Women in Animation Offering 2020 Graduates a Platform to Showcase Their Work
Women In Animation Class of 2020 Showcase is a special online program celebrating the thesis/final films created by students who have graduated in 2020 at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The Class of 2020 has been heavily affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic: their traditional year-end festivities including their in-person commencement ceremonies, screening celebrations, and career fairs have all been canceled.
WIA aims to virtually recreate the opportunities that are missing for the talent and for the industry during this time. The Women In Animation Class of 2020 Showcase provides a platform for graduation films to be seen by animation powerhouses and recruiters, hiring managers, agents and studio executives, making important connections for promising new talent.
There are two important components with great benefits offered to participants in the WIA Class of 2020 Showcase:
Submitted and qualified films will be included as private viewings on the WIA designated web pages available only to the invited recruiters, hiring managers, agents, and studio executives in animation, games, motion graphics and VFX industries. The web pages are not accessible to the public: this is to protect the films’ eligibility for festivals and competitions.
All finished graduating film submissions will be placed in a rigorous selection process to be considered for the Class of 2020 Best Films Presented by WIA. The jurors in this process consist of animation powerhouses, decision-makers and influencers that are film directors, producers, showrunners and development leads. The top three films will be announced at the end of the program and they will win opportunities to meet with their jurors online and to participate in a live WIA Q&A session to showcase their work as part of WIA’s virtual event series.
You must be a student enrolled in an educational institution with your graduation date in 2020; proof of registration or diploma is needed
Open to undergraduate or graduate level films; not limited to only animation majors
Open to all students; not limited to WIA student members
Open to all self-identified genders
Open to all countries of original of film production
Film submission must be the senior/graduating student films; NO demo reels
Film submission with dialogue must be in English or have English subtitles; submission without dialogue or voice over are accepted
Only short films (or excerpts) of 5 minutes or less are accepted
Must follow the Submission Instructions provided; otherwise disqualified
Submission must be entered by the student only, not by any third-party vendors, educational institutions, or studios
Announcement: July 9
Open for submission: July 13
Deadline for submission: July 24 at 11:59 PM PDT
Films available for recruiter viewing & finalists notified by mid-August
Winners for the Class of 2020 Best Films Presented by WIA announced by early September
For more information, please visit at Women in Animation