VAF Info

Viborg Animation Festival is the biggest animation festival in Denmark!

VAF believes that animation craft and artists should be celebrated, cultivated, and communicated. The festival offers animation-related film programs, cultural events, and professional conferences through the four tracks: FILM, ANIMOK, CULTURE, and INDUSTRY. The events are for the broader public, people in the animation industry, as well as potential consumers of animated content.

VAF pushes the boundaries for animation and challenges the audiences and the industry’s perception of what animation is and can be. The festival is used as a scene for the animation medium and its many possibilities. A wide range of attractive, high-quality animation experiences presents Danish and international film culture to the locals in Viborg and interested parties from all over the country.

VAF supports cooperations and efforts to expand the potential within the animation industry across borders and create awareness of the discipline. The focus is on the development of capacity and competencies in the industry to accommodate current and future clients. A specific emphasis is on events supporting, cultivating, and promoting Danish talent.

VAF is All Things Animated!

More about ANIMOK

ANIMOK is Denmark’s animation festival schools and institutions for kids, as well as families and youth. The ANIMOK-track consists of curated free film programs, animation competitions for schools, teaching resources, and workshops centered around animation. The track and the activities aim at facilitating the development of social, cultural, and creative communities for kids. ANIMOK works with locally, nationally, and internationally rooted initiatives.

More about Film

The film program and the activities under this track are the core of the festival. Each year VAF presents the festival audience with a solid program of some of the best Danish and international animation films from the last year. The ambition of VAF is to further the audiences understanding of the art of storytelling, the craft of animation, and the powerful narrative abilities the media possesses

More about Culture

This track focuses on a wide variety of animation and film-related events, an ambitious exhibition of art pieces all in the matrix of animation, art, and technology. The ambition of VAF is to put a spotlight on the potential in animation in connection to the art world and the gaming community. By doing so, we open the doors to a larger market and audience for animators, artists, VFX-professionals, VR-experts, game developers, and the gaming industry.

More about Industry

All the events in the Industry-track draw upon the use of animation as a professional tool in different businesses, and the goal is to increase the attention on the potential of animation as more than mere entertainment. The events are aimed at the broader public as well as buyers of products within the digital visual industry. The track includes conferences, seminars, symposiums, and meetings for professional animators, game developers, producers, graphics storytellers, illustrators, their consumers, and many more

UN Sustainable Development Goals

VAF is based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and strives to be socially and environmentally sustainable. The 17 UN SDGs are the basis for VAF’s work with diversity when it comes to guests, speakers, audience, and volunteers to secure an inclusive and open festival environment.

VAF’s green initiatives count the following:

  • VAF chooses train travel where it is possible and encourages ride-sharing as well as CO2 compensation when flying.
  • VAF encourages guests to bike or walk from the hotel to the different venues. Viborg is a small town and most venues are within walking distance
  • VAF offers vegetarian meals (meat can be added for a fee), and a large amount is ecological. We use local vendors (when possible) and environmentally friendly packaging.
  • We use a hotel with a green profile
  • The VAF festival catalog and other print is FSC-certified

We can always do better and maybe you have ideas – please do not hesitate to write us with suggestions for a more sustainable festival. Read more about the UN SDGs here