Swiss Original Handmade Creative Project (Awards Eur 36,000)

For centuries, the Swiss tradition of Emmentaler AOP cheese production has focused on the art of cheesemaking, on artisan skills and on HAND MADE expertise, all underpinned by a caring attitude towards nature, time, materials, know-how and the vital energy of the environment we live in.

In order to be able to continue to read, refresh and interpret its own values in an innovative, contemporary and disruptive way, from the outset Emmentaler Switzerland has always been very keen and interested in engaging, supporting and promoting the world of art, talent and creativity for all.

As was the case in past competitions, exhibitions and communication initiatives, Emmentaler Switzerland is launching a new open creative competition for the collection, valorisation and exhibition of a broad selection of works and thematic artworks.


As part of the new globalisation of recent decades, we have learned to appreciate not only certain values and products shared by many civilisations, but also values and products expressly linked to the geographical, historical and cultural origins of specific local areas.

This competition aims to collect, valorise and exhibit artworks that tell stories of Swiss originality. Originality intended in terms of both methods and content that are more specifically and quintessentially “Swiss”, as well as those that are more ironic, interpretative and disruptive.

For all information:


Upload phase: 29th April 2019 – 5th September 2019

Community Vote: 5th September 2019 – 19th September 2019 (1.59 PM UTC)

Jury Vote: from 5th September 2019

Winner announcement: during the Exhibition-Event, in November 2019


The total award pool amounts to €36,000.00, split into 6 awards and 6 special mentions.

Entering the competition is free and open to everyone over the age of 18 on the date of registration, without any limit of nationality, profession, education, expertise or other form of restriction, except for being 18 at the time of participating in the contest.

Contest under the patronage of Brera – Accademia di Belle Arti and with the support of Cumulus Association


In the first half of November 2019, a major Exhibition-Event will be organised in Milan featuring the winning projects, the projects that receive mentions and a broad selection of those deemed to be of high quality and pertinent in consideration of the general objectives of the competition.


Andrea Amichetti, Zero – Founder

Stefano Aronica, Consortium Emmentaler AOP

Giovanna Frova, Switzerland Cheese Marketing Italy

Maria Cristina Galli, Accademia di Brera – Vice Director

Michael Krohn, ZhdK Zürich Hochschule der Künste – Cumulus Association

Stefano Maffei, PoliFactory – Director

Massimo Bruto Randone, SosDesign – Founder

Antonio Riccardi, SEM – Editor and Poet

Toni Thorimbert, Studio Thorimbert – Photographer

DESALL is an open innovation platform dedicated to design and innovation, that offers to companies a participatory design tool involving in the creative process an international community coming from all over the world. To date Desall gathers more than 100000 creatives from over 210 countries and has collaborated with international brands like Luxottica, Whirlpool, Electrolux, ALESSI, Enel, Leroy Merlin, KINDER, Barilla, illy, Chicco, Mondadori and many more.

Thanks for the contamination of different cultural backgrounds and creative industries, the Desall community is able to provide high-quality project solutions for every product development phase requested by the client, from concept to product design, from naming to packaging.

Total Prize:
5 Sep, 19

iAniMagic Animation Competition: Animal Party

Get ready to combine your love of animation and animals into one masterpiece – the iAniMagic Competition is back! The 8th iAniMagic, starting from August 1st, invites you to show off your animation skills whilst demonstrating your love for animals. The big winner this year will receive a monetary prize worth 700USD and more!


Your animation submission must use animals as the main character of your work. It can be a horse running freely in the wild, a cat warrior fighting against intruders in a fantasy world, a cute, fluffy dog wiggling its bottom walking majestically down the street, or anything else you can imagine!


  • You must create your contest entries on Animation Desk
    Download the free app here: iOSAndroid, Windows
  • Your submissions should be between 15-30 seconds long
  • You may enter as many submissions as you like
  • There is no cost for entering the contest



Golden Award – USD 700 cash prize,  video showcased on Animation Desk App Store page, featured interview on Kdan’s platforms

Silver Award – USD 600 cash prize, featured interview on Kdan’s platforms

Bronze Award – USD 500 cash prize, featured interview on Kdan’s platforms

Best Creativity – USD 300 cash prize

Best Art – USD 300 cash prize

Best Technique – USD 300 cash prize

Staff Pick (3 winners) –  FIGMA Model Doll

Audience Award (3 winners)  – USD 100


For students verified institutional emails, we have a separate student competition with the same prizes to reward their fantastic work. They would not only would they receive cash prizes and be featured on Kdan’s platforms, but also get 30 sets of promo code to access Creativity 365 suite.

