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Festival Regulations



Venue and duration of the KECSKEMÉT ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL XVI. (hereinafter: Festival): Kecskemét, 21–25 June 2023,

Deadline for entries: 13 March, 2023



The Kecskemét Animation Film Festival (hereafter: KAFF) operates taking into account the objectives of the International Animated Film Association (Association Internationale du Film d'Animation/ International Animated Film Association, hereafter: ASIFA). Within this context, its main goal are:

  • to promote the development, dissemination and knowledge of animation in the spirit of a worldwide cultural movement,
  • to establish communication between Hungarian and foreign animation professionals (directors, producers, administrators, script-writers, technicians, artists, designers, animators, composers, critics and historians, etc.),
  •  to help promote satisfactory solutions to their creative, aesthetic, economic, technical and other challenges by providing opportunities for the exchange of information.



The official languages of the Festival are Hungarian and English.



Animated Films entered into the Festival (hereinafter: Film) must meet the following conditions:

o The Film shall be made frame by frame, using some kind of animation technique. It is important that the proportion of animation in the Film should be more than 50%.

o We will only accept entries for Films completed after 1 February 2021.

o Films made in Hungary or directed by Hungarian can be entered for the Hungarian competition.

o Films entered for the European competitions must be in European ownership of at least 50%.

o Works related to the Film protected by copyright or neighbouring rights (copyrighted characters, scripts, music, etc.) may not be used without the permission of the rightsholder.

o If the organizers of the Festival become aware that the entered Film does not have the licence of the rightholder of all works protected by copyright or neighbouring rights, this will result in the entered Film being excluded from the competition.


Based on the above, during the registration, the rightsholder of the Film or the person acting on its behalf must declare the following by applying to the Festival:


  • The person submitting the entry is entitled to make a statement on behalf of the rightsholder regarding the copyright license of the entered Film.
  • The person submitting the entry, on behalf of the rightsholder, grants a worldwide, geographically and temporally unlimited (ie. for the entire term of protection of the copyright), sub-licensable right to use the Film for the purposes of the festival in accordance with these Regulations. If there is only a way to grant a territorially or time-limited right of use with respect to the Film, the Organizer will decide on an individual basis whether to accept the entry.
  • The person submitting the entry declares and represents, on behalf of the rightsholder, that he/she has the right to use the works protected by copyright and neighbouring rights used in the Film (eg. characters, script, music) for the purposes of the Festival in accordance with these Regulations for which the copyright or neighbouring rightsholders of the Film do not have a royalty claim.


The use for the purposes of the Festival in accordance with these Regulations includes in particular:

- use for pre-jury viewing;

- the theatrical motion picture rights of the Film during the entire duration of the Festival at the cinema venues of the Festival and in the screening areas of the Kecskemét small region; 

- if the Festival is held in partly or fully online, due to a restriction imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Film will be broadcast to the online public subject to registration on a closed online network, in accordance with the objectives of the Festival;

- in the case of the announcement of a television audience award, the broadcasting of the Films entered in the television competition program on Kecskemét City Television, during which the viewers can vote for their favourite Films;

- the use of a part (max. 10%) of the animated film and its related materials for marketing purposes on the KAFF website and on the KAFF's social media pages and Festival Catalogue, as well as during events and activities aimed at promoting the Festival;

- the use of an award-winning Film at the Festival for the purpose of participating in further events until the beginning of the next festival (screening may only serve to present and promote KAFF);

- the inclusion of the Film in the KAFF video library, which provides exclusive access to the Films during the Festival in a designated place and at a pre-determined time for persons with viewing rights (e.g. distributors, producers, and representatives of the press).


Uses in line with the purpose of the Festival – for non-commercial purposes only – shall serve to organize and promote KAFF.

The use of Films entered for the Festival, with the purpose or result of gaining profit, may be based on a specific license agreement with the organizer of KAFF (including the publication of the Film on KAFF's social media – Facebook, Instagram – or on a video sharing platform – eg. YouTube).



You can apply for the Festival electronically by filling in the entry form completely.

o The online entry form is available on the registration platform of www.kaff.hu.

o A separate entry form must be completed for each Film; the completed entry form is considered valid, it is not necessary to return it to the Festival signed.

o For Films with narration or dialogue, the original and English list of dialogues (script) must be enclosed when online entry.

o The entry is completed by entering the online viewer (URL) of the film to be pre-screened, which must be available by the beginning of the Festival.

o There is no entry fee for films entered for the Festival.


The Kecskemét Animation Film Festival XVI can be entered in the following categories:


feature film *

TV special *

short film (MA graduation films should also be included in the short film category)

TV series * (up to 2 episodes per series)

student film

applied animation (commercial, signal, music video, opening credit, trailer)



feature film

TV special

TV series (maximum of 2 episodes per series)


* Films in the above category also have the opportunity to compete in the European competition program.



The Organizing Committee shall select the members of the International Pre-Selection Committee and the International Jury, considering the objectives of ASIFA.

The pre-selection of the program of the Festival is expected in April 2023.

During the selection, the pre-selection committee has the right to combine or eliminate categories or to reclassify the Films from one category to another. The decisions of the international pre-jury and the international jury are final, there is no place for complaints.

The creators will be notified of the results of the pre-selection in writing via the contact person provided on the entry form. We will also notify you of the projection format of the Films as well as the deadline for receipt of copies. A list of Films submitted to the competition will also be published on the website.

Films included in a competition program that contain dialogue or narration must have the English subtitle if their original language is not English.

The official competition runs from 21 to 23 June 2023.


If the pandemic caused by COVID-19 restricts the physical realization of the festival in part or in full, and the organizer decides to hold the Festival online, it will later send further information about the realization to the parties concerned and the additional licenses required for this will be negotiated separately with the contact person specified at the time of entry.




The Grand Prix of the Festival


Category awards

Best Feature Film

Best TV Special

Best Short Film

Best TV Series

Best Applied Animation

Best Student Film


Special mentions

Best Début Film

Best Visual Language

The Best Music

Best Animation Work

Best 3D Film


Additional awards

Award of the Hungarian Film Critics

Children Jury's Award

Main Award of the National Student Jury

Audience Award

Audience Award of the Kecskemét Media Centre

Audience Award of the Aranyhomok Small Regional Development Association



Category awards

Best Feature Film

Best Television Series

Best TV Special


Additional awards

Kecskemét City Award

Main Award of the National Student Jury


The jury is not obliged to award prizes in all advertised categories, but has the opportunity to award prizes other than those announced.

The Organizing Committee welcomes the offers of companies and organizations for special prizes.



The Organizing Committee will start sending the Films back to the address indicated on the application form within two weeks of the end of the Festival, if requested by the entrant.



By submitting the entry form to the Festival, the entrant accepts the Regulations of the Festival set forth in this document.





6000 Kecskemét, Liszt Ferenc u. 21., Hungary

Tel: +36 76 481 788, +36 30 781 1210

E-mail: kaff@kecskemetfilm.hu

Web: www.kaff.hu


Organizer: Kecskemétfilm Kft.

Festival director: Ferenc Mikulás



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