The Zagreb World Festival of Animated Film is Europe's second oldest animation festival, better known as "Animafest Zagreb" or simply "Zagreb" among animation connoisseurs. At the 1969 ASIFA (International Animated Film Association) meeting in London, Zagreb’s candidature to become a permanent festival was accepted, despite keen competition from cities such as Brighton, Geneva, Montreal and Rimini. The first Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films was held in June 1972.
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. 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. In 2007 the organization Hulahop took over production of the festival. Also see: www.filmfestivalworld.com/festival/Animafest_Zagreb_World_Festival_Animated_Film/
In 1986 the Festival established its Lifetime Achievement Award (unique among all animated film festivals) in recognition of artists whose groundbreaking individual work has contributed to the development of animated film genres or the promotion of any aspect of animated film. In 2002 the Festival Council established an Award for outstanding contribution to the theory of animation.
During festival week, the festival aims to promote and advance the art and production of animated film in general, recalling the past through national, personal or thematic retrospectives, and assessing recent worldwide film production via both competitive and non-competitive programs. They also prepare exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions and other related events. During the rest of the year, we try to help and encourage film animators and their projects.
The entered production can be of any genre made for cinema, television or the new media, with the running time ranging from:
- 30 seconds to 30 minutes (Films in Main Competition, Student Film Competition and Films for Children Competition, Commissioned Films)
- 30 seconds to 10 minutes (Internet Films)
- Over 50% of the production must consist of animated sequences.
Awards are given in the Main Competition, Student Film Competition, Films for Children Competition, Commissioned Films (Educational, Commercials, Music Video) and Internet Films
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