Ever since the second Blender Conference in 2003, the Suzanne Awards are given to artists using Blender to realize outstanding artwork.

Submit your best Blender work! The Festival board will review the highest rated submission and place them into one of three categories for nomination.

The most voted submission on each category get nominated. These nominations will be screened at the Blender Conference during the Animation Festival on Friday. Conference attendees will vote, and the winners will be announced at the Suzanne Awards ceremony on Saturday evening.

Submissions deadline: 17th October



This award goes the best animated work, especially using expressive character animation.


Covers only the visual aspects of the submitted video. Simply put, the film with the best production design.

Short Film

For this award we nominate work that has a clear director's signature. The audience will choose a winner because it is just the best experience to watch... whether it is for story telling, camera direction, staging or the great characterization.

Submission Guidelines

Please have a look at the guidelines below before submitting.


The 3D graphics (models, animation, rendering) in the films have to be created entirely in Blender, rendered in Blender or any other free and open source render engine. Any 2D paint/imaging software can be used. If you used other post-processing software for compositing or video editing, please mention it in your submission.

Duration & Format

All submitters are required to use a streaming video website such as YouTube or Vimeo. If selected, we then either download the video from that site, or contact you to make a high quality HD version available. That video file can be of any format/length, but should play in VLC player. Films will be screened as 1080p format. For longer shorts, we reserve the right to only show an excerpt of 5 minutes of your film. Tell us which 5 minutes to show in your submission!


The three winners will receive a cool 3D printed Suzanne statue and goodies from the Blender e-shop!

Distribution Rights

For competition submissions, the Blender Foundation must be allowed to show and distribute the work via their own channels. The videos will be made available for viewing at the blender.org website during and after the conference.

Note: In the case of sound/music, you should also have the rights to use it and allow us to show and distribute it.

How to Submit

Just fill out the form. After submission, you will be able to review your submission in the "My Profile" section.

The list of nominees will be published a few days before the Blender Conference.

You are free to submit a piece restricted to screening only during the festival, in that case the submission will be excluded from the competition. Before doing that, please get in touch with francesco@blender.org to arrange the screening.

Previous Suzanne winners are welcome to submit their work, but are not eligible for nomination in the same category again.