Festival Animanie, the international festival of animated films and games, is an international competition of films made by children, youth and students, taking place in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Every year we gather in the city of Pilsen to screen animated movies made by both children and adults up to 26 of age.

The Main Award called Animanicka, specially designed by students of West Bohemian University, is given in each category. This unique trophy with an original look differs every year. It is given in three age categories (MINI up to 13 years, MIDI 14-19 years and MAXI 20-26 years). The competition is separated into international and Czechoslovak categories.

Other awards given include:
Honorable Mention (diploma)
Student Jury Award (diploma)
Children Jury Award (diploma)
Audience Award (diploma)

Only audiovisual works created by animation techniques are accepted for the competition. If a work is created by a combination of multiple techniques, then animation must either prevail or be essential to the impression of the work.

Entries must not be created before 2022. Entries submitted AND accepted into the competition in previous years cannot be submitted again.

For the International Competition, registration is possible from 1.4. to 1.8. For the Czechoslovak Competition, from 1.4. to 1.9.

The winners of Czechoslovak Competition can be, with their approval, nominated to the national film competition České vize.

After closing the applications, pre-selection of films for the competition will take place. The program council, consisting of Animánie lecturers, program department and the festival management decides about accepting the films submitted. The acceptance of the film into the competition falls fully within the competency of the organizer. The list of accepted films will be published on 1st October 2024 at www.festival-animanie.cz in the section Accepted films“. Also, the list of accepted films will be sent via email.

Entries have to meet the submitting conditions and technical requirements of the organizer.

The contestant is required to send subtitles in .srt format, not otherwise.

Festival Animánie is allowed to screen the films accepted into the competition free of charge within the event AND, in the case of the awarded films, also at the follow-up event "Animánie na Šumavě".

The author whose film is screened at the festival provides Animánie, z.s. the permission to use the work itself free of charge, as well as submitted photographic, graphic and text materials of the work for the festival catalogue, website, promotional printed materials, final report and DVD with the festival output, all without limitation of territory, time, quantity and usage.

Overall Rating
  • Irene Tedeschi

    A great festival and team. They really took care even of those who couldn’t attend personally the event.

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Irene! It was a pleasure to have you in the competition!

  • A truly amazing event! Festival Animánie surpassed my expectations. A 4-day event packed full of workshops and activities demonstrating incredible passion for the artistry of animation and games. I am honored to have received the Student Jury Award for my film IN THE SHADOWS as well as the positive written feedback from the jury.

    As a recent graduate with little experience, I have struggled to find festivals interested in student work, especially animated shorts. To be accepted by such a major festival whose goal it is to celebrate the work of young people and give them a chance to shine is a wonderful thing. The low cost of the application is the cherry on top that makes this festival so accessible to many first-time filmmakers such as myself.

    They keep their website updated, in both Czech and English, and provide good communication to filmmakers directly via email. They're also active on Facebook and Instagram, posting many photos and videos during the event to showcase what it's like for anyone unable to attend in person. The degree of professionalism is a tier above most festivals. Also worth mentioning the graphics and web design, which are incredibly charming and well done. I love the little characters. All in all, no aspect is lacking. I can't recommend this festival enough.

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Nico, thank you for your kind words, you and your film In the Shadows will be remembered! :) Congratulations again and see you someday!

  • Great festival! We were happy and delighted to participate and proud to get an honorable mention. Looking forward to participating again

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks a lot Anastasia!

  • Phoenix Maimiti Valentine

    Festival Animanie was a whimsical event! It’s uniquely for children & hosts perspectives from native youth around the world. My student was honored to share her hand-drawn animation of the water cycle, in a taro patch, on a mountain top, in Hawaii. It's a dream to have her work seen by an audience in the romantic Czech Republic! Aloha!

    June 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! Aloha!

  • Ekaterina Kirillova

    Thank you for screening my animated film "Best Dog in the World"!

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    We thank you for participating! Love from Czech Republic!