International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR is one of the three festivals in Poland (and the only animated film festival) to receive Oscar® qualifying status from the American Film Academy. This means that a short film that wins the Festival's Grand Prix, the Golden Pegasus, is on a fast track to being considered for an Oscar® nomination in the Best Animated Short Film category and can compete for this prestigious award.

ANIMATOR helps authors win international recognition. It attracts attention of film industry professionals from all over the world. For the last 14 years, the Festival has won the hearts of international audiences, critics and artists. It has honoured the greatest ones and helped debutantes to earn a name for themselves.
ANIMATOR is regularly visited by recognized authors, directors, animators (Maciek Szczerbowski, Michaela Pavlátová, Theodore Ushev, Quay Brothers, Emily Hubley, Eric Goldberg, Tim Allen, David Silverman, Signe Baumane, Mike Johnson), producers (Julie Roy, NFBC, David Sproxton, Aardman Animations, Ron Diamond, Acme Filmworks, Heather Henson) and representatives of fellow animation festivals (Annecy IAFF, Ottawa IAF, Animafest Zagreb). The Festival's guests are always happy to share their experience, reveal some tricks of the trade, teach workshops and actively contribute to the event's prestige. ANIMATOR also stands for meetings, discussions, interactions and a great deal of music. Its relationship with animation is particularly cherished here. In addition to the main prizes, the International Jury awards the Special Prize for Best Music Film or Best Film Music.

ANIMATOR 2022 will be taking place from 8 to 15 July. Entries can be submitted free of charge until February 14 2022. The prize pool sums up to over 140 000 PLN (over 30 000 EUR).

International Short Film Competition:
Grand Prix: Golden Pegasus (45 000 PLN, approx. 9 700 EUR),
2nd Prize: Silver Pegasus (15 000 PLN, approx. 3 200 EUR),
3rd Prize: Bronze Pegasus (10 000 PLN, approx. 2 100 EUR),
Best Music Film or Best Film Music Award (5 000 PLN, approx. 1 000 EUR),
Award for Special Artistic Merit — in memoriam of Wojciech Juszczak (5 000 PLN, approx. 1 000 EUR)
Best Student Film Award (1 000 PLN, approx. 200 EUR);
Audience Award for the Best Short Film
The winner of the Golden Pegasus is on a fast track to being considered for an Oscar® nomination in the Best Animated Short Film category and can compete for this prestigious award.

International Feature Film Competition:
Best Feature Film Award (35 000 PLN, approx. 7 500 EUR)
Audience Award for the Best Feature Film

ANIMATOR.PL Polish Animated Film Competition:
Golden Animusz - Grand Prix of the ANIMATOR.PL competition (15 000 PLN, approx. 3 200 EUR),
2nd Prize: Silver Animusz (10 000 PLN, approx. 2 100 EUR),
3rd Prize: Bronze Animusz (5 000 PLN, approx. 1 000 EUR)
Audience Award for the Best Polish Film

International Animated Series Competition:
Best Animated Series Award (5 000 PLN, approx. 1 000 EUR)
Audience Award for the Best Series episode

Regulations for all 4 competition categories are available for download on ANIMATOR Festival's website: https://animator-festival.com/en/news/call-for-entries-for-15-iaff-animator-is-now-open/

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  • Awesome Festival, very very professional

    July 2021
  • Gabriel Verdugo

    Thank you for the opportunity to share my feature "Elulu" with the lovely people of Poznań, great experience, fully recommended.

    July 2021
  • I've been attending the festival for years and it was an honor to finally be a part of it, thank you so much for the great experience!

    July 2021