The International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR in Poznan is the largest animated film festival in Poland. The first edition took place in 2008 and was the culmination of the 60th anniversary of Polish Animation celebrations. During each edition of the Festival, over 300 films from around the world are presented, including retrospectives, reviews, premieres or rarely shown works of animation pioneers.
In 2017 ANIMATOR received the status of an Oscar® qualifying festival.
The invariable aim of ANIMATOR is to popularize knowledge, heritage, new trends and innovations in the field of artistic animated cinematography and to present an interdisciplinary, ambitious program combining animated film with other fields of art and science.
At the very heart of ANIMATOR lie the competitions, accompanying the Festival since its inauguration: the International Short Film Competitions, the International Feature Film Competition, the International Animated Series Competition, and the Polish Animated Film Competition. You can read more about the awards and regulations on the dedicated page.
ANIMATOR Festival is a meeting grounds of animation enthusiast from all over the world!
So far, the guest of the Festival included some of the most outstanding creators in the field of animation, such as Mariola Brillowska, Daniel Gill, Andrzej Chrzanowski, John R. Dilworth, David Ehrlich, Eric Goldberg, Yoram Gross, Emily Hubley, Hisko Hulsing, Igor Kowalow, Bady Minck, Michel Ocelot, Bracia Quay, Bill Plympton, Phil Tippett, Gerald Potterton, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Raou Servais, and some of the most significant Polish artists, such as Witold Giersz, Jerzy Kucia, Mariusz Wilczyński, Piotr Dumała, Kazimierz Urbański. ANIMATOR was also visited by representatives of Polish animation studios and film institutions, animation historians, and other creators of festivals devoted to animation in Poland and in the world.