Snow White, created by Disney in 1937, was the first animated feature film to use hand-drawn animation to create a tale that enchanted children around the world. This set a precedent where animated feature films primarily targeted kids, including the ones released by other major US animation studios such as Pixar, Dreamworks, and Warner Brothers. In 1964, the feature film Fritz the Cat became the first animated feature film aimed at an adult audience. Since then, the scope of animated feature films has expanded steadily, taking advantage of the art forms’ limitless potential for addressing new themes, employing new techniques, and attracting new audiences.
Today, the production of animated feature film is no longer limited to the big American animation studios. All over the world, talented filmmakers are employing the art form in novel ways. That’s why the films shown in the VAF Best Feature competition represent a broad and international selection of the latest animated feature films, aimed at both children and adults: Adventure, drama, romance, and stories from real life. Common to the films is that they showcase the best that the animated feature film has to offer and are guaranteed to move their audience.
VAF Best Feature receives all internationally produced animated films of any genre. The length of the film is at least 40 minutes including credits. The winner will receive 1500 euros.