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Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films,, 22-27 June 2021

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
22 June 2021 - 27 June 2021
Liberec, Czech Republic
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Event Description

Anifilm’s mission is to present current trends, methods, technologies and animation techniques in its programme. It also supports works in progress and brand new animation projects and their authors, producers and distributors. Film professionals from all over the world can use Anifilm as a platform for positive confrontation and meeting place for forging new contacts. Anifilm is aimed at authors and film professionals as well as students, educators, film theorists and all fans of animated production, including children. Anifilm also wants to represent the Czech Republic in international context on a long-term basis.

2021 Coverage

2020 Festival Coverage


  • INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF FEATURE FILMS: David Silverman, Luce Grosjean, Pierre Yves Drapeau


This year’s Anifilm theme “Hear animation” means that the festival’s non-competition programme will focus on music and sound in animated films. The festival will screen classic films such as Pink Floyd: The Wall (dir. A. Parker, 1982) with unforgettable animated sequences by Gerald Scarfe, hard-boiled anthology film Heavy Metal (dir. G. Potterton, 1981) or jazzy The Triplets of Belleville (dir. S. Chomet, 2003). But the festivalgoers can also look forward to contemporary projects combining live music with animation such as The 4 Seasons Music and Animation combining Vivaldi’s popular composition with animation by renowned animators under artistic direction by famous director Koji Yamamura.

Anifilm will also pay tribute to Czech composers of film music such as Zdeněk Liška, Jiří Kolafa and Luboš Fišer. So apart from the latest and best animated films, Liberec and the festival visitors can look forward to special musical performances. The festivalgoers will also have a chance to try to make film soundtracks themselves and to meet many renowned guests such as sound engineer Ivo Špalj. Author of dozens of soundtracks for major Czech animated films. In honor of this long-time collaborator of Jan Švankmajer, the festival will present a selection of his favorite films and the festival will award him the Lifetime Achievement Award for animated film.


This competition category will screen the meditative Latvian film Away by Gintis Zilbalodis who conceived it in the style of computer adventure. Directors Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec will present their drama from Taliban-controlled Kabul The Swallows of Kabul – the film was praised at the Cannes IFF and won an award in Annecy. Japanese film On-Gaku: Our Sound by Kenji Iwaisawa tells a humorous story about a formation and disbandment of a non-traditional high school band. Hand-drawn Indian romantic film Bombay Rose by Gitanjali Rao was screened in Venice and won an award in Chicago. Romanian film Marona’s Fantastic Tale by Anca Damian explores dog love.

Dogs also play an important role in Latvian film Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs and in the co-production family film Fritzi: A Revolutionary Tale taking place during the fall of the Berlin Wall. Animals also star in another praised film named The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily in which a bear clan tries to rescue the son of their king. Along with mysterious old monkey and a young monkey boy, French directors Jean-François Laguionie and Xavier Picard will take us on The Prince’s Voyage and Japanese anime Children of the Sea by Ayumu Watanabe will tell us the story of a young girl exploring the secret of the world under water.


National competition Czech Horizon has established a tradition at ANIFILM and each year, there are more more films entering the competition. That means that a stricter selection process had to be implemented in order to create quality competition blocks that will present the best of contemporary Czech animation. This year, it will be the first time when three feature films will compete From total number of 295 submitted films, the final competition includes 68. In the short films category, you can look forward to new films by Pavel Koutský, Alexandra Májová or Vojtěch Domlátil. The student film category includes films made by students of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín, Miroslav Ondříček Film Academy in Písek and the University of Ostrava. Competition section for television animation includes animation mainly for children who can look forward to new series produced by the Czech Television (by filmmakers such as Maria Procházková, Patr Friedl and Pavel Kubant), the pilot episode of Overboard! by Filip Pošivač and Barbora Valecká and a new episode of Hungry Bear Tales called Truffles! (dir. Kateřina Karhánková, Alexandra Májová). Also sections for commissioned work and music videos include interesting animations by filmmakers such as Martin Máj and Martin Živocký. It is worth noting that unlike the international competition, Czech Horizon is judged by the Council of Animated film composed of more than 100 Czech film professionals and critics. They will pick the winners before the festival and this year, they will also pick the overall best animated film from all the five national competition sections.

The visual identity of Anifilm 2020 is created by Slovak duo Michaela Mihalyiová and Dávid Štumpf. You may know Michaela’s unmistakeable artistic style from her successful short films and exercises ♥ City ♥, FOODHere and Here (Tu a tady) and A Date (Rande). She attracted attention with her film Sh_t Happens which she co-directed with Dávid Štumpf. This absurd comedy competed at this year’s Biennale in Venice and celebrated success at festivals all around the world. In the case of Anifilm, Michaela will once again join forces with Dávid – known for his acclaimed films Cowboyland (Země kovbojů) and  Woo-Hoo – and together, they will create the festival’s new visual identity.

