Anifilm Becomes An Oscar-Qualifying Festival

Anifilm International Animation Festival 2022

Good news about the Czech animation festival Anifilm. On 30th April, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences put ANIFILM on its list of selected prestigious festivals. The Best Short Films from these festivals will be shortlisted for the Academy Awards and will be submitted to the Academy for consideration. In this category, ANIFILM is the only Czech festival with this privilege.

The Czech animation festival takes place 10-15 May in Liberec, Czech Republic.

ANIFILM 2022 Introducing its Juries

The winner of the Animorpha for the Best Feature Film for Children and Best Feature Film for Grown-ups will be picked by the king of the independent American animation and legendary Academy-Award nominated director Bill Plympton; Slovak director and producer Katarína Kerekesová (The Websters, Mimi and Lisa); and Dutch graphist artist and director Hisko Hulsing (hit series Undone).

The jury for the Competition of Short and Student Films is composed of Estonian- based Croatian director Lucija Mrzljak; German filmmaker and Interfilm Festival Berlin producer Alexander Stein; and Prague-based director, graphic artist and comic book artist Jan Saska known thanks to his film 'Happy End' (one of the 10 films competing for the Oscar for the Best Animated Short Film in 2016).

Best VR Film, Music Video, and Non-Narrative Animation will be picked by German journalist and augmented reality curator Lars Rummel; Czech-British artist Tereza Stehlíková who currently heads the Department of Visual Arts at the Prague University of Creative Communication; and Ukrainian graphic artist and director with an unmistakeable style Stas Santimov, known for his gifs, music videos and films.

The Competition of Computer Games will be judged by three women – Italian game designer Claudia Molinari from We Are Müesli; Dutch graphic artist Céline Veltman known for her work on Hidden Folks (awarded at Anifilm 2017); and Czech visual artist Eva Nečasová from Charles Games.

The festival jurors always contribute to the festival programme and this year will be no different. The festival theme of Animation & Humour will be enriched by Lucija Mrzljak who will present her short films strongly influenced by Estonian humour. Jan Saska prepared a masterclass where he will talk about his eagerly anticipated film Hurricane. Bill Plympton will bring his renowned masterclass and present a selection of his films including two feature films.

Hisko Hulsing will present the hit series Undone and all his preceding acclaimed projects. Tereza Stehlíková will explain her interpretation of films for all senses. But that’s not all, Anifilm jurors will also participate in our industry programme.

Industry Programme
The industry programme will offer presentations by most of Anifilm’s jurors. Eva Nečasová will explore the world of game development. Building on her own experience in independent video games, Claudia Molinari will stress the importance of memory and the influence of identity in the process of visual design. Céline Veltman will convince us how important a seemingly wasted time is for the creative process. The Work in Progress section will present three feature animated films – Living Large by Czech director Kristina Dufková; The Websters Movie by Slovak director Katarína Kerekesová; and Haňta (based on the book Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal) by Mexican director Emilio Ramos.

In his lecture, Canadian writer Jaime Weinman will focus on fun and humour and examine the craft of perfectly-timed violence in the Warner Bros. studio Looney Tunes production. Jaroslav Švelch, game researcher and scholar from the Charles University in Prague will introduce a recent collective book titled Video Games and Comedy. In the traditional Indie Menu, founder of Amanita Design, Jakub Dvorský, will present the best indie computer games of last year.

On Friday the 13th, ANIFILM will host the Creatoola Animarket, the largest local animation networking event that ANIFILM organizes together with the Association of Czech Animation Film (ASAF) and its platform Creatoola.

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