We are anxious, but hopeful. Keep your fingers crossed for Anifim so that it can take place physically from 22nd to 27th June. If you could not come for any reason, please know that you won’t miss out at least on our competition programme because we’ll make it available online (with some exceptions). Let’s keep in touch, follow our website and social media where we’ll keep you posted about the current situation and possible restrictions during Anifilm. You can still get your early bird festival passes which are available until the end of May so don’t hesitate. Find more information here .
Anifilm 2021 Competition Guide In this year’s Feature Film Competition with 10 films, there’s something in store for everyone. If you (just like us) prefer original art films which you can’t see anywhere else than at festivals, you can look forward to the intimate testimony of the iconic Polish director Mariusz Wilczyński Kill it and Leave This Town (Zabij to i wyjedź z tego miasta) or the post-modern requiem for Russian avant-garde by the legendary Russian director Andrey Khrzhanovsky The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks (Нос, или Заговор нетаких). The second feature film by American animator Dash Shaw is in some respects similar to these films. A few years ago, his feature debut My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea competed at Anifilm and now he returns with his film Cryptozoo in which he presents a complex story revolving around a shelter for mythical cryptid animals. There are also films which are anchored in reality – the biographic film Josep about the Catalonian artist Josep Bartolí and the animated documentary My Favorite War in which the director Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen reminisces about her childhood spent in socialist Latvia. As the title of the film suggests, Calamity was inspired by a real figure of the Wild West. The captivating film by the director of Long Way North Rémi Chaye once again focuses on a young heroine, and this time it’s none other than Calamity Jane. Let’s move to the competition titles for families and children. They can join the adventure of Little Vampire (Petite vampire) by the renowned French animator Joann Sfar (many will remember his previous film Rabbi’s Cat, also based on a comic book) or see the Academy Award nominated film Wolfwalkers by the Irish studio Cartoon Saloon known for its film Song of the Sea. The competition also includes two Czech puppet films. A Colourful Dream (Barevný sen) by the acclaimed director Jan Balej starring humans and seagulls focuses on the issue of freedom and Even MiceBelong to Heaven (Myši patří do nebe) by Denisa Grimmová and Jan Bubeníček based on a popular book by Iva Procházková is one of the most ambitious Czech animated films. All competition films can be found here.
A Colourful Dream
My Favorite War
Even Mice Belong in Heaven
The Nose or The Conspiracy of Mavericks
Kill It and Leave This Town
Anifilm’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be Presented to Edgar Dutka This year, Anifilm decided to present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Edgar Dutka, one of Anifilm’s regular visitors. He has played a vital role throughout the history of Czech animation and we can hardly imagine it without him. For a long time, he worked as a dramaturge in the Krátký film studios, he has written dozens of scripts for legendary films (e.g. The End of the Cube, The Club of the Laid Off), directed films himself and taught at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where he inspired many animators and historians focusing on animated film. Last but not least, Edgar Dutka is also an acclaimed writer and an important collaborator of Jiři Barta – together they are currently trying to bring the Golem to life. It is an honour to present our award to Edgar Dutka! You can look forward to a block of his selected works and a presentation about the film Golem which is currently in development.
Even Mice Belong to an Exhibition The puppet feature film Even Mice Belong to Heaven (Myši patří do nebe) follows the acclaimed tradition of Czech puppet animation and its makers are former students of Břetislav Pojar – experienced directors and designers Denisa Grimmová and Jan Bubeníček. After several years, they managed to bring their vision to life and their epic film will have its Czech premiere at this year’s Anifilm in Liberec. The film with a distinct artistic style boasts excellent animation and unique puppets and settings. They are often formed by real natural elements like parts of trees or moss. Many details will remain hidden to the viewers at the first glance. Spacious decorations appear in it for just a few minutes or seconds and then it seems their existence ceases to have purpose. But many decorations and complete scenes including puppets from the film were luckily preserved and the film’s premiere will be accompanied by an extensive exhibition. It will be opened on 22nd June and will last until the end of 2021. You will find it in the garden wing of the Liberec Chateau which was closed to the public for a long time.