JUNE 10 2015 08:16h
Animafest Zagreb, the World Festival of Animated Film, began in the Croatian capital on Tuesday evening and will run through 14 June.
The venues for screenings of more than 300 animated films of all lengths are the Europa Cinema, Cineplexx Centar Kaptol and Tuskanac Cinema.
At the opening ceremony, Michel Ocelot, a French character designer, storyboard artist and director of animated films and a former president of the International Animated Film Association, was given the Life Achievement Award.
The World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb -- established in 1972, is the second oldest film festival in the world completely dedicated to animation.
"Animafest Zagreb always has been, alongside festivals in Annecy, Ottawa and Hiroshima, a part of the obligatory circuit in the animation community’s calendar. Animafest’s Grand Prix winners directly qualify for the Academy Award and the main European animation award, Cartoon d’Or," Animafest stated on its web site.