FESTIVALS: FEST Anča Announces Lineup

    The Kite by Martin Smatana The Kite by Martin Smatana

    ŽILINA: The 12th International festival of animated films Fest Anča, which takes place in the North Slovak city of Žilina, announced the films in its four competition sections: including International Competition of Short and Student Films, International Music Video Competition, Competition of Slovak Films and International Competition of Films for Children. The festival will be held 27 to 30 June 2019.

    This year the festival’s main theme for screening sections, guests, concerts and events is identity. For the first time in history, Fest Anča will have a Competition of Slovak Films, which together with an inaugural non-competitive Slovak Panorama will showcase Slovak animation from the last two years. Over 30 animated shorts and music videos by Slovak directors were registered for the 2019 competition, but the festival also spotlights older local productions. The focus on Slovak production is also reflected in the Industry Days programme. The section includes a workshop on copyright for animators by the LITA, Society of authors.

    Film focus is this year curated by Czech film critic Eliška Děcká. The festival’s special guests in 2019 include British animators Candy Guard, Vera Neubauer and Tim Webb, the director of multi award-winning short A is for Autism. A special part of the programme will be dedicated to the retrospective of the Dutch animator Rosto, who passed away in March aged 50. Rosto is known mostly for The Monster of Nix, which will be screened along with his earlier work.

    Game Days, which used to be part of the festival, has spun off into a separate event this year. The first edition of Game Days Trnava took place between 30 May and 2 June 2019.

    Fest Anča, as the only animation festival that targets a mainly mature audience in Slovakia, is financially supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and LITA. The programme and most screenings will be held at the New Synagogue and Puppet Theatre in Žilina.

    International Competition and International Student Film Competition

    Bloeistraat 11 / Bloomstreet 11 (Belgium, Netherland)
    Directed by Nienke Deutz

    III / Impossible Figures and Other Stories III (Poland)
    Directed by Marta Pajek

    Don’t Know What (Austria)
    Directed by Thomas Renoldner

    Sweet Sweat (Estonia)
    Directed by Jung Hyun Kim

    Solar Walk (Denmark)
    Directed by Réka Bucsi

    Days Off  (Czech Republic)
    Directed by Filip Blažek

    Cat Days (Germany, Japan)
    Directed by Jon Frickey

    Dancing Frog (South Korea)
    Directed by KIM Jin-man

    Per tutta la vita / For life (France, Italy)
    Directed by Roberto CATANI

    Fest (Germany)
    Directed by Nikita Diakur

    Mr. Mare (Hungary, France)
    Directed by Luca Tóth

    The Hunt (Poland)
    Directed by Mateusz Jarmulski

    The Fall (France)
    Directed by Boris Labbé

    Sounds Good (Denmark, Estonia)
    Directed by Sander Joon

    Wicked Girl (France, Turkey)
    Directed by Ayce Kartal

    Our House (Hungary)
    Directed by Fábián Balogh

    Parsley Girl (South Korea)
    Directed by Youngmee Roh

    Inny / The Other (Poland)
    Directed by Marta Magnuska

    Under the Rib Cage (Belgium)
    Directed by Bruno Tondeur

    Cold Pudding Settles Love (Poland)
    Directed by Urszula Palusińska

    Still Lives (Finland)
    Directed by Elli Vuorinen

    Hide N Seek (Czech Repulic)
    Directed by Barbora Halířová

    Acid Rain (Poland)
    Directed by Tomek Popakul

    Slug Life (UK)
    Directed by Sophie Koko Gate

    Julia (UK)
    Directed by Julian Gallese

    300 g/m2  (Estonia, Slovakia)
    Directed by Kamila Kučíková

    My Little Goat (Japan)
    Directed by Tomoki Misato

    Slovak Award Competition

    300 g/m2 (Estonia, Slovakia)
    Directed by Kamila Kučíková

    Fifi Fatale (Slovakia)
    Directed by Mária Kralovič
    I Am Not Playing Anymore (Slovakia)
    Directed by Matej Babic
    A date (Slovakia)
    Directed by Michaela Mihalyi

    Poetika Anima (Slovakia)
    Directed by Kriss Sagan

    Avalanche (Slovakia)
    Directed by Veronika Kocourková

    Flush It Out  (Slovakia)
    Directed by Marian Vredík a Jana Vredík Hirnerová

    The Kite (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland)
    Directed by Martin Smatana

    Kid´s Award Competition

    Kuap (Switzerland)
    Directed by Nils Hedinger

    Sloth (Germany)
    Directed by Julia Ocker

    Quiet Willow (China)
    Directed by Shiyii Xiong

    The Man with the Birds (France)
    Directed by Quentin Marcault

    Avalanche (Slovakia)
    Directed by Veronika Kocourková

    Flipped (UK)
    Directed by Hend Esmat and Lamiaa Diab

    The Kite (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland)
    Directed by Martin Smatana

    Last Day of Autumn (Switzerland, France, Belgium)
    Directed by Marjolaine Perreten