Cinanima Festival, 8-14 November 2021

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
08 November 2021 - 14 November 2021
Espinho, Portugal
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Fesival Description: CINANIMA has the approval of the International Film Association – ASIFA - and is officially considered by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as one of the qualifying festivals for the Oscar nomination for the Best Animation Short Film.

2021 Call for Entries

The 45th edition of the oldest Portuguese film festival (8th to 14th November) welcomes applications for films running for the five categories in competition this year
Entries are accepted only for films produced after January 1st, 2020 and the competitive categories are the following:

 International Competition

Short Films
– Films up to 5 minutes;
– Films over 5 up to 24 minutes;
– Films over 24 up to 50 minutes;
– Commissioned films;
– Animated documentary.
Note: All those applying for the International Competition can only enter their film into one category.

Feature Films: Films over 50 minutes long.

Student Films: Films under 50 minutes long, directed by students or graduation students, produced at Art Schools, Film Schools or Film Training Schools.

A film is considered to be Portuguese when it has been directed by a Portuguese citizen or whose production is entirely Portuguese.

Portuguese films can only enter one of the National Competition categories.

1 – ANTÓNIO GAIO Award – Best film in the National Competition. These works may also be submitted to the International Competition.

a) Films directed by Children and Youngsters (until the age of 18) within the scope of educational activities or workshops.
The submission of a film in this category blocks the submission of the same film in the International Competition.
b) First Film directed by Young Portuguese Directors (aged between 18 and 30).
These works may also be submitted to the International Competition

2020 Festival Coverage

2019 Festival Coverage

Of the 1400 submissions from 72 countries, the Festival's programming team selected 26 hours of films, which were screened by the Selection Jury, constituted by Margarida Madeira, Mário Gajo de Carvalho and Regina Machado.

This year there are three Portuguese films in the International Competition running alongside with the biggest names in the world of animation for the Award CINANIMA 2019. “Uncle Tomás, accounting for the days”, by Regina Pessoa; “Purpleboy”, by Alexandre Siqueira and“ A Mind Sang”, by Vier Nev, suming up 45 films in the International Competition for Short Films.

Four feature films from the 23 submitted were selected for international competition: “Away”, by Gints Zilbalodis (Latvia); “The Tower” by Mats Grorud (Norway); Otto Guerra's “Pirate City” (Brazil) and “Titus and the Birds”, by Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar and André Catoto (Brazil).

Concerning the National Competition, the Festival will have in 2019, 10 works competing for the António Gaio Award and 16 competing for the Young Portuguese Director Award.

2018 Cinanima Festival Coverage (12-18 Nov 2018):


Event Dates

  • From 08 November 2021 to 14 November 2021