If you are a faculty or staff member interested in this contest, please contact us and register as a participating institution.


iAniMagic-judage-IanIan Chung, 2D animator at Studio2, Winner of iAniMagic 2017

Facebook, Vimeo, and Tumblr



Usman Riaz, TED senior follower, Artist, animator and composer.

Mano Animation Studio, Instagram,  TED ProfileTEDxKyoto



Isabel Bouttens, 2D animators, Art Teacher

Website and Vimeo



Entry open:  01 August 2019 – 31 October 2019

Winner announcement:  30 November 2019on Animation Desk Facebook


Please visit the competition website for more details.


Typomania 2019 – Typographic Video Contest


Typomania typographic video competition is one of the key events of the festival. The contest exists from the very beginning of the festival. We recieve hundreds of  type videos annualy. The contest participants are designers, motion designers, cartoonists, students and professionals.

Entry submission for Typomania 2019 will be open from March 1 till May 1 2019. Best videos were chosen by an international jury. The announcement of the results and the award ceremony will take place during the closing ceremony of Typomania festival on June 2 2019 in the Museum of Moscow (Moscow, Zubovsky boulevard, 2).

Curator of the videocontest – Vasily

Themes of the videocontest

1.Videos with type playing the key role in them

2.Presentation of a typeface. Video demonstrating the abilities and specificity of a typeface.

  1. Movie titles.Captions for movies, cartoons, TV series, TV programs. Commercial and student works.
  2. Text visualization. Visualization of a song, a poem or of another text.

5.Typomania. Animation of the TYPOMANIA logo (download the festival logo).


We recieve hundreds of works from Russia, Europe, Asia, America. You can watch them all on our YouTube channel TypomaniaFest.


Every year on Typomania festival’s stage the authors of 9 best videos recieve 9 legendary light letters.  Special prizes will also be awarded for the best performance technique. Shortlisted authors will be awarded diplomas. Mailing of prizes and diplomas are at the expense of the festival. Authors of videos that are not included in the short-list, will be sent pdf-diploma of the participant on request.



Creative Conscience Awards 2019


The Creative Conscience Awards welcome projects by students and graduates (of up to two years) from any creative discipline. The deadline for 2018 has now passed, but we’ll be launching the 2019 awards at the end of this year. The awards are the perfect opportunity to push your curiosity and create the change you want to see in the world. You can enter the awards solo or in a team (of up to six), and can choose your own issue to tackle or work from one of our exciting briefs.

Example Briefs

Our awards scheme searches for exciting projects with a focus on social impact. You can enter anything you like, as long as the project fits into one of our Impact Themes. We also have some exciting briefs that give a starting point if you feel you need it, tackling some of the most relevant issues that our world faces today. This years deadlines have passed, but feel free to download the briefs for your own personal projects, or to start working early on an entry for the 2019 awards. Shortlisted projects are judged by a panel of industry experts based on your creative approach and the potential impact of your project.

Open Brief Background

If you have an issue that you are passionate about, that you believe could help change the world in a positive way you could enter it under our Open Brief. You could identify something that isn’t working for you about the world around you and look for a solution. We’re interested however big or small your ideas are. We are looking for solutions and provocations that will call people to action and can lead to genuine impact. Projects can be conceptual or have the potential to develop into real life-changing solutions. The themes you might wish to explore can be broad and varied. Past projects have included design solutions for food waste, humanitarian aid, education, water shortage, energy efficiency, inclusivity, campaigns & products against FGM, bullying, inequality, poverty, homelessness, child abuse, over-consumption, mental illness, urban living – to list just a few subject areas.

Open Brief Challenge

The Open Brief is your chance to create a project that deals with any issue you’re passionate about solving. Identify something that isn’t working in the world around you and look for a solution, however big or small. We’re looking for solutions and provocations that have the potential to provoke action and have a genuine impact. Projects can be conceptual or have the potential to develop into real life-changing solutions. Past projects have included creative solutions for food waste, humanitarian aid, education, water shortage, energy efficiency, inclusivity, bullying, inequality, poverty, homelessness, child abuse, over-consumption, mental illness, urban living and much more.

Mental Health Background

Negative experiences happen in all of our lives: difficulties with work or finances, the breakdown of a relationship, overwhelming family responsibilities, or a significant setback for example. Mental health can affect anyone. There are many ways we can cope with mental illness: establishing and maintaining relationships, discussing our issues and taking action when possible, however there are stigmas surrounding mental health that we unfortunately need to tackle.

Mental Health Challenge

How can you use your creative skills to aid those with mental health issues? If your life or the life of those around you has been touched by mental health issues, then use these experiences as possible entry points into the brief and as a means of research to explore potential routes and solutions. The challenge really is boundless in however you want to approach it, all we ask is that the outcome is optimistic and empowering towards the audience. Let’s open up and tackle this issue head on to create some real positive change in the world. Here are some useful links to start you off: Movember Onemindinstitute

Equality Background

Equality is a human right. Both men and women are entitled to live with dignity and with freedom from want and from fear. Whether this be gender equality as a precondition for advancing development and reducing poverty: empowered women contribute to the health and productivity of whole communities, improving the prospects for the next generation. Or more general human rights for minorities, those under threat of being suppressed or living in fear because of who they are or what they believe.

Equality Challenge

Can you think of a way to change current behaviours and inspire people to understand the value brought by treating everyone equally? You may simply want to raise awareness, or perhaps you can think of a way to actively change human behaviour and understanding. Here are some useful links to start you off: Global Goals Rightsinfo Cause2create Creativeequals

Refugee Crisis Background

This brief has been set in partnership with Help Refugees The most basic requirements for refugees to regain their independence are housing, language and employment. Without housing, people become destitute; without the ability to speak the local language, it is very difficult to get a job; without employment independence is almost impossible.

Refugee Crisis Challenge

How can we creatively support the empowerment of refugees in host countries, and improve their access to opportunities? Local language: classes can be expensive and restrictive in terms of the amount that you can study, when and where. What creative solutions could help with this? Employment: refugee unemployment in the UK is 50%, and many refugees are overqualified for the jobs they take. How can we find creative ways to increase people’s chances of finding meaningful work quickly? Integration: how can we build bridges with local communities? Can you find ways to keep community at the heart of these proposals? Empowerment: Can you consider innovative ways for Help Refugees to raise more funds to allow us to do more for empowerment projects? *96p from every pound raised already goes straight to our projects on the ground.

Conscious Consumption Background

We can’t continue to consume and buy ‘stuff’ at our current rate without serious consequences. ‘The story of stuff’ tells us why.

Conscious Consumption Challenge

The Conscious Consumption brief is an opportunity to create solutions to help re-direct our worlds trajectory towards self-destruction. This could explore themes on not just what we consume, but how and why. Where do the things we consume come from, and what are their impact e.g. environmental, psychological and/or societal. What methods could we use to design products that are sustainable and have a minimal or even positive ecological impact? And what would these products be? How could mindsets be shifted (especially in first world countries) away from misguided, and damaging purchasing habits? Why do we consume, and what are the often overlooked motivations for consumption – and are there ways we can nurture or redirect these energies? The solutions to these questions should aim to educate, inspire, excite and encourage new behaviours, so we can consciously consume.


  • Creating materials/products that do not cause harm to us and our environment (e.g. cradle to cradle)
  • Designing new systems (Donut and sharing economies are examples of this)
  • How can we educate and inform people about their choices in a fun, exciting and positive way.

Reference brands: Patagonia, Fairphones and Rubymoon

The awards ceremony and beyond

If you’re a winner you will receive an invite to our awards ceremony, hosted in London in July. At the ceremony you’ll get to mingle with creatives and professionals from complimentary organisations as well as other winners. Your winning work will be displayed on our site, plus you’ll be invited to be part of the Creative Conscience Collective – a platform to communicate with other winners, past and present, and where exclusive events and opportunities are shared. Beyond the awards, we also help to bring the brightest and most innovative projects to life though our Impact scheme. Providing contacts and mentorship, we support you with your project helping to create tangible impact in the world.




Prix Ars Electronica 2019

The Prix Ars Electronica is the world’s most time-honored media arts competition. Winners are awarded the coveted Golden Nica statuette, prize money ranging up to € 10,000 per category and an opportunity to showcase their talents at the famed Ars Electronica Festival in Linz.

The submission phase for the Prix Ars Electronica 2019 will begin in January 2019!

The Prix Ars Electronica was launched in 1987 by Ars Electronica co-founder Hannes Leopoldseder. The categories at the outset were Computer Graphics, Computer Animation and Computer Music. In 1990, Interactive Art enhanced the array. A category especially for kids and young people was introduced in 1998. A prize for Digital Communities and [the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant premiered in 2004, followed by Hybrid Art in 2007. The Prix Ars Electronica’s most recent innovations came in 2014 with the introduction of a Golden Nica honoring the Visionary Pioneers of Media Art, and the reconfiguration of two pairs of categories—Hybrid Art and Digital Musics & Sound Art; Interactive Art and Digital Communities—which now alternate in a biennial rhythm. The Prix’s highly diversified dramatis personae has included internationally renowned artists (Karlheinz Stockhausen, Roy Ascott, Lynn Hershman, Toshio Iwai / Ryuichi Sakamoto, Chris Cunningham / Aphex Twin), Oscar winners (John Lasseter, Chris Landreth) and creative young trailblazers (Graffiti Research Lab).

Categories and Prizes

Computer Animation 1 Golden Nica 10.000 Euro 2 Awards of Distinctions up to 12 Honorary Mentions
Interactive Art +* 1 Golden Nica 10.000 Euro 2 Awards of Distinctions up to 12 Honorary Mentions
Digital Communities* 1 Golden Nica 10.000 Euro 2 Awards of Distinctions up to 12 Honorary Mentions
Digital Musics & Sound Art* 1 Golden Nica 10.000 Euro 2 Awards of Distinctions up to 12 Honorary Mentions
Hybrid Art* 1 Golden Nica 10.000 Euro 2 Awards of Distinctions up to 12 Honorary Mentions
u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD 1 Golden Nica 3.000 Euro 2 Awards of Distinctions 800 Euro, 1 prize to contestants age 10 and under, 1 prize to the 11 to 14 year-olds up up to 10 Honorary Mentions
Visionary Pioneers of Media Art 1 Golden Nica

* The prizes in the categories “Interactive Art”, “Digital Communities”, “Digital Musics & Sound Art” and “Hybrid Art” are not awarded annually but alternately every two years.

Events of the Prix Ars Electronica during the Ars Electronica Festival

During the Ars Electronica Festival in September, the Golden Nicas, Awards of Distinction and Honorary Mentions are awarded with pomp at the Ars Electronica Gala. The winners of the Golden Nicas and Awards of Distinction are also invited to present their projects at the Prix Ars Electronica Forums which are held over a number of days. The Ars Electronica Festival presents the CyberArts Exhibition annually as one of its main shows. It showcases a selection of winning projects of the latest Prix Ars Electronica. The Museum of the Future, on the other hand, devotes a special exhibition for an entire year to the projects from the youth competition “u19–Create Your World”. Formatted specially for the Festival, the award-winning works from the category “Computer Animation / Film / VFX” are shown at the Ars Electronica Animation Festival with the Electronic Theatre. The “Digital Musics & Sound Art” winners present their works in the form of concerts conceived as part of the programme of Ars Electronica Nightlines.


The Prix Ars Electronica is staged jointly by Ars Electronica Linz GmbH & Co KG in cooperation with the OK Center for Contemporary Art and Brucknerhaus Linz. The Golden Nica statuettes are presented to each year’s winners at the Ars Electronica Festival in early September. The Prix Ars Electronica is one of the world’s premier awards honoring creativity and innovativeness in the use of digital media. Idea: Hannes Leopoldseder, Concept: Christine Schöpf and Gerfried Stocker, Head of Department Festival Ars Electronica/Prix Ars Electronica: Martin Honzik, Head of Prix Ars Electronica: Emiko Ogawa, 0043-732-7272-781



Total Prize: €53,000

Student Video Contest

We now live in a world of over 7 billion people and demographers expect us to reach 9 billion by mid-century.

