ENIMATION festival is an international festival of films made by children and youth. There are three categories, depending on the age of the authors:

MINI (authors up to 10 years),
MIDI (authors between 11 and 14 years), and
MAXI (authors between 15 and 19 years).

Authors who were by the time of completing their film aged 20 or older will be disqualified.

You can only put each film in one category. If more than one author participated, select the age group of most authors.

Slovenian authors/producers can submit their films to both international and Slovenian competition programs.

The preselection jury selects 10 films for each category from all the entered films presented in the competition program. A three-piece expert jury selects a winning film in every category; another best film from all categories is chosen. All submitted films will be presented to viewers on-demand in our BlackBox room. Slovenian films that will not be accepted into the competition program will be featured in the Fresh Filmmakers program.

Thus ENIMATION festival enables children and youth to present their work on the internet and in the cinema. Additionally, this program allows for exchanging of ideas, knowledge, and opinions at the international level.

1 winning film in every category and 1 best film from all categories is chosen.

The winning films from both international and Slovenian selection will be nominated for the Youth Cinema award given by the Youth Cinema Network. In addition, the author of the festival's winning film also receives a prize of 150 EUR, donated by the Sonda Foundation.

ENIMATION festival 2021: Regulations

1. Festival
ENIMATION, international children and youth film festival, will be taking place between the 9th and 13th of November, in Maribor, Slovenia.

2. Competition part
ENIMATION festival is open for authors younger than 19 years from all over the world. Any film and animation technique is accepted. Short films no longer than 20 minutes can apply. We will accept films that the authors finished after January 1st, 2020. We will choose only the films that have not been screened at ENIMATION festival yet.

3. Applying for the competition part
To apply, you need to send the following until September 5th, 2021:
• electronic application form on FilmFreeway submission;
• if more than one film by the same author is applied, he must send us the application form for each film separately;
• please send films via the FilmFreeway portal;
• incomplete applications will not be accepted.

4. Categories
MINI filmmakers International – for authors aged under 10 years
MIDI filmmakers International – for authors aged between 11 and 14 years
MAXI filmmakers International – for authors aged between 15 and 19 years
MINI filmmakers Slovenia - authors younger than 10 years

MIDI filmmakers Slovenia - authors aged between 11 and 14

MAXI filmmakers Slovenia - authors aged between 15 and 19

In the short presentation of the film, please include the age of the authors.

5. Selection
The jury will finish the selection by October 15th, 2021, at the latest. The organizer will inform the authors of the selection via the FilmFreeway portal. The copies of all applied films (including those that are not selected) will become a part of the festival archive.

6. Sending copies
We accept films via FilmFreeway in the video format MPG4.

7. Lodging
We will inform guests about the possibilities of lodging after selecting films because it depends on each edition of the ENIMATION festival's financial capacity. For each film, we can invite only one representative and up to two children/youth – even when there are more authors of the film. You can not pass on the invitation to other persons. Guests also cover travel expenses.

8. Jury and awards
The organizers of the festival will name the international jury. The best film in each category of the ENIMATION festival program will be awarded. Additionally, the main prize for ENIMATION festival will be awarded. We might also present other awards presented.

9. Publishing, promotion, and archiving of the films
The festival calls upon authors, producers, and film distributors to send additional promotional material that will be made accessible for press, guests, and audiences during the festival. In addition, the chosen films can be included in special presentations after the festival or (with the authors' permission) published at the ENIMATION Festival TV portal and local TV, and other events for festival promotion.

10. Jurisdiction
Taking part in the festival means that you agree with the regulations described above. Matters not defined by the rules described above fall into the jurisdiction of the organizers of the festival. In case of dispute, the Slovenian version of the regulations applies.
ENIMATION festival is produced by Association for Film Culture Development with partners.

Overall Rating
  • Damijan Sovec

    Super festival! Upam, da se naslednje leto vidimo v živo!

    November 2020
  • Phoenix Maimiti Valentine

    ENIMATION "little elephant" festival is endearing & important! This festival empowers students to share their culture with an historically rich & culturally diverse audience, in the Republic of Slovenia. It's truly an honor to screen cultural perspective from Hawai‘i in this exotic country. Mahalo nui loa (Immensely grateful) ~Aloha!

    March 2020
  • It's such an important film festival to all young filmmakers who want to be professional. Amazing!

    December 2019
  • Iroet Marteni

    Congratulation to the organizer! Very profesional and world class

    December 2019
  • Honored to be a part of Big Film festival, thanks a lot and best wishes

    December 2019