Short Film Competition

The International Short Film Competition is a unique opportunity to view the latest short animated films from all over the world picked by the Selection Board from almost a thousand submissions sent to us every year. 

The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences granted ANIMATOR the status of Oscar-qualifying festival®, thus making it one of three Poland-based festivals (and the only one devoted to animation) to be given that distinction. This means that a short film that is awarded the Grand Prix – the Golden Pegasus – is fast-tracked to become a nominee for Oscar® in the Best Animated Short Film category and is eligible to compete for that prestigious award.

The films are selected by a Selection Board whose members are Jerzy Armata, Agnieszka Kozłowska and Piotr Muszalski.

Jerzy Armata

A film and music critic. Vice-Chairman of the Literature Section of the Polish Filmmakers Association [SFP], the Polish section of FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics), member of the board of the Animated Film Section and the Children and Youth Film Producers’ Section of the SFP. He selects movies and sits on juries of many film festivals. Author of numerous press publications, TV series (such as “Little Cinema”, “Two Men and a Film” or “Anima”) and radio broadcasts, as well as many books on film, especially animated film. Artistic Director of the Tarnów Film Award. Lecturer at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. Author of the Academy of Polish Film – Animation programme, curator of exhibitions and retrospectives devoted to Polish animation held during such festivals as New Horizons or On Art Festival. Winner of the Award of the SFP for publications on Polish animated film (1989), and the Platinum Billy-Goats at the 33rd “Ale Kino!” International Young Audience Film Festival in Poznań (2015). Awarded the “Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis” in 2013.

Agnieszka Kozłowska

Initiator and coordinator of many projects devoted to cultural journals, literature and animated film. Member of the Polish branch of the International Animated Film Association [ASIFA Polska]. She follows with special interest the activities of women artists. She is of the opinion that animation should be discussed as well as watched, and therefore as a curator of screenings she is eager to host discussions with artists.

Piotr Muszalski

Film director, screenplay writer, animator, author of stage scenery for films, pedagogue. Graduate of the State Higher School of Visual Arts in Poznań with the diploma in Animation Film (1993). In the years 1993 – 2000 he cooperated with the Television Studio for Animated Films in Poznań, where he made such films as: “TOCCATA IN D minor”, “GUSTAV KLIMT”, “THE WAY OF THE BUDDHA” and “HOW GOD MAIOR LOST HIS THRONE”. Professor at the University of the Arts in Poznań, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Animation, he teaches animation history and theory. At the University he heads the material animation lab where animated films are made in animation techniques using loose material, cut-outs, plasticine or liquid paint. His interest areas include cinema archaeology and history of animation, especially the pre-cinematographic period. Member of the Polish Filmmakers Association. Juror at the ANIMATOR festival since 2008.