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Animafest Zagreb
Logo of the 2010 edition
LocationZagreb, Croatia

World Festival of Animated Film Zagreb (Croatian: Svjetski festival animiranog filma), best known as Animafest Zagreb, is a film festival entirely dedicated to animated film held annually in Zagreb, Croatia.[1] 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).[2]

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.[2]

Grand Prize winners


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 films

Year English title Director(s) Country
1972 The Battle of Kerzhenets Ivan Ivanov-Vano and Yuriy Norshteyn  Soviet Union
1974 The Diary[3] Nedeljko Dragić  Yugoslavia
1976 Festival not held.[A]
1978 Satiemania Zdenko Gašparović  Yugoslavia
1980 Tale of Tales Yuriy Norshteyn  Soviet Union
1982 Grand Prize was not awarded.[B]
1984 Jumping Osamu Tezuka  Japan
1986 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 Mt. 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
2019 Acid Rain Tomek Popakul  Poland
2020 Just A Guy Shoko Hara  Germany
2021 Night Bus Joe Hsieh  Taiwan
2022 The Garbage Man[4] Laura Gonçalves  Portugal
2023 Oneluv Varya Yakovleva  Russia


  • × Oscar winner
  • ≠ Oscar nominee

Feature films

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
2019 Ruben Brandt, Collector Milorad Krstić  Hungary
2020 Feature Film Competition not held. [C]
2021 The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks Andrey Khrzhanovsky  Russia
2022 My Sunny Maad[5] Michaela Pavlátová[6]  Czech Republic
2023 My Love Affair with Marriage Signe Baumane  Latvia  United States  Luxembourg


  • × Oscar winner
  • ≠ Oscar nominee


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 last minute. In 1977 the regular festival at Annecy was held and the usual biennial cycle resumed, with Zagreb and Annecy taking turns.[7]
B. ^ Although Animafest was held in 1982 and 1986, no Grand Prizes were awarded in these two editions.[8][9]
C. ^ Animafest 2020 edition was held live in Zagreb, but due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions, it was decided for an edition without a Feature Film Competition.

Lifetime Achievement Award laureates

Year Director Country
1986 Norman McLaren Canada
1988 Chuck Jones U.S.A.
1990 John Halas United Kingdom
1992 Bob Godfrey United Kingdom
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 Croatia
2018 Paul Fierlinger U.S.A./Czech Republic
2019 Suzan Pitt U.S.A.
2020 Georges Schwizgebel Switzerland
2021 Ralph Bakshi Haifa/U.S.A
2022 Nedeljko Dragić[10] Croatia
2023 William Kentridge South Africa

Award for outstanding contribution to animation studies laureates

Year Winner Country
2002 Giannalberto Bendazzi Italy
2004 Donald Crafton U.S.A.
2006 John Canemaker U.S.A.
2008 Clare Kitson United Kingdom
2010 Midhat Ajanović ("Ajan") Sweden/Bosnia and Herzegovina
2012 Olivier Cotte France
2014 Marcel Jean Canada
2016 Marcin Gizycki Poland
2017 Maureen Furniss U.S.A.
2018 Paul Wells United Kingdom
2019 Jayne Pilling United Kingdom
2020 Chris Robinson Canada
2021 Xavier Kawa-Topor France
2022 Rolf Giesen Germany
2023 Suzanne Buchan United Kingdom

See also



  1. ^ Animafest Zagreb Presents 29th Edition Program|Animation Magazine
  2. ^ a b The Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films @ filmfestivalworld.com Archived September 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Z is for Zagreb: The Animafest Zagreb Exhbition 1972-2022|Animation World Network
  4. ^ Portuguese Short ‘The Garbage Man’ Wins Top Prize At Zagreb Animafest|Cartoon Brew
  5. ^ ‘My Sunny Maad,’ ‘Granny’s Sexual Life’ Score French Academy César Awards|Cartoon Brew
  6. ^ Animafest Zagreb Announces Seven Features in Competition|Animation Magazine
  7. ^ "Animafest.hr".
  8. ^ "Animafest.hr".
  9. ^ "Animafest.hr".
  10. ^ CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF ANIMATED HISTORY: ANIMAFEST ZAGREB: 6-11 June 2022 in Zagreb, Croatia|Animation World Network