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The International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR is Poland’s biggest festival of animated film. Its first edition took place in 2008 as a culminating point of the celebrations commemorating the sixty years of Polish animation. Over three hundred productions from all over the world are screened during each edition of the Festival, including retrospectives, reviews, premieres or rarely shown works of animation pioneers. So far, the Festival guests have been such eminent global animation artists as Mariola Brillowska, Andrzej Chrzanowski, John R. Dilworth, David Ehrlich, Eric Goldberg, Yoram Gross, Emily Hubley, Igor Kovalyov, Bady Minck, Michel Ocelot, the Quay Brothers, Bill Plympton, Gerald Potterton, Zbigniew Rybczyński and Raoul Servais and major Polish animation masters: Witold Giersz, Jerzy Kucia, Mariusz Wilczyński, Piotr Dumała, Kazimierz Urbański. ANIMATOR has also been frequented by representatives of Polish animation studios and film institutions, animation historians and initiators of other festivals devoted to animation held both in Poland and abroad.

One of the key events of each edition of ANIMATOR is the International Competition of Animated Films, which gives our audience the opportunity to get acquainted with a panorama of the latest productions, both short films and feature films. At the selection stage of each competition we receive films from all continents. During the Festival, the competing works are judged by an international jury. ANIMATOR also offers live meetings with artists and a whole range of exhibitions, workshops and lectures. We have a special programme for the youngest filmgoers called “Animator for Kids”.

ANIMATOR occupies a prominent position on the map of major global festivals focusing on animated film.  The editors of the book ‘Coming Soon to a Festival Near You: Programming Film Festivals’ published by the prestigious St. Andrews University Press considered ANIMATOR to be one of the two major animated film festivals worthy of a separate presentation (the other being the Hiroshima Festival).