Criteria for submission

Participation is open to students and professionals from all fields in any location around the world, and all formats are allowed.

  • Duration: The movie should be between two and five minutes.

  • Genre: Fiction, documentary, animation and experimental film are permitted. All creative formats are valid.

  • Content: Narrative and engagement potential will be considered. Does the movie trigger curiosity and excitement?

  • Framing of context: How is the proposed scenario dealing with time, culture and place? There are no limits here, so think big.

  • Reference to cultural interspecies relationships: Myths, legends, rituals and tales can narrate our intrinsic relationships with animals

  • Addressing current and future urgent topics: for example loss of biodiversity, climate change and sprawling urbanization.



  • Mentoring with Jury members and a lecture series in early 2021

  • Exhibition of selected winning movies in Berlin and London in 2021



Submission deadline: 15 March, 2pm CET 

Announcement of results: 31 March

Registration and Fees

Submissions can either be made individually or as a team, with a maximum of three members. The registration fee is £25 per person (the fee for a team of three is therefore £75),

Scholarships are available. If you wish to apply, please send a strong 200 words statement of interest in participating in the competition to the Visiting School Office.

Registration is done through the AA Visiting School website. Click on the 'APPLY' button on the AA School website and follow the instructions. Please note you will not be charged the £60 AA School membership fee!!

If you have trouble to make an online registration, please contact the AA Visiting School Office for instructions. 

Once you complete the online registration a link will be sent to you to make a full payment, please submit your entry by sending an email to the AA Visiting School Office with your short film (mov, mp4) attached, by link or by Wetransfer.