Animakom Festival 2023
Event Description: ANIMAKOM FEST is an international animation film festival with live screenings and awards.
2023 Call for Entries
The 7th edition of ANIMAKOM FEST will take place in Bilbao from the 11th to the 18th of December, 2023. At the same time as the physical edition of the festival, there will be an online edition. During the week of the Festival, the films will be on a platform to be determined/specified and will be password-protected and geo-blocked within Spain.
- Festival’s submissions are open to films applying all animation techniques, including combinations with live-action.
- Over 50% of the production must be animated, and the Festival reserves the right to determine whether an entry qualifies as animation.
- Films should be completed after the 30th of June 2022.
- The Festival will only accept SHORT FILMS (maximum running time 20 minutes).
- International Competition
- Student Competition –films produced at an educational institution
- Animated Music Videos
On an exceptional basis, the Festival may also select episodes from series provided that they comprise self-contained narratives. The Festival reserves the right to determine whether an entry qualifies for the chosen competition category.
The prizes initially established for the two competitions will be as follows:
a) International Competition
-GRAND PRIX ANIMAKOM FEST
-SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
-SPECIAL JURY MENTION
b) Students Competition
-BEST STUDENT FILM
-SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
-SPECIAL JURY MENTION
c) Animated Video Music Competition
-There will be a single prize (BEST ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO) decided by the audience.
d) In addition, for any films competing in either of the three categories that are directed by a director born or resident in the Basque Country or be of Basque production, the LABORAL KUTXA AWARD will be awarded for the Best Basque Short Film, which will be awarded by a different jury designated for this purpose. The Festival shall choose nominees for this prize.
The awarding of this prize will be compatible with any of the other prizes.
e) Finally, among all the films in competition, an AUDIENCE AWARD will be awarded based on the votes made for this purpose by the viewers of the different screenings.
f) Before the date of the festival, the Festival shall make known whether any of the prizes includes a monetary payment.
g) The Festival may permit other Basque, Spanish, or international organizations or institutions to present their own awards.
For this edition, the following independent prizes have already been confirmed:
-Best Director Award, awarded only to female directors by a jury appointed by the organizers of Zinemakumeak Gara!
-Best Script Award, awarded by a jury appointed by the Basque Screenwriters’ Guild (Asociación Profesional de Guionistas de Euskal Herria).
-Innovation Award, awarded by a jury appointed by As Fabrik.
The awarding of these prizes is compatible with any of those awarded by the international jury.
- Festival regulations and submissions via FilmFreeway
- Deadline: 20 October 2023 (no entry fee)
2022 Festival Coverage
2020 Festival Coverage
Between July 6th and 12th, the Bilborock Venue will host the fourth edition of the Bilbao International Animation Community Festival, ANIMAKOM FEST, with daily sessions from 7pm.
With a schedule of more than 120 short films in four competitive sections (professional, students, basque short films, and animated music videos), ANIMAKOM FEST had to postpone its celebration, initially planned to be held in April, due to the state of alarm.
As the main act, on Monday 6th, the Animakom Award will be delivered to the filmmaker Nina Paley in recognition of her career at an online ceremony due to Nina’s impossibility to get to the festival, projecting all her works online and in the venue, including the feature films “Sita Sings The Blues” and “Seder-Masochism”.
In addition to the screenings, the schedule will be completed with two exclusive masterclasses: on Friday 10th about the multi-awarded feature film “Klaus” from one of its animators, Juan Luis González, and on Saturday 11th a special one dedicated to the successful Netflix series “BoJack Horseman” with the online presence of its directors Amy Winfrey and Peter Merryman, and the screening of the episode “Free Churro”.
ANIMAKOM FEST is a festival organized by Asociación Develop with the collaboration of the production companies Abrakam Estudio and Media Attack and promoted by Bilboko Udala, Diputación Foral de Bizkaia, Fundación SGAE, Laboral Kutxa, Mondragon Unibertsitatea and Escuela de Cine del País Vasco - ECPV.
- From 11 December 2023 to 18 December 2023