The 13th edition of Anim’est, dedicated to exploring the limits in animation

Feature film “Another Day of Life” opens the festival

For the 13th time in a row, Anim’est, the International Animation Film Festival, brings a breath of fresh air and good vibes in the cinema halls of Bucharest. This year’s edition takes places from 28 September to 7 October and is dedicated to experimental and avant-garde cinema, gathering some of the most unconventional and innovative visual experiments from the 1920s until today, films that marked the history of cinema in general and of animated film in particular. 

One of this year’s most awaited European animated features opens the 2018 edition of the festival – “Anoher Day in Life”, a European production co-directed by Raúl de la Fuente (Spain) and Damian Nenow (Poland). It gives the festival a strong start, a relevant one against the background of the main theme of this year’s edition, as the film overrules the traditional boundaries of animation and combines the newest CG techniques with live-action cutaways, archive footage and contemporary interviews. 

Adapted from the homonymous book written by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński, the film presents the real, captivating and harrowing experiences of the author during the 1975 Angolan civil war, which lasted for 27 years and was one of the bloodiest civil wars in history.

The film’s world premiere was in Cannes this year (one of the few European animation features to have made the cut at the official selection of Festival de Cannes), and it was also screened out of competition at Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the biggest festival of its kind in the world.

The 13th edition of Anim’est International Animation Film Festival runs 28 September – 7 October and is hosted by Cinemateca Eforie, Cinema Elvire Popesco, CINETic Centre, Point and Expirat. The tickets will soon be available for sale at and will also be sold at Cinemateca Eforie and Cinema Elvire Popesco throughout the festival.

Anim’est is the only film festival in Romania to have joined the prestigious list of Oscar® qualifying festivals. The recipient of the annual Trophy is eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run that a film typically needs to qualify for an Oscar® nomination.

Anim’est is the only OSCAR® qualifying film festival in Romania, and it is also proud partner of EMILE Awards, the European Animation Awards. It is organized by Este’n’est Cultural Association and is financed by the Romanian Film Centre, the Administration of the National Cultural Fund, the Romanin Filmmakers Union, the Romanian Cultural Institute.

Institutional partners: CINETic Centre, the “I.L. Caragiale” National University of Theatre and Film, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the French Institute, the French Embassy in Romania, the Czech Centre, the Balassi Institute, the Wallonia-Brussels Delegation, the Polish Cultural Institute.

Partners: Groupama Asigurări, AVIS Rent a Car, Point, Expirat.

Published: 8/29/2018