Anima attracts record number of visitors


Anima, the Brussels-based international festival for animated films, drew a record number of visitors to the capital for its 43rd edition.

There were no less than 150 screenings on offer and spanned five screening places at the iconic Cinematek, the Marni Theatre and the Flagey building. A veritable treat for tens of thousands of visitors. Indeed more than 30,000 adults and children found their way to the movie theatres to take in expressions of creativity from all across the world.

The festival is held in extremely high regard, and its awards ceremony is so influential that whichever film wins the grand prize of the international competition automatically gets longlisted for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

Did you know that Anima was first held in 1982, when it was called Rencontres du cinema d’animation? It grew fast, because two years later it could count Tim Burton and John Lasseter (then unknown, now famous for animated hits like Cars) among its guests. The name Anima dates back to 2003, more than 20 years after the festival’s creation.

Whatever its name is, it’s clear that Anima has become an unmissable staple in the animated film industry.