European Animated Feature Film

2020 Regulations:

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the eligibility rules for the European Film Awards 2020 are extended to include films that would have premiered until 31 May 2020 – be it at a festival or at a regular cinema – but could not due to the pandemic. This is linked to the condition that these films will premiere theatrically or online before the end of November 2020 and the rights-holders agree to provide them for the EFA VOD Platform.

The award is presented to the director of a European* animated feature film. Eligible candidates must be born in Europe or hold a European* passport.  

Animated feature films taken into consideration must have a minimum length of 60 minutes. Eligible films must have had their first official screening (be it at a festival or at a regular cinema) between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020. The EFA Board has the right to refrain from this rule in exceptional cases.

The criteria whereby an animation film qualifies as European* are based upon a point system set up by CARTOON, the European Association of Animation Film.

The EFA Board has, however, the right to make any exception in cases of lower points, provided the film has a European* director.

A film is considered an animated feature film with a minimum of 50% of the film being animated. In case of doubt, a decision will be made by the EFA Board. A committee composed of experts appointed by the European Film Academy and CARTOON selects three nominations from a list of films provided by CARTOON as well as from films submitted by rights-holders.

Submission deadline for animated feature films is 31 May 2020.

Contact for film submission and further information: submission

The three nominated films are made available as VOD to the EFA Members to vote for the winner. 

* European, in the sense of the European Film Academy, means geographical Europe, both EU and non-EU, and shall include Israeli and Palestinian