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Anima 2012, Brussels 31st International Animation Film Festival

Anima, Brussels Cartoon and Animated Film Festival, seeks to promote cartoons and animated films from all over the world. It also seeks to foster a dialogue between professionals, filmmakers and the public, and to raise awareness of quality animation among film and television distributors.

The Festival is organising an international competition as well as a national competition for films produced in Belgium. Both competition are open to all animated films and make no distinction between formats or techniques, regardless of its geographic origin.

The festival also nominates its selection of films for the Cartoon d’Or, from the European films that win prizes.

Anima 2012 Seeks to Promote Cartoons and Animated Films From All Over the World

Films can be entered for Anima if they correspond to the definition of animation given by the International Animated Film Association in an extraordinary General Meeting in Zagreb on 19.6.1980: “The art of animation involves the creation of animated images using various techniques other than live action.” Films using these techniques mixed to live action are also accepted.

Anima reserves the right to show other films if they are deemed to be worthy of interest within the framework of the Festival.

Anima comprises seven official categories and a panorama category.

  • A – Official categories:
    • Short-film previews: short animated films made after 30 June 2010 regardless of its geographic origin, except of Belgium.
    • Student film: short animated films made after 30 June 2010 regardless of its geographic origin, except of Belgium.
    • Music videos and Commercials: short animated films made after 30 June 2010 regardless of its geographic origin.
    • Feature-film previews: animated feature films made after 30 June 2010, regardless of its geographic origin.
    • Feature-film for children previews: animated feature films made after 30 June 2010, regardless of its geographic origin.
    • Belgian shorts: Belgian animated films completed after 30 June 2010.
    • Short-film previews “The Animation Night”: short animated films made after 30 June 2010 regardless of its geographic origin.
  • B – Information Category
    • Special programmes, documentaries, tributes and retrospectives: animated films selected on account of their interest, regardless of length, production date or country of origin.
    • Also, films which do not use frame by frame techniques but which are considered to be of interest within the festival programming context may be screened.

Deadlines:

  • 15 October 2011: Entry form, previewing DVD and documents
  • 27 January 2012: Arrival of the films

Anima 2012 Awards

Anima 2012 will take place in Brussels, Belgium from 17 to 26 February, 2012.

Amongst the official categories, some shorts will constitute an international competition and some others a national competition, with money prizes from €1.000 up to €2.500. An Audience Prize will also be awarded.

Important Film Requirements

Copies of films should be submitted where possible in the format they were initially made.

Formats required by the Festival:

  • 35 mm prints
  • Files on data DVD, USB key or hard disk (Files must only contain non encrypted data and the image frequency (fps) must be stated: 25/24-50 or 30-60 i/s):
    • Extension: .mov; .avi
    • Resolutions:
      • HD 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
      • HD 1280 x 720 (HD 720)
      • HD 1440 x 1080 (HDV) pixel ratio 1.33
      • SD 16/9 PAL anamorphic, pixel ratio 1,422: 720 x 576
      • SD 4/3 PAL (No 4/3 letterbox), pixel ratio 1.067: 720 x 576
      • SD 16/9 NTSC anamorphic, pixel ratio 1.2: 720 x 480
      • SD 4/3 NTSC (No 4/3 letterbox), pixel ratio 0.9: 720 x 480
      • Please note that for standard definition formats, the image ratio 4/3, 16/9 or pixel ratio and the NTSC or Pal code must be provided.
    • Codecs : Preferred Codec: Prores 422 (HQ) Others: H.264 or others with a band width of less than 25 Mb/s, non- screened (progressive mode) if possible.
  • video : Beta Digital SD. Beta SP and 4/3 LETTERBOX will not be accepted, except analogical productions or retrospectives.

How to Enter Anima 2012?

Send films and all documents to:

FOLIOSCOPE ASBL
Avenue de Stalingrad 52
1000 Brussels, Belgium

Please consider that the deadline for receipt of applications and DVDs for selection is 15 October 2011.