Fast Film Fest 2021

The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking’s Fast Film Fest is a festival for 5 minute or shorter paper animation films. The competition is free and open to the public. All short films should be created between January 15 and March 05, 2021. All animations must be paper-based, using cutout animation and/or stop motion animation techniques. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges to be presented during a virtual screening and award ceremony on Friday, March 19, 2021. After the screening, all submissions will be available for viewing via the Fast Film Fest webpage and the Paper Animation Film Fest Youtube Channel. No prior experience is necessary to participate.



VIRTUAL Workshops and Event Schedule:

While we hope you will take advantage of these free workshops and events, participation is not required for entry in contest.

Fri, Jan 29, 8-9p EST - Panel Discussion: Lessons from the World of Animation

Thu, Feb 04,  4-5p EST - Tech Tactile Thursdays, Stop Motion Basics

Tue, Feb 09, 6:30 - 7:30p EST - Stop Motion How-to with Kieran Quinn of ASIFA-South

Wed, Feb 17, 7-8p ESTPost Production Tips Using iMovie

Tue, Feb 23, 7-8p EST - Harnessing the Power of Animation for Social Change

Fri, Mar 05, Midnight - Submissions Due

Fri, Mar 19, 8-9p EST - Screening & Award Ceremony


How to Participate

  • Check the guidelines for the theme (it changes each year)
  • Access the how-to and inspiration resources on the Paper Animation Film Fest Youtube Channel
  • Make a short animation (no longer than 5 minutes)
  • Fill out the registration form and submit -
  • Sign the release form and email it to -
  • Share your film to the Fast Film Fest Playlist on Youtube (You will receive an access code to the playlist within 24 hours of submitting your release form)
  • Invite friends to watch party screening and award ceremony
  • Vote for the People's Choice Award
  • Do it all again next year!

Send all questions and inquiries to: