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About OPen World animation festival

Open World Animation Festival launched in March 2016 as a series of DIY screenings focused on celebrating the art of animation. Films from around the world, comprising of a diversity of styles, mediums & perspectives were featured. The films on display were ones that blurred the lines of what animation is and what it could be. 

The event was created & hosted by the Alternative Gallery at their Cigar Factory location in Allentown, PA. The concept for the event originated due to a lack of movie theaters and general access to film & animation in the Lehigh Valley. 

After a great response to the 2016 screenings and requests for more, the 2017 event has grown into a 4-day film festival where films will compete for awards & prizes.  This is very much a festival focused on the art of animation, with the awards aspect being added to help creators keep on creating. 

Hundreds of films cover a wide array of styles including stop motion, film cel, digital & computer animation, claymation, 3D, experimental, GIF, mixed live action/animation, music videos, video game cutscenes & more! 

Anyone is welcome to take part in the festival and all submissions are free! 

For more info on how to submit please click HERE.

For more info on the Alternative Gallery please click HERE.

To contact us, please click HERE

2018 Festival Poster

Open World Animation Fest 2018 11x17 Poster