Animateka International Animated Film Festival

Animateka International Animated Film Festival

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
28/11/2023 - 04/12/2023
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Animateka is a week-long international festival of animated film, takes place every year in Ljubljana's Kinodvor and Slovenska kinoteka. Beginning on the first Monday in December, it focuses primarily on the latest production of East and Central European short films. European student films and International films for children.

2022 Festival Coverage


(Archive) 2022 Call for Entries

The 19th edition of the International Animated Film Festival Animateka is inviting authors of short animations to submit their films for the Main Competition Programme (short animated films from Central, Southern and Eastern Europe), Elephant in Competition Programme (international program of short animated films for children) and Competition Programme European Young Talents (short student animated films).

The Main Competition Programme (short animated films from Central, South and Eastern Europe)
The competition is open to short animated films (the duration of which must not exceed 30 minutes of the total running time) produced or co-produced in the following countries: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey or Ukraine.

The Elephant in Competition (an international programme of short animated films for children)
The competition is open to short animated films (the duration of which must not exceed 30 minutes of the total running time) for children regardless of production country.

The European Young Talents Competition (short animated films made by European students)
The competition is open to short animated films (the duration of which must not exceed 30 minutes of the total running time) made by students within educational institutions from the EU or the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine or the UK.

The films must be completed in 2021 or 2022. Films previously screened at the Animateka festival are not eligible

This year's visual identity year it was prepared by the French artist Boris Labbé.

As for his visual for this year’s Animateka, he says:
»The visual is inspired by an animation project I may develop in the future: Docile Bodies. It’s a sort of a metaphorical vision, where society may be seen as a strange moving castle, a huge colourful weaving machine, where humans are like nodes inside the web, reacting to some codes, language, or abstract patterns. So maybe life can be seen as weaving…«

2021 Festival Coverage

  Award Winners

2020 Festival Coverage


2019 Festival Coverage

The author of the 16th Animateka visual identity is Edmunds Jansons, a renowned animation film director and graphic designer from Latvia.

From its very beginning the cinema has developed as a two-headed eagle - with one head looking into reality - documenting, observing, commenting our lives; the other head looking to the magical side of life - where the dreams, tricks and fantasies are. What I like about animation the most is that these two sides/directions coexist there naturally. That feeling about the duality of animation - I tried to capture it in the poster. Why fishermen - that’s the first image that comes to my mind when I hear “Baltics” - sea, fish, boats, fishermen - silent, harsh and strong - Edmunds Jansons

2018 festival coverage:

This year the festival recieved 669 films, which is 65 more than last year. 120 out of 696 films tried to get into the Central end Eastern European competition programme, 281 films applied to compete in the Young Talents competition, while 268 of them would like to take a chance in the Elephant competition programme, aimed at children. Submissions were received from 63 different countries, from Poland and France to Singapore and Afghanistan. Slovene animators did their part too, as they sent 35 films.

Here's the full festival daily schedule

2017 Festival News

For the Animateka Pro Pitch competition, see here

NB: 2023 Festival Dates are tentative


Event Dates

  • From 28/11/2023 to 04/12/2023

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