About Animated Spirits


Animated Spirits Film Festival showcases the new, the exciting and the unconventional in European independent animation today. Each year the carefully selected films illustrate the spirit of contemporary experimentation, while reflecting on the potential of traditional and original techniques. The festivals mission is to discover the diverse new voices in independent animation and select highlights of the past years in animation with a special focus on fresh student films from leading European schools and women filmmakers. The festival presents some dim, poignant, surreal and unconventional films suggested for audiences 18 and over.

Animated Spirits was founded and is organized by Zita Mara Vadász and curated by Anna Ida Orosz, both well-known figures in the European animation community.

This year Animated Spirits presents its carefully curated lineup online, as part of the Tokyo based Short Shorts Festival. The program will be available between October 15 and 18, 2020.

Since 2015 the festival showcased 86 films from 21 countries in front of a 6000+ 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.

The 5th edition of Animated Spirits Film Festival is organized in collaboration with Hungarian Cultural Institue in Tokyo. Special thanks to Ms. Anita Nagy, Director of the Institute.


Zita Mara Vadász

Founder, Festival Director

Zita Mara is a cultural manager, festival organizer and curator. After spending 6 years in New York City as a prophet for Hungarian Culture she moved back to Budapest and dived into higher education as an Advisor at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. There she was supervising the Emerging Media Program and worked on developing and launching new educational programs related to film, animation, dynamic media and digital design. Since 2019 December she is managing the Grow with Google EDU program at Google Hungary. In her free time she is working on her love project Animated Spirits, an animated short film festival that promotes European animation in the US and Japan.


本アニメーションフェスティバル、Animated Spiritsの創始者。現在、ブダペスト(ハンガリー)のモホイ=ナジ美術デザイン大学(MOME)学長のアドバイザーとして勤務。同大学の映画・アニメーション・ダイナミックメディア・デジタルデザイン分野における新教育プログラムの開発と導入を含む新しいイニシアティブ「新興メディアプログラム」を監督。教育機関・企業・民間非営利組織などとその他の企画も進めている。モホイ=ナジ大学ニューキャンパス戦略諮問委員会委員でもあり、国際関係を担当している。MOME勤務以前は、ニューヨークのハンガリー文化センター所長を歴任。センターの文化・教育イベント、またグッゲンハイム美術館、ロサンゼルス州立美術館、スクール・オブ・ビジュアル・アーツ、ニューヨーク大学、その他多数の外部パートナーとの関連プログラム作りの監督、調整役に携わっていた。

Anna Ida Orosz


Anna Ida is an animation historian, festival programmer and curator. She studied film theory and cinema history at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) of Budapest. Currently she is a PhD student at the Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies at ELTE. She teaches animation history at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, and has been working as an animation specialist at the Hungarian Film Archive since 2012. She has been in the programming board of the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival (KAFF) since 2009. She is the co-founder and curator of Primanima World Festival of First Animations, which debuted in 2012 in Budaörs, Hungary. She has been a jury member and curated both retrospective and contemporary Hungarian animation programs for major international animation film festivals including Monstra (Lisbon, Portugal), Animator (Poznan, Poland), Anifilm (Trebon, Czech Republic), Dok Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany) and Fest Anča (Zilina, Slovakia). In 2015 she co-curated Hungarian Animation 100, a retrospective exhibition about the past hundred years of animation in Hungary.