The selection of short animated films for the 16th edition of Fest Anča International Animation Festival is here! This year, nearly 1,400 films from 73 countries were submitted to the festival. The pre-selection committee selected a generous portion of almost 230 films. The official selection presents the best and most original of contemporary domestic and international animation, featuring films by renowned filmmakers as well as young emerging talents.

The films in the main competition were remarkably crafted not only formally, but also thematically fresh, progressive and, at times, boldly experimental. 

This year we have been enchanted by the very personal stories of filmmakers who are not afraid to courageously talk about complex themes such as identity, love, friendships, or finding the meaning of life in the post-truth world, ” says Jakub Spevák, this year’s programme director and a member of the festival’s pre-selection committee, about this year’s selection.

Students, well-known names, but also Oscars

This year, the committee selected 33 films for the main competition, of which up to one-third are student films. These will compete for the Anča Award for the best student animated short film. “Each year is filled with strong student voices, and we are very pleased to see how young talents are gradually becoming professionals and established names in animation,” adds festival director Ivana Sujová.

Persona – Sujin Moon

This year’s strong student representation is also evident from the Korean film Persona, which won the main prize for Best Student Animated Short Film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and was also selected for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The absurd Polish film Headprickles by Katarzyna Miechowicz, who last year won a special mention at Fest Anča for her film Crumbs of Life, may also be of interest. One of the questions the film answers is how many plastic bags are needed to pack one banana.

Headprickles – Katarzyna Miechowicz

Besides this author, at this year’s Fest Anča you will see other films by authors who have appeared at the festival in the past. Well-known names such as Peter Millard, Steven Woloshen, and Candy Guard, who was even on the jury of the 2019 festival, will present their films here. Nikita Diakur’s new film backflip is also in the main competition. Nikita won the main award of Fest Anča in 2019. 

backflip – Nikita Diakur

Not to forget the latest film by the talented Filip Diviak, who won a special mention at last year’s festival for Sounds Between the Crowns. The selection also includes the exceptional Oscar-nominated short film Ice Merchants by Portuguese filmmaker João Gonzalez, which delicately deals with the relationship between a father and son.

Strong and original testimonies of Slovak filmmakers

Slovak animation is an integral part of the international selection of Fest Anča every year. My Name is Edgar and I Have a Cow by the aforementioned Filip Diviak made it to the main competition and also to the Slovak competition. The selection also includes the film Mercy by the renowned director Ivana Laučíková, which depicts the theme of extremism, as well as the film Criss Cross, which is embroidered with a blunt needle.

Mercy – Ivana Laučíková

Ema Nemčovičová, a member of the pre-selection committee, commented on this year’s Slovak selection, “The selection of Slovak films shows that animation is in good shape in our country, which is evidenced not only by the wide range of themes it deals with but also by the rich means of expression it utilises.

Music Videos

The combination of animation and music is one of the highlights of the festival every year, and this year will be no different. The music video competition will offer a high level of audience appeal. Visitors of Fest Anča can look forward to music videos from faraway countries such as Argentina, Hong Kong or Costa Rica. However, the competition will also feature a video clip from neighbouring Ukraine, depicting the difficult war situation in Mariupol. The Belgian director Simon Breeveld was particularly creative, and the pre-selection committee even selected two music videos of his.

Films for children

Parents with children will also be delighted by the rich and varied selection of animated films. Fest Anča will bring films that the child viewer would otherwise not have the opportunity to see in the regular cinema distribution. One of such is a German film T-Rex by Julie Ocker’s about a dinosaur who can’t play basketball. Children can also look forward to this film because Julia is one of the names that have been presented at Fest Anča in the past. 

Pond – Lena von Döhren, Eva Rust

From the children’s programme, don’t miss the exceptional film The Turnip, which depicts the tale of the enormous turnip from the opposite perspective in an interesting way. The Swiss film Pond, on the other hand, presents the unknown world of the inhabitants of an (extra)ordinary pond.

Additional programme

Regular visitors know that Fest Anča also includes several specialised sections, such as Anča in Mordor and Anička in Wonderland. This year, the festival will again feature the Short Animated Documentary section, as well as a section devoted to extremely short films or contemporary abstract and non-narrative animation.

Fest Anča is also exceptional in that it annually presents a selection of films, the vast majority of which have never premiered in Slovakia. “Viewers and visitors of Fest Anča can look forward to exclusive animated content that they will not find anywhere else,” concludes Jakub Spevák, the programme director.

The festival annually includes an international competition of animated short films and music videos, as well as thematic and special-focused film sections. Fest Anča offers four days of lectures, exhibitions, workshops, screenings for children and many other accompanying events.

