The 37th Brussels animation film festival to take place in February in Flagey
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    The 37th Brussels animation film festival to take place in February in Flagey

    The 37th Anima is set to take place from 9th to 18th February, in Flagey in Brussels. Since 2015, Anima has been part of the very exclusive list of festivals whose awards are recognized as a qualification for the Oscars. However, a prize at Anima is not only a ticket for the Oscars but also the assurance of a great international career.

    For instance, the short film “Among the black waves” by Russian filmmaker Anna Budanova, winner of the Anima 2017 Grand Prix, has since been doing the rounds of international festivals such as Calgary, Leeds, Buenos Aires and many others, and is in the running at this very moment for an Emilie Award, the new prizes for European animation, due to be announced on Friday 8th December in Lille.

    After her win at Anima, Britt de Raes’ Catherine for the Best Belgian Short Film 2017, has gone on to win the award for the Best International Short Film at the Animasivo festival in Mexico, the award for the Best Film of 5 to 24 minutes at the Cinanima festival in Portugal and the audience award in the animation category at the Leeds Festival.

    This year, the selection panel for Anima reviewed over 1,650 films coming from some forty countries. These were narrowed down to 196 short films, which will be submitted to the two professional juries.

    The list of films in the Official Selection can be found here.

    The Brussels Times