Animac is the International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia, and is organised by the City Council of the city of Lleida and the Government of Catalonia.It is a non-competitive festival that takes place in Lleida (Spain). It shows a selection of the best animation done all over the world.
Here what they say about themselves
“Created in 1996 and throughout his nearly 16 years history has become one of the most popular audiovisual events held in Spain, with an important international presence and prestige.
Nowadays Animac is a rigorous, dynamic and welcoming festival continually making efforts to improve, generating new audiences and attracting those who love animation. Animac is a non-competitive film festival aimed at artists who use animation as a tool for personal expression.
We go beyond the limits of traditional narrative and we seek visionaries who make independent and daring works full of energy and who take their expressive potential to the limit.
Animac is also a meeting place for artists, a laboratory in which ideas are generated and relations between the different artistic disciplines are established. It is a place to dream and screen stories of the future.”
It was created in 1996 to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the cinema. But it appeared with a different name: Cinemagic 96, International Animation Film Festival, under the direction of Eladi Martos and Jordi Artigas. This first edition was promoted by Lleida’s Cultural Department and the local Fine Arts School, together with ASIFA Catalunya.
It is in 1997 when it takes the name of Animac, International Animation Film Festival, that changed still once more in 2006, into the definitive one: Animac, International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia.