Animest will focus on Slovak animation
More than 20 Slovak animated films are heading to the Romanian capital. The 16th edition of the Animest International Animation Festival (8 – 17 October 2021) will focuse on Slovak cinema and present contemporary animation as well as feature-length classic film Brigand Jurko (1976) by Viktor Kubal from the collections of the National Film Archive of the Slovak Film Institute (SFI).
Animest International Animation Festival is the only Romanian festival focused on animation. It showcases works from all over the world that compete for prizes in several competition categories, while other films are included in thematic sections and various retrospectives. In the Feature Film Competition, Michaela Pavlátová's My Sunny Maad will vie for the Best Feature Film Award and in the Student Film Competition, Slovakia will be represented by Klára Fedora Homzová's short animated film Lunate. The festival programme will also include the films Even Mice Belong in Heaven by Denisa Grimmová and Jan Bubeníček, Blue Red by Daniela Krajčová and a series of episodes from the animated series The Websters by Katarína Kerekesová.
Among national cinemas, Animest will focus on Slovakia this year. Romanian viewers will have the opportunity to get to know the legendary Slovak animation filmmaker Viktor Kubal in addition to the films in the competition and non-competition sections. The organisers have included the first Slovak animated feature film, Brigand Jurko.
Focus on Slovak Film will also offer two selection of animated films from the last five years. The collection of contemporary Slovak animation will present seven films, including 39 Weeks, 6 Days by Joanna Kozuch and Boris Šima, Music Box by Joanna Kozuch, Solar Box by Lukáš Sigmund, Fifi Fatale by Mária Kralovič, Monster by Martin Snopek, Persona grata by Daniela Krajčová and Pantopos by Eni Brandner. The selection of student films from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava consists of ten films, namely In Line by Kamila Kučíková, White Forest by Marta Prokopová, Brother Deer by Zuzana Žiaková, Chilli by Martina Mikušová, Strawberry Days by Eva Sekerešová, Contrast by Barbara Bárková, Donna Bella by Emma Virág Csuport, Half bábka by Jasmina Elsen, Aion by Petra Heleninová and Poetika Anima by Kriss Sagan.
Focus on Slovak animation was prepared by Animest in cooperation with the SFI.