Industry eyes will be on Shanghai from June 6 to 19 this summer when the 30th annual Shanghai TV Festival and the Shanghai International Film Festival take place presenting hundreds of animated TV projects and a growing number of animated features.
Launched in 1986, the Shanghai TV Festival is the oldest and most culturally influential international television festival in China and features the Magnolia Award International TV Program Competition.
Among the Magnolia Awards are prizes for best animation and best animation storytelling. Each year, hundreds of animation entries from more than 50 territories worldwide are accepted into the competition.
The 2016 festival will run from June 6 to 10 with eligibility rules requiring that animated series, one-off TV specials or any non-live action animation projects have been initially broadcast anywhere worldwide between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016.
Online submissions can be sent via www.stvf.com by March 10, 2016 and there is no fee to enter.
At the 2015 TV Festival, Kung Fu Bunny from JJJoy Animation Studios won the best animation award, while American series Lost Treasure Hunt from Argosy Film Group won the best storytelling award.
For film projects, the Shanghai International Film Festival, which was founded in 1993, showcases more than 2,000 films from over 100 countries and regions around the world every year all vying for Golden Goblet Awards in the competition section.
Last year, the festival introduced a Golden Goblet Award for best animated film for the first time ever, which was won by Ireland’s Song of the Sea from Dog Ears and Cartoon Saloon.
Running from June 11 to 19, the 2016 edition of the fest will accept animated films that have been completed in the country of origin after June 1, 2015 with a minimum running time of 70 minutes on 35mm film print or DCP.
Films with world premieres or international premieres will also be given priority.
The entry deadline is April 15, 2016, there is no entry fee and online submissions can be made at www.siff.com.