VT Animation Festival 2021

The Vermont Animation Festival is proud to celebrate our sixth year as the only Animation Festival in Vermont! We will kick off this years’ screenings, workshops, and artist talks on Friday, March 26th. 2021 events include workshops for both beginner and experienced animators, a screening of student films, and an Artist Talk by our Keynote Speaker, Vermont-bred / Boston-based Experimental Animator Alan Jennings. 


The Vermont Animation Festival is hosted by Northern Vermont University in partnership with Catamount Arts and the Vermont Curators Group.

Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to welcome Independent Animator Alan Jennings as our 2021 Keynote Speaker. Alan will be doing portfolio reviews for current NVU Animation / Illustration students, teaching a flipbook workshop for all ages, and giving an artist talk on Friday, 3/26. He will also be one of the judges for our submissions.


Alan's film The Northeast Kingdom received international recognition. He is a recent MFA grad of the experimental animation program at California Institute of the Arts.

His films have been shown internationally at: Animafest Zagreb, The Ottawa International Animation Festival, The Stuttgart Festival of Animated Films and The Holland Animation Festival, among many others. He grew up in Berlin, Vermont, and currently teaches for the Animation Program at Mass Art. 


You can see Alan's work in his upcoming (virtual) solo show at Catamount Arts, and at his website:


Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions of animated films, especially from students and emerging animators. Prizes are awarded in the following categories: Best Student Film, Best Supershort, Best Film from a Vermont Animator, Best Use of Traditional Media, and Audience Choice. We will be opening submissions for the 2022 Festival in January 2022.

Get in Touch!

For questions regarding the Vermont Animation Festival please contact

Kate Renner, Visiting Assistant Professor