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47 short films from around the world are competing for the Animest 2021 Trophy

Rejoice! This fall, the magic of animated films returns to cinemas and spectators’ homes across the country. During October 8-17, you’ll be able to enjoy the freshest and most acclaimed releases of the year – screened for the first time in Romania – at the 16th edition of the Animest International Animation Film Festival. Organized in a hybrid formula – at locations in Bucharest as well as online, on the festival’s streaming platform – the leading event dedicated to the animation genre will charm audiences of all ages, across Romania, with its impressive selection of movies handpicked from around the globe. 47 animated shorts from 27 countries are competing for this year’s Animest Trophy, the coveted prize that ensures the winner eligibility for the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. Another 31 shorts created by students at universities around the world are also competing in their dedicated section. 

Presented and praised at festivals such as Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand and Toronto, applauded by the critics during the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs parallel section at Cannes, the 47 shorts that could snag the 2021 Animest Trophy explore complex subjects: family ties, people’s relationship to animals, stories from conflict areas, traveling in space, memory and imagination. Both well-known and emerging authors in the animation industry will be reunited through this year’s selection, inspired by innovation, diversity, and boundless creativity.

“Over 1,850 international short films were submitted for the 2021 edition. We’ve received entries from students in Pakistan, as well as from artists in Madagascar and Argentina. The pandemic seems to have influenced the animation industry from a quantitative standpoint, as many more projects have been created than before. This has made this year’s selection the most challenging in recent years”, shared Mihai Mitrică, Animest director and programmer. He added, “For the first time in the festival’s history, the competition includes a short film from Saudi Arabia – do join us to watch it at the cinema, where we’re eager to return after a complicated year that has kept us away from the silver screen! As you will see, the Shorts Competition features pillars of the genre, such as Georges Schwizgebel, Joanna Quinn, Nieto, Frank Dion and Vladimir Leschiov, as well as the works of rising stars: Daniel Gray, Paulina Ziółkowska and Yoriko Mizushiri, returning to Animest with new films that will capture your imagination. Diversity is the key descriptor of this year’s international short films selection. Spectators will be able to rediscover well-loved animation styles, as well as bold new approaches that deserve to be explored.”

31 short films, almost all emerging from European schools, will impress you with their innovative takes and gripping stories – and convince you of the remarkable artistic potential of the youngest representatives of the animation industry showcased at this year’s Student Film Competition. Representing Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, the UK, Norway, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, the 31 offerings will win your heart through novel explorations of urban realities, fantastical characters, and unconventional approaches to the human body.

The international short films in the Animest International Competition and the Student Film Competition will be screened in cinemas in Bucharest, as well as online, on the festival’s streaming platform. Wherever in the country you’re watching from, please vote for your favorite film! Your unbiased reviews will help us determine the recipient of this edition’s Audience Award. 

Browse the short films in the Animest.16 International Competition here.

Check out the shorts selected for the Animest.16 Student Film Competition here.


This project was co-funded by the Romanian Film Centre and the Bucharest Municipality through ARCUB, as part of the Bucharest – Open City 2021 Program. For detailed information on the Municipality funding program through ARCUB, please access

The above material does not necessarily represent the official position of the Bucharest Municipality or of ARCUB.

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