We’re excited to be delivering a national animation competition in partnership with (WONKY and Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival) and Manchester Animation Festival. Over the summer, animators across the UK are invited to take part in a 48-hour animation challenge. There’ll be regional heats, a public vote, exclusive prizes, screenings, a Public Choice award and a Grand Prix winner.

AniJam UK aims to inspire and showcase new work from emerging and established talent from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Animators and artists over the age of 18 can compete in teams of 2 to 5 people, and will have just 48 hours to produce an original film based on a specific theme in any style of animation (as long as it can be shown on a big and small screen!).

AniJam UK picks

Up to three films will be selected from each regional heat, forming a shortlist of animations for the big screen eligible for a Public Choice and a Grand Prix Award.


What are the prizes?

The shortlisted films will be screened as part of Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival and a range of additional venues. They will also be opened up to a public vote online at As well as the Public Choice Award, a Grand Prix will be selected by a panel of industry experts including representatives from UK film festivals, BAFTA Cymru and the BFI. Both winners will be announced at the Manchester Animation Festival in November. Further prizes up for grabs include delegate tickets to Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, bespoke trophies created by Animation Toolkit and distribution by ShortsTV – ‘the global home of short movies’.

When and where are the Regional Heats?

27 – 29 July 2018 //

Bristol (with Encounters)


10 – 12 August 2018 //

Manchester (with Manchester Animation Festival)

York (with Aesthetica Short Film Festival)

Derby (with QUAD)

London (with Young FAN)

Cardiff (with CHAPTER)

Glasgow (with World of Film Festival/Glasgow Short Film Festival)

Belfast (with Nerve Centre)


17 – 19 August 2018 //

Leicester (with Phoenix)


AniJams will start at 11:30am on the Friday and your submissions will need to be in by midday on the Sunday.

Once you register for a regional heat, we’ll contact you with details of venues and any facilities they have available.

For most venues, you’ll need to attend the briefing on the Friday and then complete your animations at home/off-site.


Who can enter?

Anyone aged 18+ in teams of 2-5.


How do I enter?

Register your team for AniJam UK // here //

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