Film Programme

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Main Competition

Main Competition

The best new animated films from Central and Eastern Europe in the running for the Audience Award and the Jury Grand Prix. The filmmakers featured in this strand include animation legends and debut filmmakers alike, and everyone in between.

European Young Talents

European Young Talents

A competition strand reserved for students at European universities. They are in the running for the Young Talent Award, presented jointly by the School of Arts (University of Nova Gorica), Academy of Fine Arts and Design (University of Ljubljana) and Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (University of Ljubljana).

VR@Animateka

VR@Animateka

Animateka unveils its first VR competition, a curated program of award-winning immersive experiences. Explore a father’s aphasia, fly through life’s poetry, witness a boy’s memory quest, and go on an underwater odyssey guided by a shrimp all through the immersive power of Virtual Reality.

The Elephant in Competition

The Elephant in Competition

Animated shorts in the running for the Children Jury Award for best film in the Elephant programme. Varying by subject matter and technique, this is a selection of animations that will enthral children and their parents alike. As the programmes are carefully tailored to specific age groups, there is no worry in letting the youngest children enjoy the animated images on the big screen.

Best of the World

Best of the World

A programme of the best animated shorts from around the world, programmed to give you a thorough insight into the latest developments and trends in auteur animation, including many award-winners from some of the leading international festivals.

Panorama

Panorama

Panorama is a strand that gives you the best insight into what regional animation cinema has to offer.

Student Panorama

Student Panorama

Students are the future of animation. They are also the most innovative, daring filmmakers, not afraid to experiment with techniques and topics. The strand explores the creative diversity of European animation students.

Animated Documentaries

Animated Documentaries

Animated documentaries are a genre that has been growing in popularity for years now, with filmmakers and spectators alike. For filmmakers, this is a chance to show or conceal things that are easier to show or conceal than in a conventional documentary. For spectators, it is a chance to delve into intriguing stories that no conventional documentary can convey. A win-win genre.

Earmarked for Collision – A History of Collage Animation

Earmarked for Collision – A History of Collage Animation

Earmarked for Collision is the most extensive retrospective of collage animation presented to date. The multi-part program features the pioneers (Robert Breer, Harry Smith, Stan Vanderbeek, Sandor Reisenbuchler, Terry Gilliam, Larry Jordan), the modern masters (Lewis Klahr, Osbert Parker, Janie Geiser, Martha Colburn, Winston Hacking) along with an assortment of ‘one hit wonders’ by George Griffin, Theodore Ushev and others.

Special Screenings

Special Screenings

Animated Feature Film: White Plastic Sky

Animated Feature Film: White Plastic Sky

2123. Faced with diminishing resources, the human race can only survive through a trade-off: at the age of 50, every citizen is gradually turned into a tree. When Stefan discovers that his beloved wife Nora has voluntarily signed up for donating her own body before her time, he sets out on an adventurous journey to save her at all costs.
White Plastic Sky is a hybrid between live-action and animation, made with the rotoscope technique: hand-drawn over actors by a team of animators.

Animated Feature Film: How I Survived the Pyongyang Film Festival 3D

Animated Feature Film: How I Survived the Pyongyang Film Festival 3D

The animated documentary describes the personal experiences of the documentary filmmaker Martin Hans Schmitt, who took part in the Pyongyang International Film Festival in 2018. It is a travel film, during the course of which it gradually reveals how the dictatorship of Kim Jong-Un shapes the lives and thoughts of North Koreans right down to the smallest private niche, and also gradually influences the filmmaker too, increasingly creating the impression that we are observing a real-life satire.

Animated Feature Film: Art College 1994

Animated Feature Film: Art College 1994

In the 1990s, a group of students on the campus of the Chinese Southern Academy of Arts are pursuing their studies and preparing to face the world. China is opening up to the West and the students’ lives are a tangle of love stories and friendships, artistic research, ideals and ambitions brought about by new influences. Caught between tradition and modernity, they have to decide who they want to become.

Animated Feature Film: Chicken for Linda!, 8+

Animated Feature Film: Chicken for Linda!, 8+

Linda is unfairly punished by her mother, Paulette, who will do anything to make it up to her. Even a chicken with peppers when she can’t cook. Linda absolutely wants to have the chicken that her father made that day… But there is a strike, and the shops are closed.
From a henhouse to a watermelon truck, from a zealous cop to an allergic truck driver, from a grandmother to a flood, Paulette and her daughter will set off in search of the chicken, dragging along the entire “Linda gang” and ultimately the entire neighbourhood.
But Linda doesn’t know that this chicken, once cooked so well by her father, is the key to her lost memory… By the way, does anyone know how to kill a chicken?

Animated Feature Film: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Animated Feature Film: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

In Tokyo, not long after the 2011 earthquake, Kyoko suddenly leaves her husband Komura after spending five days glued to the news on TV. Komura takes a week’s leave from work and heads north to deliver a box and its unknown contents to two young women. His colleague Katagiri, a simple debt collector by profession and an awkward loner in life, returns home one evening to find a 7-foot-tall frog asking for his help to save Tokyo from a tsunami.
Through memories, dreams and visions, these characters attempt to rediscover their true selves.
A feature debut by composer Pierre Földes based on stories by the acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami.

Animated Feature Film: Sirocco and the Kingdom of the Winds, 8+

Animated Feature Film: Sirocco and the Kingdom of the Winds, 8+

Agnès, the neighbour of Juliette (4 years old) and Carmen (8 years old), writes children’s books that take place in a fantastic world, The Kingdom of the Winds. The two sisters discover a passage between their world and this extraordinary universe.
Once there, the two girls are transformed into cats and separated from each other. They will have to show temerity and daring to find each other. With the help of the singer Selma, they will try to reach the real world by confronting Sirocco, the master of winds and storms… But is he as terrifying as they imagine?

Animated Feature Film: Tony, Shelly and the Magic Light, 7+

Animated Feature Film: Tony, Shelly and the Magic Light, 7+

Eleven-year-old Tony has a unique feature he was born with – he glows. His controlling parents try to keep him at home to protect him from the outside world. Before Christmas, a peculiar girl named Shelly moves into his house and turns his world upside down. For the first time, Tony has a real friend. He introduces Shelly to the fantasy world inside his pillow bunker and she shows him her secret treasure: a magical flashlight. With its light, they create amazing pictures and worlds that only they can see. Thus, they embark on an adventurous search for the origin of the mysterious tufts of darkness which suck the sunshine out of the house. Tony, Shelly and the Magic Light is a film about what it’s like to be different, it is a story about friendship and imagination, about light and darkness.