8.1 In co-operation with CARTOON, the European Association of Animation Film, the award is presented to the European director(s) (see 1.6) of a European animated feature film intended for theatrical release.

    8.2 To be eligible, the main production country of an animated feature film has to be European (see 1.5). Animated feature films taken into consideration must have a minimum length of 60 minutes. The films must have had their first official screening (be it at a festival, at a regular cinema or online) between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024. The Academy Board has the right to refrain from these rules in exceptional cases.

    8.3 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 Academy Board.

    8.4 Films must be submitted by their rights-holders and made available for viewing to the nomination committee. The submitted version has to be the original language version with English subtitles (for accessibility reasons this is also mandatory for English-language films).

    Submission deadline for animated feature films is 30 June 2024.

    8.5 A committee composed of animation experts appointed by CARTOON and the Academy Board nominates up to five films. The nomination committee may propose individual achievements in nominated films to be taken into consideration for the Excellence Awards (see 5.3 f.) where applicable.

    8.6 The nominations are announced four to eight weeks prior to the European Film Awards Ceremony and are made available for viewing to the Academy Members who vote for the winner.

    8.7 The votes are kept by a notary or an auditor. The winner is announced during the European Film Awards Ceremony.