We are happy to announce that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded the International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR the status of the OSCAR® qualifying film festival. This is a major distinction for the festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

The Poznań-based festival is one of three festivals in Poland that have been awarded the status of the Oscar qualifying festival. This is great news for all the artists who are planning to exhibit their films in the competition of the Animator Festival. The winner of the ANIMATOR Grand Prix (Golden Pegasus) will have a shortened path to Oscar nominations (ACADEMY AWARDS ®) in the Short Film category. It is worth recalling that submission of films to this year's competition began in November and the organizers will accept entries until February 20th 2017. The following can be submitted: short and full-length animated films created in any animation technique, completed after December 31th 2014. Competition entries can be submitted by art schools, film schools, production companies, film institutions, individual filmmakers or other entitled entities. The condition to admit a film to selection is completing the film entry form and meeting the conditions set out in the festival regulations of the 10 International Festival and Competition of Animated Films ANIMATOR \ 2017 in Poznań.

In accordance with the decision of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the award winners of qualifying festivals will be eligible for consideration in the Short Animated Film / Short Live Action Film category without the standard screening in theaters provided that the film meets the requirements of the Academy in all other aspects, as described in the rules at

International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR is the largest animated film festival in Poland. The first edition took place in 2008 and represented the culmination of the celebrations of 60 years of Polish animation. Each edition of the festival features over 300 films from all over the world, including retrospectives, overviews, premieres or rarely screened works of the pioneers of animation. The festival has hosted outstanding animation artists from around the world, including Mariola Brillowska, Andrzej Chrzanowski, John R. Dilworth, David Ehrlich, Eric Goldberg, Yoram Gross, Emily Hubley, Igor Kowalow, Bady Minck, Michel Ocelot, Bracia Quay, Bill Plympton, Gerald Potterton, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Raou Servais, oraz najważniejsi polscy animatorzy tacy jak: Witold Giersz, Jerzy Kucia, Mariusz Wilczyński, Piotr Dumała, Kazimierz Urbański. ANIMATOR has also been visited by representatives of Polish animation studios and film institutions, animation historians as well as creators of other festivals dedicated to animation in Poland and in the world.

The aim of the festival is to present and promote artistic animated films from Poland and around the world as well as to reveal the ties between the animated film and other arts. It is also a great opportunity to confront the creators of animated films with the film market.

One of the most important elements of the festival is the International Animated Film Competition, which is an opportunity to get acquainted with the panorama of the latest short and full-length production. The competition selection is entered by films from all continents, and then judged, during the festival, by the international jury. ANIMATOR is also about meeting with artists, exhibitions, workshops, lectures and the special programme called Animator For Kids.

ANIMATOR has an important place on the map of the most important animated film festivals in the world. The editors of the book dedicated to festivals Coming Soon to a Festival Near You: Programming Film Festivals, published by the prestigious publishing house of the University of St. Andrews, regarded ANIMATOR as one of only two animated film festivals (next the festival held in Hiroshima) deserving separate presentation.