About - Fredrikstad Animation Festival


Fredrikstad Animation Festival is the leading festival for animated film in the Nordic region, dating back to 1994 and the festival Animerte Dager in Oslo, Norway. The annual festival now takes place each October in the town of Fredrikstad, outside of Oslo. One of the cornerstones of the festival is the Nordic-Baltic animated short film competition. The festival is a professional arena for the animation industry, as well as an important event for students and educational institutions within animation, graphic design and digital media production. Each year, top animation industry professionals hold seminars and lectures, and the festival has previously hosted guests from famous studios such as Pixar, Disney and Aardman.

Previous Guest speakers

(There has been so many, so we should not name anyone! Because then we miss so many great artist, but anyway; here is our bragging list:)

  • Richard Williams (GB)
    Three times Oscar winner, legendary animator, director and writer of The Animators Survival Kit (FAF 2015)
  • Dan Harmon (US)
    Emmy-winning Writer and Producer, co-creator of Rick and Morty (FAF 2019)
  • Andreas Deja (US)
    Legendary Disney Animator (FAF 2008)
  • Gene Deitch (US)
    UPA legend (FAF 2008)
  • Don Hahn (US)
    Producer Disney (Lion King) (FAF 2011)
  • Peter de Séve (US)
    Character designer (FAF 2022)
  • Carter Goodrich (US)
    Character designer (FAF 2018)
  • Suzie Templeton (GB)
    Oscar-winning Director (FAF2011)
  • Marcy Page (CA)
    Oscar-winning Producer from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) (FAF 2012)
  • Ralph Eggleston (US)
    Designer and Art Director Pixar (FAF 2009)
  • Mark Burton (UK)
    Screenwriter, Producer and Director (FAF 2022)
  • Eiko Tanaka (JNP)
    Producer (FAF 2022)
  • Koji Takeuchi (JPN)
    Producer (JPN)
  • Tomm Moore (IE)
    Oscar-nominated Director from the highly acclaimed Irish Studio Cartoon Saloon (FAF 2013)
  • Konstantin Bronzit (RU)
    Oscar-nominated Short Film Director (FAF 2016)
  • Yasuhrio Yoshiura (JPN)
    Director  (FAF 2022)
  • Bill Plympton (US)
    Oscar-nominated Director and king of Independent Animation (FAF 2013, AD 1994)
  • Joanna Quinn (GB)
    Oscar-nominated and Bafta-winning Short Film Director (FAF 2015)
  • Anita Killi (NO)
    Most winning Norwegian Short Film Maker (FAF 2013)
  • Torill Kove (NO)
    Three time Oscar-nominated and one time Oscar winner, Short Film Director (FAF 2012)
  • Niki Lindroth von Bahr
    Multi award winning short film director (FAF 2015)
  • Michal Makarewicz (US)
    Emile-awarded Animation Supervisor of Pixar (FAF 2014)
  • Michel Ocelot (FR)
    Legendary and highly acclaimed French Director (FAF 2008)
  • Danny Antonucci (CA)
    Creator of Ed, Edd n’ Eddy TV-series on Cartoon Network (FAF 2014)
  • Benjamin Renner (FR)
    Oscar-nominated Director of Ernest & Celestiné (FAF 2013)
  • Rasmus Sivertsen (NO)
    The most wanted Norwegian director of all time (FAF 2015, 2014, 2007)
  • Jan Svankmajer (CZ)
    Czech Animator Legend (AD 1998)
  • Pär Åhlin (SE)
    Swedish Director Legend (FAF 2017, 2004)
  • Pritt Pärn (EE)
    Highly acclaimed Short Film Director and Teacher (FAF 2004)

Lifetime Achievement Award

To honor key figures of the Nordic-Baltic Animation Scene, the festival board has gives out the Lifetime Achivement Award at Fredrikstad Animation Festival every year sines 2007. Before that the festival gave out special awards in 2001 and in 2004 to honor the history of the Nordic-Baltic animation scene. The goal of the Lifetime Achivement Award document the rich history of animation and to spotlight  the people behind a growing animation scene from Northern Europe.

Award Winners

  • 2001: Magnus Carlsson (Sweden) – Special Award
  • 2004: Per Åhlin (Sweden), Jannik Hastrup (Denmark), Priit Pärn (Estonia) and Ivo  Caprino (Norway) – The Caprino Award
  • 2007: Erling Eriksson (Sweden)
  • 2008: Leif Markussen (Denmark)
  • 2009: Inni Karine Melbye (Norway)
  • 2010: Børge Ring & Kaj Pindal (Denmark)
  • 2011: Gunnar Strøm (Norway)
  • 2012: Rein Raamat: (Estonia)
  • 2013: Kine Aune & Thor Sivertsen (Norway)
  • 2014: Antonia Ringbom (Finland)
  • 2015: Ilja Bereznickas (Lithuania)
  • 2016: Gunnar Ville (Denmark)
  • 2017: Per Åhlin, (Sweden)
  • 2018: Roze Stiebra (Latvia)
  • 2019: Anna Tystad Aronsen (Norway)
  • 2020: No award was given out due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak
  • 2021: Morten Thorning (Denmark)
  • 2022: Heikki Prepula (Finland)