VOID IAFF is Denmark´s most audacious animation film festival which takes place annually in the beautiful capital city of Copenhagen. The purpose of VOID IAFF is to celebrate animation in all its forms by creating and promoting a space where storytellers connect with a broader audience. Every year in February, VOID IAFF arranges feature film screenings and retrospectives, curates short film programs, invites international guest speakers for talks and seminars… and hosts three competitions.
The name “VOID” recalls the blank canvas, the empty space, from which directors, animators, and artists create entire worlds of pure imagination. The name also refers to a gap in the programming of Danish cinemas. Aside from big-budget, commercial hits, animated films very rarely get a shot at the big screen, and not for lack of quality. VOID IAFF was established to change that. Starting from screening for adults only, VOID IAFF has now broadened its scope so to create a future that cherishes animation as the powerful storytelling tool it is in telling stories that are diverse, experimental, compelling, and that matter.
VOID IAFF accepts all forms of animation - including works of fiction, music videos, commissioned and documentary works with a special eye to animation of young adults/adults. Projects that feature both animation and live action or other elements are eligible for consideration, as long as the animation carries a substantial weight in either story or style. The same short can be submitted to more than one category. The categories are:
- Student films/project which are NOT graduation films can submit to the Animated Short Film category.
- Films/projects must have been completed after January 1st 2019. Films must be Copenhagen premieres. Danish premieres are preferred.
Awards & Prizes
Audience Award (shorts only)
Graduation Film Award
Lejf Marcussen Award
During VOID 2019, the Danish animation society ANIS inaugurated a new award after Lejf Marcussen, recognising animation that shows the spirit of his work, being personal, artistic and showcasing an interplay between music and imagery.
The first Lejf Marcussen Award was bestowed on digital 2D commissioned film Danse Exquise for Michelin-starred restaurant La Grenouillére, created by French experimental collective Quart Avan Poing.