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GIRAF: Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival

21 November - 24 November 2019

Contact: Laura Leif


Phone: 403.261.5767

Fax: 403.261.5644

Address: 201-351 11th Ave SW
T2R 0C7

Festival website

  • About
  • Submission Info

GIRAF, or the Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (est 2005), is an annual animation festival that runs each November in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. GIRAF celebrates the spirit of independent, underground, and experimental animation, showcasing Canadian animators and presenting diverse animations from around the globe. We’ve showcased the award winning independent work of artists including Don Hertzfeldt, David O’Reilly, The Brothers Quay, Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, Malcolm Sutherland, Koji Yamamura, Bruce Bickford, Brandon Bloomaert, Barry Doupe, Cordell Barker, Richard Reeves, Chad Van Gaalan, Mati Kutt, Jan Svankmajer, Priit Parn, Nick Fox-Gieg, Amy Lockhart, Stu Hughes, Madi Piller, and Cam Christiansen, among many others.

GIRAF presents interactive activities including workshops, artist talks, visiting artists, and animation screenings. GIRAF’s parent organization is Quickdraw Animation Society, a non-profit, artist-run centre in Calgary Alberta.

Year established: 2005

Is this festival exclusively animation?: Yes - this is exclusively an animation festival

Submission deadline:
15 July 2019

Entry fee:
FREE! There is no charge for this festival


  • Best of the Festival (Jury Selection)
  • Innovation in Animation (Jury Selection)
  • Best of Canada (Jury Selection)
  • Audience Award

Submission methods:

  • DVD
  • Online Link (& Password)

GIRAF is looking for Animation submissions in all styles, genres, lengths, and mediums. Our programs are a strong eclectic mix of animation, representing the best of the medium. We focus on presenting independent animations that push boundaries through new techniques, unique visions, and stimulating subject matter.

Link to entry form

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