Their explanation says it all: “Anifilm is moving to a new city and we all are moving with it! That’s why we decided to create a visual style as colourful and joyful as it gets - to make the process of moving more enjoyable. We will introduce various odd and peculiar characters that will help us move. As for the jingle, we can now say that it will be full of music, dance and animation as the festival itself. It will be funky!”

Anifilm Trailer 2020


A Town Called Panic: The County Fair, Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier, Belgium, France
Acid Rain, Tomek Popakul Poland
And then the bear, Agnès Patron France
Carrousel, Jasmine Elsen Belgium, Czech Republic
Castle Ryotaro Miyajima Japan
Coming Home, Benjamin Swiczinsky Austria
Cosmonaut, Kaspar Jancis Estonia
Creative Evolution, Yungsung Song Japan, South Korea
Deep Love, Mykyta Lyskov Ukraine
Domus, Delphine Priet-Mahéo France
Drive, Pedro Casavecchia Argentina, France
Genius Loci, Mérigeau Adrien France
He can’t live without cosmos Konstantin Bronzit Russia
Homo ErecTattoos, Tae-woo Kim South Korea
King of the Rest, Paul & Sandra Fierlinger USA
Machini Frank Mukunday, Trésor Tshibangu Democratic Republic of Congo, Belgium
Morning, Vojtěch Domlátil Czech Republic
Night song, Jeanne Girard France
Old Hag Nicolas Bianco-Levrin, Julie Rembauville France
Portrait of Suzanne, Izabela Plucińska Germany, Poland, France
Purpleboy, Alexandre Siqueira Portugal, France, Belgium
Pyramid, Erick Oh South Korea, USA
Something to Remember, Niki Lindroth von Bahr Sweden
Symbiosis, Nadja Andrasev France, Hungary
Tadpole, Jean-Claude Rozec France
Arka, Natko Stipanicev Croatia
The Opposites Game, Anna Samo, Lisa LaBracio USA
The Physics of Sorrow, Theodore Ushev Canada
Ties, Dina Velikovskaya Germany, Russia
Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves, Chintis Lundgren Estonia, Croatia, France
Uncle Thomas, Accounting For The Days, Regina Pessoa Portugal, Canada, France
Washing Machine, Alexandra Májová Czech Republic
We_Sounds, David Carrizales Spain
Yes-People, Gísli Darri Halldórsson Iceland

2.3 x 2.6 x 3.2, Jiaqi Wang United Kingdom
Any Instant Whatever, Michelle Brand United Kingdom
Apfelmus, Alexander Gratzer Austria
Aura, Völkner Timm Germany
Away, Mathilde Pepinster Belgium
Ben and Kat or Kat and Ben Go To Little Lake Fountain, Elizabeth Whitfield, Nicholas Dimas USA
Blieschow, Christoph Sarow Germany
Bye Little Block!, Éva Darabos Hungary
Cage Match, Bryan Lee USA
Daughter, Daria Kashcheeva Czech Republic
Disortiented, Jérémie Cousin France
Dutchgaria, Capucine Muller Belgium, France
Everything will fall out of place, Cheyenne Canaud-Wallays France
Forget Me Not, Adela Križovenská Czech Republic
Gravedad, Matisse Gonzalez Germany
Heatwave, Fokion Xenos Greece, United Kingdom
I Want A Sun In My Pocket, Laui Laessa Canada, Costa Rica
In Her Boots, Kathrin Steinbacher United Kingdom, Austria
Inside me, Maria Trigo Teixeira Germany
inside the pipelines, Adva Santo Israel
Jacques’ Rampage or When Do We Lose Our Self-confidence?, Máté Horesnyi Hungary
Leaf, Aliona Baranova Czech Republic
Listen To Me Sing, Isabel Garrett United Kingdom
Love Is Just a Death Away, Bára Anna Stejskalová Czech Republic
Me and my magnet and my dead friend, Maoning Liu China
Men in a hurry, Thibault Llonch France
MOM -The Worst Punishment-Kyeong-wook Jo, Su-kyoung Kim, South Korea
Nestor, João Gonzalez United Kingdom, Portugal
Nigel, Natasza Cetner United Kingdom, Poland
Night session, Petre Tomadze Georgia
One for All Things, Guoxiu Jiang China, USA
Pile, Toby Auberg United Kingdom
PolarBarry – Let's Break the Ice!! – Vlog #207 Wouter Dijkstra Netherlands, United Kingdom
S p a c e s, Nora Štrbová Czech Republic
Sh_t Happens, Dávid Štumpf, Michaela Mihalyi Czech Republic, Slovakia, France
The Edge, Géraldine Cammisar, Zaide Kutay Switzerland
The Wellspring and the Tower, Melinda Kádár Hungary
The Woman Who Turned Into A Castle, Kathrin Steinbacher United Kingdom, Austria
There Were Four of Us, Cassie Shao USA, China
Umbilical, Danski Tang China, USA

