Ciné-motion is a stop motion animation film festival for amateurs. Organized by the City of Saint-Herblain (France) and the Lutétia cinema, it brings together enthusiasts of all ages in a friendly short film competition. Solo artists or groups submit films from 1 to 7 minutes in length, in the following categories:


- Elementary school students (under 11 years old)

- College / High School students (11 - 16 years old)

- Over 16 years old

- Collective films (family or multi-age group)

- Undergrad/Master students -  From Universities and Colleges

- with specialization in film, and animated film programs.

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Last edition date :  October 14 -21, 2016 - 6th edition





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The 6th Edition of the Se-ma-for Film Festival was incorporated in the first edition of the MAFF (Mediteranee Animation Film Festival) hold on a cruise in the Mediterranean in October 2016.


The festival had 3 competing Categories - Stop Motion, 2D and CGI. A prize was given for best animated film in each category plus best overall animation. There were workshops and Master classes.  

In 2010, celebrating the 100th anniversary of creating first in the history stop motion animation "Beautiful Lukanida" by Wladyslaw Starewicz, Se-ma-for Film Foundation decided to establish the first European Festival specialised in stop motion. First edition was a great  success and only confirmed the rightfulness of that decision. Next years brought further growth of the Festival which grew into a full 5 days of screenings, meetings, workshops and international discussion about crucial issues for film production and co production. All of this happened in the city of Łódź, home of Polish film and animation industry.

Other festivals dedicated to the art of stop motion !

Did you know there are now other events dedicated to celebrating stop motion animation? We are very pleased to introduce some of the main festivals from around the world who, like us, have a common goal of sharing stop motion animation and educating the public on its unique frame by frame technique. Since the creation of Festival Stop Motion Montreal in 2009, similar events have popped up around the world and we are happy to connect you with our brothers and sisters as the stop motion family grows!


Stop Motion Mexico

StopTrik International Film Festival was born in the alternative culture center Pekarna. From its very beginnings the festival has been a grassroots initiative that aims for international collaboration and cultivates openness for the novelties and appreciation for the tradition as well as focuses on alternative modes of culture production and perception.


StopTrik IFF remains successful in avoiding nuisances of typical mainstream events as it is a consciously and deliberately not hierarchized, red-carpet free festival. The organizers and all StopTrik IFF attendees are welcome to enjoy spirit of equality and stirring lack of barriers in chilled atmosphere.

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Festival dates :     August 15 to17, 2019 7th edition


Mexico :              

Call for entries : 


* From September to December 2019  (8th edition, 2020)


Registration fees : None / Free


* Through Movibeta platforms and Festhome


Accepted techniques :


Stop Motion - Time lapse – Cut-Out - Pixillation


Stop motion animation including small amounts of live action footage can be submitted.

Stop Trik International Film Festival

Festival dates :


(Slovenia) Octobre 8 to 11, 2020 - 8th edition - Maribor


(Poland) November 6 to 8, 2020 - 8th edition - Łódź

Appel de candidature : TBA


Registration Fee : None / Free


Accepted techniques :


Puppets animation - Claymation - Objects or photography manipulation - Animation of loose materials (such as salt, sand, etc.) - Pixillation - Traditional Cut-Out

International Brasil Stop Motion Festival

Festival dates :    April 26 to 30,2018 -  6th edition


Brazil :                     Cinema São Luiz

                                Recife, State of Pernambuco - Brésil


                                & Católica University

Call for entries : Close


Registration fees : None / Free


Accepted techniques : from the definition below


Stop Motion animation consists of the movement achieved with three-dimensional objects or living figures, captured frame by frame and creating a sequence of animation.


In the case of mixed media, only films with a content of at least 70% of Stop Motion animation will be accepted.


Gesticulation - Stop Motion meet-up

Festival dates :   Octobre 2017 -  3rd edition


Switzerland :      

Call for entries : Close


Registration Fee : None/ Free


Accepted techniques :


Puppets animation, Cut Out, Pixillation, brickfilm, charchoal, sand.

Each second of a stop motion video, be it the raising of an eyebrow, a sigh, or a hand grabbing a fruit, hides human beings moving around, pressing, screwing, reframing, etc. Gesticulation’s aim is to make the public discover and value this hidden aspect, specific to stop motion and great fun, since it is full of tricks and ploys.


