The main festival competition consists of a selection of ten feature-length and 50 short animated films from around the world.Some of the films will be shown exclusively at ANIFILM, most of them as Czech premieres. The International Festival of Animated Films will take place from 3rd to 8th of May in Třeboň.
The festival also traditionally focuses on emerging domestic filmmakers by giving them the chance to participate in the Czech-Slovak competition of student films. Feature films for children and adults will be judged by Igor Prassel, programming director of the Animateka International Animated Film Festival in Slovenia, leading American curator and journalist Amid Amidi, and Portuguese director Regina Pessoa, who has received numerous international awards for her original films.
The winners in the other two categories (International Competition of Animated Short Films and Czech-Slovak Student Competition) will be decided by an international jury as well. This year’s jury consists of Irish artist Stefano Scapolan, Polish theorist and pedagogueAlicja Jodko, and Petr Koliha, programming director for the planned Czech Television children’s channel. The winners receive not only the main prize, Animated World in a Bottle, but also walk away with cash prizes with a combined value of 4,000 euros. A list of the selected films in competition can be found on the ANIFILM website.
Daniel Deák, co-founder of Daazo will be present at the event as a jury member as well.
This will also be the first year for a pitching forum held at ANIFILM, during the VISEGRÁD ANIMATION FORUM. The pitching competition is organized by the Association of Czech Animation (Asociace animovaného filmu) (VAF, 5-7 May) The competition is non-statutory and it is opened to any East European or Visegrad project or to a project that emphasises values of East and West European culture exchange and collaboration. The selection committee of professionals will choose 8 short film projects and 7 TV series submitted projects to be presented in the final VAF competition.
Their authors will be able to present the selected projects at the Visegrád Animation Forum 2013 pitching session in front of international producers, professionals, TV commission editors and potential co-producers.
The pitching jury of international professionals will then award the Best short film project with the Prize of CZECH TELEVISION including the grant of 2000 EUR for further development of the film. The pitching jury of international professionals will also select the Best TV series project.
Read more about the specific programs and circumstances regarding ANIFILM on their website.
Check out their 2013 poster below: