World Festival of Animated Film in Zagreb

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First, second and third year BA Animation students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The World Festival of Animated film – ANIMA Zagreb is the second oldest film festival in the world completely dedicated to animation and is amongst the few leading animation festivals worldwide. The festival provides students with the opportunity to network with one of the biggest names in the animation festival circuit and animation industry.  ANIMA Zagreb provides competitions, retrospectives, presentations, exhibitions, pitching forums, lectures, awards, panoramas and workshops to the students, allowing them the opportunity to have their work showcased and recognised by a worldwide audience, which in return, will place the name of the BA programme at DMU among the leading institutions for outstanding animation training.

Students will have the opportunity to visit animation screenings of a broad range of animated films and meet animation directors and industry professionals. The festival offers the opportunity to visit Animafest Scanner conference which aims to create synergy of theoretical and practical discourses – an opportunity for students to expand on their critical approaches to animation and storytelling.

Last year’s topics included ‘Reflections on Animation History and Historiography’, ‘Feminism and Animation’, ‘The Animation Cut-Out as an Expression of Long Lasting Spatio-Temporal Artistic and Cultural Processes’ and ‘Brazilian Electronic Animation from the 1980’s. All talks are delivered by animation industry practitioners. As part of the festival, students will also be able to visit numerous workshops. Last year’s topics included: Emersive Storytelling – An Exploration of Animation and the Fourth Wall as Tools for Critical Thinking and ‘Animation Techniques and Graphic Style in Representation of Deep Space’.

Students will also have the opportunity to visit the Animation exhibitions and attend masterclasses delivered by industry professionals. Last years masterclass was run by animator Boris Labbe and his processes and concepts behind his work and José Luis Ágreda, art director of Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles and the story and art behind the film. Moreover, the festival provides students opportunities to network with visiting animation practitioners– previous guests to the festival include animation directors Will Anderson, Joanna Quinn, the brothers Quay, Nick Park, Jan Švankmajer and others.

Cultural acivities

Students will be given the opportunity to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, its permanent Collection in Motion exhibit and a great selection of temporary exhibits. Also, students will be taken to the Mimara Museum to see works by Caravaggio, Canaletto, Goya, Renoir, Degas, and Manet.

Moreover, students can visit the Museum of Arts & Crafts, which houses a collection of over 160,000 objects, from ceramics, textiles and paintings to furniture, musical instruments and more. Students will have the opportunity to visit one of the few live music and dance festivals running across the city of Zagreb.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the immigration requirements for Croatia. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Croatia and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The Global Mobility Office can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by DMU Global. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 8 June 2020
  • Return date: Saturday 13 June 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £400
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, festival pass (£24), food and drink, visa (if applicable)
  • DMU Global bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 17 February 2020 9am