Animafest Zagreb

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Animafest 2010 logo.png
Logo of the 2010 edition
Location Zagreb, Croatia
Founded 1972
Language International

The World Festival of Animated Film Zagreb, also known as Animafest Zagreb, is an annual festival 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 Europe, after the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, established in 1960.[1]

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.

Animafest has originally been held as a biennial event in every even year between 1972 and 2004 with each edition focused on animated short films. Since 2005 the festival is held every year, with a feature film competition held in odd years.

Festival awards include prizes given in the Main Competition, Student Films Competition, Children Films, Educational Films, Commercials, Music Videos and Films Made for the Internet. 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 winners[edit]

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
2005 (F) Terkel in Trouble Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen, Thorbjørn Christoffersen and Stefan Fjeldmark  Denmark
2006 Dreams and Desires - Family Ties Joanna Quinn  United Kingdom
2007 (F) Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest Michel Ocelot  France
2008 The Pearce Sisters Luis Cook  United Kingdom
2009 (F) Waltz with Bashir Ari Folman  Israel
2010 Divers in the Rain Olga Pärn and Priit Pärn  Estonia
2011 (F) My Dog Tulip Paul Fierlinger and Sandra Fierlinger  United States
2012 Oh Willy... Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels  Belgium
2013 (F) Approved for Adoption Laurent Boileau and Jung  Belgium /  France
2014 Love Games Yumi Joung  South Korea


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 laureates[edit]

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

Award for outstanding achievement in animation theory laureates[edit]

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

See also[edit]

Other ASIFA-sponsored festivals:


External links[edit]