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).
This year you can apply also with the film on topic Diversity/Tolerance.

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

You can apply in several categories if you meet the conditions. 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 2022: Regulations

1. Festival
ENIMATION, international children and youth film festival, will be taking place between the 8th and 12th 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, 2021. 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 August 5th, 2022:
• 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 years
MAXI filmmakers Slovenia - authors aged between 15 and 19 years
Special topic: Diversity/Tolerance.

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

5. Selection
The jury will finish the selection by October 10th, 2022, 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
  • Very nice Festival! hope to visit someday :)

    December 2021
  • Thanks so much for including my daughter's "Bad Bugs" animation in your festival... She was so excited to win an award!!! We especially loved being able to watch all the films online, and communication was great. Bryn wants to be an animator someday, and it's experiences like this that make all the difference. Thank you!

    November 2021
  • Evangelina Sarett

    Great festival! I am very glad that my film could participate in this inspirational film festival. I am very grateful that my animation "30 minutes on the Earth" became the winner. I'm really overjoyed! Marvelous experience! I want to say a huge thanks to the jury, the organizers of the festival and the audience. I recommend it to all young filmmakers!

    November 2021
    Enimation little elephant
    Response from festival:

    Dear Eva!
    Congratulation again! It was a great pleasure to meet you and see you film!

  • 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