Short = Great
As you may know from our previous newsletters, the short film categories of our international competition include more than one hundred films. As every year, they represent the best there is in contemporary animation and you will not see them anywhere else than at Anifilm. The selection will expand the Anifilm visitors’ notion about what can be animation, how innovatively it can be approached and where does it have its limitations. As usual, we have some entries by renowned filmmakers attracting attention. Our short film competition includes films by Dennis Tupicoff, Don Hertzfeldt and Réka Bucsi who will compete with her film Solar Walk. The film has recently won the award for the best short film at the Berlinale. Also some of our former jury members will compete with their latest films – Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Rosto and Chintis Lundgren.
Student films will be showcased in three blocks. The selection includes e.g. the film Oh Mother! by Paulina Ziolkowksa from Poland who has won the first ever Emile award for the best European student film. The festival visitors will have a chance to consider the progressive approaches to animation typical for student films in another 42 competition entries including 8 Czech productions. Within four years of its existence, our category for abstract and non-narrative animation has managed to put down deep roots and become a sought-after section for renowned authors. This year, it includes films by e.g. Paul Bush, Max Hattler, Georges Schwizgebel, Mirai Mizue and Koji Yamamura.
The diversity of competing music videos is testified by a wide range of artists who chose animation as a visual representation of their songs. You can look forward to music videos by Fergie, Bára Poláková, Shanghai Restoration Project and the Czech band Opak Dissu. But whichever competition category you choose, you can rely on it to be an amazing experience.