Animest International Animation Film Festival is the only festival in Romania dedicated to animated film. It was founded in 2006, and gathers films from all over the world, in six competitive categories both for short and feature film, ample retrospectives and focus on various countries, animation studios and film schools. Every year it welcomes to Bucharest international filmmakers, producers, festival programmers and journalists. Workshops, masterclasses, special events, concerts and parties are open to the festival guests and audience.
The Festival Trophy is presented every year to one of the films competing in the short film competition, and is chosen by an international professional jury. Animest is an Oscar-qualifying festival. The recipient of Animest Trophy is eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film category of the Academy Awards®.
The festival’s mission to reinvigorate and support the Romanian animation film has had an impact on the awards and participation of local animation filmmakers in international film festivals and events.
Animest has had follow-ups in various cities of Romania, and since 2011 has had annual festival editions in Chisinau, Moldova.