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 included in 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 Montréal. 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 and virtual materials of the Festival and those of the events in partnership with Festival Stop Motion Montréal.


We closely follow developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and are exploring the possibility of holding some theatrical events for our local audience. The rights holders of the films concerned for possible theatrical releases will be contacted in July.


It is understood that Festival Stop Motion Montréal 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 Montréal?


Fill out the online entry form and send us your film!


For any questions, write to us at: [email protected]

Submission Form 2021 Special Programs

Rules and Regulations

Festival Details



- There are no fees associated with submitting a film. Entry is free.


- The thirteenth edition of the Festival will take place September 10 - 19, 2021.


- The Festival must receive submissions by no later than 11:59PM,  July 2nd, 2020. [Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), UTC-4.]


- Only films produced after January 1st, 2019 are eligible for selection.


- Only films less than 30 minutes, using stop motion animation and pixillation techniques will be considered.

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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, 2021, as planned. Please indicate in section "14. Comments" that the project is not finished and 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 6, 2021.


Festival Stop Motion Montréal’s 13th edition will be available mostly online. 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


Definition :


- 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 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

-Trailer and ‘’making of’’ video if available

-Social media account(s) username(s)  (We want to follow your work!)


A film can be submitted to one of three following categories:


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.


Emerging Talent Films: Films made in school, as part of a course or a workshop


Through this form you will also be able to mention your interest in being considered for a fourth competitive category:


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.

Submission Requirements


Technical specifications


To maximize the quality of the online screening experience, films must be submitted in the following format* :


Format : .mov files:

Codec : Prores 422 (standard or HQ)

Resolution : 2K (2048x1080) or HDTV (1920x1080)

Audio : 24bit LPCM - 48kHz 2 channels (L-R)


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.


Film Selection


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 for official Festival categories.


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.

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