Fest Anča Presents 2020 Official Selection

Cassie Shao – Maggie Dave: I’m Not Ready

Fest Anča International Animation Festival 2020’s official selection embraces diversity, offers films from renowned animators well-known to Fest Anča’s devoted fans, as well as up-and-coming creatives, large Slovak film sections, and the very latest animation trends.

The official selection of Fest Anča’s 13th edition covers all the bases: leading industry figures, contributions from previous guests (Vera Neubauer, Peter Millard, Max Hattler, and Michael Frei, for instance), and award-winners such as Julia Ocker, Lena von Döhren, and Milos Tomić.

The festival received a record-breaking number of entries, with an incredible 1650 films from 65 countries. Of these, almost 300 qualified for the official selection – giving festival goers a fantastic opportunity to watch them all in twelve competitive and non-competitive sections.

Michelle Brand – Any Instant Whatever

We’re pleased that our  previous guests and award winners continue to cherish the festival by sending us their submissions,” said Ivana Sujová, director and member of the Fest Anča pre-selection committee. “This year’s programme is very high on quality, with the competitive sections leading from the front.”

It’s great to see such diversity in the selection, with the majority of films mirroring the latest animation trends. Programme range and uniqueness are integral parts of Fest Anča, and we also aim to create screen-time for lesser-known films and animators. This is clearly proven by our selection that combines tradition with innovation, while also considering technical aspects and animation styles,” added Ivana. This year a new, special non-competitive section will be showcased: Short Animated Documentary.

The screenings and awards at prestigious international festivals enjoyed by many of this year’s entries are testament to their high quality. Daria Kashcheeva’s Dcera (Daughter) was presented at Annecy, awarded at Sundance, and nominated for an Oscar. Michaela Mihály and David Štumpf’s SH_T HAPPENS was screened at the Sundance and Venice film festivals.


Slovak films are strongly represented at this year’s Fest Anča, and short local films will appear in the competitive section and non-competitive Slovak Panorama. “Slovak animated films’ increasing exploration of themes and genres is good to see, such as in music videos and production for children,” added Ivana. Slovak films are represented in the main competitive section, Anča Award, by SH_T HAPPENS, and in the Anča Music Video Award with a video by the 2019 award-winner – Marián Vredík.

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the best contemporary animation from 27 to 30 August 2020 in Žilina. Limited early bird festival passes are still available on Fest Anča’s website.

Competitive sections


Films competing for Anča Award + Anča Student Award

SH_T HAPPENS (s) Michaela Mihalyi, David Štumpf CZE
Zorg II (s) Auden Lincoln-Vogel EST
CASTLE Ryotaro Miyajima JPN
Winter in the Rainforest Anu-Laura Tuttelberg EST
The Little Soul (s) Barbara Rupik POL
Freeze frame Soetkin Verstegen BEL
Edokko Bar Training Mikio Saito JPN
Why Slugs Have No Legs Aline Höchli CHE
HEDGE (s) Amanda Bonaiuto USA
Average Happiness Maja Gehrig CHE
Parasite (s) Yajun Shi USA
What I saw on holiday: Budapest 2017 (s) Matouš Valchář CZE
Portrait Of Suzanne Izabela Plucinska POL
Egg Martina Scarpelli FRA
Trauma Chameleon Gina Kamentsky USA
ÄLGEN (s) Erik Svetoft SWE
Serial Parallels Max Hattler HKG
Cosmonaut Kaspar Jancis EST
Any Instant Whatever (s) Michelle Brand GBR
My Galactic Twin Galaction Sasha Svirsky RUS
Temptation Ivan Arkhipov RUS
Pile (s) Toby Auberg GBR
Un diable dans la poche (s) Antoine Bonnet & Mathilde Loubes FRA
Room with a Sea View (s) Leonid Shmelkov EST
mekakure Akifumi Nonaka JPN
Traces Sophie Tavert Macian, Hugo Frassetto FRA
Tom has a plant (s) Thinh Nguyen DNK
I’m going out for cigarettes Osman Cerfon FRA
This is pig meat Peter Millard GBR
My Exercise Atsushi Wada JPN
There Were Four of Us (s) Cassie Shao USA
Yes-People Gísli Darri Halldórsson ISL
KIDS Michael Frei CHE
Untitled (Starry Bodies) (s) Ryan Benjamin Lee SGP

