Logo of the 2010 edition
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.
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.
Grand Prize winners
|1972||The Battle of Kerzhenets||Ivan Ivanov-Vano and Yuriy Norshteyn||Soviet Union|
|1974||The Diary||Nedeljko Dragić||Yugoslavia|
|1980||Tale of Tales||Yuriy Norshteyn||Soviet Union|
|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|
|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.
Lifetime Achievement Award laureates
|1990||John Halas||Great Britain|
|1992||Bob Godfrey||Great Britain|
|2000||Jan Švankmajer||Czech Republic|
Award for outstanding achievement in animation theory laureates
|2008||Clare Kitson||Great Britain|
|2010||Midhat Ajanović ("Ajan")||Sweden/B.I.H.|
Other ASIFA-sponsored festivals:
- Annecy International Animated Film Festival (est. 1960)
- Ottawa International Animation Festival (est. 1976)
- Hiroshima International Animation Festival (est. 1985)
- The Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films @ filmfestivalworld.com
- "1976 / Archive / Animafest - Svjetski festival animiranog filma" (in Croatian). Animafest. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
- "1982 / Archive / Animafest - Svjetski festival animiranog filma" (in Croatian). Animafest. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
- "1986 / Archive / Animafest - Svjetski festival animiranog filma" (in Croatian). Animafest. Retrieved 4 February 2011.