Animafest Featuring 350 Animated Films to Start on 4 June

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ZAGREB, April 29, 2018 – This year’s Animafest World Festival of Animated Film will be held in Zagreb on June 4-9, featuring over 350 films and a special programme dedicated to animated horror films on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the first edition of Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein”.

Some cult anime and trash zombie horrors will also be shown. The festival’s guest is Anim’est from Bucharest.

A record number of films was submitted this year – 1,800 from 76 countries. Over 850 shorts were submitted and 44 were selected, including three Croatian films. Altogether, 18 Croatian films will be shown. The largest number of films come from France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Croatia.

The competition programme will focus on the relationship between parents and children as well as political commentary, among other topics, Animafest artistic director Danijel Suljić has told reporters, adding that this year’s event will feature many women directors.

Participation in the Grand Prix Short Film Competition carries a nomination for the European Animation Award, while victory in this category carries a nomination for the US Academy Award.

The Student Films Competition comprises 46 works, including two Croatian films.

Over 400 works were submitted for the Films for Children Competition and 44 were selected from around the world.

This year Animafest is collaborating with Zagreb’s Museum of Arts and Crafts in a programme dedicated to Zagreb’s Animated Film School and the animated character of Professor Baltazar, who has celebrated his 50th birthday.

The festival will also show retrospectives of the Belgian KASK and Irish IADT schools as well as Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian films.

Films will be shown at a number of locations, both indoors and outdoors.


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