*s = student film

Video Clips competing for Anča Music Video Award

amiinA-sign Taro Otani JPN
Ravines Guillaume Pelletier-Auger CAN
Juana Molina – Paraguaya Punk Dante Zaballa ARG
Lovesunk Natalia Bykova RUS
Takoyaki Story Sawako Kabuki JPN
There’s That Grin Mykyta Lyskov UKR
Itchy Teeth – Invisible King Julia Specht DE
The Closing Door Lucija Mrzljak EST
Gelbart – March of the Thinking Machines Adi Gelbart DE
Maggie Dave – I’m Not Ready Cassie Shao USA
clube de esquiar ~ Pudesse eu (could I) Marián Vredík, Jana Vredík Hirnerová SVK
The Happy Song Trevor Hardy GBR
Etude for Cellular Automata no. 2 Guillaume Pelletier-Auger CAN
Serph-Citrus Taro Otani JPN
No Reason Amanda Bonaiuto USA
P/\ST: Tíseň Alžběta Suchanová, Nora Štrbová CZE
I give you my word Veronika Neputina RUS
Photons Martyna Koleniec POL
Motamo Carl Roosens BEL
CHIYOONHAE “First Time” Gyuri Cloe Lee KOR
Tomorrow Ezequiel Torres, Pablo Roldán ARG
Lucky Chops – Traveler Raman Djafari, Daniel Almagor DE
Lullaby Julian Gallese JPN

Films competing for Anča Kids’ Award

The little Bird and the Bees Lena von Döhren CHE
Hannibal the Elephant Aurélie Monteix FRA
Overboard! Filip Pošivač, Barbora Valecká CZE
Heat Wave Fokion Xenos GR
Warm star Anna Kuzina RUS
Good Heart Evgeniya Jirkova RUS
A Lynx in the Town Nina Bisiarina FRA
Fly Julia Ocker DE
NEST Sonja Rohleder DE
Bearing Daniela Hýbnerová CZE

Films competing for Anča Slovak Award

Music Box Joanna Kozuch SVK
THE TOTS (episode ROCKET) Vanda Raýmanová, Michal Struss SVK
clube de esquiar ~ Pudesse eu (could I) Marián Vredík, Jana Vredík Hirnerová SVK
Wild Beasts Marta Prokopová, Michal Blaško CZE
Crossing Agata Bolaňosová SVK
Spiders Lívia Suchá SVK
KA-BOOM! – The Flood Veronika Kocourková SVK
Trust me Zlata Golecová SVK
Fruit Of The Days Szilard Kardiak, Sebastian Kardiak SVK
SH_T HAPPENS Michaela Mihalyi, David Štumpf CZE


Non-competitive sections

World Panorama

And then the bear Agnès Patron FRA
Tamou Tom Prezman, Tzor Edery ISR
The Surrogate Stas Santimov UKR
Arka Natko Stipanicev HR
Metamorphosis Juan Fran Jacinto, Carla Pereira FRA
Morning Vojtěch Domlátil CZE
One Pair Coat Yi Luo DE
Her Head Emma Louhivuori FIN
In Her Boots Kathrin Steinbacher AT
Rules of Play Merlin Flügel DE
Sheep, Wolf and a Cup of Tea… Marion Lacourt FRA
NESTOR João Gonzalez GBR
Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves Chintis Lundgren EST
Purpleboy Alexandre Siqueira PT
La Vieille Femme Qui Lave Brian Hawkins USA
Trespassers, Beyond the Veil Pernille Kjaer DNK
The Growth Sarah Cheok Ling Fay SGP
It’s wet! Alexis Godard, Nan Huang FRA
These Things In My Head – Side A Luke Bourne GBR
XYU Donato Sansone FRA
Everything will fall out of place Cheyenne Canaud-Wallays FRA
Cante Teresa Baroet EST
Entropia Flóra Anna Buda HU
Grand Bassin Héloïse Courtois, Chloé Plat, Victori Jalabert, Adèle Raigneau FRA
My Son Olga Synyshyn POL
Tadpole Jean-Claude Rozec FRA
Dreams Into Drawing Koji Yamamura JPN
Pulsion Pedro Casavecchia ARG
Daughter Daria Kashcheeva CZE
Lursaguak. Scenes from life Izibene Oñederra ES

Slovak panorama

Medial Banana & Polemic – Old Times Radovan Marček, Lenka Mišincová SVK
Chestnut Boy Agata Bolaňosová SVK
B.O.P Ladislav Jambor, Lukáš Ďurica SVK
Forget Me Not Adela Križovenská CZE
The Little Red Headphones Laura Lagová SVK
Splotches Andrea Gabajová SVK
Jeff Has a Test Miriama Trnavska CZE
On The Beach Samuel Chovan SVK
Broken House – Septentrional Petra Pastoreková SVK
About a Tree Michaela Masanova CZE

World Panorama for Kids

KA-BOOM! – The Flood Veronika Kocourková SVK
Sous la glace Luce Grosjean, Ismaïl Berrahma, Flore Dupont, Laurie Estampese, Quentin Nory, Hugo Potin FRA
Flamingo Bianca Just DE
Sheep Julia Ocker DE
Blanket Marina Moshkova RUS
THE TOTS (episode ROCKET) Vanda Raýmanová, Michal Struss SVK
The concrete jungle Marie Urbánková CZE
Sam’s Dream Nolwenn Roberts FRA
The world of Dalia Javier Navarro FRA
Petit Versailles Adi Lavon ISR
Sun-Kissed Ignasi Tarruella ES
Matilda Irene Iborra, Eduard Puertas FRA
Lucky Ticket Svetlana Andrianova RUS
The Atelier Bianca Mansani FRA
The King & The Pear Nastya Voronina RUS
Athleticus: One rink for two Nicolas Deveaux FRA
ATHLETICUS: Synchronised Trampoline Nicolas Deveaux FRA
Good Night Makiko Nanke JPN

Animated Documentary Short Films

Bloomers Samantha Moore GBR
OBON Andre Hörmann, Anna Samo DE
Swatted Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis FRA
HOME Anita Bruvere GBR
Jesa Kyungwon Song USA
Carlotta’s Face Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld DE
Esperança Cécile Rousset, Jeanne Paturle, Benjamin Serero FRA

Contemporary Abstract and Non-narrative Animation

Stunting Cunts Gina Kamentsky USA
But One Bird Sang Not Pierre Hébert CAN
Foreign Exchange Corrie Francis Parks USA
Xylem Michael Hughes GBR
Jim Zipper Alexandre Roy CAN
Twilight Richard Reeves CAN
BIRD MILK Christopher Strickler CAN
Edge Steven Subotnick USA
Pulsator Thor Sivertsen NO
Jumping Moments Justin Jinsoo Kim USA
Beyond Noh Patrick Smith USA
Catgot Ho Tsz Wing HKG

Anča in Wonderland

Cockroach Calisthenics Sawako Kabuki USA
Nox Insomnia Guy Charnaux BR
Soapboy Agne Jurkenaite, Anna Smirnova, Daniel O’Connor GBR
Good Luck Yonpey Shota Shimizu JPN
The English Teecher Andy London USA
Hot and Tasty Laura Jayne Hodkin GBR
Unlikely Love Molly Mayhew GBR
Budny and Rossman – Pinball Waldemar Meln, Syrina Hartje DE
EXELLENCE Nathan Sonenfeld USA
fruit of the days szilard kardiak, sebastian kardiak SVK
5 Reasons why I don’t trust Jellyfish Shenja Tatschke DE
Protocorba Kirill Khachaturov RUS
But Jane was deaf Tobias Rud CAN
One Left Sebastian Doringer AT
Petit Versailles Adi Lavon ISR
Sun-Kissed Ignasi Tarruella ES
Shredder Lee Oz, Eliska Oz USA
How we lost our baby teeth Mikio Saito JPN
SHABASHABA Jessica Wu, Wei Wang TW
Wild Love Paul Autric, Quentin Camus, Léa Georges, Maryka Laudet, Zoé Sottiaux, Corentin Yvergniaux FRA
The Game Elena Kurkova RUS
The Elephant Marta Gabiga POL
The Coming Lora D’Addazio, Claudia Espejo Cortés, Mathilde Remy BEL
Eve & Garak group of 14 children (Camera-etc) BEL
Athleticus: Guides Nicolas Deveaux FRA
Patrick In Town Eszter Sandor, Valentína Hučková GBR
Don’t buy milk Julian Gallese CR
Dream Cream Noam Sussman CAN
You’re Fit Lydia Reid GBR
Selami Sahin – Nerde Sabah Orda Akşam Alper Balkış TR
A Chick’s Adventure Christoph Brehme, Loïc Bruyère FRA

