The sixth edition of the world’s oldest film festival dedicated to the pancake is currently holding a call for submissions for our Festival of Animation and Puppetry. The International Pancake Film Festival is a pancake-based film festival, showcasing films and videos with a good portion of their length dedicated to flapjacks (or hotcakes, johnnycakes, latkes, crepes, blintzes, and griddle cakes). For our autumn 2014 program, we aim to host a screening of film and video shorts that not only feature pancakes, but also use animation and/or puppetry in their production. Hand puppets, claymation, shadow puppets, CGI, marionettes, cel animation, Flash, stop motion, Muppetry, finger puppets, and even SuperDynaMation are all welcomed, and will be accepted in any combination. In a nutshell: we want something that had once been inanimate to be made animate! And we want some variety of flat cake in the mix! If you have an idea for a pancake movie but can’t shoehorn in a good deal of animation or puppetry without sacrificing your syrupy artistic integrity, how about just throwing a sock puppet in the background? We’re not too picky, really. Your submission should be on the shorter side, ideally no longer than 5 minutes in running time. If you have an 18-hour experimental puppet pancake movie, maybe you could cut it down? If you are a musician why not make a stop-motion pancake-based music video? The possibilities are endless! The deadline for entries is October 1st, 2014. As usual, we plan on taking this festival on a short U.S. tour starting in the Boston area and spreading out from there (screening dates and venues TBA).

Rules and Regulations: Entries must be received no later than October 1st, 2014. VHS, Mini-Dv, DVD or QuickTime files are all acceptable formats, but if you could send a Quicktime file that would be both the easiest and the highest quality. Send any files or upload addresses to our e-mail address (pancakefilmfest@hotmail.com). There is no entry fee. Entries cannot be returned unless accompanied by a S.A.S.E. Most likely all work submitted will be shown, unless by some freak occurrence there is a huge deluge of submissions and we end up with 36 hours of footage. In which case we may have to cut some things. Or maybe we’ll turn our festival into some sort of Pancake Woodstock (hopefully not a Pancake Altamont). However the chances of that happening are incredibly slim. By submitting your work you authorize the I.P.F.F. to screen your work. Pancakes will be provided only to persons appearing at said festival. The I.P.F.F. cannot mail, deliver, or hold pancakes for parties unable or unwilling to attend.

Okay. Sorry about all that legalese. Our lawyer recommended putting it in. So if you have a film already featuring animation, puppetry, and pancakes send it our way! Most likely you will have to make something new. Why should you submit, you ask? (1) It will look good on a resume. (2) Sweet prizes will be awarded. (3) You will gain the respect of peers and pancake enthusiasts. (4) If you attend the festival, you will get a free plate of pancakes. Still on the fence? Feel free to email us with any questions or comments at: pancakefilmfest@hotmail.com. Send your submission and entry form to:

    Damon W. Bishop
    32 Crescent Street, Room 7C
    Somerville, MA 02145



Thanks for your interest!



Damon Bishop

I.P.F.F. Associate Director

Postcard Image for our Boston University Art Gallery screening of Look Back in Batter.  May 1st, 6pm, 2014.  Be there!

Postcard Image for our Boston University Art Gallery screening of Look Back in Batter.  May 1st, 6pm, 2014.  Be there!

Opening and end credits for our West Coast five year retrospective program Look Back In Batter.  Featuring the song Armz by Mikael Jorgensen and Greg O’Keeffe, copies available here…. http://www.odessarecords.com/artists/mj/

Our first marquee appearance, with 2 of our favorite things- pizza & the Terminator.

Our first marquee appearance, with 2 of our favorite things- pizza & the Terminator.

Look Back in Batter show poster by Nick Z.  See more of Nick’s work at www.youlovenickz.com.

Look Back in Batter show poster by Nick Z.  See more of Nick’s work at www.youlovenickz.com.

Postcard Images for our 2013 Look Back in Batter program

Postcard Images for our 2013 Look Back in Batter program

Wraparound Segment from the IPFF’s Halloween show The Haunted House of Pancakes.  Video created by the folks at Hambone Industries and featuring the voice work of Sir John Funke.

Program image for the Haunted House of Pancakes

Program image for the Haunted House of Pancakes

Trick or Eat by Linda Aubry Bullock

(Source: vimeo.com)

Modernism by Gary Sweeney

The Pirates of Pancake Island by Shannon Daly, Jeanne Flanagan, Melitta King and Bill Trudell

Moon Cake by Cara Kuball