Stop Motion Barcelona

Festival dates :    June 28 to 30, 2018 -  3rd edition


Spain :  




Call for entries :  Close


Registration Fees : Free


Accepted techniques : 


Pixillation - Puppets –Claymation- Cut Out ...



Stop Motion Barcelona Short Film Festival was created by La Academia de Animación in Barcelona. It is dedicated exclusively to the world of stop motion animation and its first edition was held June 26th, 2016. During  that day, a short film competition was presented and a stop motion workshop for kids and families was given by El Bombeto, an itinerant animation and film workshop company.

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Created in 2011 , the International Brazil Stop Motion Festival is the first Latin American international festival aimed exclusively forthis centuries-old technique of animation.

Our Fest est un festival d'animation organisé chaque année dans la ville de Buenos Aires, en Argentine. Il offre des spectacles itinérants toute l'année dans tout le pays et met un accent particulier sur l'art engagé à des fins sociales.


Our Fest est un projet artistique à but non lucratif qui vise à promouvoir l'art comme outil social, cherchant avant tout à amener les jeunes à la création cinématographique et audiovisuelle.


Our Fest propose des activités gratuites afin de faciliter l'accès du public à des propositions d’éducation et de formations de qualité internationale. Parmi elles, des compétitions de courts métrages, des ateliers, des expositions, des séminaires, des cours et des conférences données par des personnes de référence en animation en Argentine et de différentes parties du monde figurent sur la liste des activités offertes.


International Stop Motion Animation Film Festival

Festival dates :   March 11 to 15, 2020 - 3rd edition


Argentina :              

Call for entries :  Close - December 2019



Registration fees : None / Free / Through Film Freeway  platform


Accepted techniques : 


Claymation - Pixillation - Puppets animation - Cut Out - Sand and more

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Centro Cultural de la memoria Haroldo Conti, Buenos Aires          

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Stop motion animation film festival for amateurs

Festival dates :   Sunday March 29, 2020 - 2nd edition / cancelled


France :                  

Call for entries :  Close


Registration fees : None / Free


Accepted techniques :


Maison des arts de Saint-Herblin

Non-Stop Motion (2020 edition)          

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Centro Nacional de las Artes México    

Río Churubusco 79, 04210 Mexico City

SMMX is an international project that promotes and disseminates stop motion animation since 2010. Year-round, SMMX encourages this unique combination of technology and craftwork with multidisciplinary workshops, conferences and events, involving participants from all around the world.


SMMX is also the only company in Mexico specialized in stop motion animation, providing studio services like production execution and mentorship, staff training and equipment and software sales. They also provide online and on-site education, conferences, master classes and interactive year-long events.


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ANIMARKT - Stop Motion Forum

Forum dates :     Octobre 6 - 10, 2020 - 5th edition


Poland :                      

Appel de candidature :  TBA / Summer


Registration Fee : None / Free


Accepted techniques : Puppets animation projects

ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum is the only event in Europe that caters to the representatives of the film industry focused on puppet animation. Pitching, expert consultations and networking are designed to consolidate the industry as well as facilitate the establishment of international contacts and cooperation.


The event focuses on the most important problems and challenges in the production of stop motion animation. The key goal of the event is to create a platform for sharing experiences and practices between stop-motion filmmakers, distributors, broadcasters, producers, animation service providers and industry representatives of all skill levels and from all around the world.


Three main sections of ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum programme are:


PITCHING – a competition for short puppet animation projects in development with a chance to win vouchers for production services in Poland or animation equipment, coverage of the festival distribution or sale of television rights to the finished film; pitching is preceded by a training session devoted to works on the script, production and budgeting, presentation of the project, public speaking and puppet building;


MASTERS – series of workshops, masterclasses and discussions targeted for students and young professionals aiming at skills and knowledge development;


BUSINESS – focusing on the industry networking, B2B meetings combined with presentations and pitches for short and feature films as well as TV series, recruitment sessions for European and non-European animation studios.


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* Note that the is only accessible during the festival’s promotion period, in Summer time.

Cruise on board th MSC Armonia  *

(Departure from Civitavecchia / Italy)

Both Se-Ma-For festival and Se-Ma-For production house have now ceased their activities.

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ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum is organized by MOMAKIN, a business partner in the animation industry specializing in stop motion. It professionally supports film, television and commissioned projects at every stage of their implementation: from idea and planning through obtaining financing and producers to production and promotion.

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