Years running: 45 (since 1977)


International Animation Film Festival in Portugal.


CINANIMA – INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL OF ESPINHO has the aim of: promoting of the animation cinema in Portugal, aiming to conquer new audiences, encouraging the exchange of experiences among professionals and between them and the audience and call the distributors’ and TV networks’ attention towards the author animation cinema.



International competition:

  • Grand prize «Cinanima» — Short Films,
  • Jury's special prize 
  • Award for the best film in each sub-category (short films)
  • Award honorable mention in each of these categories
  • Audience award
  • Grand Prize «Cinanima 2017» — Feature Films
  • Grand Prize «Cinanima 2017» — Graduation and/ or School Films

National competition:

  • Prize Antonio Gaio  – Best Film in National Competition,
  • Prize for young portuguese director


  • The Organizing Committee will only accept films that have been finished after the 1st of January 2020 and that haven’t been sent for Pre-Selection in previous editions of the Festival
  • Animation has to represent over 70% of the film
  • Only final versions of the films will be accepted. Works in progress will be rejected

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Film registration is uniquely made online at;
  • Send DVD with submitted film by post or by Internet;
  • Send following documents:
    • Three frames of the film in JPEG, 300 dpi
    • Photo of the director, in JPEG, 300 dpi
    • Brief biography of the director
    • List of dialogues and/ or narration in Portuguese and/ or English in a .srt file with timecode

Selection Media Type: AVI, MPEG or MOV, codec: h264 or Apple ProRES, DVD

Screening Media Type: DVD, Blu-ray, AVI, MOV, MPEG

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Director — Antonio Gaio




Official Website



RUA 62, NR. 251
4500-366 ESPINHO.

Phone: +351 22 733 13 50/1
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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    March 08, 2021
  • Deadline
    May 31, 2021
  • Student Deadline
    June 25, 2021
  • Notifications
    September 20, 2021
  • Event Dates
    8 — 14 November 2021
Categories & Fees

Feature Films - more than 50 minutes.

  • Deadline — free
  • Student Deadline — free

Including the sub-categories: • A - up to five minutes; • B - more than 5 up to 24 minutes; • C - more than 24 up t0 50 minutes; • D - Graduation and/ or School Film; • E - Commissioned Films – Commercials and Information; • F - Animated Documentary

  • Deadline — free
  • Student Deadline — free
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