Anim'est reaches its 12th edition: The Comics Edition

Dave Cooper, special guest at Anim'est 2017

This autumn brings along a new edition of Anim'est International Animation Film Festival, the only local festival dedicated exclusively to animation. The 12th edition, which will take place between September 29th and October 8th, in Bucharest, has its own special theme: The Comics Edition, celebrating one of the most significant and constant sources of inspiration for the animation film, the comic strip.

The special guest of the festival this year, and the creator of Anim'est 2017 visual theme, is Canadian Dave Cooper, one of the most respected comic book artists. Cooper began his activity in the 1990s as an underground comic book illustrator for Fantagraphics, one of the most avant-garde and respected independent US publishers. He later became known for his oil paintings, populated by bizarre female characters who defy conventions and for his contributions to animation. He is of the main designers of the Emmy award winning Futurama sitcom, and the co-creator of the Pig Goats Banana Cricket animated series, broadcast by Nickelodeon. Dave Cooper will be part of the jury for the international short film competition and student film competition. He will have his works exhibited in Bucharest, as they express a very personal universe, and he will also show off his latest book, Ripple, for which a special autograph session will take place. The latest short animation inspired by Cooper's comic strip and directed by Rune Spaans, The Absence of Eddy Table, will also be screened during Creepy Animation Night - one of the festival’s most eagerly awaited special theme nights. Dave Cooper created the poster of this year's edition of the festival – it is a unique work, which he named Raluca Descends on Bucharest.

Throughout this year's edition, we will screen some of the most popular comic book animations, well-known films such as Persepolis, one of the last decade’s animation hits, with Cannes awards , two César Awards and Oscar and BAFTA nominations under its belt; Tintin and Temple of the Sun, the 1969 restored version, following the adventures of the beloved comic character drawn by the Belgian artist Georges Rémi under the pseudonym Hergé; or Chico & Rita, nominated for Oscar and named the best animated film by the European Film Academy in 2011.

The twelfth edition of the Anim'est International Animation Film Festival will be held from September 29th to October 8th  2017 at Eforie Cinema, Elvire Popesco Cinema, CINETIC Center, Expirat - Carol Halls and Apollo111. Tickets will soon be available on and will also be available at Eforie Cinema and Elvire Popesco Cinema throughout the festival.

Anim'est is the only festival in Romania that submits the film that won the Festival Trophy on the list of films selected for the Oscars, in the animated short film section.

Anim'est International Animation Film Festival, a member of the pan-European Cartoon Network, is organized by the Este'n'est Association, funded by the National Center for Cinematography, the Ministry of Culture, the National Cultural Fund Administration, the Romanian Cinema Union, Bucharest ARCUB, Romanian Cultural Institute, Japan Foundation.