Human population growth exacerbates many of the innumerable challenges facing our global society.

Taking on these complex challenges and finding solutions will require understanding, cooperation and creativity.

Create a short video – up to 60 seconds – about human population growth that highlights one of the following global challenges: Preserving Biodiversity, Sustainable Resource Use, Protecting Human Rights. All videos must include:

a) how population growth impacts the issue

b) at least one idea for a sustainable solution.

Consider narrowing your focus by concentrating on a subtheme within your topic. Possible subthemes include:

  • Preserving Biodiversity – Habitat destruction/fragmentation, ecosystem diversity, coral reefs, deforestation, pollinators, extinction, invasive species
  • Sustainable Resource Use – Energy, fossil fuel use, single-use products, diet, overfishing, global inequities in consumption
  • Protecting Human Rights – Poverty, barriers to education, women and girls, forced migration, environmental/social justice, economic security

Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2019.

Rules and Guidelines

    1. All entries must be a digital video.
    2. Each entry must focus on ONE of following global challenges as it relates to population growth:
      • Preserving Biodiversity
      • Sustainable Resource Use
      • Protecting Human Rights
    3. Students may work together in groups or submit entries as individuals.
    4. The length of the video should not exceed 60 seconds (one minute), not including the 10 second title screen (see #5).
    5. All entries should begin with a 10 second full-screen “title screen” that includes the following information:
      • Lead Producer’s name
      • School name
      • School city, state
      • Title of video
      • Total running time (not including the 10 second title screen)
    6. All information presented in the video must be cited, giving credit to the original source. Plagiarism of any kind will result in disqualification. IF CHOSEN AS A FINALIST, you must submit a list of your sources, properly cited.
    7. Each video must have one Lead Producer to serve as the main point of contact. Recognition and prizes will be given to the lead producer and all those listed as co-producers on the entry form.
    8. There is no entry fee.
    9. Entries may be submitted through the website starting on September 1, 2018. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm (eastern time, US) on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Winners will be announced no later than Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
    10. All entries must be submitted in digital format.
    11. No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials.
    12. No professional assistance is allowed. Adults may assist with production but are limited to verbal guidance only. Adults are allowed to be actors or cameramen but not content contributors.
    13. All portions of the online entry form must be completed when you upload your video for it to be eligible.
    14. IF CHOSEN AS A FINALIST you must submit a signed/completed Parent Permission Form and a signed/completed Actor Release Form for each person appearing in your video. Forms can be scanned/emailed to:; faxed to 202-332-2302; or mailed to: World of 7 Billion contest, 2120 L Street NW #500, Washington, DC 20037.
    15. Content must comply with all local and national laws of the country of origin and the United States. Content must not 1) promote illegal behavior; 2) support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice; 3) advocate sexual or violent exploitation; 4) violate rights established by law or agreement; 5) invade the privacy of any person; or 6) be otherwise inappropriate as determined by Population Connection in its sole and conclusive determination.
    16. The judges’ decision is final. Entries will be judged by topic, with winners in each of the three global challenge areas: Preserving Biodiversity, Sustainable Resource Use, and Protecting Human Rights. Decisions will be made based on the World of 7 Billion Judging Rubric.
    17. The only compensation for submitting a video is the opportunity to be awarded a prize if the entry wins. Population Connection will pay filmmakers no additional compensation nor be liable to the filmmaker under any circumstances.
    18. All entries must be submitted in English, if entries are not in English they must include English subtitles.
    19. Awards will be presented as follows:
      Challenge: “Preserving Biodiversity”
      High School

      • One (1) First Place: $1,000
      • One (1) Second Place: $500
      • Two (2) Honorable Mentions: $250

      Middle School

      • One (1) First Place: $500
      • One (1) Runner Up: $250
      Challenge: “Sustainable Resource Use”
      High School

      • One (1) First Place: $1,000
      • One (1) Second Place: $500
      • Two (2) Honorable Mentions: $250

      Middle School

      • One (1) First Place: $500
      • One (1) Runner Up: $250
      Challenge: “Protecting Human Rights”
      High School

      • One (1) First Place: $1,000
      • One (1) Second Place: $500
      • Two (2) Honorable Mentions: $250

      Middle School

      • One (1) First Place: $500
      • One (1) Runner Up: $250

      Best in State

      • 50 cash prizes will be awarded to the best video in each state.

      Best International by Region

      • Six cash prizes will be awarded to the best international video by world region (Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North America, South America).
    20. Students should keep at least one copy of their video. Population Connection is not responsible for any films that are lost, damaged, or that do not upload properly.
    21. Ownership of the underlying intellectual property of the project remains with the entrant, with the following exceptions.
    22. Entrants grant Population Connection the right to use their names, photographs, statements, quotes, testimonials, and video submissions for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes without notification or further compensation.
    23. Entrants also grant Population Connection the right to use, reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, and/or display the entrant’s project video without further compensation or notification to the entrant.
    24. Population Connection maintains the right to reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, display, or exhibit the project for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes on their website, at conferences, or at any other venues.
    25. By accepting the prizes, winners agree to hold Population Connection and all Population Connection employees harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of use of such prizes. Winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused from participation in the contest or use/redemption of any prize.
    26. Entrants agree to be bound by the official contest rules and decisions of the judges.




Total Prize: $7,500

Pictoplasma Berlin 2019 – Characters In Motion

The Pictoplasma Berlin 2019 festival is calling for animation submissions for the “Characters In Motion” international screenings.

High-grade Characters in animation, narration, music visuals, experimental work or motion graphics, from any part of the world, are wanted.

Selected works will become part of the Characters in Motion 2019 screenings and the Pictoplasma Berlin 2019 festival program.

The Pictoplasma Festival showcases latest trends in character design and art, cutting edge screenings bring the latest animation eye-candy to the big screen, and numerous exhibitions throughout the city invite all to experience original works and outstanding character craftsmanship.

The Characters in Motion screenings offer an overview of international animations, short films, motion graphics, and experimental work, focusing on stylish and fresh character-driven visuals and narratives.

From 8th to 12th May, 2019, Pictoplasma will transform Berlin into the world’s most vibrant meeting point for a diverse scene of artists and creatives, trailblazing the face of tomorrow’s visual culture.




29th World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb 2019

World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb invites submissions for the 29th edition of the Festival, taking place 3-8 June 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia.

All short and feature animated films completed after 1 January 2018 are eligible.

Animafest 2019 has five (5) main competition categories and the total prize fund amounts to 10,500 Euro — of which 2,500 Euro are reserved for the Grand Prix award — awarded to both short and feature films.

Festival’s submissions are open to films applying all animation techniques, including combinations with live action and documentary.

The 2019 competition includes the following categories:

  • Short Film Competition
  • Feature Film Competition
  • Student Film Competition — films produced at educational institution
  • Films for Children Competition
  • Croatian Film Competition — films whose majority producer is Croatian and/or films by Croatian directors

The list of films selected for the competition and world panorama programs will be announced on the Festival’s official website not later than 1 April 2019. All applicants will be notified regarding the selection results.

Each director whose film is selected for the official festival program will be contacted by the Festival management for hospitality arrangements.

Since its establishment in 1972, Animafest Zagreb and its competitions, retrospectives, presentations, exhibitions, pitching forums lectures, awards, panoramas, workshops and all other additional events have consistently influenced and greatly contributed to their city’s artistic life, as well as promotion of animation art throughout the world.


Dear friends of animation,

Welcome to the web pages of the World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb. Since its establishment in 1972, this festival and its competitions, retrospectives, presentations, exhibitions, pitching forums, lectures, awards, panoramas, workshops and all other additional events have consistently influenced and greatly contributed to their city’s artistic life, as well as promotion of animation art throughout the world.

This is a festival by the filmmakers for the filmmakers. Creative animation, in all its different forms – from traditional drawings, to stop motion, CGI, to most experimental cross-media explorations – has been the focus of attention since the very beginning. Filmmakers from all four corners of the world know that coming to Zagreb means joining friends, benevolent colleagues and an audience that recognises, appreciates and loves their works. You can meet all of them, from the biggest named boasting outstanding filmographies, to the up and coming new talents and students, in a theatre seat next to you.

