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ANIMAFILM International Animation Festival, 20-24/10/2021

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
03 September 2021 - 07 September 2021
Baku, Azerbaijan
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NB: Festival dates have changed to 3-7 September 2021

2021 Festival Coverage

2020 Festival Coverage

2020 Festival trailer

2019 Festival Coverage 

Selection Results:
The selection committee of the 2nd ANIMAFILM Baku International Animation Festival announces the list of animated films and screenplays that will be included in the competition program.

The selection committee for animated films: Rashid Aghamaliyev (Azerbaijan), Liz Mansresa (France), Vojtěch Kiss (Czech Republic), Nazrin Alizade (Azerbaijan), Piotr Ficner (Poland) and Ilenia Cotardo (Italy). The selection committee for screenplays: well-known writer Sevinj Azimova (Elsever) (Azerbaijan).

The selection committee has reviewed 268 applications from 50 different countries and made the following decisions:

Best short animation film (up to 20 minutes)
Of 197 films submitted under this category the selection committee has nominated the following films for the competition:

1 Circuit, Delia Hess Switzerland
2 The Steppes of Khazar, Sofiia Melnyk    Germany
3 Bristled, Scott Farrell United States
4 Iron Me, Ivan Rabbiosi France
5 How a song saved a species, Rémi Cans France
6 Heat Wave, Fokion Xenos Greece
7 Mitya's Love, Svetlana Filippova Russian Federation
8 Lola the Living Potato, Leonid Shmelkov Russian Federation
9 Avarya, Gökalp Göne Turkey
10 Text Complex, Haruka Hiramatsu Japan
11 Patchwork, Maria Manero Muro Spain
12 DAVSS: The Monster,     Katie Steed United Kingdom
13 Love Me, Fear Me, Veronica Solomon Germany
14 Alba's Memories, Andrea Martignoni, Maria Steinmetz     Germany
15 Good Intention,s Anna Mantzaris United Kingdom
16 The Bear Hunter, Sayaka Hara United Kingdom
17 Daughter, Daria Kashcheeva Czech Republic
18 Petty thing, Li zexi China
19 Le Mans 1955, Quentin Baillieux France
20 Eternity, Anastasia Melikhova Denmark
21 Florigami, Iva Ćirić Croatia
22 At First Sight, Sjaak Rood The Netherlands
23 The Blue of Salt,  Alice Bohl France
24 Orbit, Tess Martin The Netherlands
25 The Hidden River of My Life, Kate Woodward Canada
26 Night Session, Petre Tomadze, Georgia
27 Tani, Davar Najafi, Iran

Best Short Animated Film for Children (up to 10 minutes)
Of 66 films submitted under this category the selection committee has nominated the following films for the competition:

1 The Evening Thread Iris Moore    Canada
2 Balance Raymond Limantara Sutisna Singapore
3 Batik Girl Irwan Junaidy Malaysia
4 Perfectly Naughty Kids Tatiana Kiseleva Russian Federation
5 My Little Boys - Couch, Jack Shih Taiwan
6 Push, Trilina Mai United States
7 Magic Play, Natasha Cánepa United States
8 Ray's Great Escape, Jie Weng China
9 Little Thinks, Step C. Hong Kong
10 The Window, Aydan Hasanova    Azerbaijan
11 Why Z?, Asher Horowitz United States
12 Papito, Sarika Persaud, Kenneth Rosen United States
13 Little Cosmic Shore, Pavel Kungurov  Russian Federation
14 Kid-E-Cats, Dmitry Vysotsky Russian Federation
15 Bird of Words, Taro Otani Japan
16 Miles Away, Barbara Brunner Switzerland

Best original screenplay for a short animated film
Of 13 screenplays submitted under this category the selection committee has nominated the following screenplays for the competition:

1 Proud Kettle, Rafig Mammadli Azerbaijan
2 Freeze, Amir Rooini Iran
3 The Gourmand Bear-cub, Vugar Hagverdiyev Azerbaijan
4 The Path, Babak Shahidi Iran
5 The Mannequin, Babak Shahidi Iran
6 Papo&Pepe, Viktoria Filmako Ukraine
7 The Peg, Leyla Ahmedxanova Azerbaijan
8 How Speak Trees?, Çimnaz Şıxverdiyeva Azerbaijan
9 Blowing, Mahammed Zare, Raana Vaezi Iran
10 Anger and blood, Nejla Nooshirvani Iran
11 Second Chapter, Nejla Nooshirvani Iran

2019 Festival Poster The poster for the second Baku International Animation Festival ANIMAFILM was prepared by the famous Czech animation director Filip Pošivač. Two Czech bears are depicted in the poster.

