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Submitting to the Animation Showcase
The Animation Showcase is a place for you to feature your animations to gain more exposure, or just because you feel like sharing, showing off, and otherwise displaying your work to the world at large. So if you've got an animation short that you've just been itching to air to the general public, take a look at the Q&A below regarding submission criteria and guidelines, and then send it on in!

How does one have their work featured in the Animation Showcase?
E-mail it as an attachment, in either .wmv, .avi, or .swf format, to animation@aboutguide.com with the subject "Animation Showcase Submission." Anything with attachments in any format other than that with any subject other than that will be deleted to avoid risk of viral e-mails. Please do not zip your submissions.

Works accepted into the Showcase will be added to a growing gallery of animations made publicly available to viewers of the Animation@aboutguide.com site.

Are there any other criteria to meet?
Yes. Your work must:

  • Be no larger than 400x300px and no smaller than 320x240px in dimensions.
  • Be submitted in either .wmv, .avi, or .swf format, and of acceptable video and audio quality.
  • Consist of some form of animation - be it cel animation, digital 2D, 3D, stop-motion, or some other form. Live-action video will not be considered.
  • Be no longer than 5:00m (five minutes). Longer pieces may be accepted in installments.
  • Be rated no higher than R (on a rating scale of G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17, and MA). NC-17 and MA works will not be accepted. R-rated works will be taken into consideration on an individual basis, and accepted conditionally based on content. Please include your estimate of your content's rating in your submission.
  • Not contain any materials copyright to anyone other than yourself unless used with the permission of the copyright holders.

In your e-mail, please include your name and/or the names of all who should be credited on the project, a link to your animation website if you have one, a brief (no more than three sentences) description of your animation, and a brief (no more than one paragraph) animation biography.

Why was an animation not accepted?
Most likely, for one of the following reasons:

  • The video or audio quality was too poor for web viewing.
  • The submission didn't fit the size or length criteria and could not be easily resized or trimmed.
  • The animation was in poor taste or contained excessive profanity, vulgarity, nudity, or violence, beyond acceptable limits within an R rating.
  • The submission was clearly plagiarized or contained recognizable copyrighted material used without permission.
  • The work was not of suitable quality, allowing for variations in style outside of cinema-quality animation (such as stick-figure animations that may still warrant consideration if the overall animation has merit - whether it tells a story or simply sets out to amuse; as long as it has a purpose beyond wiggling sticks on a screen).

Must an animation fit a certain genre?
No. As long as it doesn't fall under the "adult film" rating, just about any genre is acceptable.

Does submitting an animation mean relinquishing copyright of said animation?
Absolutely not, and if your work is featured in the showcase it will include full credit with your name and any personal website URL that you choose to include.

Will accepted animations be edited in any way?
If they don't already include playback controls, small translucent "play" and "stop" buttons will be added in the lower-right corner. A small tag bar will also be added at the bottom, stating the name of the piece and its creator (you) as well as that it's hosted on Animation@aboutguide.com, to prevent anyone from taking the animation from the site without giving you proper credit.

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