The World Festival of Animated Film in Zagreb – also known as Animafest Zagreb – is an annual festival held in Croatia.
Over 400 animated films from all over the world are being screened, 37 of them in the festival’s main competition and 33 in the newcomers’ section.
Daniel Suljic, the event’s Art Director said: “In terms of themes, the festival covers everything from comedies to introspections and very nice visuals. The competitive programme is great but so are the supporting programs, panoramas and exhibitions.”
Ten animated shorts from Japan will be screened in competition. Among them is ‘Wonder’ by award- winning abstract animation director Mirai Mizue.
He creates his abstract films the old-school way by drawing and painting onto paper, but uses digital compositing techniques to fantastic effect.
Mizue said: “For me it is a very rare opportunity to come here, and show my short animation. It is a very good opportunity to share and enjoy my work.”
A large theme programme is dedicated to puppet animation and includes a global top list of best works selected by 45 renowned experts.
‘Boles’ by Slovenian animator Spela Cadez, is showing out of the main competition. The stop-action motion film uses puppets made of silicone. ‘Boles’ was also screened at the 2013 Annecy Film Festival in France.
Animafest Zagreb was established in 1972 and it is the second oldest film festival in the world completely dedicated to animation.