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Best Animated Feature films, Series and Short films of 2021
March 11, 2022

Best Animated Feature films, Series and Short films of 2021

Our colleagues from Animacion Para Adultos, have invited journalists, critics, writers and organizers of festivals related around the world of animation to vote for the best titles of 2021.
For the second year, Adrián Encinas Salamanca and Ray Laguna have invited animation professionals to identify the best titles of the past year.

Here are the results:


- Belle, Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
- Cryptozoo, Directed by Dash Shaw
- Encanto, Directed by Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Charise Castro Smith
- Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.01 Thrice Upon a Time, Directed by Mahiro Maeda, Katsuichi Nakayama, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hideaki Anno
- Flee, Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen
- Le Sommet Des Dieux, Directed by Patrick Imbert
- Luca, Directed by Enrico Casarosa
- Mad God, Directed by Phil Tippett
- Raya and the Last Dragon, Directed by Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, John Ripa, Paul Briggs
- The Mitchells vs the Machines, Directed by Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe


- Arcane
- Tear Along The Dotted Line
- Invincible
- Kid Cosmic
- City of Ghosts
- Love, Death & Robots
- Maya and the Three
- Rick & Morty
- Tuca & Bertie
- What If…?


- Affairs of the Art, Directed by Joanna Quinn
- Bad Seeds, Directed by Claude Cloutier
- Bestia, Directed by Hugo Covarrubias
- Easter Eggs, Directed by Nicolas Keppens
- Namoo, Directed by Erick Oh
- Us Again, Directed by Zach Parrish
- Robin Robin, Directed by Daniel Ojari, Michael Please
- Swallow the Universe, Directed by Luis Nieto
- The Windshield Wiper, Directed by Alberto Mielgo
- Twenty Something, Directed by Aphton Corbin


Adrián Encinas Salamanca, author of the books ¡Bien hecho, Gromit! and Animando lo imposible
Álex López, animator and teacher
Alfred Sesma, of the distributor Pack Màgic
Alicia Núñez Puerto, producer and director of film development for Ánima
Ana Cruz, producer and director of the studio Casiopea
Carlos Navarro, director and professor of animation of ESDIP Madrid
Chris Perkins, chief editor of Animation for Adults
Daniel Castilla, website author of AnimeFagos
Daniel Suljić, artistic director of the Festival Animafest ZAGREB
Daniella Gallegos, content director and chief editor of GLITCH
David Heredia Pitarch, author of books such as Anime! 100 años de animación japonesa or Las 100 mejores películas anime.
Diego Cabarcos, responsible of Cardboard Festival, Argentina
Escarrufa, author of the vlog Escarrufa Animation
Felipe Múgica, author of the book Explosión anime
Francesco Padua, editor of Animation World and Animation Italy
Guadalupe Arensburg, short film purchasing manager Movistar+
Irene Chica, Creative development of cinema at Ánima and series Wackamola
Isabel Ibáñez e Alejandro Serrador, of the site Ninguna Parte
Iván Miñambres, producer and director of Uniko
Iván Portillo, journalist and collaborator in the animation industry
JP Bango, journalist and regular contributor to El Séptimo Vicio
Jeff Scher, director of the short film Dirty Little Secret
Jordi Sánchez-Navarro, author of the book La imaginación tangible and programmer of the Anima al section at Sitges
Jose Antonio Rodríguez Díaz, academic director of U-tad
Juan Cuesta, coordinator of the Animation Department at ECIB
Juan José Zanoletti, author of the blog La animación escrita
Juan Manuel Domínguez, editor of Diario Perfil
Keyfriends, authors of the podcast of the same name
Laura Montero Plata, responsible for the production of the animation studio Tonic DNA
Leticia Fernández, CEO and communications director ofPIXELODEON 3D School
Lucia Cavalchini, producer of Fedora Productions and director of Animasivo
Maider Ávila, animation critic on the homonymous site
Marcos Gil, website director Estanteria Otaku
María Victoria Rivas, film critic specializing in animation, at Animari Reviews
Mihaela Mihailova, assistant professor of animation at the San Francisco State University
Muriel Salzard, chief editor of Little Big Animation
Nicolás Schmerkin, producer and director at Autour de Minuit Productions
Paola Becco, director of the International Stop motion Festival OUR FEST
Pedro Alpera, animator and editor of Paparruchas
Ramin Zahed, chief editor of Animation Magazine
Ray Laguna, director of Animación para adultos
Rocío Ayuso, journalist and regular contributor to El País
Salva Navarro, author of BlogVisual
Shi-Rou Huang, director of the short film Girl In The Water
Sofia Poggi and Juan Francisco Páez, author of the podcast Hitos animados
Sorcha McGlinchey, director of the short film Rawr
Tania Palma Rodríguez, production manager and founder of TrendPicStudio
Xavier Kawa Topor, co-founder of the magazine Blink Blank

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