Animation Nights New York | Anny Best Of Fest

New York, United States

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31 Dec 2022

Published: 04 Dec 2021
 Does NOT have submission fees
Short films

"Georges Méliès rocket reached the moon, Felix the cat hit the road, and the great journey continues." Anthony Haden-Guest

(PROJECT SUBMISSION IS FREE. We have ROLLING DEADLINES for project submission.) Please see our Rules & Terms.


Aug 2019 - Jul 2021 | Animation Nights New York curated monthly screening events
May 2021 | 2021 ANNY Cannes Program (TBD)
Oct 2021 | 2021 ANNY Best of Fest (Season 5 & 6)
Ongoing | Additional Opportunities
Ongoing | ANNY Exchange (

(Please note: Animation Nights New York (ANNY) has ROLLING DEADLINES. If you have not received a notification it means your film is still in the running to be screened at one of our monthly events!)

Animation Nights New York is a competitive films festival. We host monthly screening events of our in-competition films in venues around NYC. Admission is Free.

The ANNY Cannes Program is an additional opportunity for our filmmakers. Working with the Cannes Marché du Film and Short Film Corner we shortlist qualifying films & filmmakers and then select 20 films to be showcased in our ANNY Cannes Program. Filmmakers receive limited festival accreditation and participate in both a market screening and industry events as part of ANNY Exchange.

ANNY Best of Fest is a conference held annually in NYC (late Sept / early Oct). The two day festival features animation screenings, virtual reality animation experiences, art installations, professional panels, and industry events.

ANNY Exchange connects animation talent to AR/VR/Traditional projects.

Animation Nights New York was founded by Yvonne Grzenkowicz. On September 9, 2015, Little Water Radio invited us to use their old space at 207a Front St in the back of Fulton Stall Market for our premiere “NY Independents” screening. The program was curated by Yvonne Grzenkowicz (Animation Nights New York) and Robert Lyons (ASIFA East). We had about 45 attendees. We soon outgrew the space! (Thank you, Little Water Radio and Fulton Stall Market!)

Jan-April 2016 we were in residency with the Third Annual Out to See Festival at 192 Front St (Jan-Apr) in the South Street Seaport. We were the premiere event for this winter festival hosted by Little Water Radio and sponsored by the Howard Hughes Corporation. Animation Nights New York continued to grow.

In May 2016, Animation Nights New York relocated to the beautiful 180 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038 with support from Anderson Contemporary, MHP, Clarion Partners, and Maiden Lane Hospitality. We could finally accommodate our growing regular attendance!

Animation Nights New York now holds screening events around NYC. Besides 180 Maiden Lane, we’ve held screening events at the One World Trade Observatory, the Arts Brookfield Terrace at Brookfield Place, and The Gutter Spare Room in Williamsburg Brooklyn. We’ve held workshops and VR pop-up events at The Capitale and The Hideaway Seaport.

We’ve had over 11000 films submitted from all around the world. The work is beautiful and inspiring and the events have fostered a sense of community and exchange.

We’ve had tremendous support from ASIFA, NYC ACM SIGGRAPH, NYWIFT, Women in Animation, and the animation community at large. Animation Nights New York programs have included work by award winning animators such as Bill Plympton, George Griffin, Joanna Quinn, John Dilworth, Signe Baumane, Michael Sullivan, Dustin Grella, AthanassiosVakalis and Tiny Inventions among others.

Animation Nights New York had our First Annual ANNY Best of Fest on September 29-30, 2016. Our panel judges selected 20 films from the 200 screened Sept 2015-July 2016. The ANNY Best of Fest featured Animation Screenings, VR Animation Experiences, Art Installations, Industry Events, Artist Booths, and Professional Panels at 180 Maiden Lane and venues around the Seaport District of NYC.

Our goal is to strengthen the animation community and ensure filmmakers are rewarded for their efforts. We are looking to partner with companies who are naturally aligned with our mission to promote the arts. A huge thanks to everyone who helped us get this started.

Keep supporting independent animation. We hope to see you at our next event!

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