As we approach the first anniversary of lockdowns in Europe, some animation events are preparing for a second unusual edition. Unlike last spring, though, the infrastructure for virtual talks and screenings is now well established, and festivals are confidently preparing big online programs.
Vaccines are being rolled out quickly across the continent, but major in-person get-togethers aren’t on the cards anytime soon. Here, then, is a list of upcoming animation events that have confirmed a virtual set-up. We previously covered U.S. events that have done the same.
The Brussels, Belgium-based Anima Festival, one of Europe’s largest animation festivals, is going virtual for its 40th birthday. “You probably already guessed it,” said the organizers, “but we wanted to believe it to the end. It’s with a heavy heart that the festival has had to give up the idea of an onsite 40th edition, due to the developments in the health crisis.”