From February 13 to 22, fans of animated films will rush to the Anima festival, the Brussels International Festival of Animated Drawing and Animated Film. An opportunity to discover animation new talents and international professionals but also a selection of the best Belgian animated films.
The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences appointed the Anima Festival in the short animated films category last year. This means that the Anima Grand Prix for the best short film will be selected for consideration as Belgium's entry for an Oscar 2016 award in the short animation film category.
For its 34th edition, Anima focuses on two countries where the animation is in full expansion: Latvia and the Netherlands. During the festival, you still can find young artists during the Animated Night, the Futuranima lectures by professionals as well as screenings and workshops for children.
The festival annually attracts more than 35 000 people passionate about animation in all its forms. On the sidelines of the festival, exhibitions, master classes, book signings and animation course for teenagers will be offered.
The festival will take place in Brussels cultural institution the Flagey centre.
BNP Paribas Fortis is the main partner of the festival for the 4th consecutive year. The business success of this event helps to channel valuable aid to all those involved in the creation of animated films, including the colleges which teach those skills and their students, in Belgium and elsewhere.