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This year's theme 'Animation unlocked' will celebrate all aspects of the animated! The pandemic has required us to stop and consider, as well as innovate and isolate, as we start to reanimate our everyday lives and Teesside University hopes to gather together animation scholars and practitioners from around the world in celebration of all things animated.

Teesside University is home to Animex International Festival of Animation, VFX and Games. This annual festival comprises of Animex Talks, which brings together amazing talks from some of the top names in animation in a packed week-long programme in May, and Animex Fringe which includes screenings, exhibitions and workshops throughout June. This year all SAS Conference delegates will be able to enjoy elements of Animex Fringe including Animex screen, Animex Exhibition and other popup events as part of the SAS Conference programme.

Under the theme 'Animation Unlocked' we invite proposals that look outside the traditional boundaries of animation. Through the theme we seek metaphorically unlock the form, to explore all things animated from the ontological and philosophical aspects of animation to the innovative practices that work to expand and develop animation approaches. As well as proposals that explore working across boundaries, genres, forms and boarders. Expanded practices of animation as well as the emerging roles of machine learning and AI in animation.


All animation related proposals will be considered but we encourage you to consider the following topics:

  • Philosophy and animation dialogues
  • Expanded animation practices, formats, and approaches
  • Real-time animation
  • The Metaphysical and animation
  • Nostalgia, the homely and the haptic
  • Reflections of identity and culture
  • Expanded histories of animation
  • (Post-)pandemic practices and innovations
  • Procedural approaches to animation
  • Machine Learning and AI in animation
  • Crossing boundaries (games, moving image- gallery based animation/installation forms of animation/moving image)
  • Disembodied Animation (such as- performance, rotoscoping, sound and dialogue)
  • Animation practice as research
  • Experimental approaches and practices
  • Animation vaults, histories, and archives
  • Inclusive, interactive, participatory, and immersive animation

Submission formats

We are accepting proposals for individual 20-minute conference papers (including practice-based research), pre-defined panels (containing three 20-minute conference papers maximum), curated reels , round table discussions, as well as; ideas/works in progress and PhD/new researcher in the form of 6-minute micro papers.

  • 20-minute conference papers: 300-word abstract and 100-word biographical statement
  • 6- minute micro talks: 150-word abstract and 100-word biographical statement
  • Specialist panels: 300-word panel summary and 300-word abstract per paper and 100-word biographical statement per panel member.
  • These pre-defined panels contain a maximum of three 20-minute conference papers. These panels provide an opportunity to engage in discussion with each other and the audience and will be scheduled to run for 80 minutes witch will included time for questions. The chair of the proposed panel must provide the submission requirements on behalf of the panellists.
  • Curated reels
    These will be screened as part of Animex Fringe. Reels should express one of the themes. Run time must be no more than 80mins. A play list and copy of the reel suitable for broadcast (.Mp4 or .Mov format) will need to be provided prior to the conference for technical checks. Proposals for reels should be approximately 500-words and should include some intended films (subject to permissions). We request that any rights to screen works be secured prior to screening by yourselves for a single screening event.
  • Roundtables, proposals should be around 500-words with a description of the roundtable. Please indicate the duration of the event.

Timeline Submission and acceptance

Submissions closed at Midnight on 17th January 2022. Notification of acceptance will be sent by the end of April 2022. Curated reels will need to be submitted for screening by the end of May 2022 to allow for technical testing prior to screening.

Please note: whilst you are encouraged to present in person that there will be the option to attend/present remotely if you are unable to attend in person due to travel restrictions.

Please submit all proposals here: SAS 2022 Proposal Submission