Linoleum Contemporary International Animation and Media Art Festival

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
01 September 2021 - 05 September 2021
Kiev, Ukraine
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Festival description:

LINOLEUM Festival aims to support animation artists and promote animation worldwide. The objective of the Festival is to encourage and celebrate creativity amongst animators and media artists, promote contemporary animation and media art in Ukraine.

2021 Festival Coverage

This year's theme is PRESENCE. INTIMACY. TOUCH.

One day, we woke up in a world where the normal order of things fell apart. We've learned pretty fast that physical presence is nearly a rarity, intimacy is a forbidden entertainment and touching is a mortal danger.

Crisis behaviour became our new standard, the space around us is now holy and untouchable. We desperately tried to develop new forms of interaction and cut our ties in the name of civic responsibility. We've learned to discover the world from our screens within arm's touch. We've almost put up with the online format. And yet, our touch hunger hasn't disappeared and still needs to be addressed.

We tried to put the madness around us into words and logical constructions. But it turned out that grasping the reality is impossible without close contacts, and culture is lifeless if it doesn't resonate with bodies. We suddenly felt our bodies being part of physical cosmology. We discovered that value is determined by comprehensibility, and existence can be fully experienced within arm's and touch reach.

2021 Call for Entries

Festival’s submissions are open to films applying all animation techniques, including combinations with live action and documentary. Over 40% 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 July 2020. Films screened at previous festival will not be taken into consideration. Short films (maximum running time 30 minutes) can be submitted to following competition categories:

- International Competition
- Ukrainian Competition (only for Ukrainian animation films)
- Commissioned Films

Out-of-competition categories:

- Experimental Animation and Video Art
- Animation for Children
- VR Animation
- Ladies first (for female directors)
- Erotique est Magnifique (for erotic animation)
- Scary Tales (for horror films)

2020 Festival Coverage:


LINOLEUM International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival announced the winners in three categories: international, Ukrainian and Commissioned films competitions.

The awards ceremony took place online, as the majority of the festival events this year: all the animation films were available for free from 2 to 6 September on the MEGOGO media service.

This year’s LINOLEUM winner is the French animation film Black Sheep Boy (2019) by James Molle. The story revolves around the quest for the meaning of life of a young boy in a strange hat. Searching for some happiness, he engages in a philosophical and absurd journey. The jury was impressed by the film’s fresh style, witty dialogues and surreal characters.

With this year’s main prize we decided to award an unconventional film that embodies what LINOLEUM stands for: Black Sheep Boy was made by an exciting creator who surprised us by his approach towards the animated form - Jury statement

Three films got Special Mentions in the International competition section:

  • Dutchgaria by Capucine Muller (Belgium, 2019) for the crafted relatable story with the fresh perspective on the frustration of migration.
  • The Surrogate by Stas Santimov (Ukraine, 2020) for the power of atmosphere and craft, as well as he fresh angle on the genre conventions of horror.
  • The piece of tail in the mouth of the snake that bites its own tail by Pablo M. Ballarín (Estonia, 2019) for the impressive author’s stylistics.

The Ukrainian competition's main award went to Wrapped in Plastic by Vladi Yudi (2019). It is a satirical pseudo horror film about the collective hysteria around plastic that is sometimes combined with strange superstitions. The jury of the Ukrainian competition almost unanimously decided to award this animation with the main prize.

Despite the fact that Wrapped in Plastic exploits one widespread thought, it does so in such a professional way, creating such a subtle world with a special vibe that holds the viewers' attention immediately. This film also has a tinge of humour and subtle references to the world cinema classics – Yevhen Boytsov, Ukrainian competition jury member.

The jury also gave a Special Mention to Mr. Nox by Diana Denys (2019) for bringing up the burning issue of cyberbullying.

The main award of the Commissioned films competition went to the music video Jo Goes Hunting - Careful by Alice Saey (France, 2020) about the surreal creatures that turn their world to chaos once they start thinking about their individual appearance too much.

“The repetition and sound is visually represented in a bold esthetic. This short film uses crazy colours, has a distinct graphic style and very beautiful animation. It is extremely psychedelic. All the jury members were impressed by this work - Jury Statement

Three other works were awarded with Special Mentions in this category:

  • Gardener & Bumblebee by Ignas Meilunas (Lithuania, 2020) for presenting the brand in an informative and also in a funny way.
  • Facing Water by Daphna Awadish (Israel, 2019) for beautiful esthetics.
  • Ode by Shadi Adib (Germany, 2019) for simplicity, atmosphere and nontrivial animation. 

The next edition of LINOLEUM festival will take place September 1-5,  2021


2020 Festival Highlights

The international competition section (International competition (44 films), Ukrainian competition (13 films), Commissioned films competition (27 films).) , which contains most of the films, is divided by the curators into 5 blocks. Each one is named after the film that offers the most in-depth reflection on the topic. 