Animafest Zagreb is a place of inspiration, creativity, exchange of ideas, innovation, communication and international diversity. Z… is for Zagreb!

Daniel Šuljić
, Art Director

The World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb, established in 1972, is the second oldest film festival in the world completely dedicated to animation. Launched thanks to the global reputation of the filmmakers sprung from the Zagreb School of Animation, founded based on the decision of ASIFA, International Animated Film Association, Zagreb Film production company and City of Zagreb, Animafest Zagreb takes place every year early in June. Until 2005 the festival was held biennially, and afterwards continued in the annual rhythm, devoting even years to short film and odd years to feature film. After Zagreb Film and Zagreb Concert Management, in 2007 the festival organisation was taken over by the private production company Hulahop with the aim of further development and balancing the programme with the requirements of contemporary tendencies, approaching broader audiences and providing added values to professionals. In 2015 Animafest Zagreb merged short and feature festival editions and became festival dedicated to animation in all its forms on annual basis.

Animafest Zagreb always has been, alongside festivals in Annecy, Ottawa and Hiroshima, a part of the obligatory circuit in the animation community’s calendar. Animafest’s Grand Prix winners directly qualify for the Academy Award and the European Animation Award.

As one of the leading international animation events and the only Croatian film festival with such a status, Animafest Zagreb serves as a bridge between the animation scene and the local audience (more than 80 per cent of the selection consists of premieres), but also actively creates it, continually raising the level of audiovisual culture in the society. The Zagreb festival therefore presents the best and latest works competing for prestigious awards and the most relevant and interesting trends. Through entertainment, socialisation and learning, Animafest connects citizens of all generations and respected guests from different parts of the world at a large and colourful festivity paying tribute to animation art.

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Z… is for Zagreb

The festival slogan Z… is for Zagreb, designed by film scientist and critic Ron Holloway, says a lot about the connection between Zagreb and Animafest – the connection making both the city and the festival recognisable all across the globe. Taking place at numerous locations, from the central Europa theatre which took over the role previously played by the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, to Cinema Europa and Tuškanac, to museums and galleries, to local cultural centres, Animafest breathes with the city where it was born.

Animafest Zagreb is a festival of Zagreb people and all those who feel at home here, regardless of their age: the Children and Youth Programme consists of films selected by experts and categorised by age for the youngest film lovers and their parents. High schoolers get their first insight into experimental and avant-garde tendencies. Evenings are dedicated to entertainment at concerts and various side events; experienced animation devotees plan their schedules for months in advance not to miss a thing.

Our great family

Animafest’s award winners and faithful friends, the leading animation artists have made this festival a great homecoming. Norman McLaren, Bob Godfrey, John Halas, Michela Pavlátová, Joanna Quinn, Jiří Brdečka, Yoji Kuri, Jurij Norštejn, Osamu Tezuka, Nick Park, Priit Pärn, Theodore Ushev, Lei Lei, Atsushi Wada, Mirai Mizue, Otto Messmer, Piotr Dumała, Alexander Petrov, Jan Švankmajer, Isadore Friz Freleng, Michaël Dudok de Wit, William Hanna i Joseph Barbera, Koji Yamamura, Břetislav Pojar, Bruno Bozzetto, David Dave Fleischer, Stephen i Timothy Quay, Caroline Leaf, Paul Driessen, Michel Ocelot, Frederic Back, Fjodor Khitruk, Nicole Salomon, Chuck Jones, Jim Henson, David Silvermann, Andreas Hykade, Rosto, David OReilly… It is impossible to name them all. Their visit to Zagreb has always been a cause for celebration, both for the time spent with colleagues – at the traditional picnic – and for the discussions and working with the audience, especially the youngest.

