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World Festival of Animated Film Zagreb (Croatian: Svjetski festival animiranog filma), also known as Animafest Zagreb, is a film festival entirely dedicated to animated film held annually in Zagreb, Croatia. Initiated by the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA), the event was established in 1972. Animafest is the second oldest animation festival in the World, after the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (established in 1960).[1]

Animafest Zagreb
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Logo of the 2010 edition
LocationZagreb, Croatia

The idea to create the event came about because of the worldwide acclaim of animated shorts produced by authors belonging to the Zagreb School of Animated Films in the 1950s and 1960s. Zagreb’s candidacy for holding a permanent animated film festival was accepted at the 1969 ASIFA meeting in London.

Festival awards include prizes given in the Short film Competition, Feature film Competition, Student Film Competition, Children Films, Site-specific competition and Croatian competition. Its Prize for "Best First Production Apart from Educational Institutions" is named in honour of Zlatko Grgić. The Lifetime Achievement Award, which is unique for animation film festivals, was established in 1986. An award for outstanding contribution to the theory of animation was added in 2002.[1]


Grand Prize winnersEdit

From 1972 to 2004 Animafest was a biennial event focused on animated short films, held every even year with the exception of 1976. Between 2005 and 2015 a feature film festival edition was introduced and held every odd year in between the short film editions. In 2015 the shorts and feature selections were merged into one event, scheduled to be held every year.

Short filmsEdit

Year English title Director(s) Country
1972 The Battle of Kerzhenets Ivan Ivanov-Vano and Yuriy Norshteyn   Soviet Union
1974 The Diary Nedeljko Dragić   Yugoslavia
Festival not held.[A]
1978 Satiemania Zdenko Gašparović   Yugoslavia
1980 Tale of Tales Yuriy Norshteyn   Soviet Union
Grand Prize was not awarded.[B]
1984 Jumping Osamu Tezuka   Japan
Grand Prize was not awarded.[B]
1988 Breakfast on the Grass Priit Pärn   Soviet Union
1990 The Brooch Pin And The Sinful Clasp JoWonder   United Kingdom
1992 Franz Kafka Piotr Dumała   Poland
1994 The Wrong Trousers Nick Park   United Kingdom
1996 1895 Priit Pärn and Janno Põldma   Estonia
1998 Rusalka Aleksandr Petrov   Russia
2000 When the Day Breaks Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis   Canada
2002 Father and Daughter Michaël Dudok de Wit   Netherlands
2004 Mount Head Kōji Yamamura   Japan
2006 Dreams and Desires - Family Ties Joanna Quinn   United Kingdom
2008 The Pearce Sisters Luis Cook   United Kingdom
2010 Divers in the Rain Olga Pärn and Priit Pärn   Estonia
2012 Oh Willy... Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels   Belgium
2014 Love Games Yumi Joung   South Korea
2015 We Can't Live Without Cosmos Konstantin Bronzit   Russia
2016 Endgame Phil Mulloy   United Kingdom
2017 Nighthawk Špela Čadež   Slovenia   Croatia
2018 La Chute Boris Labbé   France

Feature filmsEdit

Year English title Director(s) Country
2005 Terkel in Trouble Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen, Thorbjørn Christoffersen and Stefan Fjeldmark   Denmark
2007 Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest Michel Ocelot   France
2009 Waltz with Bashir Ari Folman   Israel
2011 My Dog Tulip Paul Fierlinger and Sandra Fierlinger   United States
2013 Approved for Adoption Laurent Boileau and Jung   Belgium   France
2015 Boy and the World Alê Abreu   Brazil
2016 The Magic Mountain Anca Damian   Romania
2017 The Red Turtle Michael Dudok De Wit   France   Belgium   Japan
2018 This Magnificent Cake! Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels   France   Belgium   Netherlands


A. ^ In 1976 the festival was cancelled because of the earlier agreement that the three main ASIFA-sponsored festivals (at Annecy, Zagreb and Mamaia, Romania) would be held in three-year cycles, with Mamaia scheduled to take place in 1976. However, Romanian organizers cancelled the event at the very last minute. In 1977 the regular festival at Annecy was held and the usual biennial cycle resumed, with Zagreb and Annecy taking turns.[2]
B. ^ Although Animafest was held in 1982 and 1986, no Grand Prizes were awarded in these two editions.[3][4]

Lifetime Achievement Award laureatesEdit

Year Director Country
1986 Norman McLaren Canada
1988 Chuck Jones U.S.A.
1990 John Halas Great Britain
1992 Bob Godfrey Great Britain
1994 Dušan Vukotić Croatia
1996 Caroline Leaf Canada
1998 Bruno Bozzetto Italy
2000 Jan Švankmajer Czech Republic
2002 Paul Driessen Netherlands/Canada
2004 Hayao Miyazaki Japan
2006 Fyodor Khitruk Russia
2008 Priit Pärn Estonia
2010 Frederic Back Canada
2012 Yoji Kuri Japan
2014 Yuri Norstein Russia
2015 Michel Ocelot France
2016 Raoul Servais Belgium
2017 Borivoj Dovniković-Bordo Croatia
2018 Paul Fierlinger U.S.A./Czech Republic

Award for outstanding contribution to animation studies laureatesEdit

2002 Giannalberto Bendazzi Italy
2004 Donald Crafton U.S.A.
2006 John Canemaker U.S.A.
2008 Clare Kitson Great Britain
2010 Midhat Ajanović ("Ajan") Sweden/B.I.H.
2012 Olivier Cotte France
2014 Marcel Jean Canada
2016 Marcin Gizycki Poland
2017 Maureen Furniss USA
2018 Paul Wells Great Britain

See alsoEdit

Other ASIFA-sponsored animated film festivals:


  1. ^ a b The Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films @ Archived September 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "1976 / Archive / Animafest - Svjetski festival animiranog filma" (in Croatian). Animafest. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  3. ^ "1982 / Archive / Animafest - Svjetski festival animiranog filma" (in Croatian). Animafest. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  4. ^ "1986 / Archive / Animafest - Svjetski festival animiranog filma" (in Croatian). Animafest. Retrieved 4 February 2011.

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