Awakening insight, justice, and compassion through animation
Conscious Cartoons is a non-profit competitive international animation festival, and the first of its kind solely focused on short works (15 min. or less) addressing social issues. These issues can be personal, local, national, global or historical in scope but should reflect broader humanistic themes such as peace, justice, inequality, love, responsibility, consciousness, and the joy and pain of the human condition. The aim of this festival is to open eyes, hearts, and minds, through the uniquely transcendent medium of animation.
Along with promoting greater awareness of social causes, the festival celebrates and supports independent animators by offering an unprecedented amount in cash prizes ($20,000) in multiple categories.
The festival is held on Vashon Island, WA, a jewel in the Puget Sound known for its vibrant art culture, progressive attitudes, and stunning natural beauty. Be warned: you may not want to leave.
CONSCIOUS CARTOONS 2018 · SEPTEMBER 14-16 · VASHON ISLAND
Is your film
a good fit for
A list of suggested topics can be found on the Call for Entries page.
Your film may embody a topic (or topics) not on this list, as long as it still fits within the festival’s overarching theme.
Please refer to the films below as good “thematic” references for the types of films we are looking for.
Judges choice for the overall best submission
The people’s choice for their favorite animation
Specifically to honor the work of upcoming young talent
An award for films specifically for children. (approx. ages 8-13).