Celebrating imagination with the biggest animation festival in Denmark

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Viborg Animation Festival

Animated Culture

Viborg Animation Festival (VAF) is a celebration of imagination and the biggest animation festival in Denmark. VAF plays a central role in raising awareness about animation, film and related media among the general public.

Viborg Animation Festival

  • About

    Viborg Animation Festival is a celebration of imagination.

    Viborg Animation Festival (VAF) is the biggest animation festival in Denmark and plays a central role in raising awareness about animation, film and related media among the general public.

    Over the years, VAF has become a meeting place for the animation industry and the public. What started out as a small, local festival in 2012 has become a national event and VAF is now starting to focus more on the international scene. In 2017, VAF took a huge step toward this goal and organized the most expansive festival in Viborg’s history, which celebrated the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Denmark.

    The mission of the festival is to bring national and valuable European content to Viborg through screenings, workshops, meetings, conferences, exhibitions and more - and share it with a broad audience of all ages.

    The festival is categorised in three sections; VAF Film, VAF Culture and VAF Professions.

    VAF Film

    VAF Film brings films to Viborg and the surrounding region, which would otherwise never be presented to the general public. The program includes feature and short film screenings, a student short film competition, workshops and many other opportunities for the public to meet artists and learn more about animation firsthand. VAF Film also offers films targeted specially to children, families and schools around the country, which is presented as ANIMOK.

    VAF Culture

    VAF Culture includes gaming-oriented activities, exhibitions and cultural happenings that keep the whole city animated. Here you can explore the world of animation outside the cinemas and experience how animation is more much than cartoons and movies.

    VAF Professions

    VAF Professions offers a string of conferences for professionals in different industries. Each year VAF and its partners organizes conferences that investigates and explore the use and effect of animation in different industries. Recent years animation has been explored as a tool in the field of teaching, health care and science dissemination. VAF Professions also offers networking activities for the animation industry, that works to improve the growth and groundwork for future co-productions.

  • VAF 2017

    VAF 2017 celebrated Japan under the theme KAWAII & EPIKKU.

    In 2017, Japan and Denmark marked the establishment of 150 years of diplomatic relations with a string of cultural events, exhibitions, symposiums – and Viborg Animation Festival!

    Under the theme KAWAII & EPIKKU, VAF celebrated Japan by exposing audiences to the cultural richness of anime and manga.

    A broad audience of moviegoers could enjoy an extensive, handpicked film program. More than 60% of the films were of Japanese origin and a good number of these had never been screened in Danish cinemas before. 12,194 tickets were redeemed in total – an increase of 20% compared to 2016.

    Download the program (PDF)

    KAWAII & EPPIKU - The biggest manga and anime exhibition in Northern Europe

    KAWAII & EPIKKU - the biggest exhibition of manga and anime ever seen in Northern Europe presented more than 15 manga and anime artists, including Osamu Tezuka, Koji Morimoto, Tatsuyuki Tanaka, Atsuko Fukushima, Studio 4°C and many more. A total of 850 artworks and pieces were exhibited and 3,721 visitors stopped by.

    Solar Walk

    Solar Walk was a sold-out concert success. The animated concert played two times for a room of 500 people and offered a spectacular experience that combined beautiful animated images by Réka Bucsi with original big band live jazz performed by Aarhus Jazz Orchestra. Solar Walk was produced by The Animation Workshop/VIA University College, SØNC, and Nørlum.


    Our conferences had a total of 629 participants stemming from a wide range of fields. Animated Learning focused on building bridges between creativity and knowledge; Manga & Comics discussed the influences between manga and western comics; Animated Health focused on using animation in healthcare when communicating about dementia, and Sci-Vi concentrated on visualization in science dissemination. For the professional Danish animation and game producers, the Japan-Denmark Creative Media Industry Forum established meetings between Danish and Japanese companies and producers within the business of game production, TV-series, and licensing.

    Immersion Game Expo

    Immersion Game Expo was all about fun and games – and attracted more than 2,000 visitors during the event's three days.

    Expanded Animation

    Expanded Animation Showcase offered 700 guests a peek into the cross-aesthetic art projects that are currently being produced at the new Centre for Animation, Visualization, and Graphic Storytelling. More than 700 people explored the cinematic virtual reality piece Nothing Happens, the fluorescent animated amoeba pieces of Oden til Kloden, and the interactive installation Forecast.

    Manga Artist Battle

    Manga Artist Battle was a national contest in cartoon drawing between Denmark and Japan. A live audience cheered the contestants on in Viborg while the event was simultaneously streamed on the internet, garnering nearly 6,000 views. The Japanese team, led by Keiko Takemiya, won the Manga Artist Battle with a beautiful ‘shojo manga’-inspired fairytale mermaid.

    VAF Sum Up

    The absolute highlight of VAF Sum Up Exhibitions was Andy Holden’s Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (presented by Viborg Kunsthal and Aarhus 2017 in cooperation with The Animation Workshop), which presented an interesting comment on animation as a phenomenon. Furthermore, the Mitsuki Nakamura Retrospective gave audiences a rare insight into Mecha Anime.

  • Partners

    VAF partners and sponsors.
    Viborg Kommune

    Viborg Kommune


    Viborg municipality is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Region Midtjylland on the Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark. The municipality covers an area of 1,421.04 km², the second largest in Denmark, and has a population of 94,622 (1 April 2014). Viborg is the capital of Region Midtjylland.

    The Danish Film Institute

    Det Danske Filminstitut


    The Danish Film Institute is the national agency for funding and promoting Danish film and cinema culture.

    Aarhus 2017


    Aarhus 2017 creates sustainable development – cultural, human and economic growth - inspiring citizens to live, work and participate in the European region.

  • Contact

    Do you want to contribute to or become part of the project? Contact us!
    Aida del Solar

    Aïda del Solar

    Project Coordinator


    Leon Fechner

    Leon Fechner

    Festival Assistant

    T: +45 87 55 49 31


    Morten Thorning

    Morten Thorning

    Center Director


    Jane Lyngbye Hvid Jensen

    Jane Lyngbye Hvid Jensen

    Project Portfolio Manager

    T: +45 87 55 49 04


Get inspired

Viborg Animation Festival 2017 screening of short films for kids

VAF 2017 in photos

One week of films, exhibitions, workshops, parties, and networking - we've collected some of the best photos for you to enjoy!

Solar Walk live performance during Viborg Animation Festival

Solar Walk

A high quality live performance combining jazz big band music and animated images

Sci-Vi Conference 2017 during Viborg Animation Festival

Sci-Vi Conference

An annual conference focusing on visualization and animation in science dissemination

Animated Learning 2017 during Viborg Animation Festival

Animated Learning Conference

An annual conference focusing on creativity and visual teaching methods


An annual conference discussing the opportunities and challenges facing the creative media industry

ANIMOK awardshow in Fotorama 2017


An animation film festival for school children across Denmark

Nippon Nordic Universe Accelerator

NipponNordic Universe Accelerator

An innovative and transnational project bringing together Danish and Japanese artists and designers