Anča in Mordor

A Spider Dream Na Yon Cho KOR
1000 dreams: Zenti the invincible Jonathan Phanhsay-Chamson FRA
Abstract Horror Franz Milec CZE
Red Ao Chen CN
AENAON Antonis Doussias GR
Loop Yoong Wah Alex Wong TR
AOKIGAHARA ilhami tunç gençer TR
Architecture of the Breath Kathy Rose USA
Beings of the 2nd Sphere Kathy L. Rose USA
Bizarre Bazaar Yoong Wah Alex Wong TR
MOM, I’M NOT EATING Sandra Araújo PT
Poop David Harris GBR
Holy Krap! Christina G Hadley IT
u$aar v3.0 Sandra Araújo PT
Amis du Lac Stephen St. Francis Decky USA
All Possible Futures Peter Whittenberger USA

Extremely Short Section of Extremely Short Films

Maggie Dave – I’m Not Ready Cassie Shao USA
Takoyaki Story Sawako Kabuki JPN
TV Richard Reeves CAN
WIND Dana Sink USA
Twilight Richard Reeves CAN
SHABASHABA Jessica Wu, Wei Wang TW
Ce goût en bouche Laura Passalacqua FRA
Patrick In Town Eszter Sandor, Valentína Hučková GBR
Bez_Muzyki Mykyta Lyskov UKR
Pti4ka Mykyta Lyskov UKR
No feeding pigeons Agata Piasecka POL
Gonna Take Ya! Theo Collie BEL
Pandemonium Vincent Marques, Louise Viriot, Laura Passalacqua, Baptiste Boutin, Marine Corbineau FRA
Gathering Victor Maria Lima HU
Internship report Gaïa Mendzylewski FRA
3rd Date Veronica Solomon RO
The russian troops Pablo M. Ballarín ES
Philogenia Clothilde Hiron, Julie Paturange, Salomé Rouaud-Nicod FRA
1536 Units Jan Rehwinkel DE
Babou François Narboux FRA
Mistake Petr Mischinger CZE
Snowball Cat Lauren Pletinckx BEL
Fruity Selwin Vervoort NL
Sad Weightlifter Lisa Astretsova RUS
Health Hazard Ansh Sirohi SGP
About death Nika Zinověva CZE
PIZZA Iván Bustingorri BR
Cock a Doodle Don’t Barry Chapman IRL
cumcumcumcumcum everybody Peter Millard GBR
5 Reasons why I don’t trust Jellyfish Shenja Tatschke DE
XYU Donato Sansone FRA
Unlikely Love Molly Mayhew GBR
Jim Zipper Alexandre Roy CAN
“this is a fish film” Michael Bohnenstingl DE
Bearing Daniela Hýbnerová CZE
The Coming Lora D’Addazio, Claudia Espejo Cortés, Mathilde Remy BEL
Bedtime Rituals Molly Mayhew GBR
Intersectional BioPolitics of Sizzurp Eli Ayres USA
Speed Ben Mitchell GBR
Gunno Felipe Di Poi, Simeon Kondev USA
Master of light Stefan Vogt DE
Swarm Erwin Kopeng DE
A FOOT RACE Yefang Zeng CN
Beware the Wolf! Julie Rembauville FRA
Artemis Bárbara Cerro ARG
Etude for Cellular Automata no. 2 Guillaume Pelletier-Auger CAN
Spunkie Noémie Crozat FRA
Los Magos Muti ZA
The Rivals Piotr Kaźmierczak POL
Big(foot) Love Alessia Cecchet, Joshua Dean Tuthill IT
Morning Star Katya Snegireva RUS
I’ll call you later maria scutaru RO
The Flat Lev Voloshin MD
Night, Good Night Vann Law AUS
a little bit, just a little bit closer Davorin Marc SI

Fest Anča 2020 International Animation Festival is financially supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and LITA Fund. Supported using public funds by the Slovak Arts Council. The festival is held under the auspices of the Mayor of Žilina, Peter Fiabáne.