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Animafest- Zagreb - Feature film edition

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  • Zagreb, Croatia June 2015, TBA
  • Call for Entry Deadline: March 2015, TBA
    Running time: 60 minutes or longer
  • Festival Data:
    • Competitive
    • Retrospective
    • Students Section
    • Has Seminars
    • Workshops
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  • Festival Description:

    Zagreb World Festival of Animated Film is Europe's second oldest animation festival, better known as "Animafest Zagreb". Approved by ASIFA (International Animated Film Association) and founded by the City of Zagreb and the production studio Zagreb Film the first World Festival of Animated Film was held in June 1972, headed by Želimir Matko, the festival's first director and its driving force. In 2007 the organization Hulahop took over production of the festival.

    Animafest has hosted many renowned makers of animated film, gaining an international reputation mainly thanks to its long-standing managing director Margit Buba Antauer. In 2005, Animafest introduced the programme of animated feature film. Since then this biennale festival has turned into an annual event – each odd-numbered year is devoted to feature film and even-numbered one to short film. Also new in 2007 were programmes that would enable authors and professionals a more active participation at the festival and such initiatives as the founding of a Regional Pitching Forum for projects in Development and with the Animafest Fund, Animafest aspires to become an active participant in encouraging the production and distribution of animated film.

    The June 2009 feature films edition of Animafest Zagreb closed with the presentation of the Grand Prix of Animafest, the Golden Zagreb Award, the Audience Award and the ASIFA Croatia Award. More than 7,500 visitors had enjoyed animated films from all around the world in the Europa and Movieplex cinemas and many people participated in discussions with filmmakers. Animation lovers were most attracted to Bill Plympton, the renowned animator and his quirky Master class. Awards were given to the following films:

    At the discretion of the Grand Competition Jury: Jia Duan (China), Lotte Geffenblad (Sweden), Dubravko Mataković (Croatia)

    GRAND PRIX – WALTZ WITH BASHIR; Ari Folman (Israel/Germany/France)

    SPECIAL MENTION –THE SECRET OF KELLS; Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey (France/Ireland/Belgium)


    SPECIAL MENTION –MARY AND MAX; Adam Elliot (Australia)

    At the discretion of the Pitching Forum Jury: Izabela Maria Rieben (Switzerland), Valerie Schermann (France), Luca Raffaelli (Italy)

    GOLDEN ZAGREB AWARD – HEART IN THE WALL; Balbina Bruszewska (Poland/Switzerland/South Korea)

    SPECAIL MENTION– TALES FROM GINGERLAND; Tomáš Hubáček (Czech Republic)

    AUDIENCE AWARD - MARY AND MAX; Adam Elliot (Australia)


    FOR THE SHORT FILM EDITION OF ANIMAFEST VISIT: www.filmfestivalworld.com/festival/Animafest_Zagreb_World_Festival_Animated_Short/

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  • Email:info(at)animafest.hr
    Phone:+385 1 3907 074
    Fax:+385 1 4666 443
    Mailing Address: Animafest- Zagreb - Feature film edition
    c/o: Hulahop
    Nova ves 18/3
    10 000 Zagreb, Croatia


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  • Grand Prix: "Azur and Asmar"
    Directed by: Michel Ocelot

    Special Mention for children film: "Mug Travel"
    Directed by: Aaron Lim

    Directed by: Anders Morgenthaler

    and "Persepolis"
    Directed by: Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud.

    Audience Award: "Bee Movie"
    Directed by: Steve Hickner and Simon J. Smith.

    The Best Project at Pitching Forum: "Tomi's Struggle" by Geza M. Toth

    Special Mention goes to Faruk Šabanović and his "Birds Like Us."
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