The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018

Animafest Zagreb

June 2019 / Zagreb, Croatia /

Of all the animation festivals scattered throughout Europe and North America that one panelist has attended, “I have to say, Daniel Šuljić put together the best animated program I’ve seen yet at Animafest Zagreb”—a destination not to be missed by creatives working with animation in all its forms from traditional drawing, to stop motion, to CGI, to experimental mixed media, and beyond. Once one arrives at this richly curated hub in Croatia’s capital city, moviemakers and their respective teams are bussed out to a farm in the countryside where they go on hayrides and, afterward, are served a gourmet feast. “Lots of festivals give you free drinks—very few feed you and give you a hayride,” says a panelist.

An electric karaoke session unfolds at Animafest Zagreb 2018. Photograph courtesy of Animafest Zagreb

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  1. Sam

    August 18, 2018 at 10:16 am

    CiNEWORX is proud to Sponsor and Partner with SFF for 5 years running providing Digital Content (DCPS) for the Fest! Congrats SFF for making it 3 years running as one of the top 25 COOLEST FILM FESTIVALS to attend.

  2. ron

    July 10, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    How about calling it “Our reviewers 25 favorite festivals” — for these are festivals that your jury has presumably been to and likes — and that’s fine. To call it the world’s 25 coolest is a wee bit presumptuous, no?

  3. Duncan Putney

    July 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Have you heard about the Flickers – Children’s Hospitals International Film Festival (CHIFF)? This new and growing festival provides a free program of new and amazing short films to the patients of children’s hospitals in the US and Canada (and soon Europe) and its the kids who vote on the award winners at each two week hospital event. CHIFF is part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival. CHIFF was recently endorsed by the US Surgeon General who said that great films are great medicine. How cool is that? You can find CHIFF on Facebook and Twitter using @FlickersCHIFF.

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