What is Fast Film Fest?

  • Original animated films
  • 5 seconds to 5 minutes long
  • Made from paper (because we're the paper museum)
  • Free to participate (no prior experience necessary)
  • Shared with the world via Youtube
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African American woman standing in front an animation station with clamp lights and a magazine collage background

Why Animation?

Animation is...

  • Engaging
  • Memorable
  • Affordable & Accessible
  • Skill building
  • A creative outlet


Getting Started

Georgia Tech students animating using an iPad and the Stop Motion Studio App


Basic Supplies:

  • Assorted Colored Paper & Magazines
  • Scissors
  • BluTack
  • Tablet, Camera, or Phone
  • Stop Motion App (i.e. Stop Motion Studio, Pic Pac, Life Lapse, etc.)
  • 2-3 Clamp Lights
  • Tripod with Tablet or Phone Mount
  • Remote Camera Shutter
  • Tweezers (optional)
  • 14"x18" Sheet of Glass or Plexi (optional)

GA Tech participants may check out equipment from the library via: https://www.library.gatech.edu/gadgets Equipment may be borrowed for 48 hours at a time and may be rechecked if another person hasn’t reserved the equipment.


Fast Film Fest has collected stop motion tutorials and placed them in the Paper Animation Film Fest Youtube Playlist to help you get started.


Audio is not required but if you're interested in adding sound or music to your videos, AudacityFree Music Archive, and GarageBand are helpful resources.



How to Participate

  1. Check the guidelines for the theme (it changes each year)
  2. Access the how-to and inspiration resources on the Paper Animation Film Fest Youtube Channel
  3. Make a short animation (no longer than 5 minutes)
  4. Fill out the submission form and submit
  5. Fill out the release form and submit
  6. 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)
  7. Invite friends to watch party screening and award ceremony
  8. Vote for the People's Choice Award
  9. Do it all again next year!

Send all questions and inquiries to: paperanimationfilmfest@gmail.com




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Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking Logo features a rectangle with the bottom right corner folded up in a triangle

ASIFA International Animation Society logo featuring the bold black block letters ASIFA above the words International Animation Society. The ASIFA has smaller letters floating inside the black letters just after the S. The small letters are a teal O and U followed by a small pink T and H to spell out the word South.

GA Tech Library logo which features a gold tech tower nestled between the words GA Tech and Library