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Call for Entries: Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF) 2012

The Holland Animation Film Festival Foundation is calling for entries for its annual international animation film festival.

Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF) in the old centre of Utrecht is an international festival for animated film, founded in 1985 and since 2009 an annual event. The festival provides a national and international platform for animation. It is a national and international meeting place and source of inspiration for animation professionals and rising talent and it promotes animated film as an attractive cultural leisure pursuit to all possible target groups.

The fifteenth international Holland Animation Film Festival will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, 28 March – 1 April 2012.

HAFF 2012 is Calling for New Animated Films in Four Competitions

The Holland Animation Film Festival 2012 organizes the following competitions, for films that had their premiere after the 15st of July 2010.

The festival aims at bringing high-quality animation films to the attention of an adult audience, as well as stimulating screening of these films in cinemas and on television.

  • Competition FeaturesThis competition is open for all animated films over sixty minutes.

    A Grand Prize will be appointed to the best feature animation.

  • Competition ShortsAn international competition for short animation films with a maximum length of 60 minutes. The competition is open for all independently produced shorts and television specials or authors animation. The non-narrative section is open for experimental, abstract and cutting edge animation. A Grand Prize will be presented in the categories narrative and non-narrative films.

    Films selected for the shorts competition are also eligible for the MovieSquad HAFF Award. The jury consists of three youngsters between sixteen and eighteen year old.

  • Competition European Student FilmsThe competition for short European student films is open for all European student films with a maximum length of 60 minutes. Graduation films as well as films from other years’ courses can be submitted. The competition is open for films produced at European art schools and film schools.

    Films produced at schools from the following countries can be submitted for the competition for students: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland. Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Student films from countries outside of Europe can be entered for the international competition for shorts.

    The winning film will win best Student film HAFF.

  • Competition Dutch Animation (Audience Award)The Competition Dutch Animation is open for all Dutch animated film productions such as commercials, promotional films, music videos, educational or information films, film or television leaders, television films, episodes from television series, independently produced films, student films, broadcast design and industrial films. The award will be chosen by the festival audience. The mixture of all genres in competition showcases an varied and interesting showcase of the finest Dutch animation.

Only Films Premiered After 15 July 2010 are Eligible!

  • The entered films must have had the premiere after the 15st of July 2010.
  • The number of entries is unlimited. However, for every entry a separate entry form must be completed.
  • Standard for screening during the festival will be films on 35mm, both picture and sound on the same support, DCP (only for feature films), videotapes (of the system Betacam-SP PAL, DigiBeta PAL or HDcam) and digital video (QuickTime MOV using Apple ProRes HQ codec with a resolution as high as possible). Screening of DCP is by way of trial. For feature films with a screening copy of DCP another format should be sent as well (35mm or videotape).
  • The standard norm for selection is DVD video only. Note that DVD’s must be playable at universal DVD.
  • The shipping costs to the festival are at the expense of the sender. The cost of return will be borne by the festival.

Register and Create your MyHAFF Account, to Apply a Film

To apply a film for HAFF 2012 you need to create a MyHAFF account, which basically is a free user account for the official HAFF website.

Once registered follow the onscreen guidelines, to complete your submission(s).