The first block Movements shows how people perceive themselves in time, space and reality in general. The self-titled film from South Korea invites viewers to a contemplation of things that can happen in the space of 10 minutes. In fact, during the same period, the African baobab tree grows 0.008mm and the Earth travels 18,000km around the Sun.

The second competition block Traces explores how our actions can affect history and other people around every minute. The eponymous French film tells about the rituals of ancient people that can still resonate nowadays. 

Short Stories About Loneliness is the third block which is in line with the lockdown experience of humankind. But in this section, isolation is treated more globally and timelessly, without being a reference to the external events. It is the case of the film from the Dominican Republic that shows loneliness through sound, textures, changing colours and abstract images. 

The authors of the fourth competition block Ties question the connection between people. What are we for each other? The eponymous film from Germany focusses on the relations between a young girl and her loving parents, and tells how someone's independence can harm the loved ones. This is the first animation film in the world to be made with a 3D pen: all the film storyboards were physically embodied outside of the frame. Apart from that, this selection contains a Czech animation film Daughter made by the Oscar 2020 nominee. 

The last international competition block’s title is Arka, it was named after the animation film from Croatia. It is a journey across the worlds of human subconscious that can get you to meet your own demons and those of the others. The Ukrainian film Surrogate by Stas Santimov will premiere in this section. 

The other Ukrainian films will be shown in the Ukrainian competition program. It includes animation films that touch upon different topics: starting with a free adaptation of The Metamorphosis by Kafka and up to the history of Ukraine in 5 minutes. 

The third competition program is focused on commissioned films. These are the best commercials, trailers and music videos that explore human existence. Out of 28 participants, there are two Ukrainian works: a book trailer for Haska Shyyn’s novel Behind their backs that tells the story of a woman trying to apprehend her identity and sexuality, and the music video Problems of Sublimation for the DZ’OB band. 

Thematical non-competition blocks will be presented at LINOLEUM as well. The festival curators will select animation films from different years on the following topics:

Ecoleptic – films about the interaction of people with nature and their impact on the environment, animals and ecology.
Human_Nature – experimental animation and video art works about the place of people in nature and the industrial world.
Human_Capital – experimental animation and video art works that explore the interaction between individuals and economic systems. 
Becoming Human – this year’s main festival topic. Animation films about finding your true self, introspection and personal courage. 
Retrospective of Oleg Pedan – the retrospective selection of works by the famous Ukrainian animation director and puppet designer. In his films Nobody Home, The Key, A House for a Snail, he created new worlds that fascinated both kids and adults. 
Ukrainian retrospective – local animation films about different aspects of human existence, oriented for an adult audience. This selection includes films from different years: starting with the cartoons of the Kyivnaukfilm studio up to the student work by Mykyta Lyskov, one of the main representatives of author animation cinema in Ukraine.
Contemporary Japanese animation – independent works by young artists from Japan that were created during the last 5 years. 
Animation for Kids – a selection of best animation films for children. 
Ladies First – a traditional non-competition block at LINOLEUM that presents films made by women for women. Many of these works reflect on corporeality, sexuality and the importance of self-acceptance. 

2020 Visual Identity:

This year’s LINOLEUM will go under the main theme of ‘Becoming Human’. What makes us human? Thanks to its surreal nature, animation can explore areas of our experience that are elusive for the other forms of arts and science.

“I’ve been paying attention to the ads on walls for a long time. It is the Ukrainian pop art, a true folk art. On these chaotically covered walls, one can see the whole new world with different stylistic and seasonal tendencies. So when I learned that this year’s LINOLEUM theme is ‘Becoming Human’, I immediately thought about the ads on walls. ‘Becoming Human’ is exactly what we need now. At least it is as important as plastic windows or insulation of apartments. And LINOLEUM is the favourite festival and an extremely important event for the Ukrainian animators,” – Nikita Lyskov.

The platform for the festival screenings this year is MEGOGO media service. Animation films from the competition programs, thematic selections and special screenings will be available for free. 

The festival is supported by Ukrainian Cultural Foundation. Organized by Animagrad.

2019 Festival Coverage

2018 Festival Coverage

2020 Call for Entries (Archive)

LINOLEUM International Animation Festival opens submissions for its next edition. The festival will be held September 2-6, 2020, in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The objective of the festival is to encourage and celebrate creativity among animators and media artists as well as promote contemporary animation and media art in Ukraine.

Only films made after June 2019 are accepted for selection. The running time of the film must not exceed 30 minutes.

Competition categories:

  • International Competition
  • Nation Competition (for Ukrainian directors)
  • Commissioned Film Competition (commercials and music videos)

Besides the competition programs, LINOLEUM will consist of screenings of experimental animation and video art, animation for children, Ukrainian retrospective, screenings of international festival programs, workshops and master classes.  



Event Dates

  • From 01 September 2021 to 05 September 2021