It is our pleasure to launch the call for entries for Anim’est International Animation Film Festival 2017. It is with great joy that we are starting by announcing that Anim’est has just been awarded the status of OSCAR® qualifying film festival, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It is an important distinction for us and we thank each and one of you who has been part of our festival so far, as well as all our team members, because together you have made it possible.

We are the only Romanian festival on the list of Academy Award® qualifying festivals and we are also a Cartoon partner festival, proposing a nominee for the best European animated short film. With this fantastic piece of news, we are launching the call for entries for 2017. The 12th edition will take place in October and the deadline for submission is June 20, 2017.

We are looking for your short or feature animated films produced after 1st January 2016, which could fit one of our six competition categories:

Feature film

Short film

Student film (graduate or undergraduate)

Music Video

Romanian short film

Minimest (children’s film)

The winners get trophies, prize money and/or animation software, while the best film of the festival is shortlisted for the annual Cartoon d’Or Award and for the Animated Short Film category of the Academy Awards®. The European productions receiving the Anim’est Trophy will become automatically nominees for the best European Cartoon short.

Recipients of the Anim’est Trophy will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.For more information about qualifying rules and issues, please see

The submission is online and free of charge via Visit the page of rules and regulations and follow the steps in order to fill in the submission form and upload the film and the press kit.