Years running: 40 (since 1979)

World Festival of Animated Film Varna

International Festival of Animated Film in Varna


The World Festival of Animated Film in Varna is a successor of the famous festival from the 1980s, which was one of the five most important festivals in the world, organized under the patronage of ASIFA. In 2011 more than 300 films from all over the world were shown and the visitors were able to participate in the creative workshops that took place during the festival days.


  • Grand Prix, including a EUR 5 000 cash prize;
  • Varna Municipality Award, including a EUR 3 000 cash prize;
  • Best Short Film Award, including a EUR 2 500 cash prize;
  • Best Feature Film Award, including a EUR 2 500 cash prize;
  • Best Children Film Award, including a EUR 2 500 cash prize;
  • Best Graduation Film Award, including a EUR 2 500 cash prize.

No Best Film Award shall be granted in the category where the Grand Prix has been awarded.


The film must have been completed after 1st of January 2015 and have not participated in a previous edition of the Festival.
The running time (according to the category in which the film participates) must be within 30 min for short films, and over 60 min for feature films.
One episode, not exceeding 30 min, is allowed for the TV series category.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out the online Entry Form;
  • The copies for the official selection can be sent online at the FTP address provided by WFAF (highly recommended) or via regular mail.

Additional Information

  • The mail package must bear the inscription: For cultural purposes only, no commercial value. 
  • All delivery costs of the preview DVDs and other materials will be paid by the sender.
  • The Festival will cover hotel and food expenses for the contestants in the official competition programthroughout the Festival. The Festival will not cover travel expenses.
  • The Organization Committee guarantees the safety of the copies from the moment they arrive at the Festival Office till their return to the address specified in the Entry Form. The Festival will pay for the return delivery costs, excluding any additional charges for tax and customs clearance in the country of return.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Henry Koulev
director, producer

Pencho Kunchev

Assia Kovanova

Andrey Koulev
director, producer

Ivaylo Kotsev

All team members




Official website



World Festival of Animated Film
P.O.Box 1453, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria

Tel.: (359) 885147289


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    June 15, 2017
  • Event dates
    13 — 17 September 2017
Categories & Fees

The running time of the film must be up to 30 min for the short film competition.

  • Deadline — free

around/over 60 min

  • Deadline — free

One episode per series (up to 30 min).

  • Deadline — free
  • Deadline — free
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