The World Festival of Animated Film (WFAF) is held every year in Varna. The Festival is organized by the World Festival of Animated Film Association and the Varna Festival Center with the support of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, Bulgarian National Film Center, and the Municipality of Varna.

The official languages of the Festival are Bulgarian and English.

Film eligibility

Any frame by frame or computer-assisted animated film, meeting the following requirements, will be considered eligible for the Festival:

  • The film must have been completed after January 1st 2011 and must have not participated in a previous edition of the Festival.
  • The screening copy of the selected films must be in one of the following formats: 35mm (optical soundtrack only), BETACAM SP PAL, BETACAM Digital, HDCAM, Blu-ray, H.264, .MOV.
  • Each entry must be submitted on a separate digital or analog data carrier.
  • The running time of the film must be up to 30 min for the short film competition, and over 60 min for feature film competition.
  • One episode, up to 30 min, is allowed for the TV series competition.
  • Films using copyrighted scripts, images and music without the consent of the copyrights owner, will not be allowed at the Festival.

The films will compete in the following categories:

  • Short films
  • Feature films
  • Children`s films
  • TV series
  • Student`s films


  • The deadline for submitting Entry Forms and preview DVDs is June 10th 2013. No entry forms and preview DVDs will be accepted after this date.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • You can participate by filling out the online Entry Form on the Festival’s website no later than June 10th 2013.
  • Entrants will receive e-mail confirmation of successful submission of their entry forms.
  • The copies for the official selection are to be either uploaded to the FTP address provided by WFAF, which is preferable, or sent via regular mail at the following address: P.O. Box 1453, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
  • The preview copy of the film can be uploaded directly to the Festival’s FTP (DVD, AVI or Quicktime format are allowed) or recorded on a DVD and sent by regular mail (the disc must be labeled with the title and the running time of the film, the name of the author and the country of origin).
  • Each preview DVD must contain only one film.
  • All DVDs must be in disc cases, well wrapped and must arrive at the Festival Office no later than June 10th 2013.
  • The mail package must bear the inscription: For cultural purposes only, no commercial value.
  • The Festival bears no responsibility in case of retention of the package by the Bulgarian Customs.
  • The Festival bears no responsibility if the copy is damaged during delivery.
  • All delivery costs of the preview DVDs and other materials will be paid by the sender.
  • Preview DVDs and all other entry materials will remain for the Festival’s archive and will not be returned.
  • Only correctly filled out Entry Forms will be accepted.
  • Only one Entry Form must be submitted for each film.

Required Information for the online Entry Form

  • Short biography and filmography of the director (up to 500 characters).
  • Director’s photo (1600x1200 pixels, JPEG, obligatory).
  • Three still images from the film (1600x1200 pixels, JPEG, obligatory).
  • Annotation of the film (300 characters maximum).
  • A preview DVD of the film.
  • In case of voice-over screen commentary and/or dialogue in a language different from the official languages of the Festival, the films must be submitted with an English dialogue list or with English subtitles list.
  • Promotional materials (posters, flyers, etc.) for better presentation of the film. Providing a poster is obligatory for feature films!
  • The Festival takes no responsibility for inaccuracies in the submitted materials.

Selection Committee

  • The Organization Committee of the Festival chooses the International Selection Committee members (5 people, 4 of them with nationality other than Bulgarian). At least 2/3 of the members must be animation professionals.
  • The members of the International Selection Committee will be announced on the Festival’s website.
  • Films produced, promoted or distributed by a member of the Selection Committee cannot be submitted for selection.
  • The International Selection Committee will select films from each category depending on their conceptual, aesthetic and technical qualities.
  • The International Selection Committee will select films for both the competition program and the non-competitive “Panorama” program.
  • The decisions of the International Selection Committee will be final and cannot be appealed.
  • The results of the selection will be announced on the Festival’s website. The authors of the selected works will be notified in a timely manner.

Official Selection

  • The screening copies of the films selected for the official competition program must be uploaded at the Festival FTP address (preferably) or received in the Festival P.O. Box no later than July 31st 2013.
  • The film copy must be sent in a reliable package and labeled: For cultural purposes only, no commercial value.


  • The Organization Committee of the Festival will choose the International Jury members (5 people, 4 of them with nationality other than Bulgarian). The members of the Jury will be announced on the Festival website.
  • Films either created, produced or distributed by a Jury member cannot enter the competition.
  • The decisions of the International Jury members will be final and unquestionable.

Accommodation and Accreditation

  • The Festival will cover hotel and food expenses for the contestants in the official competition program throughout the Festival.
  • The Festival will not cover travel expenses.
  • Every person willing to attend the Festival as a guest can apply for an accreditation at the Festival website (section “Accreditation”), where you can find detailed information on the terms and conditions for registration.


  • If a film is selected, the director or producer of the work must provide a copy of the film in the format, specified in the Entry Form.
  • The Organization Committee guarantees the safety of the copies from the moment they arrive at the Festival Office till their return to the address specified in the Entry Form. The Festival will pay for the return delivery costs, excluding any additional charges for tax and customs clearance in the country of return.
  • The Organization Committee will begin returning the copies no sooner than two weeks after the end of the Festival.
  • A selected film cannot be withdrawn from the competition. The Festival has the right to change the category of the selected film, change the Festival program without previous notice, and remove delayed or poor quality films from the competition. The International Jury has the right to withhold an award in any category if (in the Jury’s opinion) none of the films within the category meets the Jury's quality criteria.
  • Unless otherwise specified in the Entry Form, the entrant grants the Organization Committee the right to present the work (in full or as an extract) and its promotional materials, free of charge, over the next 2 years, on any media or public screening, for non-commercial publicity purposes of the World Animation Film Festival.
  • The Festival invites the producers of awarded films and films that took part in the competition to donate a copy of these films to the Festival Archive.
  • The entrant is responsible for all copyrights, clearances and permissions. WFAF takes no responsibility for violations of the copyright law.
  • All issues not addressed here are subject to the decision of the WFAF's Organization Committee.
  • With the submission of the Entry Form, the entrant agrees with these Regulations.

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