CINANIMA is an animation film festival co-organised by NASCENTE – Cooperative Society with Cultural Purposes, and by the Espinho City Hall. Ever since its first edition, back in 1976, it has been working continuously to promote this form of cinema and its authors. Being a precursor of cultural decentralisation in Portugal, CINANIMA has won international recognition while not belonging to the main cultural centres of Lisbon or Porto.
The Festival is organized by a non-profit association, it is approved by ASIFA – Association International du Film d’Animation – and is supported by the Ministry of Culture/ ICA I.P. – Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual, the Ministry of Youth/ Portuguese Institute of Youth, the Portuguese Tourism Institute, the Ministry of Economy and the Parish Council of Espinho. It is also sponsored by several private entities, and has formed partnerships with the media for promotion and advertisement purposes.
To many professionals, the opportunity to present a film at CINANIMA represents one of the few opportunities to show the public the result of their work and effort, in addition to the privileges to which the winners are entitled. CINANIMA’s Grand Prize winner for short films is placed on the shortlist for the Oscar© for the Best Animation Short film nominations, as the Festival is one of the events recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Call for Entries (Archive)
CINANIMA 2023 will only accept works:
- Concluded after the 1st of January 2022;
- Directed according to the definition of animation given by ASIFA: “The art of animation involves the creation of animated images using various techniques other than live action”
- In its final version;
- Not sent for selection in previous editions of the Festival;
- That combine live action with animation as long as the later represents 70% of the film;
International Competition Categories
Applicants can choose only one category of the International Competition.
- Films up to 8 minutes;
- Films over 8 to 16 minutes;
- Films over 16 to 24 minutes;
- Films over 24 to 50 minutes;
- Commissioned films;
- Animated documentary.
Feature Films – films over 50 minutes.
Student Films – Films under 50 minutes, directed by students or graduates, 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 enter only one of the National Competition categories:
ANTÓNIO GAIO Award – Best film in the National Competition. The Portuguese films submitted to this National Category may also be submitted to the International Competition;
YOUNG PORTUGUESE DIRECTOR Award
- 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 to the International Competition
- First film directed by a Young Portuguese Director (aged between 18 and 30). The Portuguese films submitted to this National Category may also be submitted to the International Competition.
2022 Festival Coverage
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):
- Cinanima: A Noble Festival In Its Original Motto (Festival Report)
- Oboun, Agouro Win 2018 Cinanima Festival Awards
- Selection Results for Cinanima 2018
- 1508 Submissions for the 2018 CINANIMA Festival
NB: 2024 Festival Dates are tentative
- From 13/11/2024 to 19/11/2024