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. 


*s = student film


Misaligned Marta Magnuska Poland
Above the clouds (s) Vivien Hárshegyi Hungary
BLUSH – An Extraordinary Voyage Iiti Yli-Harja Finland
backflip Nikita Diakur Germany
Armat Elodie Dermange Switzerland
In the Big Yard Inside the Teeny-Weeny Pocket Yoko Yuki Japan
Sasha Serghei Chiviriga Romania
The Debutante Elizabeth Hobbs United Kingdom
Amok Balázs Turai Hungary
newHuman:Chimera (s) Felipe Bolivar France
The Sunset Special Nicolas Gebbe Germany
Headprickles (s) Katarzyna Miechowicz Poland
Balaclava (s) Youri Dimitri Kozma Orekhoff Belgium
Epicenter (s) Hee-yoon Hahm Republic of Korea
The Miracle Nienke Deutz Belgium
Beautiful Figures Soetkin Verstegen Belgium
A Goat’s Spell Gerhard Funk Germany
Trace Asparuh Petrov Bulgaria
3 geNARRATIONS Paulina Ziółkowska Poland
Ice Merchants João Gonzalez Portugal
The Mental Aethelet Wednesday Kim United States
artifacts of you, artifacts of me. (s) Brecht De Cock Belgium
Juice (s) Mona Keil Germany
Slow Light Katarzyna Kijek, Przemysław Adamski Poland
The Queen of the Foxes Marina Rosset Switzerland
formats of failure (s) Michi Schmidl Austria
Damn Rain! (s) Lola Degove France
Persona (s) Sujin Moon Republic of Korea
11 Vuk Jevremovic Croatia
My Name is Edgar and I Have a Cow Filip Diviak
Czech Republic, Slovakia
Sliver Cave Caibei Cai China
Well Wishes My Love, Your Love Gabriel Gabriel Garble Sweden
Cufufu (s) Bruno Quast Estonia


Avalanche Kaito – TOULELE Simon Breeveld Belgium
Be Gone Sijia Luo China
No lullaby Ezequiel Torres Argentina
Gayle FMK (with blackbear) Chris Ullens United Kingdom
Until Exhaustion Magdalena Hejzlarová Czech Republic
How Many Bianca Scali Germany
Emmen am See Andrea Schneider, Anja Sidler, Delia Hess Switzerland
MA1NFRAME Qieer Wang United States
Lenka Dusilova — Biale konie Miloslav Fric Czech Republic
Day In My Dream Pei-Hsin Cho Taiwan
CATCATCATCATCATCATCAT Thomas Leung Yu Ho, Cathy Fung Po Yi, Parco Wong Lok Hang Hong Kong
Cool Party Simon Medard Belgium
ECHT! – 500GR Simon Breeveld Belgium
INSIDE Ryoji Yamada Japan
Marketing Keeled Free Web Like a Storm Benna Gaean Maris Belgium
Glitter Electron Chihiro Sato, Takaaki Numa and E Japan
King of Bhangra Eliška Oz, Lee Oz Czech Republic
Heads Or Tales Lee Oz, Eliška Oz Czech Republic
Harvey and The Zoons – Half As Sweet Zohar Dvir Germany
Zouj feat. Sahareya – Driving With My Eyes Closed Franz Impler Germany
Do Good And Bad Will Come To You Karina Torres Costa Rica
Loa Melinda Kádár France
Mariupol. A Hundred Nights Sofiia Melnyk Ukraine
Miranda! – El arte de recuperarte Dante Zaballa Argentina
LES HOMMES-BOÎTES – Tuyaux Yoann Stehr Belgium


The Turnip Piret Sigus, Silja Saarepuu Estonia
Marea Giulia Martinelli Switzerland
Pond Lena von Döhren, Eva Rust Switzerland
Lazy Bloom Robin Artero, Aurore Devichi, Juliette Gueydan, Manon Jumel, Elsa Mandelsaft, Benjamin Mourgues, Sophie Nippert, Elodie Tardif France
To Be Sisters Anne-Sophie Gousset, Clément Céard France
T-Rex Julia Ocker Germany
Swing to the Moon Marie Bordessoule, Adriana Bouissie, Nadine de Boer, Elisa Drique, Chloé Lauzu, Vincent Levrero, Solenne Moreau France
Jules & Juliette Chantal Peten Belgium


