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Calling all young animators!

Are you a talented animator with the ability to create eye-catching animation? The National Library of Wales is looking for talented animators to enter our online competition to produce a short animation (any technique, any style) to promote the Library’s next major exhibition on the history of communication.

The animation should show a brief history of communication from the earliest forms through to the digital age:  keeping in mind key milestones such as the revolution of speech, hieroglyphics, smoke signals, the invention of the telegraph, telephone, radio, television through to computer technology, the World Wide Web and social media. The animation should be no longer than 2 minutes and the narrative should be concise, original and creative and above all should excite and inspire people to visit the exhibition in the Library.  Whether you are working or studying as a designer, or a young person with a passion for animation, this is a great opportunity to get your work more widely recognised – give it a go!

How to enter

Get animating! Come back to upload your film on the 1st May.

The deadline for submission is 30 June 2012. To enter upload your film to our animation page. Files should not be more than 100MB. The following file formats will be accepted: .mov .mp4 .avi .mpeg .wmv .mp3 .swf  .flv .f4v.  Full terms and conditions are below.


The winning animation will win a cash prize of £250 and will be prominently displayed in a large-scale exhibition at the National Library of Wales based on the history of communication in Wales (October 2012 – September 2013) and on the Library’s website for the duration of the exhibition. The winning entry will also be archived in The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales’ collection alongside some of the visual and audio treasures of our nation.  A shortlist of a maximum of 10 entries will be selected after the closing date and the short listed entries will be published on the National Library of Wales’ website for the duration of the exhibition (October 2012 – September 2013).

For further information

Siôn Jobbins, NLW Press Office: 01970 632902

Terms and conditions

This competition opens on 01/05/12 and closes on 30/06/12. Prizes must be taken as offered and are not transferable or exchangeable for a cash equivalent. Entries must be submitted online at   The Library accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. The winner will be decided by a panel from The National Library of Wales and the winner will be notified within a fortnight of the closing date. Entries are taken as acceptance of these terms and conditions. The name and town of the winner will be published on the National Library of Wales’ website. The editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The animation, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material created by the competition entrant. By entering the competition, each entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted animation is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the animation does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the animation.

The animation must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of The National Library of Wales, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, violent or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

All entrants warrant that he/she is the owner of the animation (and all the intellectual property rights in the animation work submitted) and grants to The National Library of Wales and The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, and display the entry (along with a name credit) in connection with the competition and promotion of the competition without additional compensation.