VAF is Denmark’s largest international animation festival and a celebration of all things animated. The VAF film program is all about presenting great film experiences, where the audience meets and experiences the artists' desire to tell stories and to experiment with animation as craftsmanship.

In addition to the film program VAF also presents workshops, exhibitions, talks, cultural events and an vast industry track featuring seminars and conferences.

VAF is a non profit festival and is held each year at the end of September in Viborg, region of Jutland, Denmark.

VAF Best Short €1000
VAF Best Experimental Short Film €700
VAF Best Graduation Film €700
VAF Best Commissioned Work €1000
Open Workshop Danish Talent Award (only Danish produced animated short film) Prize of 20.000 DKK (€2600) + a residency in Open Workshop.
ANIMOK Youth Jury Award €500
VAF Diversity Film Award €700
ANIDOX:VR Award (submission via


1. It is eligible for any film created frame by frame, in any technique (analogue, digital or mixed). If Ai is used in the final film it must be declared in the submission and the festival has the right to inquire about the software, process, and making of the film.

2. All genres are welcome.

3. Language: All films must have English subtitles also when the spoken language is English.

4. Duration of the film (including credits):
Feature Film: min. 40 minutes.
Short Film: max. 20 minutes.
Experimental Short Film: max. 20 minutes
Student Film: max. 20 minutes
ANIMOK Youth Jury - Short films for children: max. 20 minutes
Open Workshop Danish Animation Talent Award: max. 30 min

5. Film must be completed in 2023 or 2024

6. VAF does not accept re-submissions from previous years

7. Films can be submitted for more than one category, e.g. VAF Best Short and VAF Best Experimental.

8. The applicant should not charge screening fees to the festival, regarding the screening of films in competition.

9. Only online digital submission.

10. For cinema screening formats must be PRORES. For selection screening low quality copies are accepted.

11. If you want to submit a commissioned film, you can submit your film in the category "VAF Best Commissioned Film". We do not accept commissioned films for: VAF BEST short, VAF Best Experimental, ANIMOK Youth jury and VAF Best student film (e.g. educational, industrial, advertising, tourist films etc.)

12. By submitting your film to any category you also accept that the film can be nominated in VAF's Diversity Film Award. This award is based on a mixed selection from the following categories: VAF BEST short, VAF Best Experimental, ANIMOK Youth jury, Open Workshop Danish Talent Award, VAF Best Commissioned Work and VAF Best student film


Entrants will be notified of the selection result no later than mid-June 2024

The VAF team will organize a selection committee to be in charge of the final selection for the competitions. Afterwards the VAF team will select a jury for each competition, all consisting of three members. The juries will be awarding prizes to the films in competition.

If your film is selected we will need this:
1. The film in PRORES AND MP4.
2. Hardcoded English subtitles, if the film has dialogue.
3. A press kit including: Short resume of the film, bio about the director, high res stills from film and photo of the director
4. That all film and music rights and clearances have been obtained by the filmmakers (In accordance with copyright laws)
5. Relevant social media handles, if any.

We will send out more information on email

VAF is authorized to use a short excerpt of the film (min. 1 minute) in a radio, TV, social media and/or video program presenting Viborg International Animation Festival.

VAF is authorized to screen the winning films from VAF24 as part of a special screenings of VAF24 in cities in Denmark.

Overall Rating
  • Nikola Radulovikj

    I'm very happy to participate on Viborg animation festival! I will submit my future works and I hope I will attend next time!

    October 2023
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    Looking forward to seeing your work and hopefully welcoming you to Viborg!

  • Nikolaus Jantsch

    Great Festival, Viborg is a charming little town, the festival is very well organised. Interesting screenings and side events. Especially for Vr you can find some really exiting events.

    October 2022
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  • Julia Tagger

    Just want to be back soon to this amazing place full of super creative environment.
    Excellent experience.

    October 2022
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  • Gisela Chicolino

    A festival with this thematic is really a necessary one. Please keep working on generating this exquisite programming for the audiences.

    October 2022
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