The Animation Volda Festival is an annual arrangement. It is hosted by the animation students at Høgskolen in Volda, Norway. The festival explores the medium of animation with lectures, workshops, guest speakers, screenings and parties. Every year, the festival is arranged solely by students, mainly from the animation bachelor program.

Animation Volda was founded February 5th 2007 by the innovative professors Gunnar Strøm, Joakim Pedersen and Andres Mand together with animation students Ida Westvang and Sylvia B. Clausen at Volda University College. From the beginning the festival has collaborated closely with Fredrikstad Animation Festival, the leading Nordic-Baltic animation festival. Distinguished international guests come to Volda each year to present their films, to lecture and socialize. Innovative seminars have been arranged on subjects like “Why Do I Need a Producer?”, Japanese animation and the atomic bomb, and Animation and the Cold War (ASIFA 50 years). Since 2010 a special focus has been given to industrial animation films. The festival has become an important forum for Nordic animators and animation students, and has slowly become an international animated film destination.

The selected works will get the chance to recieve:

- Award for best short film
- Award for best student film

The audience attending the festival will vote for the best film of each category.


Animated works made during animation study are accepted as student films.

Works from 1 to 10 minutes, mostly to fully animated, with or without story, traditional or experimental and with or without deeper meanings or themes are accepted as short films.


We accept animated or mostly animated student films and short films.


We generally accept student films and short films between 1 and 10 minutes long.


In the last two years, there have been all kinds of restrictions and limitations for where one can walk, where one can travel, who one can
interact with and how many one can gather with. There have also been new and creative ways to try to satisfy one's needs of movement
and social interaction. We have therefore chosen "connection and isolation" as the theme for the student film and short film programme.


You are responsible for owning or having the necessary rights to use all material used in your production.

Overall Rating

    Great Festival! Thanks a lot for our first audience Award <3

    September 2019