Fest Anča International Animation Festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary! Over this time it has become a festival where established filmmakers also compete with their films, including Oscar nominated pictures. 1589 films have already been submitted this year – 350 more than in 2016!
Thirty-four movies – including ten student-made – were pre-selected for the International Competition. The submitters include Dahee Jeong with The Empty (won the Grand Prix at the prestigious Hiroshima International Animation Festival), as well as the young and talented Hungarian director Luca Tóth with Superbia produced in a Hungarian/Czech/Slovak co-production which showed at the prestigious La Semaine de la Critique (International Critics’ Week) competition in Cannes. After the competing films had been announced, Charles Tesson, French film critic and artistic director of ICW, said that Superbia enchanted with its “bustling orgy of colours”. Superbia is an extraordinary story with poetic references to the contemporary issue of gender equality. Another remarkable competing film is the dark comedy Happy End by Jan Saska, the Czech director, screenwriter and cameraman, which was one of the top ten short animated films nominated for the 2016 Oscars.
The International Music Video Competition we will screen 32 videos – two of which are from director Peter Vácz, who has won over 120 awards for his previous film Rabbit and Deer (Nyuszi és Őz, 2013).
Fest Anča Festival aims to support and promote Slovak animation production. “We won’t open the Competition of Slovak Films this year,as there were too few new animated films that met the set qualitative and artistic criteria. However, we will present Slovak work in the Slovak Panorama section,” said FA artistic director Maroš Brojo. Chilli by Martina Mikušová will represent Slovak production in the International Student Film Competition. The fairy tale Trip from the series The Tots (Drobci) by director and producer Vanda Raýmanová has been entered into the International Competition of Films for Kids. That a third of the children’s films are from Russia “shows the strong tradition of Russian animation school; although Russian animation has been regionally absent in recent years,” observed Maroš.
As well as the international competition, Fest Anča will also present non-competitive sections including World Panorama, World Panorama for Kids, Contemporary Abstract and Non-narrative Animation, and Slovak Panorama. In the non-competitive program viewers can see Edmond by Amsterdam-born Nina Gantz, winner of the 2016 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award for the Best British Short Animation. View the complete list of films in the 10th Fest Anča competitive and non-competitive sections here: http://festanca.sk/2017/en/presenting-the-2017-official-selection/.
The tenth Fest Anča International Animation Festival will take place from 29 June till 2 July in Žilina, Slovakia. Screenings at the Stanica Cultural Centre Puppet Theatre, New Synagogue, City Theatre, and open-air at Andrej Hlinka Square (thanks to local broadcaster TV in the City). The Festival is financially supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund.