Practical Info and Covid-19 measures


The pandemic is still not over and we take the situation very seriously. We want you to survive Fest Anča 2020 in health and safety, and at the same time enjoy it to the fullest. Therefore, we ask everyone to read and follow these measures and to take into account the changes that have taken place.

  1. A facemask must be worn at every screening – enter the venue with facemask on and do not remove it during screening.
  2. Hand sanitisers are provided. In case they are missing, do not hesitate to report it to one of the organizers or volunteers, and we will take care of  the situation immediately.
  3. Be considerate and follow all the regulations of the public health office, which are posted on posters at the festival premises, they serve all of us.
  4. In case you feel unwell, have a cold or are sick, stay home.
  5. Large events must still follow on-going pandemic measures and the capacity in the venues is limited. That’s why we have added more reruns to screenings to ensure you get the full festival experience. Come on Thursday to get the maximum benefit!
  6. People with festival passes will be prioritized at the screenings and events. We recommend buying a presale pass now. Single admission tickets can be only bought 10 minutes before each screening, but only if festival pass owners do not reach the venue’s capacity first. Therefore we also ask visitors with a festival pass to enter the venues 10 minutes before the start.
  7. To monitor the number of people, there will be only one entrance to each venue. In the case of the New Synagogue building, it will be the entrance from Kuzmányho Street. Entry to the Žilina-Záriečie Station will be possible only through the main front entrance.
  8. Due to social distancing measures, the festival campsite also has limited capacity of 70 people – so book your place fast.
  9. Children must have tickets to all screenings – because we need to carefully monitor the number of attendees. 




Check if the country you arrive from is on the list of low risk countries. In case it is not on the list, it poses a risk for Covid-19 and it is mandatory you undergo a test up to 5 days after your arrival and stay in a self isolation until the test comes out negative. That would mean arriving to Slovakia a couple of days prior to the festival. Please reconsider whether this is what you are willing to do in order to attend Fest Anča and bear in mind safety comes first.

Please read more here:

The mandatory registration to be filled out at your arrival:




New Synagogue accreditation centre – Entrance only possible from Kuzmányho Street

Thursday: 13:00 – 21:00

Friday: 9:00 – 21:00

Saturday: 9:00 – 22:00

Sunday: 9:00 – 15:00


Single admission tickets can be bought 10 minutes before each screening directly at the venue. Due to the pandemic, screening rooms have reduced capacity. Visitors with festival passes will be prioritised, so we recommend buying one in presale to ensure admittance.



Festival pass on the spot* – EUR 30 

Presale festival pass – EUR 25 

Student festival pass on the spot – EUR 20 

Presale student festival pass – EUR 15 

Single admission ticket** – EUR 3.50 

Single admission evening ticket to night screenings, concerts, and parties – EUR 5 

Children up to 12 years – EUR 0 ***

*during festival, tickets can be bought at the New Synagogue

**to any screening or accompanying event except night screenings, concerts, and parties

***accompanied by an accredited adult



Main festival venues are the New Synagogue (11 J. M. Hurban Street, Žilina) and Stanica Žilina-Záriečie Cultural Centre (3 Závodská cesta, Žilina).

Screenings are also held at the Žilina Puppet Theatre (behind the Synagogue at 6 Kuzmányho Street). Artforum bookshop (11 Mariánske námestie Square) hosts some events, and Rosenfeld Palace (28 J. M. Hurban Street) showcases the industry programme.

Evening screenings, concerts and parties take place at the New Synagogue, Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, and Smer Klub 77 night club (8 Romuald Zaymus Street – a seven-minute walk from the New Synagogue.



Many animated films are wordless. Sections for kids and the international music video competition section are entirely dialogue-free. Films with dialogue are screened with English subtitles for the convenience of our international guests. Feature films and the most popular short film sections (International Competition, World Panorama, Animated Documentary, and Anča in Wonderland) are screened with Slovak subtitles. The original Slovak or Czech versions accompany the Slovak sections (Slovak Competition, Slovak Panorama, and the Ka-Boom! and FAMU at the cinema thematic sections). 



Fest Anča has two accommodation types – but space is limited so book fast!


Festival campsite

Fans of Anča open-air camping can look forward to pitching their tents at Stanica camp site – Rondel park is directly at the festival, with surrounding trees creating a great shady and secluded environment. And at just EUR 5 for the whole festival (per person, not tent) it’s a great deal!

Go online to secure your place – maximum 70 happy campers. So act fast! The campsite has security, communal washing, and sanitary facilities provided. 



And this festival year we also suggest newly-renovated Hostel Fontána (Námestie A. Hlinku square directly in Žilina city centre). The eight rooms are shared – so contact us ASAP to place pairs or groups together, otherwise you might share with strangers. A communal kitchen awaits your culinary skills. Total hostel capacity is 30 beds.

Book at for just EUR 13/person/night.

Room capacity:

3 x 3-person rooms
4 x 4-person rooms
1 x 5-person room

More information on Žilina accommodation can be found at the websites of Hotel Slovan, Hotel Grand, Hotel Dubná Skala, Hotel Slovakia, Hliny Dormitory, and Dom techniky Žilina. Slnečné skaly campsite is connected to Žilina main train station and Stanica Žilina-Záriečie by train. Last trains leave Žilina at 6:50 PM and night taxis are available for cca EUR 10 euros one way.



Synagogue, Stanica, and Smer Klub 77 bars have a wide range of beverages. There are also food stands near the Synagogue and Stanica, as well as various cafés and restaurants in the city centre.