In submitting their application, the director of the film, or any other person holding the rights to the project, certifies that they hold the following authorizations :
- The use of images and archive videos included in the film
- The use of images and non-public domain video content embedded in the film
- The use of all songs and musical excerpts in the film (whether diegetic or non-diegetic)
- The use of all sound effects contained in the film
In submitting their application, the director of the film, or any other person holding the rights to the project, authorizes Festival Stop Motion Montreal to use the promotional material provided with the submission of the film. He or she also authorizes the Festival to use a short clip (either 20% of the length of the film or less than 30 seconds) for promotional purposes.
The film clips may also be made part of a compilation that serves as a promotional festival trailer for broadcast on the Internet, on television or during events in partnership with Festival Stop Motion Montreal. Images of frames from the film may be used for promotional purposes on the Internet, that is to say on the official Festival website and those of the events in partnership with the Festival, as well as on affiliated social networks. These images can also be used for promotional purposes on all types of printed materials of the Festival and those of the events in partnership with Festival Stop Motion Montreal.
We remain informed regarding the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. If public events continue to be banned in Montreal, we are looking into the possibility of holding a virtual 12th edition on the dates scheduled. Films submitted to the Festival will not be distributed or offered on the Internet in their entirety without prior authorization. * Visit the Special Programs section for details on the distribution and promotion of films at Festival partnership events.
It is understood that Festival Stop Motion Montreal is organized and operated in good faith. Should any questions or problems arise in connection with the above regulations, the Festival cannot be held responsible for them. We invite you to contact our team at any time if you wish to share a comment on this subject.
Are you ready to participate in Festival Stop Motion Montreal?
Fill out the online entry form and send us your film!
For any questions, write to us at: [email protected]
All submissions received during 2020's call for entries are eligible to participate in the Discovery Program which includes films already presented in one of the four categories of competition. This free, non-competitive program allows the public to see a free sample of the year's selection. Projects for all ages and most often without texts or dialogues will be considered.
- There are no fees associated with submitting a film. Entry is free.
- The twelfth edition of the Festival will take place September 14 - 20, 2020.
- The Festival must receive submissions by no later than 11:59PM, June 30, 2020. [Eastern Time Zone (EST).]
- Only films produced after January 1st, 2018 are eligible for selection.
- Only films less than 30 minutes, using stop motion animation and pixillation techniques will be considered.
In response to the current pandemic and its uncertain evolution, we invite artists who are experiencing delays in completing their film productions, to fill out a submission form before June 30, 2020, as planned. Please indicate in section "14. Comments" that the project is not finished. Plus, specify what needs to be completed. The Festival team will evaluate projects to the best of its ability. We ask you to present an uncompleted version of your film and to be able to guarantee a final version by August 3, 2020.
If public events such as ours cannot take place in September, we will consider the option of an entirely virtual edition on the Internet. On your application you will be asked in section "12. Information" for permission to broadcast your film online, on a platform to be defined, for the period from September 14 - 20, 2020.
- The movement of three-dimensional objects animated frame by frame defines stop motion.
- Pixillation is defined as a stop motion technique using persons to create animation frame by frame.
For films using a variety of techniques, a minimum content of 75% stop motion animation or pixillation is required in order to be considered eligible.
Ineligible techniques :
Cut-out animation, time lapse photography videos (videos created through the photographing of live-action movement at scheduled or sporadic intervals) and videos made through editing live-action footage to produce a "stop motion" effect are not eligible for the Festival.
Entry forms, films and all required material must be submitted to the following address:
Each form must include either an online screener link or a link to download the project. Use the file transfer website of your choice, such as WeTransfer, DropJar, or DropBox, if needed. Please include the following documents with your form for promotional purposes:
-The director’s biography (60 words or less)
-The director’s filmography
-1 photo of the director
- 2 HD images from the film
-Social media account(s) username(s)
Professional Films: Films, television shows and ads produced with private funding. A producer who is not the director of the project is involved in editorial and creative decisions. The director of the project does not have full creative control of their work.
Independent Films: Films produced in an independent setting with or without financial assistance. The director is the person who initiated the project and is the driving force behind it. They have full creative control of their work.
Youth Films: Films suitable for a general audience and children of all ages. This category is open to all types of productions: professional, independent and emerging talent films. This category presents works whose themes and values appeal more specifically to a young audience.
To maximize the quality of the screening experience in the theatre, films must be submitted in the following formats* :
Format : DCP / BluRay /.mov
Specifications for the .mov files:
Codec : Prores 422 (standard or HQ)
Resolution : 2K (2048x1080) or HDTV (1920x1080)
Audio : 24bit LPCM - 48kHz 2 channels (L-R) or 6 channels SMPTE (L-R-C-LFE-Ls-Rs)
For films produced in a language other than French or English, the Festival must be provided with a copy of the film having French or English subtitles, otherwise your application will not be considered eligible.
N.B. Some of our theaters project DCP only, while others cannot support this format. Please send us either a Prores file or a .mov file, in addition to your DCP, when available. Your film could be presented on multiple occasions. For example, in a competitive screening and it's second screening session, in our ''Best of the Fest'' program or in our Discovery program, etc. Those screenings will be held in different theaters during the duration of our event.
All films submitted will go through a selection process. A selection committee, who will choose the works to be screened at the Festival, will review all entries received. All decisions made by the committee are final.
For the short film competition, a panel composed of 3 official jurors (special guests from the film and television industry) will select a single winner in each of the three official Festival categories.
The winner of the Family friendly film category will be determined by a public vote from the audience.
The winner of each category will be receive a stop motion ball-and-socket armature trophy, known as the “Little Henry”. All decisions made by the jury or the public vote are final.
A public choice award, in the shape and design of our famous stop motion stop sign, will be awarded to the film with the highest number of votes from the audience, across all categories.