester and the UK animation community by being listed alongside some of the most prestigious film events in the world as an Academy-qualifying festival. We look forward to welcoming audiences and showcasing some of the best animated short films from around the world in Manchester this November.

Steve Henderson, Festival Director of Manchester Animation Festival

The festival call for entries is open until 28 July. Winners of the film awards at Manchester Animation Festival will receive the festival’s iconic trophies, designed and manufactured by Mackinnon & Saunders, who recently produced the puppets for Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio and produced the ITV series The Sound Collector.