This annual festival presents the latest contemporary animation from Europe and the Visegrad 4 region. This is the best opportunity to see a top-shelf collection of new European animation, all in one place, for New Yorkers who are unable to regularly attend international animation festivals.
Animated Spirits was founded and organized by Zita Mara Vadasz, former director of the Hungarian Cultural Center in New York and curated by Anna Ida Orosz, lecturer at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary; both well-known figures in the European animation community. Every year the program includes both professional and student works, panel discussions with filmmakers, academics, and other industry figures and networking events.
Since 2015 the festival showcased 86 films from 21 countries in front of a 1500+ registered audience and had 50+ partners like the School of Visual Arts; the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest; EUNIC NY – European Union National Institutes for Culture; Eyeworks Festival Chicago; Asifa USA; Animation Block Party; Animation Nights New York; Austrian Cultural Forum in New York; Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center in New York; Bonobo Studio Croatia; Consulate General of Estonia in New York; Consulate General of Slovakia in New York; Czech Center New York; Bohemian National Hall; Dutch Culture USA Program of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York; Flanders House New York; Polish Cultural Institute New York, Italian Cultural Institute; Arte Institute Portugal; Arts Council Malta in New York; Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington; Consulate General of Denmark; Consulate of Latvia in New York; Finnish Cultural Institute in New York; 180 Maiden Lane and many more.
Our press partner is Cartoon Brew Magazine and the festival was also covered by Animation Magazine and Animation World Network.
In 2018 the festival is powered by The International Visegrad Fund and made possible by MANIFESZT – Association of Hungarian Animation Filmmakers (HU); AniScreen (CZ); Fest Anča International Animation Festival (SK); Galeria Bielska BWA (PL).
The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.