Mapping Contest THEN – Call for Entries


Animated Content
For the Mapping Contest

Submission Deadline: July 5th, 2023





For decades, the art of animation served primarily entertainment purposes. Today, we are facing an enormous challenge that must be overcome together: the climate crisis.

Previously unimaginable measures will be necessary to slow down climate change and keep the earth and especially our cities habitable. The art of animation is an excellent tool to convey and communicate these future visions in the field of environmental protection, urban planning, mobility, architecture, energy…

Festival of Animation Berlin (29.09. – 01.10.2023) is looking for the best submissions for the mapping contest „THEN“, showcasing your visions of our urban world of tomorrow.

SUBMIT YOUR ARTWORKDownload png-mask & audioRules & Regulations (PDF)
Deadline for entries

July 5th, 2023

Date of the exhibition

28. September – 1. October 2023

Award for the best film

1.000 €, donated by Sinnema Animation Studio and Animation Network Berlin.

Exhibition Venue

silent green Kulturquartier
Gerichtstraße 35
D-13347 Berlin



  About the mapping contest “THEN”

As a film festival, we feel responsible not only to entertain but also to discuss contemporary topics through the language of art and visual communication. Therefore, in the context of the exhibition „FAB Dimensional“, we organize an international competition for mapping artworks related to the topic “Visioning our Future”. We ́re looking for your custom made animated clips of 60 seconds length that showcase your visions of urban life within the near future. During the exhibition, the selected films will be projected on our custom made object shaping the letters “THEN”. The object will be 4m wide and 2,25m high (see rendering) and will be installed inside the exhibition space.

About FAB

The Festival of Animation Berlin (FAB) brings the world of animated film to Berlin and opens up new horizons for filmmakers and culture enthusiasts. For the past 6 years, the festival has been setting new priorities and developing new formats and ideas at each edition. FAB is a platform for intensive artistic and interpersonal exchange, for learning and reflection, for getting to know new techniques or films and for working on a diverse view of our world. In 2023, the festival will take place in two locations: City Kino Wedding (@ Müllerstraße 74) and silent green Kulturquartier (@ Gerichtstraße 35).

Have a look at last year’s exhibition:

FAB Dimensional 2022




We provide you with the mapping mask (.png, 1920x1080px) and 3 audiotracks by composer „Menion“ (Stefano Ferrari). Your animation shall be based on 1 of the 3 provided soundtracks. You can download the mask
and the audiofiles here.

(Please note: The use and publication of the audiofiles is only allowed in the context of this project!)

The animation should use only the transparent areas of the mask and have a length of exactly 60 seconds (at 25fps). Once your animation is ready, please upload it to our database. Among the submitted entries we will select the best contributions. These films will be shown within the
exhibition. During the festival, our jury will select the award winning film which will receive the award of 1.000 € at the award ceremony of FAB 2023. All projections will be documented by us and video/photo footage will be
provided to the artists.

Submission FormDownload png-mask & audio files


Input: some possible topics for your films

How will people move through the city in near future?

How will people work in near future?

How do we produce our energy in near future?

How do we react on warmer temperatures?

How does modern architecture evolve in near future?


Technical requirements

Please prepare your film based on the png-Mask and render it with a black background. Please note: Only film content on the white part of the mask will be visible.

All transparent parts of the provided mask will NOT be seen in the projection! The submitted file shall be in 1920x1080px Resolution, with ProRes422 codec in .mov container and animated and exported with a framerate of 25 fps. We ́re open to all sorts of animation techniques! 


This call is open to everyone 18+
You can submit your work as an individual and as a team.
You can submit multiple projects and artworks.
Only fully complete applications will be taken into consideration.

Please read the full Rules & Regulations carefully before you submit.

Rules & Regulations (PDF)



Head of exhibition 2023 are Lea Brugnoli & Lukas Thiele.
For further questions you can contact us by email.

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Animated Content
For the Mapping Contest

Submission Deadline: July 5th, 2023