Who Will be on This Year’s Anifilm Jury? The jury of this year’s Competition of Computer games consists of game developer Barbora Podhorská from Circus Atos, known for her game Under Leaves, winner of the Best Visual at the Czech Game of the Year 2017 Awards. Her colleague, French animator, comic book artist and currently also a game developer Cedric Babouche puts a strong emphasis on games’ visual art and in Dordogne, the game he is currently developing, he uses watercolour paintings. The last juror represents the world of ‘big’ games and it’s Petr Motejzík, art director of Bohemia Interactive. The best VR projects, music videos and abstract and non-narrative animations will be picked by Lucie Jančová, AR and VR designer who worked for U+ and Brainz Immerzive. She also worked with virtual reality as an assistant of the Studio of Graphic Design and Visual Communication and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Vojtěch Domlátil is a pedagogue, independent graphic artist and director of non-narrative films such as Waves and Retired, whose work regularly and successfully competes at festivals all around the world. Musician and graphic artist Milan Cais is known primarily as the drummer of Tata Bojs, but his artistic and audio-visual work is represented in several collections around the world and is regularly exhibited here as well as aborad. Three renowned and acclaimed directors will pick the best student and short films. They are Kate Jessop from Britain, who promotes activism in animation and is known for her comedic series Tales from Pussy Willow. She also teaches at the University of Brighton. Her presence at Anifilm ties in with our programme of Queer Animation she helped to curate. From France, we will welcome Japanese director Momoko Seto, known for her Planet series in which she explores fantastic hidden worlds. And, as you may have guessed, Seto’s presence ties in with the festival’s theme Planet A. The Czech Republic will be represented by one of the most acclaimed directors of the new generation, Alexandra Májová, whose last film Washing Machine won an award at last year’s Anifilm. And last but not least, the jury for the Competition of Feature Films consist of successful producer and director Petr Oukropec who just finished his second feature film Martin and the Magical Forest, but as a producer, he works on many other projects – for instance Michaela Pavlátová’s feature debut My Sunny Maad; Ivana Laučíková from Slovakia also oscillates between the role of director and producer, let us mention her animated film The Last Bus which achieved international success, as a historian of animated film and long-term organiser of the Slovenian-Polish festival StopTrik, Olga Bobrowska is the right woman to complement the two aforementioned jurors.
Queer Animation at Anifilm! Our colourful selection of queer films presented in a special section proves how liberating the medium of animation is. British juror Kate Jessop will introduce a programme of contemporary short films starring heroes across the whole LGBTQ+ spectrum. Another block will include her own work which she will discuss in her masterclass. In a programme curated by dramaturge Jana Čížkovská, you will dig deeper into the history of the 20th century and see much more than just film icons Norman McLaren and Barbara Hammer. Also, make sure you don’t miss Čížkovská’s lecture on queer animation at film festivals. Jiří Flígl will give a lecture on queer characters in contemporary television. Anifilm 2021 can’t forget one the most prominent trans personalities of feature animation: we will screen a new English-dubbed version of Tokyo Godfathers by Japanese director Satoshi Kon. The latest translation was made after careful consultations regarding the character of Hana, a transgender homeless woman with her heart in her hand. She is voiced by American transgender actress and activist Shakina Nayfack (Difficult People, Jessica Jones) and her patron from a nightclub is voiced by playwright and gender theorist Kate Bornstein.
I Like Girls (Director: D. Obomsawin)
Queerer Than Thou (Director: K. Jessop)
Achilles (Director: B. Purves)
Tokyo Godfathers (Director: S. Kon)
Children at Anifilm Anifilm has prepared a busy screening and accompanying programme for its youngest visitors. As part of this year’s festival theme titled Planet A, we have prepared screenings of short films with environmental focus. Our selection provides an insight into the issues of protection of our endangered environment. Section Taking Stock is appropriate for a wide audience and families with children as it includes the most interesting animated films released into Czech distribution during the last year or the first months of this. In our traditional Animation Workshops, children can make their own animated films under the tutelage of experienced professionals. In collaboration with Czech Television, children can also try creating film sounds and foley. There will be theatre performances for the youngest audiences who will surely be intrigued also by an exhibition of original puppets and film decorations from the new Czech feature film Even Mice Belong in Heaven.
Child-friendly events are marked in the programme by the following symbol: