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 Joakim Pedersen, Andres Mand and Gunnar Strøm, 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
- Award for best nordic film
- Award for best cultural showcase film
- Award for best music film

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

Films that have dialogue in another language than English must have English subtitles, or it will not be chosen.


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.

Animated works where a person or studio from a nordic country has produced all, or most of the film, are accepted as nordic films

Works made with the intention of being used with music or a certain song are accepted as music shorts/music videos.


We accept animated or mostly animated films


We generally accept films between 1 and 10 minutes long.

The films have to be from the year 2020 and later.


This year we would like to focus on international collaboration and communication. We will do this by following our tradition of showing animated work from all over the world, and inviting international speakers. New this year is the added category for short films "cultural showcase", were we want to bring light to works that celebrate different cultures.
We have chosen "international cooperation and communication" as the theme for our festival.


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

Overall Rating
  • Marco Morelli

    excellent staff
    and great festival!!!

    October 2021
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    October 2021

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

    September 2019