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