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Animakom Festival, 2021

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
06 July 2021 - 12 July 2021
Bilbao, Spain
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2021 Dates to be confirmed, Call for Entries to Follow

2020 Festival Coverage

Between July 6th and 12th, the Bilborock Venue will host the forth 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 on 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 succesfull 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 colaboration 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.


2020 Call for entries (Archive)

ANIMAKOM FEST, Bilbao International Animation Community Festival invites call for entries. It takes place n Bilbao from the 28th of March to the 5th of April 2020.


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 1 January 2019.


The Festival will only accept SHORT FILMS (maximum running time 20 minutes) which can be submitted to the following competition categories:

1. International Competition
2. Students Competition –films produced at an educational institution
3. 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 Festival does not pay screening fees for the works selected for the competition programs.

For each film the applicant is required to fill out a separate online entry form and submit a preview screener of the film (HD codec H264) or a link and a password to download the screener which must be available until 20th of March 2020.

The application should contain additional materials: director’s photograph; 3 still images from the film (min. 300 dpi); dialogue list in English. The work submitted must be the final edition. Unfinished films will not be taken into consideration.

Films with dialogues or narration in languages other than English should have English subtitles. Films with dialogue or narration in English are recommended to be submitted with a screener with English subtitles.


Films will be selected by the Artistic Director in collaboration with selected professionals. Their duty will be to preview each work entered on time and decide upon final film selection. The list of films selected for the competition programs will be announced on the Festival’s official website:

The Festival shall have the right to screen each of the films selected at least three times. The Festival cannot guarantee to reimburse the travel or accommodation expenses of the directors of selected films selected. However, if they decide to attend the Festival, the directors will be contacted in order to facilitate their stay in every way possible.


The copies used for screening will be the screeners in HD codec H264 used during the submission process. The Festival reserves the right to refuse a screening copy of dubious technical condition that may cause problems during the screening.


An international jury proposed by the artistic director of ANIMAKOM will be appointed to judge two of the competitions (International Competition and Students Competition).

The prizes initially established for the two competitions will be as follows:


-Grand Prix Animakom
- Special Jury Prize
- Special Jury Mention


-Grand Prix Students Competition
- Special Jury Prize
- Special Jury Mention

For the Animated Music Videos competition, there will be a dedicated audience prize.

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 a prize will be awarded for Best Basque Short Film,The Festival shall choose nominees for this prize.

The awarding of this prize will be compatible with any of the other prizes.

The jury shall undertake to award at least one prize in all categories. At its own discretion it may give more than one special mention in any of the categories. Before the date of the festival, the Festival shall make known whether any of the prizes includes a monetary payment. 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 Female Director Award, awarded by a jury appointed by the organisers 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 Mondragon Unibertsitatea.

The awarding of these prizes is compatible with any of those awarded by the international jury.


Each applicant declares him/herself to be the author or Rights owner of the submitted film(s) and to own all images, texts, sound or music contained therein. In the event of any legal claim for the use of these rights, the Festival shall be exempt from any liability; all liability shall lie solely and exclusively with the person or institution submitting the film.

The producers and directors of award-winning films should mention the name of the prize, the year and the name of the Festival (ANIMAKOM FEST – Bilbao International Animation Community Festival) in all promotional materials for the film. A file containing publicity materials (Festival logo and award text) will be sent in digital form.

The Festival reserves the right to use the films for strictly non-commercial promotional or educational purposes. In the event that an award-winning film is selected for a commercial screening, after the Festival, for the purpose of promoting award-winning films or the official program, the applicant will be contacted in order to obtain his/her authorisation.

The Festival has the right to use all materials related to the submission as well as an excerpt from the film of up to 10 per cent of the total length of the film, not exceeding 30 seconds, for promotional purposes. The Festival reserves the right to amend this regulation if it deems fit.


Participation in the Festival, and its film submission process, implies acceptance, without reservation, of the terms of the present regulations. The Regulations are written in Basque, English and Spanish languages. In the event of any ambiguity, the Spanish version shall be binding.




Event Dates

  • From 06 July 2021 to 12 July 2021


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