Statutes and rules

Statutes and rules

Festival statutes

International Festival of Animated Films ANIFILM, October 6th - 11th 2020 (alternative dates), Liberec, Czech Republic

1. The aim of the International Festival of Animated Films ANIFILM is to present the best from the field of animation from all around the world. The festival also aims to preserve and help develop the cultural heritage of Czech animated film, contribute to creation of new Czech films a provide ground for potential international co-productions. The festival’s accompanying programme supports education in the field of animated film. With its wide and varied programme Anifilm strives to change to the stereotypical perception of animated film as a mere entertainment for children.

2. Anifilm is organized and promoted by OSPAF (Občanské sdružení pro podporu animovaného filmu, z.s.), company address: Hradešínská 6, 101 00 Praha 10, Czech Republic; e-mail:; website:

3. Anifilm 2020 will take place in Liberec from 6th to 11th October 2020.

4. The competition programme of Anifilm consists of the following categories:                              

  • International Competition of Feature Films
    A feature film is a film longer than 60 minutes. Jury gives awards to film for chidren and film for grown-ups.

  • International Competition of Short Films
    This competition section presents several blocks of animated short films made by professionals (out of schools). A short film is a film which is not longer than 50 minutes. 

  • International Competition of Student Films
    The films can be submitted to the competition via our online application form by schools or students themselves. 

  • International Competition of Music Videos
    Competition of commissioned works as well as fan-made videos for concrete songs. Author of the video must have aproval for using musical piece.  
  • International Competition of Abstract and Non-narrative Animation
    Unconfined audio-visual works using the principles of animation in the widest extent possible.

  • International Competition of VR Films
    Films designed for virtual reality - animated 360° audiovisual works.
  • International Competition of Computer Games
    Jury gives awards for game for children and visual art.

5. National competition is called Czech Horizon and is divided into five categories: 

  • Short and Feature Films
  • Student Films
  • TV/On-line Series
  • Commissioned Works
  • Music Videos

6. Only films and games made after January 1st 2019 can enter the competition. Films and games selected for the competition will be assessed by the festival selection committee. Each participant who submitted a film or game is subsequently informed about the result.

7. All films in the competition are screened in their original language and must be provided with English subtitles by the party submitting the film (with the exception of music videos).

8. Costs of the transportation of the film prints and promotion materials from the country of origin to the post office in Prague and the costs of travel insurance are covered by the participant, if not arranged otherwise. The costs of insurance against loss and partial damage or complete destruction of the film print for the period starting on the day when the festival receives the film print and ending when the festival hands the film print over to the carrier are covered by the festival. In case of loss or destruction of the film print during the festival the festival is responsible only for the costs involved in making a new print based on the current laboratory rates for ordering a standard print. All complaints concerning the technical condition of the returned film print must be registered with the festival within one month after receiving the film print.

9. Director, producer or the world sales company cannot withdraw the film from the festival once its screening has been officially confirmed.

10. The international jury consists of distinguished representatives of culture, film production and theory; and of film reviewers, filmmakers, game industry and producers. A special international jury will be assembled for each of the competition sections. A person who has taken part in the production of any of the films in the given competition cannot become a member of the jury. All the members of the jury are bound by secrecy. The Festival Director and the Programme Director or their deputies may attend the jury sessions, but do not take part in the voting. 

11. The jurors give out the following awards: 
a) The Award for the Best Feature Film for Grown-Ups comes with a financial prize of 1000 EUR.
b) The Award for the Best Feature Film for Children comes with a financial prize of 1000 EUR.
c) The Award for the Best Short Film comes with a financial prize of 1000 EUR.
d) The Award for the Best Student Film comes with a financial prize of 1000 EUR.
e) The Award for the Best Abstract and Non-narrative Animation comes with a financial prize of 1000 EUR. 
f) The Award for the Best Music Video comes with a financial prize of 500 EUR.
g) The Award for the Best VR Film
h) The Award for the Best Visual Art
ch) The Award for the Best Game for Children

The jury can also award one Special mention in each category. 

