The International Animation Festival Fest Anča culminated on Sunday 28 June, 2015 at the New Synagogue in Žilina. The main Anča Award remunerated with prize money of EUR 800 was sent to Russia, to the director Konstantin Bronzit for his film We Can’t Live Without Cosmos. It is an engaging story of two astronauts who try their best in everyday training to make their dream come true. According to the international jury composed of Tomm Moore (IRL), Tünde Vollenbroek (NL) and Alexandra Hetmerová (CZ),

“the film is a pure character animation. Human emotions, friendship and an Olympic-like strong will are brilliantly expressed through subtle actions. The character`s personalities don`t need dialogue, they show through the animation. The film´s visual humour and narrative are constantly surprising. All these elements make the winning film a stunning piece, which tells a universal story about the important things in life.”

The Anča Student Award statuette and EUR 400 travelled to the UK, to the director Daisy Jacobs for her film The Bigger Picture. The film honestly depicts the struggles of two brothers caring for their elderly mother- a story rarely told in animation. The film´s strong dialogues are complemented by symbolic actions displaying the brothers` moods, and a beautiful technique we haven`t seen before. The choice of stop-motion animation and real objects is a good way to express the feeling of daily life.

The international music videos competition was won by Chris Ullns (UK) for the video clip Hey Now that he created for the British band London Grammar. Apart from the Anča Music Video Award statuette, he was also awarded EUR 400. According to the jurors Mari-Liis Rebane (EE), Guillaume Pouchoux (FR) and Ygor Marotta (BR),

“The music video that won the Anča Music Video Award stands out because it created a magical environment using the play of light and nature. The film has a delicate balance between sound and visuals.”

The Anča Slovak Award was awarded by the jury composed of Mária Ferenčuhová (SK), Eliška Děcká (CZ) and Jan Naszewski (PL) to Jasmine Elsen`s film Half Bábka that addresses the subject of loneliness in an intelligent, witty, yet touching way.

In cooperation with the Film Europe Media Company, Fest Anča announced two special distribution awards for short Slovak animated films. The Anča D Award winning film Cowboy Land by David Štumpf will be screened in Slovak cinemas before a feature film distributed by the Film Europe Media Company. It will also be broadcasted on the Film Europe Channel. The Anča d Award winner, Petra Heleninová`s AION, will be distributed as an accompanying short on a DVD distributed by the Film Europe Media Company. “To get a film to distribution is the best award of all, because it enables a local film to reach thousands of viewers. We are very happy that we can offer this opportunity to animated films, as the only festival to do so in Slovakia,” festival director Jana Slezáková said.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Anča Award
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos / Mi ne mozhem zhit bez kosmosa (RU)
director: Konstantin Bronzit

Tomm Moore Special Mention
The Sleepwalker / Sonambulo (CA)
director: Theodore Ushev

Tunde Volenbroek Special Mention
World of Tomorrow (USA)
director: Don Hertzfeldt

Alexandra Hetmerová Special Mention
Isle of Seals (LV)
director: Edmunds Jansons

Anča Student Award
The Bigger Picture (GB)
director: Daisy Jacobs

Anča Music Video Award
Hey Now (GB)
director: Chris Ullns

Anča Music Video Jury Special Mention 1
New Topia (USA)
director: Adam Fuchs (aka “lilfuchs”)

Anča Music Video Jury Special Mention 2
The Trip (BR)
réžia: Antonio Vicentini

Anča Slovak Award
Half Bábka (SK, BE)
director: Jasmine Elsen

Anča Slovak Special Mention
Nina (SK)
director: Ové Pictures (Veronika Obertová, Michaela Čopíková)

Anča Kids´ Award
Zebra (DE)
director: Julia Ocker

Anča Kids´ Special Mention:
Bear Story (CL)
director: Gabriel Osorio

Fest Anča New Talents
The End (SK)
director: Dávid Štumpf

Anča D Award:
Cowboy Land (SK)
director: Dávid Štumpf

Anča d Award:
Aion (SK)
director: Petra Heleninová