The great authors of the Zagreb School, Dušan Vukotić, Vatroslav Mimica, Zlatko Bourek, Boris Kolar, Zlatko Grgić, Ante Zaninović, Nedeljko Dragić, Borivoj Dovniković, Pavao Štalter, Zdenko Gašparović, Joško Marušić, Krešimir Zimonić etc. have equally competed in international categories, and most of them invested great efforts in the festival organisation as well, as directors, programme consultants, Festival Council members. In the 1990s, young filmmakers Simon Bogojević Narath, Daniel Šuljić, Veljko Popović, Marko Meštrović, Michaela Müller, Marko Tadić and others followed in their footsteps. The festival direction has traditionally been trusted to world-acclaimed Croatian animators, which is a unique practice making sure that art and its requirements always come first.

Good to know

When in 1969 the ASIFA session in London decided to launch the Zagreb festival, it was meant to take place biennially and take turns with the festival in Annecy, which was by that point held eight times. As a sign of close collaboration, the first Zagreb festival bore the name the 9th World Festival of Animated Film. In the age of the Cold War, Eastern Bloc countries saw Zagreb as the stage and window to the world, a meeting point with the West.

The festival logo (Z) and the first poster were made by Borivoj Dovniković Bordo and Zlatko Bourek. The festival mascot Mandlek, a little man with a bowler hat, is redesigned every year. Historically, the most famous is the one designed by Zvonimir Lončarić, the long-time festival poster author. The recognisable festival jingle was composed by the renowned jazz musician Igor Savin. The Mr. M Audience Award was named after the first festival director, Mr Želimir Matko. The first festival in 1972 received 308 entries – in 2018 more than 1800.

See you at Animafest!




Total Prize: 8,500€

Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival

Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2019 Call for Entries

The Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) is now accepting submissions for its 2019 festival, to be held July 18-21 during Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center. The deadline for entries is February 1, 2019.

Judged by a panel of industry luminaries, the CCI-IFF accepts genre-related films in the following categories: Action/Adventure, Animation, Comics-Oriented, Documentary (Pop Culture–Related), Horror/Suspense, Humor, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. Awards and prizes will be given out at Comic-Con, with film screenings all four days of the event.

Entries will be accepted from September 10, 2018 until Feb. 1, 2019. All submitted films must be postmarked or emailed between those dates.

Click here to download the rules and official entry form; click here to read the 2019 rules online.

Film submissions must include the signed entry form to be eligible for consideration.

2018 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival Award Winners
  • Best Action/Adventure Film: Day of Reckoning
  • Best Animated Film: First Bloom
  • Best Comics-Oriented Film: The Old-Men
  • Best Documentary: Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future
  • Best Horror/Suspense Film: The Dollmaker
  • Best Humor Film: Agent 555: Operation S.A.D.O.
  • Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Film: Bullies
  • Judges’ Choice Award: Bullies


Comic-Con International 2019 will be held July 18–21 (with Preview Night on July 17) at the San Diego Convention Center … check back for more information as we get closer to the show!





2019 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest

Did you know that plastics account for 80% of all ocean pollution? This is one of the most pressing challenges facing the ocean. Plastics pose a huge threat to the ocean ecosystem because they do not biodegrade. Instead, they continue to break into smaller and smaller pieces, which litter the ocean and its beaches.

Organised by From the Bow Seat, this year’s contest asks you to explore the theme “Presence of Future“, and call for young artists, thinkers, and activists who are concerned about the future of our human and natural communities to use their creative voices to explore, express, and advocate for issues related to climate change and our oceans.

There are five categories:
• Visual Art
• Poetry
• Prose
• Film
• Music

An individual or group (ranging from two people to an entire class of students) may submit art. Each Individual or Group who submits to the contest must have one or more adult sponsors (usually, sponsors are teachers, a parent, or a mentor). Any student may submit (i.e., have their name included in) only one entry per category.

There is no entry fee.


Open to students in middle school or high school worldwide (or International or Homeschool Equivalent).


Awards will be presented in each of the categories at both the Junior and Senior divisions:

• Gold Award: 1,000 USD (Junior) and 1,500 USD (Senior)
• Silver Award: 750 USD (Junior) and 1,000 USD (Senior)
• Bronze Award: 250 USD (Junior) and 500 USD (Senior)
• Honorable Mention: 100 USD (Junior) and 250 USD (Senior)

Moreover, The Making Waves Award will be awarded to one submission in each age division that demonstrates a powerful, engaging, and original voice of ocean activism. Winners receive a 250 USD cash prize.



Total Prize: $5,000