The financial prize is to be equally shared by the director and the producer of the awarded film and will be sent via a bank transfer not later than two months from the end of the festival. If the holder of the rights for the audio-visual works provides the work for screening for a fee, it shall be reduced from the potential financial reward. 

12. During ceremony awards in Czech Horizon categories are announced also. Winners in these categories are voted by special council of czech professionals Czech Animation Council (Rada animovaného filmu). According of their decisions festival Anifilm give out the following awards:
a) The Award for the Best Czech Creation
b) The Award for the Best Czech Short and Feature Film
c) The Award for the Best Czech Student Film
d) The Award for the Best Czech TV/On-line Series
e) The Award for the Best Czech Commissioned Works
f) The Award for the Best Czech Music Video

13. Authors of selected works will receive official invitation including information about accommodation provided by the festival. They are welcomed to attend the Closing Ceremony where the results are announced. 

14. In ambiguous or unclear situations and cases unforeseen by the statutes, the director of the International Festival of Animated Films ANIFILM is to take the corresponding decision in accordance with international statutes. The organizer reserves the right to change these statutes in exceptionally serious cases.

13. By participating in the festival you accept these statutes.


Competition Rules

The competition is announced on 1st of September 2019, the application submission deadline is set on 5th of January 2020 and is governed by the Festival statutes and the Competition rules. The audio-visual work is accepted into the competition on condition that:

  • It was completed after January 1st 2019.
  • More than 50% of the film is an animation; the animation technology used in the film is not restricted.
  • The submitted film did not take part in the Anifilm festival competition in the preceding years. 

1. One film or game can be submitted to one competition category (except Czech creations which can compete simultaneously in national competition Czech Horizon and international competition).

2. The films and games for the competition are selected by a selection committee, see Statutes 5).

3. Delivery of the film screener for the selection committee
a) By sending a link to download from a file sharing server (we recommend:,, google drive) to
For the proper efficiency of selection committee please make sure your link on video is downloadable. Please note that as a result of complication in the selection process films provided on stream links (without possibility of download) might not be considered.
b) By sending it on a medium (USB / hard drive) by 5th January 2020 at the latest - for the address please write to:

Possibilities of the computer game delivery:  providing promo code to download from digital distribution (Steam, Apple App Store, Google Play,…), no later than January 5th 2020 to

4. Film screener for the selection committee - format specifications: 
HD video file (or similar resolution)
-       minimum data stream 1000 kB/s
-       maximum data stream 15000 kB/s
-       stereo sound L/R or 5.1

5. Submitters of the selected works will be informed during February 2020 and requested to complete materials for the catalogue (photo, credits etc.). The list of selected films and games will be announced subsequently by the end of February 2020 and published on the festival website  

6. The final festival version of the selected film must bein the following formats:

  • DCP (preferred format), minimum data stream 4000 kB/s, stereo sound L/R or 5.1 (other formats will be converted)
  • HD video file (or similar resolution) / minimum data stream 4000 kB/s, stereo sound L/R or 5.1
  • 35 mm copy 

7. Delivery of the film print to the festival

a) By sending a link to download from a file sharing server (we recommend:,, google drive) to 

b) By sending it on a medium (USB, hard drive, 35 mm print) by post - for the address please write to:

At the same time, we request a back-up HD video file, minimum data stream 3000 kB/s, STEREO SOUND L/R.

8. The screening copies of the selected films must be delivered to the festival by 31st March 2020 at the latest. This deadline must be respected in all cases. The participant is bound to comply with the film print transportation instructions. 

9. The selected films and games are evaluated by an international jury, see Statutes 9). 

10. By submitting the audio-visual work or game, the submitting party declares that they are authorized to screen the film or game at the festival and to handle the film or game.

11. By submitting the audiovisual work, the applicant grants consent to one screening within the framework of the "Awarded Films" of the year's Anifilm edition, which takes place within 14 days after the festival in cinema in Prague.