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MinnAnimate 2023

FREE SUBMISSIONS are OPEN NOW for MinnAnimate 11!


MinnAnimate is now accepting FREE submissions from all Minnesota animators. This year’s screening will take place on the evening of September 7th, 2023 at The Main Cinema in Minneapolis.

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MinnAnimate 2022:

**MinnAnimate 10 has passed. Thanks to everyone who participated and attended the screening!**

Welcome to Minnesota’s annual animation celebration.

Tickets are on sale Now!

The screening will take place on Thursday, September 8 at 7:00pm at The Main Theatre in Minneapolis, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Click here for more information about the films and filmmakers.

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MinnAnimate is a homegrown annual miniature Minnesota animation film festival. MinnAnimate is taking off 2021 but will be back in 2022 under new management!


MinnAnimate 9 premiered on September 10, 2020. It was an on-line film festival this time because of COVID-19.

Here is the MinnAnimate 9 lineup. And check out some short bios from the animators in this year’s lineup. And watch some interviews with MinnAnimate 9 animators.

MinnAnimate 9 was made possible through an Artist Initiative grant I received from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

John Akre is a fiscal year 2020 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


MinnAnim8 (MinnAnimate 8) was great! Here are some photos from the show.

Check out biographies of some of last year’s filmmakers.


Here is the MinnAnim8 trailer, created at the Film North Animation Camp in August 2019!

MinnAnimate 7 was great! Check out these photos of Dean Hatton’s MinnAnimate t-shirt and the Youth and Student showcase panel.

And check out these photos of the Independent Animation screening panel.

And find all about the animators from their bios.

Look for MinnAnim-8, the second weekend in September 2019!

Here is the MinnAnimate 7 trailer, created by students in the Film North July 2018 Animation Camp:

MinnAnimate 7 Trailer from John Akre on Vimeo.

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Here are some photos of MinnAnimate 6. Here’s the MinnAnimate 6 trailer, produced by my students at the IFP MN Photoshop/Animation Camp in August 2017:

Here’s the trailer for MinnAnimate 5 Special thanks go out to my students in the IFP MN Flash/Photoshop Animation Camp for making the images and for the people who I recorded at the Square Lake Film Festival for the sound!

Here’s the 2015 trailer, made by my students in the IFP-MN Photoshop/Flash Animation Camp:



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Here’s the 2014 trailer, and trailers from the first two years of MinnAnimate.

MinnAnimate II trailer from John Akre on Vimeo.

MinnAnimate 2012 Trailer from John Akre on Vimeo.