Entries are now open for the 15th Annual TAIS Animation Showcase!!

Submit via FilmFreeway here

******NOTE with regards to Covid-19 Pandemic******


This year the 15th Annual TAIS Showcase will take place over three days! With our main screening event to happen on Friday October 15th, 2021. The 15th Annual TAIS Showcase will consist of a Showcase screening event, Special Screening, and public workshops.


We are hopeful Showcase will be at least partially in person but we will move Showcase online if it is not safe enough to hold public events by October. We are waiving the late submission fees for TAIS Members as we know that many people in the arts will be feeling the financial implications of these times. We have adjusted the late submission fees for students and non-member submissions as well.



Scheduled for October 15,16,17, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, all artists/filmmakers selected for the TAIS Showcase will receive an Artist Fee.


REGULAR DEADLINE July 30th(by midnight) $10.00 CAD

LATE DEADLINE August 20th (by midnight) $15.00 CAD

**TAIS members REGULAR DEADLINE July 30th(by midnight) FREE

**TAIS members LATE DEADLINE August 20th(by midnight) FREE

**Students REGULAR DEADLINE July 30th (by midnight) 5.00CAD

**Students LATE DEADLINE August 20th (by midnight) 5.00CAD


Each year, the TAIS Animation Showcase presents the best local, national and international independent animation talent. With films from a variety of medium, genres and styles, this annual Showcase programme aims to exemplify the unlimited possibilities of animation filmmaking. The 2021 Showcase is presented with the support of the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.



Founded in 1984, The Toronto Animated Image Society initially began as a group for animators and animation enthusiasts to connect and share in an art form they love.


Over 35 years, TAIS has evolved into an artist-run media arts production centre with a growing membership that supports animation production, presentation, and skills development.


As a production centre, TAIS supports creation by our members and guest artists. We commission new animation through special projects and residency programs, present curated programs of animation art by artists from Toronto, across Canada, and around the world, and each year we invite guest artists to screen their work, give lectures, and teach workshops. TAIS prioritizes the involvement of artists from diverse practices, backgrounds, and communities. As part of our commitment to reaching new audiences for animation, we have presented over a dozen projects of community engagement by artists in the last 15 years. Today and into the future, TAIS seeks to present and support work by artists who reflect upon and investigate artistic (social, political, and creative) concerns and prioritize experimental production techniques inherent to contemporary forms of animated art making.


Awards & Prizes


-TAIS prioritizes the payment of artist fees. Showcase artists will be paid a screening fee for the presentation of their film at the TAIS Animation Showcase 2021 ($87-$130 CDN)



-Awards will be granted by a jury and via an audience choice award. No cash value for the award.


Rules & Terms


-Only Animated films completed within the last 2 years may be entered

-Eligibility is restricted to fully animated films only, no live-action

-Films must be no more than 15 minutes in length

-Films must be submitted by the REGULAR deadline on July 30, 2021 (by midnight) OR by the LATE deadline on August 20th, 2021.

-The person(s) submitting the film must either be the creator of the film or have express permission from the creator of the film to submit it.

-The creator(s) of the film must have the rights or express permission to use all materials used in the film



-Works selected must be available in Quick Time file format, sized at 1920 x 1080 / codec Prores, sound 48hz. These are the SCREENING REQUIREMENTS

-Films can be submitted via FilmFreeway, or by providing us the Dropbox URL for download, or by sending us a link to the film on Vimeo (if password protected you must provide the password).


We require:

-two 1920 x 1080 JPG or PNG or TIFF still images from the film with each submission

-Brief biography of the filmmaker


We’d also like to see *optional

-a link to an Artist CV/resume or equivalent listing of animation exhibitions/screenings info for last 3-5 years (artist website url).



-Free Submission for TAIS Members for REGULAR Deadline (membership # required)

-All material must be submitted by the REGULAR or LATE deadlines or it will not be considered

-All films are kept within TAIS Library for research purposes only