Call for Entry

47th CINANIMA International Animated Film Festival of Espinho – Call for Entry 2023

Dear Asian filmmakers, the CINANIMA International Animated Film Festival of Espinho (Portugal) is accepting animated films until June 26, 2023.

About the festival:
CINANIMA is an animation film festival co-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. Being a precursor of cultural decentralisation in Portugal, CINANIMA has won international recognition while not belonging to the main cultural centres of Lisbon or Porto.

CINANIMA is officially an Oscar qualifying festival by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science and whose winner is eligible for the nomination for the Best Animated Short Film and has the approval of the International Film Association (ASIFA).

– The festival defines animation as “The art of animation involves the creation of animated images using various techniques other than live action”.
– The festival accepts short films (under 50 minutes) and feature films (over 50 minutes). They also accept students films (under 50 minutes).
– Films must have been produced after January 1, 2022.
– Films that combine live action with animation must have 70% of the film in animation format.
– List of dialogues and/or narration in Portuguese and/or English in a .srt file with timecode; § Films with dialogues or narration in other language than English or French must have embedded English subtitles
– Films must be submitted via FilmFreeeway.
– Previously submitted works are not eligible.
Submission Fee: FREE (All Categories)
Deadline: June 26, 2023
Notification Date: October 31, 2023

We recommend filmmakers to read the full Rules and Regulations here: View Official PDF

To submit to the festival please visit:

We remind readers that the 47th CINANIMA International Animated Film Festival of Espinho will take place from November 13 – 19, 2023 in Espinho, Portugal.

To see other Calls please follow the next link: “Call For Entries”.

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