Primanima World Festival of First Animation 2020

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30 October 2020 - 02 November 2020
Budaörs, Hungary
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This is an exclusively animation festival which is dedicated to up-and-coming film directors. There are separate competition categories for student films, diploma works and first films, which are made outside schools. Animation films made for children are competing in a separate programme. Primanima takes place in the buzzing little town of Budaörs, Hungary (in the suburbs of Budapest). The main host of the events is the newly launched Budaörs Animation Base and Creative Space (BABtér).

2019 Call For Entries (Archive)

The Primanima Festival of First Animations where young up-and-coming animation artists can present there freshest work has opened the call for entries. The 8th edition of the festival is held between October 30th and November 2nd in Budaörs, Hungary.

The call is open for short (not longer than 25 minutes) animated films (workshop, graduation, début, children’s film) which were completed after January 1, 2017. In case of children’s films the entry is valid if it falls in any of the above categories, or it is made by a director under the age of 40. The deadline for submission is 31st of July.

This year, the festival in particularly awaits submissions of animated documentary films. The festival's two juries (shorts and children’s film) will be formed by international animation and film professionals this year, as well. Moreover, the films will also be evaluated by the PrimaSound jury of sound engineers and by the PrimAlter jury with civilian participants. Beside the Grand Prix and category prizes, to support young Hungarian creators, there are special awards, which take their names after renowned Hungarian artists of animation history (George Pal Award for the most promising Hungarian talent in animation; Gyula Macskássy Award for the most popular Hungarian animation; Tibor Csermák Award for the most popular Hungarian children’s animation).

At Primanima a lot filmmakers present their film in person – students of the Hungarian animation schools and young Hungarian artists, the directors of several foreign competition films – and discuss their work at audience Q&As. In addition to short film programs, the audience can enjoy full-length animations as part of the Panorama screenings, during the day they can take part in round-table discussions and master classes held by the jury members.

The mornings are dedicated to children and families who can watch children’s films and make their first animations at the Primanima Animation Playzone. In the evening there are parties and concerts. During the festival, an international filmmaking workshop will be held again; this year by the Polish-Hungarian animation director Ducki Tomek and the Norwegian artist, illustrator and animator Gina Thorstensen which will be open for young animators around the world.

Films should be eligible in one of the following categories:

  • workshop film = your animated short film produced at high school, workshops, university education or any other trainings as student (older than 15 years old)
  • graduation film = your B.A. or M.A. school-leaving short film
  • début film = your first animated short film production apart from educational background
  • children’s film = any animated short film made for children if it falls in any of the above categories, or it is made by an up-and- coming director under the age of 40.

Films should be completed after the 1st of January 2017, and be no longer than 25 minutes.

Official Awards

a) Grand Prix
b George Pal Award for the Most Promising Hungarian Talent
c) Best Début Film
d) Best Diploma Film
e) Best Student Film
f) Best Children’s Film
g) Prima Sound Award for Best Sound Design
h) Student Jury Award
i) Macskássy Gyula Award for the Most Popular Hungarian Film
j) Audience Award for the Best Short Film
k) Audience Award for the Best Children’s Film
l) Csermák Tibor Award for the Most Popular Hungarian Children’s Film




Event Dates

  • From 30 October 2020 to 02 November 2020


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