The 6th Animal Film Festival

Grass Valley, CA:

The 6th Animal Film Festival (AFF) in partnership with The Tarshis Foundation will present the Tarshis Film Awards worth over $10,000 for a special category of short-format film submissions as well as regular categories such as Feature, Short, and Student during the 2019 AFF.

Film projects that qualify for consideration of the special short-format awards must be :30-:90 seconds in length and highlight issues of animal suffering in food production or laboratory research with the goal of advocating the health, environmental and/or humane merits of plant-based lifestyles. Submissions for all categories are accepted through Film Freeway and are open until December 15, 2018:

“The Tarshis Foundation is delighted to partner with the Animal Film Festival in recognizing content-creators who bring their unique creative lens toward advocating for animals and the planet,” said Foundation founder Adam Tarshis. “We are looking to recognize those who have a persuasive voice in spotlighting animal suffering and provoking conversation on how we can create a more healthy and humane world.”

Shelley Frost, director Animal Film Festival: “For independent filmmakers who have ideas to express but little financial backing to bring them to life, the Tarshis Film Awards will allow these artists to have more creative freedom. It is our hope that more high quality films with strong messages based on animal issues will be produced then ultimately screened at the Animal Film Festival.”

Now in its sixth year, the Animal Film Festival was founded by the non-profit Center for Animal Protection & Education (CAPE). The AFF is a two day event, Saturday and Sunday February 9 and 10, 2019. Saturday’s event will take place at the Gold Miners Inn ballroom, in Grass Valley, CA. Sunday’s event will take place at the historic Nevada Theater, 401 Broad St., Nevada City, CA.

The AFF screens between 20 - 30 short and feature length films and hosts many of the filmmakers who take the stage after their films screen to lead discussions and audience Q&As. Film topics range from stories about companion animals to wildlife documentaries.

Through their partnership with The Tarshis Foundation, the Animal Film Festival is an essential platform for filmmakers and Animal Rights organizations to bring creative work about animal issues to a highly-engaged audience concerned about animal welfare.

Tickets for the 2019 AFF will go on sale in mid-November 2018. For more information visit or or

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