As Czech animation is the subject of the second festival, we decided to turn to one of the most famous Czech animators Filip Pošivač with a request to draw a poster. We are honored to cooperate with him. Filip has a unique style and, I think, he definitely managed to convey that “playfulness” that characterizes Czech animation - Rashid Agamaliyev,  director of the festival ANIMAFILM.

 I felt great joy while preparing a visual solution for the ANIMAFILM festival in Azerbaijan - Filip Pošivač 

The second festival will be dedicated to Czech animation." When I was considering what motive to send to Azerbaijan, my favorite bears from the city of Kolin won", explains Filip, referring to the famous Czech animated series “Hey Mister, Let's Play!”.  Graphic design of the poster and the website were prepared by a young and talented Azerbaijani artist Nazrin Alizade. The second international animation festival ANIMAFILM (18th to 20th October in Baku) will also employ a rich accompanying program consisting of Czech animation classics. The Czech program of the festival was put together by Miroslava Janičatová, who is also included in the International Festival Jury.

2018 Festival Coverage:

The theme of the first ANIMAFILM festival is "Azerbaijani Animation". In addition to the national competition, which will select the best Azerbaijani short animation film, the audience is offered a number of events dedicated to the history of Azerbaijani animation. The book "Azerbaijani Animation", joint work of local and foreign authors will be presented for the first time. Within the framework of the festival theme there will be an exhibition "ReAnimation", a retrospective of the best Azerbaijani animated films, with the participation of the authors themselves, as well as master classes of professionals.

 2018 Opening Ceremony (Video)


Archive :2021 Call for EntriesWorks are accepted in the following categories:

Azerbaijani competition:

  • Best Azerbaijani Screenplay for a Short Animated Film for Children (up to 6000 characters)
  • Best Azerbaijani Screenplay for a Short Animated Film for Adults (up to 6000 characters)
  • Best Azerbaijani Short Animated Film (up to 20 minutes)
  • Best Azerbaijani Short Student Animated Film (up to 15 minutes)

International competition:

  • Best Short Animated Film (up to 20 minutes) - GRAND PRIX
  • Best Feature Animated Film (over 60 minutes) - GRAND PRIX
  • Best Screenplay for a Short Animated Film (up to 6000 characters) - GRAND PRIX
  • Best Short Animated Film for Children (up to 10 minutes)
  • Best Short Animated Film Made by Children (up to 5 minutes)
  • Best Short Experimental or Abstract Animated Film (up to 5 minutes)
  • Best Short Student Animated Film (up to 15 minutes)
  • Best Animated TV series (up to 12 minutes)
  • Best Animated Music Video (up to 5 minutes)

Submission rules:

For animated films:

  • The film must be shot after January 1, 2019.
  • More than 50% of the film must be an animation. There are no limitations in the animation techniques used in the film.
  • One film can only participate in one category.
  • Copyright of competitive films are regulated by international law. The participant (director, producer or other authorized person) who provides an animated film, declares that he is the copyright owner of the film and is authorized to screen the film at the festival.

For screenplays:

  • The script should be written after January 1, 2019.
  • The script should be written specifically for a short animated film.
  • The text of the script should not exceed 6000 characters.
  • The screenplay should be in English or Azerbaijani languages.
  • Copyright of competitive screenplays are regulated by international law. The participant (screenwriter or other authorized person) who provides a screenplay, declares that he is the copyright owner of the screenplay and is authorized to submit the screenplay at the festival.

General conditions:



Event Dates

  • From 03 September 2021 to 07 September 2021


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