Festival Rules and Regulations

Animest 2020, Bucharest, 15th International Animation Film Festival

Rules and Regulations


Chapter 1 – Organizer and objectives

Animest, the Bucharest International Animation Film Festival, is an international competition festival organized by ANIMEST, a non-profit cultural association submitted to the Romanian law and seeks to promote cartoons and animated films from all over the world, encouraging the production of Romanian animated films.



Chapter 2 – Definition

Films can be entered for Animest if they correspond to the definition of animation formulated by the International Animated Film Association, ASIFA: ”the art of animation is the creation of moving images through the manipulation of all variety of techniques apart from live action methods”.


Chapter 3 – Dates and deadlines

Animest 2020 will take place in Bucharest, Romania from November 9th to November 15th 2020.

Entry form, DVD and documents: June 20, 2020.

Arrival of the DCP copies or .mov H264 HD files: September 30, 2020.


Chapter 4 – Competition categories

Animest comprises seven official categories.

Official categories in competition:

a) Short film – less than 50’: short animated films made after January 1st 2019, which have not previously competed in any Animest festival.

b) Feature film – more than 50’: animated feature films made after January 1st 2019, which have not previously competed in any Animest festival.

c) Music video: short animated films made after January 1st 2019, primarily together with existing music covering minimally 80% of the footage.

d) Student film: short animated films made by a student or a film school (graduation films or not) after January 1st 2019, which have not previously competed in any anim’est festival.

e) Romanian short film: Romanian animated films (local productions or co-productions) completed after January 1st 2018.

f) Minimest: short animated films presenting an interest for a public of children aged 4 to 14, made after January 1st 2019, which have not previously competed in any Animest festival.

g) VR animation: short animated films using virtual reality

Non-competitive sections, tributes and retrospectives: short and long animated films reflecting the latest tendencies of the genre or selected on account of their role in the history of animated film, regardless of length, production date or country of origin.


Chapter 5 – Number of screenings

No film included in the sections of the festival will be shown at more than three public screenings for long feature and short films. ANIMEST undertakes to request written authorization from the producer in the case of additional screenings, either within the framework of the festival or outside it, except for screening in a different festival where Animest is invited to be part of a special programme, except for the ‘best of’ compilation of the award winning films and for screening in the framework of an educational programme (e.g. in schools or cinemas), with no entry fee. 


Chapter 6 – Entry form procedures for selection

There is no registration fee for films entered for the festival.

A producer, director or distributor wishing to enter a film or films for selection must fill in the online entry form and must provide at least two still from the film (the resolution should be no less than 300dpi), a digital version of the film for preview (.mov or .mp4 format) and english subtitle file of the film for previewing.

The deadline for receipt of applications is June 20, 2020.


Very important!! – In order to be selected for competition, the films must be at their first screening in Romania (except for the Romanian short films).


Chapter 7 – Selection committee and results

A special Selection Committee appointed by ANIMEST will be responsible for the selection of the films to be shown in all the sections of the festival. Their decisions are final.

The result of the selection will be made public on the festival website and to all the applicants, by a notice if the film has been selected.


Chapter 8 – Formats of the prints

Films should, wherever possible, be provided in their original format till September 30, 2020. The festival prefers to screen DCP prints if possible, or a digital file with the following characteristics for image: mov / mp4, encoder h264, max. 20000 kbps constant bit rate, ideal resolution of 1080p (1920x1080) and sound: AAC 48kHz / 16bit.

All the films with dialogues must have English subtitles.


Chapter 9 – Shipping details and return of films

The deadline for receiving the prints or files is September 30. The shipping expenses are the responsibility of the participants in competition. For the films in the non-competitive sections, Animest will support one way of the shipment of the prints or DCP's, especially the way back to the distributor or the next festival, wherever necessarily. The shipping details will be provided by the festival, on time for each participant.

The Animest festival declines all responsibility for selected films that arrive after the final deadline or during the festival itself. In order to ensure the smooth running of the event, the festival reserves the right to cancel screening of films that arrive late.

The festival undertakes to return prints no later than November 20, wherever necessary, and on time for any other event that requires them before this date.


Chapter 10 – Jury and prizes

In 2020, the films chosen for the official selection for the categories in competition will be judged by a jury designated by the festival‘s organizing committee. The Jury will award:

-          The jury prize of the Animest Trophy – for the best short film in competition

-          The best feature film

-          The best student short film

-          The best music video

-          The best Romanian short film

-          The best short film of Minimest section

Based on the votes of the public, the audience film prize will be awarded to the films from the competitive section of Animest.


Chapter 11 - Jurisdiction

Participation in the festival implies acceptance of the current rules and regulations.  Should any contestation arise, it will be solved by the organizers considering the Romanian version of these Rules and Regulations and the Romanian legislation. The Animest Association has the right to invoke force majeure as it is defined according to the Romanian legislation.


Practical information:

Animest 2020, competitive festival


No entry fee

Festival dates: November 9 - 15, 2020

Bucharest, Romania



-          Entry form and the required material:  June 20, 2020

-          Arrival of prints and of HD files: September 30, 2020