Teen Animation Festival International 2019

TAFI 2019 | At a Glance

Festival Dates: Sat, June 1 & Sun, June 2

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, April 7, 2019, 11:59pm PST

Fee Waiver Requests Due: Sunday, March 17, 2019, 11:59pm PST (Please Note: Each submission requires a $25 fee, payable via PayPal, through the submission form. Fee waivers are available; email a statement of need to TAFI@wdfmuseum.org.) 

Related Pages

Curious about past festivals? View highlights from last year's festival on a special TAFI 2018 page

Interested in attending our screening of select TAFI films on June 2? Visit our TAFI 2019 special event page for more information. 

Festival Overview

The Walt Disney Family Museum’s Teen Animation Festival International (TAFI) celebrates animation created by artists ages 13 through 19. TAFI invites entries from around the world and offers both educational and collaborative opportunities as well as a chance to win great prizes. Previous awards have included family memberships to The Walt Disney Family Museum, portfolio reviews with industry professionals, and Bay Area professional animation studio tours.

2019 marks the Walt Disney Family Museum’s sixth year as host to an animation festival specifically designed for teens. Beginning in 2014 with nine high schools, participation continues to increase year-to-year. The 2018 festival included screenings of Official Festival Selections, portfolio reviews, a panel discussion with animators from the gaming industry, a lecture by the 2017 Festival Winner, and a keynote address from animator Mark Walsh. Honors were presented for outstanding achievement, based on judging from a panel of industry professionals. Awards were presented to the Festival Grand Prize Winner, Festival Runner-Up Winner, Category First and Second Place Winners, and Special Award Winners. The 2018 Festival Grand Prize Winner was Natalia Poteryakhin for her film Thaw, an artistic interpretation of an old family story. See her full film here

New to TAFI 2019

In 2019, TAFI will highlight excellence in high school animation programs as well as outstanding achievement by individual students. The five submission categories (School Show Reel, Individual Reel, 2D Short Film, 3D Short Film, and Stop-motion or Experimental Short Film), reflect the breadth and creative variety of student productions.

In celebration of The Walt Disney Family Museum’s 10th anniversary, we will honor TAFI participants with additional special prizes, including awards bestowed upon winners by the museum’s Board of Directors, Caltrain, the Redford Center, and more. Films that qualify for the Redford Center Award will focus on environmental issues; however, the awards from Caltrain and the Board of Directors do not need to center on a specific theme to qualify, so all films submitted to the 2D, 3D, and Experimental Categories will be considered for awards from these aforementioned parties. Additionally, one specially selected film will be screened from July 4-31 at San Francisco International Airport's Video Arts Exhibition space, which is located pre-security on the departures level of the International Terminal.

Basic Requirements & Festival Rules

Entrant + Film Requirements
  • All applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 19 during the 2018–19 school year.
  • Works could have been started anytime, but all works must have been completed after May 1, 2018.
  • All films must be the eligible applicant’s original work—the films must be written, directed, filmed, and edited by eligible applicants.
  • Any media uses, including music, must be copyright free or cited per the copyright owner’s terms. No use of non-student IP with approval or copyright infringement allowed.
  • All submissions must be suitable for the festival audience (MPAA rating of PG-13).
  • Films that exceed the required time limit will not be accepted—time limit does not include the required slate and black frames.
  • Submissions must be submitted no later than Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 11:59pm PST. Late submissions will not be considered. 
Submission Review + Festival Information

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges from feature film, television, video game studios, and university programs. Each applicant and credited teacher will be invited to the festival on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, 2019. Students and teachers credited on films selected for the festival will be invited before all other TAFI entrants. The public is invited to view student work during a screening of select TAFI entries on Sunday, June 2, 2019. All student applicants will receive four free admission tickets to the museum redeemable Saturday, June 1, or Sunday, June 2, 2019. 

Submission, Payment + Financial Aid

Submissions include a $25 submission fee; PayPal account required. For financial aid opportunities, send a statement of need to TAFI@wdfmuseum.org on or before Sunday, March 17, 2019. Entries must be submitted no later than Sunday April 7, 2019 at 11:59pm PST. 

Additional Copyright Information

No copyright infringement allowed, including use of any intellectual property belonging to others (i.e. using characters or voiceovers created by someone else). Any media uses, including music, must be copyright free or cited per the copyright owner’s terms. If you have questions about uses, email TAFI@wdfmuseum.org. 

