Cinanima 17

International Animated Film Festival of Espinho

CINANIMA is an animation film festival organised by NASCENTE – Cooperative Society with Cultural Purposes, and by the Espinho City Hall. Ever since its first edition, back in 1976, it has been working continuously to promote this form of cinema and its authors.
To many professionals, the opportunity to present a film at CINANIMA represents one of few opportunities to show the public the result of their work and effort, in addition to the privileges to which the winners are entitled. All the winners of the festival are placed automatically on a list of films, from which the nominees for the “Golden Cartoon”, organised by CARTOON – European Association of Animated Film – will be selected. Furthermore, CINANIMA’s Grand Prize winner is placed on the shortlist for the Oscar© for the Best Animation Short nominations, as the Festival is one of the events recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Besides promoting contact between professionals, and with the audience, CINANIMA is strongly committed to educating professionals and the general public. In recent years it has been developing an educational programme in the visual arts that also enriches experience of those who visit the festival.

CINANIMA consists of more than just of films, it is also composed of numerous exhibitions, workshops, performances and other initiatives that are held during that week. For those who don’t have the time or availability to be at the festival the whole week, and would prefer to see the best of the competition in one go, on Sunday, the last day of the festival, there are four screenings dedicated to the winning films.