The 11th Fest Anča International Animation Festival — taking place June 28 to July 1 in Zilina, Slovakia — will be screening 283 thought-provoking shorts bot in and out of competition. These selections were culled out of 1,626 films and music videos submitted from more than 100 countries. This year’s main festival theme is “Animated film as a tool of political propaganda.”
The 2018 lineup includes recent films by award-winning and esteemed directors such as Steven Subotnick (Ballerina), Uri & Michelle Kranot (Nothing Happens), Rosto (Reruns), Nikita Diakur (Ugly), Max Hattler (Divisional Articulations), Mattias Mälk (Strawberry Eaters), Nicolas Keppens & Matthias Phlips (Wildebeest), Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata (Negative Space), and many others.
The winner of the international competition will receive the Anča Award trophy and EUR 800. The festival will also award the best short animated student film (Anča Student Award), the best animated music video (Anča Music Video Award), the best animated film for children (Anča Kids´ Award), and the best Slovak animated short (Anča Slovak Award).
Visitors will also be able to take in screenings in the World Panorama (films include Ana Nedeljkovic & Nikola Majdak Jr.’s Untravel, Chintis Lundgren’s Manivald, and Tzu-Hsin (Cindy) Yang’s 2nd-year CalArts film Popsicle), World Panorama of Films for Children, Contemporary Abstract & Non-Narrative Animation, “Je suis animation,” “Anča in Wonderland,” “Anča in Mordor” and Extremely Short Films.