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Animator Festival, 3-9/10/2020

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
03 October 2020 - 09 October 2020
Poznań, Poland
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About the festival

The International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR is Poland’s biggest festival of animated film. Its first edition took place in 2008 as a culminating point of the celebrations commemorating the sixty years of Polish animation. Over three hundred productions from all over the world are screened during each edition of the Festival, including retrospectives, reviews, premieres or rarely shown works of animation pioneers.

2020 Festival Coverage

From the very beginning of its history, one of the Festival’s key events is the International Competition of Animated Films. On the one hand, the Competition gives our audience the opportunity to get acquainted with a panorama of the latest productions from around the globe (with approx. 60 titles, both feature films and short films, selected from over a thousand submitted for selection); on the other hand, it is an opportunity for artists - both debuting and well-established - to present their work to our festival audience.

 This year’s short film competition will feature 47 films divided into 6 thematic screenings, among them: Towards childhood, Life as a terminal disease, Film is a dream, Crouching evil, hidden truth.

The programme also includes animated films from the WOMEN’S VOICES series, as well as animated series for children and the ANIMATOR FOR KIDS section. We are also going to present to you a thematic bloc of animations actively involving viewers (interactive animations) and animated productions based on the engines and graphic and technological environment of computer games ANIMACJA INTERAKCJA. VIDEO GAMES.

Animator PRO Online Schedule


MONDAY 5.10.2020

10 a.m. 

Polish animation in the times of pandemic. Panel discussion with Katarzyna Gromadzka, Robert Jaszczurowski, Marta Pajek and Grzegorz Wacławek. (PL – 60’)

Host: Marcin Adamczak

11.30 a.m. 

Games that matter: a case study of 11 bit studios productions: This War of Mine and Frostpunk. Paweł Miechowski, 11 bit studios, Poland. (ENG – 30’)

About This War of Mine and Frostpunk:

In This War of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers. The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle.

Frostpunk is the first society survival game. As the ruler of the last city on Earth, it is your duty to manage both its citizens and its infrastructure. What decisions will you make to ensure your society's survival? What will you do when pushed to breaking point? Who will you become in the process?

12.30 p.m.

Games that matter: a case study of VR game Another dream and Anoushka - Tamara Shogaolu, Ado Ato Pictures, Netherlands. (ENG – 30’)

About Another Dream and Anoushka:

Another Dream, a hybrid animated documentary and VR game, brings the gripping, true love story of an Egyptian lesbian couple to life. Faced with a post-revolution backlash against the LGBTQ community, they escape Cairo to seek asylum and acceptance in the Netherlands. An accompanying installation allows audiences to reflect on what they have seen, heard, and felt in VR. 

Anoushka is an animated mixed reality (XR) experience inspired by the Black Girl Magic ethos and all Black girls around the world. In this interactive story, we follow Amara, a Black teenager from Amsterdam’s Bijlmermeer neighborhood, as she embarks on a magical journey of self-discovery through time and space. Amara must travel back in time and connect with generations of women that preceded her in order to save her grandmother and twin brother from a multi-generational family curse. She discovers her family’s ancestry and magical powers along the way and reconnects with her roots while also learning more about her present.

5 p.m.

Games that matter. How they can change the World. Panel discussion with Tamara Shogaolu (Ado Ato Pictures), Paweł Miechowski (11 bit studios) and Raul Carvajal (Games for change). (ENG – 60’)

Host: Karolina Kołtun


TUESDAY 6.10.2020 

12.00 p.m.

Green Filming. Sustainability in film production, Monika Głowacka, Łódź Film Commission, Poland. (ENG – 30')

Green filming in Łódź Film Commission:

Within the past few months, the Łódź Film Commission team has undertaken specific actions aimed to promote the idea of green filming. The first of these actions was the introduction of a dedicated entry to the regulations of the Competition entitled "Łódzki Fundusz Filmowy na rok 2020" (Łódź Film Fund for 2020), according to which the applicant should get familiar with the guidelines on sustainable film production developed by ŁFC – the guidelines. The Guidelines are a tool that allows developing selected areas of audiovisual production in terms of the possibility of introducing pro-ecological changes in them, e.g., in the field of transport, catering, organisation of a production office. 

12.45 / 12.45 p.m.

When sustainable film production meets animation. Two case studies:

12.45 / 12.45 p.m.

Cleo animated series  - Miguel Miranda, La Casa Animada, Spain. (ENG - 30’)

Miguel Miranda

Animation director. Degree in Fine Arts, University of La Laguna, and master in traditional and digital animation. Animator and concept artist in La Casa Animada, has participated in numerous national and international animation projects such as the series Entre niños, El Trotacuentos, Die Tigerentenbande or Club Piolet. The film Maxi the Adventurer, the short films Margarita or La Trompeta by Andrés Nieves.  From 2014 begins to direct the animation of the first season of the Cleo series. He currently works as animation director of La Casa Animada, developing his own animation projects such as The Book of Dreams. 

13.20 / 13.20 p.m.

Saving the planet, The Rainbow Penguin's way - Allan Bortnic, Tres Tercios, Chile. (ENG - 30’)

Allan Bortnic

Executive producer in Tres Tercios (production company, member of Animachi), focused on TV documentary series, producer of an award winning feature film at SANFIC 2018, and currently producing the stop-motion TV show Zander, winner of CORFO and CNTV funds. 

14.30 Sustainable filmmaking - challenges and perspectives.  Panel discussion with: Zuzana Bieliková (Slovak Film Commission), Concha Díaz Ferrer (The Tenerife Film Commission), Miguel Miranda (La Casa Animada), Allan Bortnic (Tres Tercios). (ENG - 60’) 

Host: Zosia Jaroszuk

Accreditations – to be anounced.

ENG – presentation and panel discussions held in english
PL -  presentation and panel discussions held in polish

Festival Trailer:
Animation was created by polish animator Paulina Ziółkowska and music composed by Adam Brzozowski.

2019 Festival Coverage

2020 Call for Entries  (Archive)

A prerequisite for being allowed to take part in the selection for the competition is sending short or feature animated film made in any animated technique, after 31 December 2017. Submitted films can be from art schools, film schools, production companies, film institutions, individual artists or any other persons or institutions who have right to do it.

Short animated films created in any animation technique, up to 30 minutes, completed after December 31, 2017 may be submitted to the Short Film Competition.
Feature animated films created in any animation technique, over 40 minutes, completed after December 31, 2017 may be submitted to the Feature Film Competition.
Festival will not accept tv series, trailers, advertisement or movie and tv intros.

Award for The Best Music Film / Music / 7 000 PLN
Award for The Best Feature Film / 35 000 PLN



Event Dates

  • From 03 October 2020 to 09 October 2020
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