We humans have always dreamed of an ideal society where everyone is happy and everything works. The catch is that for everyone the ‘golden age’, the period of greatest prosperity, means something different. Some say that the good times have passed, and only doom awaits us. Some believe that we’re currently living in the most advanced society, whilst others believe that the best is yet to come.
But we recognize that the world we live in today is not perfect – it is full of fear and hatred, and that it’s so far from the ideal affects us deeply.
That’s why we’re focusing on utopias at this year’s Fest Anča – to imagine the unimaginable and create our own Atlantis. We consider it important in today’s polarized world to allow ourselves to dream of new, often unattainable worlds.
But we can never achieve an ideal state of society. Utopias are simply very subjective ideas and ideals. There is a fine line between utopia and dystopia, as both our history and the present illustrate. We aim to look at utopias more as a process than a final destination. More as an option than a limitation. The dramaturgical selection will therefore aim for diversity and vibrancy – of genre, gender, and themes. And we’ll also examine art as a potential path towards utopia.
In the curated collection of short animated films, we’ll explore utopias from the perspective of the climate crisis and capitalism, as well as queerness and gender equality. We’ll pit dystopia and utopia against each other and aim to deconstruct them. We’ll be asking what paradise – the promised land – means today, why we’re here at all, and what’s the point of it all.
The film blocks will be accompanied by discussions with figures related to presented topics: activist Roman Samotný, visual and conceptual artist Jozef Pilát, and dancer Monika Prikkelová.
Our hope is that animated films will enable us to imagine not only one but several worlds. Even though “utopia” literally means “no place” in Greek, we hope to create a real sanctuary at Fest Anča where everyone feels safe and welcome. A place that is fairer and more inclusive. A place to call home.
- Jakub Spevák, Programme Director and Focus Curator
A LIST OF FILMS THAT WILL BE SCREENED AS PART OF FOCUS
WORLD ENDED – WHAT NEXT?
|Something to Remember||Niki Lindroth von Bahr||2019|
|Deep Love||Mykyta Lyskov||2019|
|Made in China||Vincent Tsui||2015|
|Love Is Just a Death Away||Bára Anna Stejskalová||2020|
|Days Off||Filip Blažek||2018|
|Parsley Girl||Young mee Roh||2018|
|Leviathan||Simon Bogojevic Narath||2006|
THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS
|Birth of the Oases||Marion Jamault||2013|
|Lilith & Eve||Samuel de Ceccatty||2019|
|The Apple Core||Mathilde Rémy||2017|
|Underwater Love||Andrea Falzone, Cristina Fiore, Veronica Martiradonna||2017|
|Grand Bassin||Héloïse Courtois, Victori Jalabert, Chloé Plat, Adèle Raigneau||2015|
|Blue Lips||Philippe Hamelin||2018|
|Finding Uranus||Ivan Li||2014|
|Pura Vida||Nata Metlukh||2018|
|Good Night, Everybuds!||Benedikt Hummel||2015|
STILL WAITING FOR GODOT
|Travelling Country||Ivan Bogdanov, Vessela Dantcheva||2016|
|What They Believe||Shoko Hara||2016|
|Oh God||Betina Bożek||2017|
|Black Sheep Boy||James Molle||2019|
|We Are Future Shock||Zohar Dvir||2019|
|An Eternal Vacation of Happiness||Cheng-Hsu Chung||2016|
|The Little Soul||Barbara Rupik||2019|
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
|Space Stallions||T. S. Gunnarsson, J. Brüsch, Á. Kristinsson, A. Snæbjørnsdottir,
E. J. Jespersen, T. Khosravi, P. Bokhan
|Chapped Lips||Fabien Corre, Kelsi Phụng||2018|
|Reach the Sky||Daniel Sterlin-Altman||2018|
|Mr. Mare||Luca Tóth||2019|
|Tom Has a Plant||Thịnh Nguyễn||2019|
|Sunday Lunch||Céline Devaux||2015|
|The Dip||Simona Mehandzhieva||2020|
IMAGINING THE IMPOSSIBLE
|Sounds Good||Sander Joon||2019|
|The External World||David O’Reilly||2010|
|Releasing Spell||Markéta Magidová||2020|
WE ARE IN THIS BOAT TOGETHER
|Sore Eyes for Infinity||Elli Vuorinen||2016|
|Serial Parallels||Max Hattler||2019|
|The Pandas||Matúš Vizár||2013|
|Wood Child and Hidden Forest Mother||Stephen Irwin||2020|
|Why Slugs Have No Legs||Aline Höchli||2019|
|Michel le Berger||Raphaël Jouzeau, Valentine Vendroux||2020|
Fest Anča International Animation Festival of 2023 was financially supported by the Audiovisual Fund. The festival was financially supported by the LITA Fund. The Student Forum Fest Anča has received a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants.