VAFI & RAFI – International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival Varaždin and Rijeka is organised by Creative Film Studio VANIMA from Varaždin, Croatia, organisation that makes films with children and youth since 1986. We have founded VAFI in desire to make Varaždin and Croatia a place where children and youth, professionals, our guests and all animation lovers will be able to exchange their experience and make new friendships beyond their own states; a place where children and young people will enjoy films; where they will learn and associate at the same time. Main organiser in Rijeka is audiovisual institution Art-kino.
So the next step we took is that we have formed an special section for animated films made for children and yout called RAFI. In this way VAFI & RAFI will be the true festival of films, animation, children and youth and not only the festival of prizes. Little and big animators will have a chance to associate and exchange ideas, they will learn from each other.
Festival has two competative sections: VAFI section for animated films MADE BY children or youth, and RAFI section for animated films made FOR children and youth.
Each year Festival VAFI & RAFI has partner that is presented during Festival. In 2018 Partner will be ITALY.
Awards & Prizes
Festival VAFI & RAFI is a film festival for animated films made by children or youth under 18 years (VAFI), but also film festival for animated films made for children and youth (RAFI).
Festival has two competitive sections:
-> VAFI section for animated films MADE BY children or youth
(you made a animated movie and you are under 18 years)
-> RAFI section for animated films made FOR children and youth
(you made a animated movie and you are over 18 years)
VAFI has three categories divided by age of the authors:
VAFI MINI – for authors under 10 years
VAFI MIDI – for authors from 11 – 14 years
VAFI MAXI – for authors from 15 – 18 years
VAFI will award five prizes per category, from which one will be the first prize and the other four will be equal second prizes. The prize will be the statue and diploma for the first places and diploma for the second places. Prizes will be given by the Internation Jury.
RAFI has four categorie divided by the age of the recipient:
RAFI 0-6 – for children under 6 years
RAFI 7-10 – for children from 7 – 10 years
RAFI 11-14 – for children from 11 – 14 years
RAFI 15-18 – for youth from 15 – 18 years
RAFI will award one first prize per category, The prize will be the statue and diploma. Prizes will be given by children and youth jury. Jury can give one Special mention Diploma per RAFI category.
From 2012 in cooperation with UNICEF in Croatia and Office of the Ombudsman For Children we will also give Blue VAFI - award for the film which promote the Children's rights. The prize is given out of the catories - one first and four equal second prizes. First prize is statue Blue VAFI and Blue diploma, and second prizes are Blue diplomas.
BLUE VAFI refers to section VAFI.
Rules & Terms
We accept short films (up to 20 minutes) made 2 years before festival date. Submission are opened until January 31th, 2018. Films can be send online and a simple Entry Form with basic info is needed.