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Deptford AnimaDocs

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A Celebration of Twenty-First Century Animated Documentaries

Part festival, part symposium, the inaugural Deptford AnimaDocs welcomes submissions from filmmakers and academics working with the phenomenon of animated documentaries.

We Want Your Submissions of Short Animated Documentaries or Proposals for Talks about the Format.

We adopt Annabelle Honess Roe’s definition of animated documentary as any film that:

‘(i) has been recorded or created frame by frame

(ii) is about the world rather than a world wholly imagined by its creator; and

(iii) has been presented as a documentary by its producers and/or received as a documentary by audiences, festivals or critics.’

(Honess Roe 2013: 4)

We invite participants to submit short animated documentary films between 5 and 20 minutes in the English language or subtitled in English, or short academic papers of 5 to 10 minutes, written with a general audience in mind.

Films should be submitted via FilmFreeway.


  • Entrants may only submit one film for the festival each year.

  • Films must be in the English language or subtitled appropriately in English.

  • FIlms must use animated techniques and be documentaries. Fictional animated works will not be accepted. Documentaries that do not make substantial use of animation techniques will not be accepted.

  • Films must be between 5 and 20 minutes in length.

  • Films must have been produced since the year 2000 inclusive.

  • We strongly encourage submissions from BAME, female and LGBT+ filmmakers, and those with disabilities.

Academic Papers might be:

  • Profiles of specific animators, studios or distributors

  • About the representation of a particular event, issue or group

  • Explorations of how animated documentaries engage with the past, present or the future

  • Explorations of how animated documentaries negotiate material reality and the immaterial, such as dreams, memory and fantasy

  • Histories of animated documentary

  • Discussions of specific animated techniques in animated documentaries

Please send abstracts for academic papers to

This is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run event. There will be a small £10 submission fee for filmmakers and £10 participation fee for academic speakers towards funding the event. Deptford Animadocs will be hosted at Deptford Community Cinema – a volunteer-run and built cinema and arts space in South East London dedicated to bringing lesser seen films from across the world to London audiences.

The deadline for all submissions is 30th April 2019

Animadocs Team

Dr Victoria Grace Walden (University of Sussex)


Dr Annabelle Honess Roe (University of Surrey)