My Name is Edgar and I Have a Cow Filip Diviak
Czech Republic, Slovakia
Criss Cross Nina Rybárová, Tomáš Rybár Slovakia
Zadig/ Človek Andrea Pátková, Adam Čurko, Viktoria Voržáčková Slovakia
Doubt Adela Križovenská
Czech Republic
Existence Niko Mlynarčík
Czech Republic
Extraordinary Tales from Town of Mindcery Veronika Trokšiarová, Zlata Golecová Slovakia
Slavo Turanec – Kamilka! feat. Hudobné teleso Praktikábel Slavo Turanec Slovakia
Mercy Ivana Laučíková Slovakia
Out of Time Jan Juhaniak Ukraine



Salute to the Sun Darko Masnec Croatia
Krak Stan Roeland Lievens Belgium
The Scent of Beetroot and The People Who Live Forever Petra Stipetić, Maren Wiese Germany
She’s My Best Friend (and I Hate Her) Candy Guard United Kingdom
Dies Irae Maru Collective New Zealand
SWIM! Isabel Santos United States
My Tiger Jean-Jean Arnoux France
La Vita Nuova Arthur Sevestre France
Garisani Jin Woo Korea, Republic of
The Song of Flying Leaves Armine Anda Armenia
Skinned Joachim Hérissé France
Not For Me Ivan Bondarenko Russian Federation
The Curse of the Black Rose Lili Bárány Hungary
Dede is dead Philippe Kastner Czech Republic
Tinaboatsadawu Anne Mirjam Kraav Estonia
EO DE ME Viktorie Štěpánová Czech Republic
RIM Hagar Faibish Germany
Cuddle Margot Reumont Belgium
Blocks Adrian Jaffé Germany
From the Corner of my Eye Domonkos Erhardt Hungary
Pentola Leo Černic Italy
Red Giant Anne Verbeure Belgium
Dilemma Jeongju Lee, Eunjin Jung Republic of Korea
Go Fishboy Denise Cirone, Sebastian Doringer, Andrey Kolesov, Chiayu Liu, Zhen Tian, Lan Zhou France
Pachyderme Stéphanie Clément France
Zen for TV Aga Jarząb, Maciek Bączyk Poland
Whatever Moves Is Alive Noémie Marsily Belgium
Eeva Lucija Mrzljak, Morten Tšinakov Estonia, Croatia
Dessert Dachshund Betina Bożek Poland
Woman as Image, Man as Bearer of the Look Carlos Velandia Colombia
All the Blue Cats Look Like the Same Color Wenzhe Xu United Kingdom
Hermit Island Gábor Mariai Hungary
The Egret River Wan-Ling Liu Taiwan
Stain Shiva Sadegh Asadi Islamic Republic of Iran


Affinity Laura Matušáková
Czech Republic
Slovak for a Word – Behind the Back Marian Vredík Slovakia
I Don’t Want to Go Yet Klára Fedora Homzová Slovakia
Connected Peter S. Kološ Slovakia
ANA Romana Candráková Slovakia
Delirium Collectoris Adriana Mišková Slovakia
Deathless Love Zuzana Hodulová Slovakia
Like a Fish Nataša Strelová Slovakia
Dandelions Alexandra Chovanová
Czech Republic
Zuza children from ZUŠ Krčava, under the guidance of Mária Basanda Kováčová Slovakia
Grown up Virág Emma Csuport Slovakia
Heights Leonard Lofaj Slovakia


The Smortlybacks Come Back! Switzerland Ted Sieger
Mouse House Slovenia Timon Leder
Foxtale Portugal
Alexandra Allen
Photocopier & Cat Taiwan Pin-Yu Lin
Swing Spain
Ignasi Tarruella
Papirola Spain
Fabián Molinaro
Omar & Pincette Switzerland Julien Sulser
The Ant March Russian Federation Fedor Yudin
Spuffies Slovenia Jaka Ivanc
The Chameleon Netherlands Pim ter Braak
Toying Box India Vivek Prakash
Somni Germany
Sonja Rohleder
Our Piggy Czech Republic
Jaromir Plachy
Sign Up! Australia Philip Watts
Cat and Moth Canada, United Kingdom
India Barnardo
The Hedgehog Czech Republic
Daniela Hýbnerová
Moon Mole Portugal
12th-grade students, under the guidance of Laura Gonçalves, Alexandra Ramires, Dimitri Mihajlovic, Leonor Pacheco


A Taste For Music Jordan Antonowicz-Behnan United Kingdom
The Waiting Volker Schlecht Germany
Blind Spot Lotfi Achour Tunisia
The Garbage Man Laura Gonçalves Portugal
All My Scars Vanish In the Wind María Angélica Restrepo, Carlos David Velandia Colombia
When I grow up Ester Kasalová Czech Republic
A Language of Shapes Samantha Moore United Kingdom


