Years running: 20 (since 2004)


International Animation Film Festival.


Animateka, a week-long international festival of animated film, takes place every year in Ljubljana’s Kinodvor and Slovenska kinoteka. Beginning on the first Monday in December, it focuses primarily on the latest production of East and Central European short films. It also includes a wide range of special programs, which offer the audiences an insight into the beginnings and the development of animation, and present them with a short overview of the best contemporary animations on a worldwide scale.

The festival annually hosts many authors and authorities in animation, both domestic and international, which has made it an important crossroads of experiences, ideas and opinions, as well as a creative environment and a hotbed of new projects.


  • Grand Prix for Best Film,
  • Grand Prix for Best Student Film,
  • Five Special Mentions,
  • An Audience Award will also be presented,
  • A special jury comprised of children will assign the Grand Prix Award for best film in the children’s programme Elephant.


  • Short animated films (the duration of which must not exceed 30 minutes of the total running time).
  • Central and Eastern European Competition Short Animated Film Programme. Animated films produced or coproduced in the following countries: Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine;
  • Children’s films from all countries worldwide are eligible for competition in the children’s programme Elephant;
  • European student films (produced within a public or private educational institution of an EU member country) are eligible for the European Student Competition Programme;
  • The films must have been completed in 2022 or 2023, and have not been previously screened at the Animateka Festival.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Applications can be submitted online (on Animateka’s homepage) or by post (by filling out and sending us the application form),
  • Send DVD with submitted film by mail or download film online - by site.

Selection Media Type: USB flash drives, DVD, online

Screening Media Type: 35 мм, DCP, HD

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



Ljubljana and Maribor

Official Website



Mednarodni festival animiranega filma Animateka
Kolodvorska 13
1000 Ljubljana


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    July 15, 2023
  • Event Dates
    27 November — 3 December 2023
Categories & Fees

Animation (under 30 minutes) from the Central and Eastern European contries (listed above).

  • Deadline — free

Children’s animated films from all countries worldwide are eligible (under 30 minutes).

  • Deadline — free

European student films (produced within a public or private educational institution of an EU member country) are eligible (under 30 minutes).

  • Deadline — free
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