LYFF’s Young Animator of the Year Award is a new competition for young animators up to the age of 14 from the UK. A new addition to Leeds Young Film’s line-up of competitions, which also includes the Leeds Young Filmmakers Golden Owl Awards, the Young Animator of the Year Award continues our tradition of supporting young creatives throughout the UK who are passionate about film.

Part of Animation Central, Leeds Young Film Festival’s hub for exciting animation workshops and masterclasses for young people and their families, the Young Animator of the Year Award showcases and celebrates the incredible talent, imagination and drive young people pour into animated short films.

Any young person living in the UK who has made a short animated film since January 2017 can enter. We welcome submissions from individuals or groups of friends. Films can be up to ten minutes in length, and can be of any genre or animation style such as 2D drawn animation, 3D stop-motion or digital computer animation.

The winner in each age category will receive our prestigious Young Animator of the Year trophy and £100 towards their next film, and all shortlisted filmmakers will receive a certificate of nomination. Click here to download the form to enter and see more information. 

The deadline for entries is Monday 19 March 2018.