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 15 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, Daniel Gill, Alex Pelletier, Mike Hollingsworth, Peter Chung, Hisko Hulsing), 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 and the Special Prize for Student Film.

ANIMATOR 2023 will be taking place from 21 to 30 June. Entries can be submitted free of charge until February 20, 2023. The prize pool sums up to 120 000 PLN (over 25 000 EUR).

International Short Film Competition:
Grand Prix: Golden Pegasus (45 000 PLN, approx. 9 400 EUR),
2nd Prize: Silver Pegasus (12 000 PLN, approx. 2 500 EUR),
3rd Prize: Bronze Pegasus (6 000 PLN, approx. 1 250 EUR),
Best Music Film or Best Film Music Award - in memoriam of Wojciech Juszczak (2 000 PLN, approx. 420 EUR),
Best Student Film Award - in memoriam of Marcin Giżycki (2 000 PLN, approx. 420 EUR);
Audience Award for the Best Short Film
Volunteer 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 (30 000 PLN, approx. 6 350 EUR)
Audience Award for the Best Feature Film

Polish Animated Film Competition:
Golden Animusz - Grand Prix of the ANIMATOR.PL competition (12 000 PLN, approx. 2 500 EUR),
2nd Prize: Silver Animusz (4 000 PLN, approx. 840 EUR),
3rd Prize: Bronze Animusz (2 000 PLN, approx. 420 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
Kids Jury 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/animator-2023-call-for-entries-for-the-international-and-polish-competitions-is-now-open/

COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
1. International Short Film Competition (https://animator-festival.com/content/uploads/2023/01/ANIMATOR-2023_Regulations_Short-_ENG.pdf)
- duration: up to 30 minutes;
- completion date: after 31 December 2020;
- animation technique: all techniques are welcome (min. 51% of the film duration has to be animated)
- who can apply: arts schools, film schools, production companies, film institutions, individuals or other parties holding the necessary rights;
- premiere condition for submissions from Poland – meaning: only premieres of Polish short films may be submitted to the Short Film Competition (Polish short films that do not meet this condition can be submitted to a separate festival competition category - the Polish Animated Film Competition)
- Main Prize: Golden Pegasus (45,000.00 PLN, approx. 9,400.00 EUR), 2nd Prize: Silver Pegasus (12,000.00 PLN, approx. 2,500.00 EUR), 3rd Prize: Bronze Pegasus (6,000.00 PLN, approx. 1,250.00 EUR), Best Music Film or Best Film Music Award (2,000.00 PLN, approx. 420.00 EUR), Best Student Film Award (2,000.00 PLN, approx. 420.00 EUR); Audience Award for Best Short Film; Volunteer Award for 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;
- series, trailers, commercials and intros are not eligible for the Short Film Competition.

2. International Feature Film Competition (https://animator-festival.com/content/uploads/2023/01/ANIMATOR-2023_Regulations_Feature_ENG.pdf)
- duration: above 40 minutes;
- completion date: after 31 December 2020;
- animation technique: all techniques are welcome (min. 51% of the film duration has to be animated)
- who can apply: film distributors, production companies, film institutions, individuals or other parties holding the necessary rights;
- only 4 animated feature films will be selected to this competition category!
- Best Feature Film Award (30,000.00 PLN, approx. 6,350.00 EUR); Audience Award for Best Feature Film

3. International Animated Series Competition (https://animator-festival.com/content/uploads/2023/01/ANIMATOR-2023_Regulations_Series_ENG.pdf)
- single episodes of TV and webseries (including TV specials, pilot episodes, mini-series episodes & TV films);
- completion date: after 31 December 2020;
- animation technique: all techniques are welcome (min. 51% of the film duration has to be animated)
- who can apply: film distributors, production companies, film institutions, individuals or other parties holding the necessary rights;
- Best Animated Series Award (5,000.00 PLN, approx. 1,000.00 EUR); Audience Award for Best Animated Series; Kids Jury Award for Best Animated Series
- short films, trailers, commercials and intros are not eligible for the Series Competition.

4. Polish Animated Film Competition (https://animator-festival.com/content/uploads/2022/11/Regulamin-Konkurs-Polski.pdf)
- films made in Poland or made by Polish artists abroad, co-produced by Polish producers;
- duration: up to 30 minutes;
- completion date: after 31 December 2021;
- animation technique: all techniques are welcome
- who can apply: arts schools, film schools, production companies, film institutions, individuals or other parties holding the necessary rights;
- Award for the Best Polish Short Film, the Golden Animusz - GRAND PRIX of the Polish Competition (12,000.00 PLN, approx. 2,500.00 EUR), 2nd Prize: Silver Animusz (4,000.00 PLN, approx. 840.00 EUR), 3rd Prize: Bronze Animusz (2,000.00 PLN, approx. 420.00 EUR); Audience Award for Best Polish Film;
- series, trailers, commercials and intros are not eligible for the Polish Competition

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  • Ilgın Saçan

    Such a great experience even though I wasn't there in person. Thank you for selecting "In the Woods", it was an honor!

    July 2022
  • 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