Elephant In A Haystack Yujie Xu China
& MORE Tsz-wing Ho Hong Kong
Arrest in Flight Adrian Flury Switzerland
Gate Francesco Rosso Estonia
perf dance Steven Woloshen Canada
Overlapping Universe Seyoung Ok
Republic of Korea
Recents Sophia Bazelgette Estonia
Intersextion Richard Roger Reeves Canada
RotAte Shika Sijia Luo Japan
1 MTH/MIN Ethann Néon Belgium


How to Make Banana Pancakes Slavo Turanec Slovakia
Please let me in Peter Millard United Kingdom
Eat Your Carrots Laura Stewart Canada
Experience! Life Scene Yukyung Noh Republic of Korea
Corona-Man Shacham Rubin Israel
a WORLD in CHAOS David Crisp Hungary
Le Pain Alex Vicatos Australia
Don’t die on me Ori Goldberg Israel
Issues with my other Half Anna Vasof Austria
Chicken Fate Symphony Lan Zhan United States
Twee Bollen Speciaal Dries Fagniart Belgium
Going Well.. Hye-jeong Lee Republic of Korea
The Bulb Dweller Matylda Dąbrowska Poland
Tongue Kaho Yoshida Canada
Stuntcat Katya Mikheeva France
The Evil Castle 22 children Belgium
Pink Noise Martin Wiklund, Athrur Lemaitre France
The Job Interview David Graham Finland
birds whose legs break off Dirk Verschure Germany
Cost of Curiosity Rachel Fitzgerald Ireland
Don’t Forget the Straws Manuel Bustamante Italy
Waiting for the Bliep Bethany de Forest, Alexander van Zanten Netherlands
Cuties Theo W Scott United Kingdom
smush Stephan Larson United States
100 gecs & Soulja Boy – xXXi_wud_nvr_kiss you (feat. Tommy Cash, Hannah Diamond, Pitbull, & Sammie) Natália Peterková Czech Republic
I Want to Believe Zoé Nagy Hungary
Sweet Dreams Maria Zilli, Sara Priorelli Italy
Hi! How are you? Gaïa Grandin-Mendzylewski France
Confessions of an English Ant-Eater Alex Crumbie United Kingdom
The Fall Desirae Witte Canada
The Hair Edern Van Hille France


Boddyssey Switzerland Jonas Bienz
under the microscope Austria Michaela Grill
Silent Chirping of Invisible Digits Austria Vera Sebert
NOMADS Poland Izabella Retkowska
SEVEN.mp4 Poland Jakub Kostewicz
Scorching Sun China Ning Hong
pliii Austria Tina Frank
The Transient Finland Pink Twins
slugs’n’tongues Austria Margareta Klose, Peter Várnai


Yeah I’m good thanks Hannah Lau-Walker United Kingdom
CUT! Philippe Kastner Czech Republic
Midnight Ash Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma United States
The Body Nika Zhukova, Rimma Gefen Israel
COSMOTRIP Júlia Latorre Barcala Spain
Potato Falls Janina Putzker Germany
PLSTC Laen Sanches France
Return Marcos Sánchez Chile
Cosmos Maruone Australia
Wait Jenny Wright United Kingdom
Thomas Tank Peter Millard United Kingdom
Trauma – Soul Scars Lukas Maximilian Braun Germany
The Lovers Rimma Gefen Israel
JSW Steel Studio Eeksaurus India
In Vain Qing Wen United States
Hugging Adam Wells Sweden
Cats are liquid Natálie Durchánková Czech Republic
ansia André Correia Germany
Rejection Hleb Kuftseryn Estonia
Beardiful Tone Masashi Yamamoto United States
EGO Izabella Retkowska Poland
Current Lam Ho Hin Alan, Ngai Tsz Kwan Tracey, Tsang Tsz Wai Sunnie, Sean Weingarten Hong Kong
Theseus Michaela Steigerová Czech Republic
Loose Threads Chayanid Siripaiboolpong, Jessieca Junesha Singapore
Hometopia Xiaoyu Ma United Kingdom
Be My Valentine Jan Prerovsky, Ellen Prerovsky Czech Republic
Out of Pasture Jared D. Weiss United States
Will You Come With Me? Derya Durmaz Germany
Cake-Zilla Johan Klungel Netherlands
Squirrel Runs to Tree Stefan Vogt Germany
The Midnight Meatless Express Kamil Wójcik Poland
My fears Claudia Marcela Ruiz Argentina
It’s not a Bad Dream Michał Mróz Poland
Wow Faiyaz Jafri Canada