CINANIMA, the International Animated Film Festival in Espinho, is the oldest animated film festival in Portugal and has been taking place since 1976. Since 2004, Culturgest presents a selection of the award-winning films from each edition of the festival. The films are chosen by the Festival’s organisers from among those presented by both national and international contestants.
At this 42nd edition of the event, besides the customary screening of the award-winning films for the general public, there will also be a session for families with the format of a cine-concert. In association with the Festival team, the musician Fernando Mota will make a selection of films that will be projected together with his live musical performance. A live music film session for the whole family.
NASCENTE – Cooperativa de Ação Cultural e Câmara Municipal de Espinho
Composition and musical interpretation
More About Cinanima
CINANIMA is an animation film festival organized 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. It has been considered a precursor of cultural decentralization in Portugal, as CINANIMA has won international recognition while not belonging to the main cultural centers of Lisbon or Porto.
The Festival is organized by a non-profit association, is approved by ASIFA – Association International du Film d’Animation – and is supported by the Ministry of Culture/ ICA I.P. – Institute of Cinema and Audio-visual, the Ministry of Youth/ Portuguese Institute of Youth, the Portuguese Tourism Institute, the Ministry of Economy and the Parish Council of Espinho. It is also sponsored by several private entities, and has formed partnerships with the media for promotion and advertisement purposes.
To many professionals, the opportunity to present a film at CINANIMA represents one of few opportunities to show the public the result of their work and effort, in addition to the privileges to which the winners are entitled. All the winners of the festival are placed automatically on a list of films, from which the nominees for the “Golden Cartoon”, organized by CARTOON – European Association of Animated Film – will be selected. Furthermore, CINANIMA’s Grand Prize winner is placed on the shortlist for the Oscar© for the Best Animation Short nominations, as the Festival is one of the events recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Throughout these 42 years of activity, CINANIMA has contributed to creating new audiences for this art form, encouraging the general public to recognize the value of animation cinema, pushing aside the prejudice that animation is only for children and confirming animation as an outstanding artistic and multidisciplinary communication platform.
Besides promoting contact between professionals, and with the audience, CINANIMA is strongly committed to educating professionals and the general public. In recent years it has been developing an educational programme in the visual arts that also enriches experience of those who visit the festival.