!!! (Chk Chk Chk):
Couldn't Have Known, Cheng-Hsu Chung United Kingdom, USA
(Sandy) Alex G: Southern Sky, Elliot Bech USA
Clube de esquiar: Pudesse eu (Keby), Marián Vredík, Jana Vredík Hirnerová Slovakia
Coheed and Cambria: Toys, An Unheavenly Christmas Carol Alek Wasilewski Poland
Corps: Sur l'autoroute, Stehr Yoann Belgium, France
Fanfán Tulipán: Genius noci, Oliver Vršanský Czech Republic
Gelbart: March of the Thinking Machines, Adi Gelbart Germany
Glen Hansard: The Closing Door, Lucija Mrzljak Estonia
Igorrr: Very Noise, David Nicolas, Kevin Van Der Meiren - Meat Dept. France
Itchy Teeth: Invisible King, Julia Specht Germany, United Kingdom
Lucky Chops: Traveler, Raman Djafari, Daniel Almagor Germany
Nauzea Orchestra: Zoo, Marie Nováčková Czech Republic
Nobody hear, Ting-Wei Jhu, Xin-Rong Lai Taiwan
Noisy Pots: Cosmic Trip, Martin Živocký Czech Republic
P/\st: Tíseň, Bety Suchanová, Nora Štrbová Czech Republic
Pedro Grass: Jerusalem Ofer Winter, Shimon Engel Israel
Resina: In (Ian William Craig rework), Mateusz Jarmulski Poland
Sarah Pannekoek: Lost Eye, Sarah Pannekoek Netherlands
Siamés: Summer Nights, Pablo Roldan, Ezequiel Torres Argentina
Stephen Coates: Bathwell in Clerkentime, Alex Budovsky USA, Russia, Colombia
Talya La Lia: Shredder, Eliška Oz, Lee Oz Czech Republic
Yoshitoo!: 音の鳴る方へ, Bela Bulgakova Germany, Japan

4:3, Ross Hogg United Kingdom
A Mind Sang, Vier Nev Portugal
anthropocene, Schuchmann Moritz Germany
autobiography | silence, Nataša Teofilović Serbia
Average Happiness, Maja Gehrig Switzerland
Hierarchy Glitch, Vessela Dantcheva Austria, Bulgaria
Jack, Faiyaz Jafri USA
Leaking Life, Shunsaku Hayashi Japan
Paella Atomar Nr. 9, Bernd Jünger Germany
Retired Vojtěch, Domlátil Czech Republic
Serial Parallels, Max Hattler Hong Kong SAR China
The Dawn of Ape, Mirai Mizue Japan
Urban Sphinx, Maria Lorenzo Spain
Wind, Dana Sink USA
Xylem, Michael Hughes United Kingdom

2019 Festival Coverage

2018 Festival Coverage:

Call for Entries (Archive)

The festival will take place in Liberec from 4th to 9th May 2021 and for its upcoming edition, you can submit films in these competition categories:

  • Feature film
  • Short film
  • Abstract and non-narrative animation
  • Music video
  • VR film
  • Computer game

Czech horizon (national competition)

  • Short film
  • Student film
  • TV / online series
  • Music video
  • Commissioned work

Only films finished after 1st January 2020 which haven’t competed at the festival will be accepted to the competition. Just like in previous years, the submission is free of charge and the deadline is moved to 31st December 2020.

The jurors give out the following awards: 

a) The Award for the Best Feature Film for Grown-Ups comes with a financial prize of 1000 EUR.
b) The Award for the Best Feature Film for Children comes with a financial prize of 1000 EUR.
c) The Award for the Best Short Film comes with a financial prize of 1000 EUR.
d) The Award for the Best Student Film comes with a financial prize of 1000 EUR.
e) The Award for the Best Abstract and Non-narrative Animation comes with a financial prize of 1000 EUR. 
f)  The Award for the Best Music Video comes with a financial prize of 500 EUR.
g) The Award for the Best VR Film
h) The Award for the Best Visual Art in Game
ch) The Award for the Best Game for Children
The jury can also award one Special mention in each category.  The financial prize is to be equally shared by the director and the producer of the awarded film and will be sent via a bank transfer not later than two months from the end of the festival. If the holder of the rights for the audio-visual works provides the work for screening for a fee, it shall be reduced from the potential financial reward. 



Event Dates

  • From 22 June 2021 to 27 June 2021
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