The zero year of the Festival of Film Animation took place from the 7th to 9th of December 2000 in Dukla Cinema in Jihlava. During the three days, more than 160 animated films were screened; the films were borrowed from collections of National Film Archive, French Cultural Centre, Zagreb Film School, Project 100, Czech film schools and other film archives and distributors. 207 paying visitors attended the screenings.
The pursuit of coverage of wide spectre of history as well as the present of this minor genre led to formation of specific structure that has remained up to now – the programme has been divided into 43 thematic blocks within which the screenings were completed with lectures and workshops. Proficiency of individual lecturers (Alena Nádvorníková, Martin Čihák, Tomáš Liška, Jan Gogola, Karel Tabery etc.) was accentuated.
Among other things, the programme consisted of the following sections: Bornography, Animation focused on child drawings, Animated video-clip, Pixar to children, French animation of 1970s, Aardman Animations, Czech female artists and directors.
The Festival also introduced profiles of the following artists: Jurij Norštejn, Václav Mergl, Jiří Barta, Jiří Trnka and Josef Švejk, Jan Švankmajer, Aurel Klimt, Karel Lhoták, Pavel Marek and others.