Submission Slates & Forms

Each entry requires a separate slate and submission form—do not enter more than one film per submission form. Reels may contain more than one work, but must be uploaded as a single film. Opening, closing titles, and credits are required and are considered part of the film’s time restriction.

  1. Click here to download slate.

Follow the submission format:

  • 10-seconds of slate
  • 5-seconds of black
  • Your film
  • 5-seconds of black 

2. Click here to download TAFI submission form.

  • Submissions are open until Sunday, April 7, 2019
  • Each entry requires a separate slate and submission form

    Submission Categories

    School Reel

    2-minute maximum. May include any and all animation categories and include beginning test animation (ball bounce, walk cycles, head turns, etc.), traditional and digital clips, short film clips, motion graphics, etc.

    Individual Reel

    2-minute maximum. May include any and all animation categories and include beginning test animation (ball bounce, walk cycles, head turns, etc.), traditional and digital clips, short film clips, motion graphics, etc.

    Short Animated Film 2D Traditional or 2D Digital

    3-minute maximum. May be hand drawn frame-by-frame either digitally or on paper or other physical surface or animated digitally in vector-based software (After Effects, Flash, Toon Boom, etc.)

    Short Animated Film 3D Digital

    3-minute maximum. May be created using CGI/3-D animation software (Maya, 3D Studio Max, etc.)

    SHORT ANIMATED FILM, STOP-MOTION OR EXPERIMENTAL

    3-minute maximum. May include mixed media, abstract, stop motion, paper cut-out, found object, clay, etc. 

    Please Note: Time limits do not include the required slate and black frames. 

    Special Prizes

    REDFORD CENTER AWARD

    The Redford Center will award a special prize to a film that focuses on environmental issues from the 2D, 3D, or Experimental film categories.

    CALTRAIN/SamTrans AWARD

    Caltrain will award a special prize to a film submitted to either the 2D, 3D, or Experimental film categories.

    WDFM BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD

    The Walt Disney Family Museum’s Board of Directors will award a special prize to a film submitted to either the 2D, 3D, or Experimental film categories.

    Please Note: Additional special prizes to be announced at the festival awards ceremony.

    Festival Terms & Conditions

    Submission to The Walt Disney Family Museum Teen Animation Festival International (“Festival”) constitutes an agreement with all festival terms and conditions, regulations, and eligibility guidelines set forth on the official The Walt Disney Family Museum (“WDFM”) Festival website. Entrants warrant that they have legal right to submit the work to the Festival, that all statements in the submission form and final submission are true and correct, and that all necessary rights and clearances have been secured to screen the work at the Festival. The entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless the Festival and WDFM from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, and screening. The entrant permits WDFM to retain film as part of our files and library. WDFM reserves the right to determine the final eligibility of any submitted work and all decisions are final. All information by WDFM, whether publicly posted or not, is subject to change without prior notice.

    Questions? Contact the festival team by email: TAFI@wdfmuseum.org. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q. What do you mean by 10-seconds of slate?

    A.  The slate is a title card that you will download from waltdisney.org/tafi. Complete the required information and include on your reel or film before the animation starts. It should stay on-screen for 10 seconds. Holding the slate allows enough time for our staff and judges to read all of your information before it plays through. Please also include 5-seconds of black following the slate, and another 5 seconds of black following your animation.

    Q. Are we able to use a song we do NOT own the rights to playing in the background, or do we need to have completely original music?

    A. We recommend you use original music, music you have permission to use, or copyright and royalty-free music. You may include copyrighted music as long as they are cited in your credits as per copyright owner’s terms.

    Q. When will you announce the results?

    A. Participants will be notified of some details in mid-April 2018. Winners will be announced publicly during the festival awards ceremony on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

    Interested in Attending?

    TAFI 2019 | Special Event Page

    On Sunday, June 2, join us at The Walt Disney Family Museum for a screening of select TAFI 2019 films created by young animators from all across the globe! Check back soon for more information about ticketing. 

    Our TAFI 2019 Sponsors

    The Walt Disney Family Museum would like to thank our TAFI 2019 sponsors. Their support aids the museum in creating a platform to celebrate young filmmakers from around the world. 

    Caltrain

    Corporate Sponsor

    Charles Schwab

    samTrans