Digital Catalogue of Festivals


World Festival of the Animated Film

Activity Active
Founded 1979
Location Varna
First edition in Varna 1979
Last edition in Varna 2020
Frequency of occurrence every year
Month September
Usual duration 5-10 days
Type cinema
Regulations Competition
Audience for all
Content experimental
Range international
Organizer a non-profit organization
Type of participants professionals
Places in halls
Access paid
Official website

The Festival was founded after the initiative of the International Animated Film Association, and after 1981 it was under the patronage of the International Foundation “Lyudmila Zhivkova”. The immediate operational activities were assigned to the General Directorate “Film Festivals”, the Artistic Propriety Union “Bulgarian Cinematography”, the Union of the Bulgarian Film-Makers, the Committee for Television and Radio, Artistic Propriety Association “Bulgarian Video” and the Assembly “Banner of Peace”. 


The slogan of the Festival is “Humanism, Movement, Beauty”. The Grand Prix is called “Golden Kuker”, but under this name since 2010 a separate Festival of the Animation Film has been held in Sofia. 


The program consists of short, students’, children’s, feature films, TV series, as well as accompanying panoramas of famous film-makers, film schools, lectures, a retrospective animation workshop for children, exhibitions, etc. In 2011 it was re-established by the specially created foundation financially supported by the Varna Municipality. 


Initially the films were presented in the Palace for Culture and Sports and the cinemas in Varna, and after it was restored – in the Festival and Congress Center.

Editions in Varna 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020