An absolute record: CINANIMA receives 1300 for selection. In a difficult year, it is with particular satisfaction that the Festival notes an increase not only in the production of animated films, but also in the number of films submitted. This 38 year’s old Festival, a pioneer in the implementation of the animation cinema in Portugal, visibly keeps its position as a reference in a national and international context.
The numbers speak for themselves: from the 1300 submissions, 409 are school films, 407 are films with more than 5 to 24 minutes in length and 15 are feature films. With regard to the National Competition, 25 films compete for the António Gaio Award – Best Portuguese Film in National Competition – and 28 compete for the Young Portuguese Director Award. 12 of these works have been made by young directors over 18 and 16 were directed by children and youngsters under 18.
From the hundreds of directors who have submitted their films, many are worldwide famous and have been in Espinho for several times. Some of them have even received the Grand Prize at CINANIMA and in other festivals. Just another reason that reinforces the quality of the works that the selection jury will have to see, some directed by major animation directors such as: Piotr Dumala (Poland), Jerzy Kucia (Poland), John R. Dilworth (USA), Alê Abreu (Brazil), Andreas Hykade (Germany), Andrey Sokolov (Russia), Daniel Greaves (United Kingdom), Ivan Maximov (Russia), Gabor Ulrich (Hungary), Michèle Cournoyer (Canada), Michaela Pavlatová (Czech Republic), Konstantin Bronzit (Russia), Laurent Pouvaret (France), Otto Guerra and Ennio Torresan Jr. (Brazil), Marie Paccou (France).
The large number of countries in this edition is worth noting (63) and also the number of films representing each country. As usual, there are countries which appear consecutively on the top list, such as the UK (125 films), France (123) or USA. (119). Portugal has 59 films in competition, 21 of which are competing in the international category. Also to be mentioned is the number of films representing Japan (82), Germany (67) and Canada (57).
In 2012 CINANIMA received 952 films from 57 countries, the following year, in 2013, it received 800 films from 52 countries. In 2014 it received 1300 films from 63 countries. The perspective for this edition can only be positive, not only due to the record of films in competition, or to the quality of the works, but also due to the large number of activities and suggestions the Festival is prepared to offer you, from the 10th to the 16th of November, in Espinho.