Zdjęcie główne 2020

13th Oscar® qualifying International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR / 2020

October 3rd – 10th, 2020 in Poznan & online



7 festival days,  140 events, 80 films in International Competition selected from over 1000 submissions from around the world. Almost 200 films it total  - 13. Oscar® qualifying International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR - here we go!

We are proud to present a virtual cinema platform for everyone wishing to attend the festival online.  This year the Festival will be held in a hybrid formula, both on-site (Muza Cinema and Scena na Piętrze Theatre in Poznań, Poland) and online. There is something for everyone!


Families with children are particularly invited to Animator for Kids. As in previous years, we have prepared a selection of films that are pleasure for the eyes and food for thought, including The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily by Lorenzo Mattoti.


The best films from all over the world. The total of 47 entries have been divided into a number of thematic sections. Do not forget to vote for your favourite film – the Audience Award is one of the most important awards to be won! 


All fans of socially engaged cinema are invited to the screenings that follow the festival’s motto: Beyond my World. These include: ‘It Is Time For Women’ – a powerful message by female animators from all over the world; ‘How Animations Respond To Conflicts’ – a section discussing various social and ideological differences; ‘Three Logical Exits’ – films exploring the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Another show not to be missed is ‘I’M OK’ – a series of films by Lizzy Hobbs, an acclaimed British artist. 


Sit back and enjoy a few episodes of the hit shows Primal and Samurai Jack. The cherry on top will be the master classes with ingenious Mike Hollingsworth (creator of BoJack Horseman) and brilliant Hisko Hulsing, as well as the Animated Late Night Show Solo Act – a special event featuring three masters of animation.


Animations-Interactions: a program featuring a selection of animations based on computer game engines, video games and two inspiring master classes. One will present the Demoscene, a novel form of computer art, and the other – delivered by Michael Frei – will explain why interactive animations are worth making. 


The highlights of the festival’s opening show include a streamed jazz concert of Marek Napiórkowski Trio and David Bowie music set in outer space. On Sunday, do not miss kakofoNIKT & Chór Pogłosy – a musical melting pot accompanied by live animation. 

"Here we go!" (03.10.2020)



Awarded films

GRAND PRIX / GOLDEN PEGASUS: Något att minnas / Something to Remember” Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Sweden 2019

  • Jury’s Statement: This dark and insightful film combined with charming music is extremely timely. For repeated viewing and savouring every detail.

II AWARD / SILVER PEGASUS: Uzi / Ties”, Dina Velikovskaya, Germany/Russian Federation 2019

  • Jury’s Statement: A unique look at a universal problem – how to let go. A truly fascinating story, with beautiful animation and a technique perfectly suited to the narrative.

III AWARD / BRONZE PEGASUS: “Machini” Frank Mukunday, Tresor Tshibangu, Congo 2019

  • Jury’s Statement: The Jury was captivated by the way the narration was conducted, the serious message spoken with verve, the connection with the materials and the skilful integration of various techniques.

SPECIAL AWARD FOR THE BEST MUSIC FILM / MUSIC: “Botschaften / Silent Embassies” Daniel Höpfner, Germany 2020

  • Jury’s Statement: For a superbly technically prepared, multi-level and at the same time subtle sound layer of the film, integrated with the visual layer.

SPECIAL AWARD FOR BEST STUDENT FILM: “Pá kis panelom! / Bye Little Block!” Éva Darabos, Hungary 2020

  • Jury’s Statement: Brilliantly drawn and inventive, in “Bye Little Block” we follow the absurdistic shockwave of sadness caused by the displacement of a woman.


  • Artistic Director’s Statement: For a rare combination of humor and experimental form.

AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM: “Away” Gints Zilbalodis, Latvia 2019

  • Jury’s Statement: For taking the viewers on an extremely aesthetic and innovative expedition.

AUDIENCE AWARD FOR THE BEST SHORT FILM: “Jestem tutaj / I’m Here” Julia Orlik, Poland 2020

AUDIENCE AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATURE FILM: “The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks” Andrey Khrzhanovsky, Russian Federation 2020



GRAND PRIX / CRYSTAL ANIMUSZ (POLISH FILMMAKERS ASSOCIATION AWARD): “Ja i Moja Gruba Dupa / My Fat Arse and I” Yelyzaveta Pysmak, Poland 2020

  • Jury’s Statement: For fresh energy, modern and unique visual style that opens up the original universe and tackles a socially relevant topic.

HONOURABLE MENTION: “Roz-poznanie / Co-ognition” Przemysław Świda, Poland 2020

  • Jury’s Statement: For evoking poetic feelings. A kinetic metaphor that is a pleasure to watch.

GOLDEN ANIMUSZ FOR DEBUT: “Niezrozumiałki / Unclarities” Dana Danylova, Poland/Italy 2019

  • Jury’s Statement: For a dynamic and at the same time sophisticated language, a wide range of techniques and sensations in a short period of time. A perfect example of a combination of humor and artistic value. A film about the lack of borders, which is a great message for the world.

GOLDEN ANIMUSZ FOR THE BEST ORIGINAL FILM (POLISH FILMMAKERS ASSOCIATION AWARD): “Widzę otchłań / I see the abyss” Karolina Kajetanowicz, Poland 2020

  • Jury’s Statement: For a unique narrative and a exceptional language that moves between two points of view.

AUDIENCE AWARD FOR THE BEST POLISH FILM: Jestem tutaj / I’m Here” Julia Orlik, Poland 2020








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