Extended Deadline for submission:  September 21, 2021

On the occasion of its 45th anniversary, CINANIMA is proud to present the first edition of animaScapes, a symposium that will run in parallel with its annual film competitions and screenings.

Understanding the need to relate practice with reflection and theory, the festival will join the growing number of animation events that invite practitioners and scholars to engage with animation from different perspectives and address contemporary issues.

The Festival + Symposium format will allow animators to immerse themselves in the current discursive trends and scholars to watch and appraise the latest animation productions.

With this event the organization of the symposium aims to provide a platform for the development of the animation research community in Portugal, while engaging with the Society of Animation Studies (SAS) strategy to support and enhance a network among the international animation community.

Main Goals:

Call for Presentations

The first edition of the animaScapes symposium will seek to expand knowledge of the relationship between animation practice, theory and activism, broadly defined as the set of actions whose goal is to bring about social change.

Participatory methods and social engagement have always held an important place in animation. Since its creation, animation has reflected society and its times, demonstrating new technologies and scientific facts, often combining it as entertainment for the wider public.

The historical avant-gardes also experimented with animation from its early days, challenging prevailing attitudes and proposing change. All this suggests that social engagement is to be found at the heart of the medium.

We invite animation researchers and practitioners to propose 15 to 20 minutes presentations or panel proposals (90 minutes) replying to the broad question: What is the role and relevance of animation in the current climate of uncertainty we live in?

We welcome theoretical and practical presentations on animation that reflect on and promote change in society, from an historical, contemporary or visionary perspective.
Proposed topics can also include, but are not restricted to:


Where: Espinho, a town situated in the north of Portugal on the edge of the Atlantic. The symposium will be associated with the CINANIMA Festival.

When: During the first two days of CINANIMA, November 8th and 9th, 2021.

How: In response to the current health restrictions, this 1st edition will take place in a hybrid format, both in presence and virtually. We will support in-presence participation whenever possible but will also accommodate virtual presentations.

Cost: presentation at the symposium is FREE and gives accepted presenters free access to the festival screenings during the week.

Language: English

Individual Proposals

Proposals for 15-20 minute presentations must include:

Proposals for Panel Sessions

Panel proposals for sessions 90 minutes in length must include:

Send proposals to animascapes@cinanima.pt

Extended Deadline for submission:  September 21, 2021

[ The presentation proceedings will be published online on a special animaScapes 2021 dedicated website. ]