International Motion Art Awards 11
American Illustration-American Photography (AI-AP), the leading juried annuals in North America, presents the sixth International Motion Art Awards (IMAA) which celebrate photographers, illustrators and designers who make their work move in all media. The IMAAs honor the artist's original and singular vision. 
In recognizing the author's "eye" and "hand" as paramount to the creative process, the IMAAs pay tribute to best motion art from the year and offer a unique opportunity to the winners and their collaborators for visibility, promotion and bragging rights within the industry.

The IMAAs are now part of the AI-AP Call For Entries! All motion submissions will be viewed by the respective AP and AI juires.

• Selected motion projects will by included in THE ARCHIVE online collection.

• Selected projects will be presented in a screening at the AI-AP Party in New York City.

Why Enter?
•  When you enter, your work is seen by a jury made up exclusively of top creative professionals who assign and utilize motion projects. The jury views ALL projects submitted and may obtain contact info for the artists, whether they are selected or not. Jurors have been known to assign work to artists they have just seen during the judging.

• Winning work will be showcased in a winner's reel at The AI-AP Party, the highly-anticipated annual book launch event in New York City. 

The winning projects will be presented in a searchable slide show announcement to our 50,000 subscribers.

• The selected projects will be displayed on The Archive, AI-AP's exclusive, searchable, juried image collection at 

• The winners will be further promoted in Motion Arts Pro, AI-AP's daily email newsletter sent to over 20,000 subscribers. 


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Submissions are open worldwide to all photographers, illustrators, animators, fine artists, art directors, designers, agencies, animation and film studios, editors, producers, directors, educators and students.

Submissions are broken down as follows:
• Published/Broadcast - includes all commercially produced and/or broadcast projects.
• Unpublished/Personal - includes self-assigned, personal projects.


Submissions are accepted in one of three major categories as follows:

• Photography/Live Action
• Illustration/Animation
• Motion Graphics/Design

Each submission is required to then determine a Subcategory, as follows:


Subcategories include:
• Advertisement
• Book (tablets)
• Brand Identities
• Documentaries and PSAs
• Editorial (tablets)
• Full Length Films - projects over 50 minutes in length
• GIFs and Vines (do NOT convert to .mov file)
• Installations
• Logos
• Music Videos
• Personal Work
• Short Films - under 50 minutes in length
• Special Effects
• Titles and Openers
• Trailers
• Typography
• Video Games
• Student Work – projects by full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate students.


Eligibility Dates
All work created or broadcast within January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.


Motion Entry Fees
$25 - all self-initiated, unpublished, and personal work in any category.
$75 - all commissioned and commercially produced and broadcast projects in any category.
$10 - all work created by a full- or part-time undergrad and graduate students.


Files For Upload

Files submitted will be processed through Vimeo which supports just about any kind of video file, including these common formats: MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, GIF and FLV. In the rare circumstance that a format is not supported, an Invalid File error is displayed on the video page. All videos uploaded to Vimeo will be converted to square pixels 
with H.264 compression, 1280x720, bit rate of 5000, no more than 15 minutes in length is preferred for any category, up to 200MB.

Name your movie file Using any unique file name, but DO NOT use special characters or spaces.

Upload times will vary depending on user's connection and server load. Be patient, a 200MB can take from 5 minutes to 45 minutes to upload. Click the HELP? button on the upload page if you have any problems.

You video file will not appear in your AI-AP account until Vimeo processes it, which can take up to a week.


How to Enter
To get started, click ENTER NOW from the CFE home page.
If you're already an AI-AP member, log in as a returning user with your email and password - or sign up and register for a new account.
The site will guide you in 7 steps to enter your project(s). Have the following ready:

STEP 1: Your contact information for registration and notification as the entrant. 
STEP 2: Artist's name for each project. Categories. Title and brief description. Publication or Execution Date. Categories include: Published or Unpublished. Then select either: LIve Action, Animation or Design. Then choose a Subcategory.
STEP 3: Upload movie file saved as MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, GIF and FLV, with H.264 compression, 1280x720, bit rate of 5000, up to 10 minutes in length maximum. GIF and Vine files are OK without converting to .mov file. Use any unique file name, but DO NOT use special characters or spaces.
STEP 4: Confirm file upload and modify if needed. Add more entries or proceed to review and check out.
STEP 5: Review entry and invoice provided and add/modify if needed.
STEP 6: Check out and pay by credit card or check.
STEP 7: Your confirmation and receipt for your records. An email will also be sent to you.


DEADLINE for Motion Projects: March 3, 2023

Deadline extensions will be announced.

Questions? Contact Us
Contact us with any questions or problems making your submission.

American Illustration – American Photography

225 West 36th Street, Room 602
New York, NY 10018
Office: 646-669-8111


An independent jury will be announced in January 2023 and will view all work submitted in every category and select the winning collection. See Jury here.

IMAA Founding Committee

Luis Blanco, INTERspectacular

Mirko Ilic, Mirko Ilic Corp.
Gail Mooney, Kelly/Mooney Productions
J. J. Sedelmaier, J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc.
Scott Thode, VII Photo

Michael Uman, INTERspectacular