Animest Int. Animation Film Festival

October 4th | 13th 2024

19th Edition

Animest International Animation Film Festival

is the only festival in Romania dedicated to animated film. It was founded in 2006, and gathers films from all over the world, in six competitive categories both for short and feature film, ample retrospectives and focus on various countries, animation studios and film schools. Every year it welcomes to Bucharest international filmmakers, producers, festival programmers and journalists. Workshops, masterclasses, special events, concerts and parties are open to the festival guests and audience.

The Festival Trophy is presented every year to one of the films competing in the short film competition, and is chosen by an international professional jury. Animest is an Oscar-qualifying festival. The recipient of Animest Trophy is eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film category of the Academy Awards®. The festival’s mission to reinvigorate and support the Romanian animation film has had an impact on the awards and participation of local animation filmmakers in international film festivals and events. Animest has had follow-ups in various cities of Romania, and since 2011 has had annual festival editions in Chisinau, Moldova.


Minimest is the festival section dedicated to the youngest animation lovers. It is made up of two subsections, the short films and the feature films.24 short films are in competition for the Best Film for Children at Animest. You can watch them in three blocks, Minimest 1, 2 and 3, on the streaming platform of the festival. The eight feature films can be watched on the same online platform, programmed at the weekend, on 7-8 and 14-15 November 2020. You can find an age recommendation and synopsis for each film.

The 16th Edition of Animest Call for Entries

The  edition of the biggest film festival in Bucharest, Romania,every year in October.

Animest is the only OSCAR® qualifying film festival in Romania, and it is also a partner of EMILE Awards, the European Animation Awards. We are still confident, trusting our chances to return to cinemas for the 16th edition. On the other hand, the major success of the previous edition (our first ever online edition) convinced us to keep the virtual film screen on our festival map, so animation lovers from all over Romania will be able to watch your movies. The submission is online and free of charge via . We are looking for short or feature animated films produced maximum two years before the current edition, which could fit one of our eight competition categories:

Feature film

Short film


Student film (graduate or undergraduate)

Music Video

Romanian short film

Minimest (children’s film)

VR film

The winners receive trophies and prize money, while the recipient of the Animest Trophy will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. We keep our fingers crossed for your ongoing projects. Check the rules and regulations and fill in the entry form, then upload your film files. We look forward to receiving your newest projects, and thank you in advance for spreading the word about us.

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