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Above: Winsor McCay in 1906.

Right: Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, April 14, 1906


Spring 2020

The Rarebit Animation Festival takes its name from Dream of the Rarebit Fiend,the innovative and often surreal comic strip by one-time Sheepshead Bay resident Winsor McCay (c.1867-1934). Perhaps best known for his popular strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, McCay was a pioneer in the art of animation--his  cartoon Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) was one of the very first animated films ever created. The Kingsborough Art Museum is proud to remember the legacy of this important American cartoonist and animator through the Rarebit Animation Festival.

The Rarebit Animation Festival is open to all CUNY students and faculty.  For additional information on the festival, please contact the festival organizer and curator, Tom Eaton, at thomas.eaton@kbcc.cuny.edu.  

 CUNY students and faculty are invited to submit their animated filmsHERE.


The 2017 Rarebit Animation Festival (above) was a great success, bringing together Animation students and faculty from across CUNY. 

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Please note: Due to the pandemic, it is unclear as of now if the Rarebit Animation Festival will be held this year as scheduled. It will likely be necessary to forego this year's event and have an even better 2021 festival.  HOWEVER, we are still accepting submissions of animated shorts from CUNY students and faculty for the time we are able to present the festival, and we welcome you to use the "SUBMIT" button below to do so.

Attention CUNY animation students and faculty: If you'd like to enter your short animated film for consideration in this year's Rarebit Animation Festival, please click the submit button for further details.