The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded the International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR the status of the festival qualifying for the Academy Awards in the short film category.

The International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR is the largest animated film festival in Poland. The first edition was held in 2008 and it served as the culmination of the celebrations of 60 years of Polish Animated Film. Every year, over 300 films from around the world are shown at the festival, including retrospectives, reviews, premières and rarely screened works by the pioneers of animated film. The guests of the festival are eminent animated film-makers from around the world, as well as the representatives of Polish animated film studios and film institutions, historians of animated film and the representatives of other festivals dedicated to animated films in Poland and abroad.

The aim of the festival is to present and popularise Polish and international artistic animated film and to show the connections between animated film and other fields of art. It is also a great opportunity to confront the animated film-makers with the film market.

ANIMATOR has a significant position on the map of the most important animated film festivals in the world. From now on, Animator is the second Polish festival, in addition to Krakow Film Festival, which acquired the status of the festival qualifying for the Academy Awards in the short film category. The animated films which are awarded the Golden Pegasus are automatically eligible to apply for the nomination for the Academy Awards.

You can submit films to the festival Animator 2017 until February 20, 2017. The following films can be submitted to the competition: short and feature-length animated films, made using any animation technique, created after December 31, 2014.  A film is admitted to the selection under the condition that the entry form is filled in.

The 10th International Animated Film Festival Animator is held from July 7 to 13, 2017.