Eye-catching, playful, ground-breaking, ingenious, entertaining – these are just some of the epithets to describe the annual screenings at the Fest Anča International Animation Festival. This year the festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary between 29 June and 2 July.
“Fest Anča International Animation Festival has been snowballing and is prospering. With such a programme, it’s more difficult to choose what to miss than what to watch,” wrote Film.sk in their September 2016 issue. In January, the respected Cartoonbrew portal listed Fest Anča among the top animation festivals. That an ever growing number of motion pictures want to compete at the festival demonstrates its increasing international prestige. This year 1589 movies are enrolled – almost 350 more than last year! “Registrees include renowned producers who previously screened at Fest Anča, as well as artists debuting at our festival or their movies making an international premiere,” observed programme director Maroš Brojo. The best movies screening in the international competition will be listed at end of March.
Fest Anča has a varied screening programme for viewers of all ages, fans of traditional animation, and aficionados of experimental production. Game Days focusing on video games will be part of the festival for the third time. There will also be masterclasses, creative workshops and other side events. Fest Anča continues its regional focus – showcasing Hungarian animation, just like the Baltics and Balkans in previous years. . That two Magyar-made films won Oscars in the past two years says much about the country’s filmmaking potential – the very first Hungarian movie to win an Academy Award was animated short The Fly (A légy, 1980) by Ferenc Rófusz. The international spotlight was also brought to the country by Marcell Jankovics for his Oscar-nominated movie Sisyphus (1974). “Both movies will screen at the festival in the Hungarian focus – we will show the most successful movies from 1939 to the present,” explains Maroš. “We’ll start with the first generation of Hungarian animators represented by Gyula Macskássy and Félix Kassowitz, moving on to successful contemporaries such as director Péter Vácz. His movie Rabbit and Deer (Nyuszi és Őz, 2013) won over 120 awards.
Our Hungarian section was put together in cooperation with movie theorist and historian Anna Ida Orosz. She is also the co-founder and curator of the Primanima festival of animated movies in Hungary. She will also introduce early Hungarian commercials, video clips, and movies produced by MOME Anim – one of the best animation schools in Central Europe.
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 and the Slovak Arts Council.
NB: Until the end of March you can buy a special limited edition festival pass signed by Ivana Palečková and other benefits.