Animateka International Animated Film Festival


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Animateka - mednarodni festival animiranega filma
Kersnikova 4, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 5 997 1747
Organised by2 Reels - Association for Reanimation of Storytelling
 Kinodvor Cinema
Festival dates7.12.2015 - 13.12.2015
5.12.2016 - 11.12.2016
4.12.2017 - 10.12.2017
3.12.2018 - 9.12.2018
2.12.2019 - 8.12.2019
Igor Prassel, Programme Director
Phone386 (0) 31 836 431
Katja Hohler, Executive Producer
Phone386 (0) 41 572 837
Sanja Čakarun, Public relations, Promotion
Phone386 (0) 51 309 080
Andreja Goetz, Slon, Young Audience Programme coordinator
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Past Events
  • 3 February to 11 February 2017
    Screenings of Nighthawk by Špela Čadež (Finta) in the international competition programme, several short films and presentations of the Animateka International Animated Film Festival and the Kraken Film Society, with producer Viva Videnovič (Strup Productions) and director Olmo Omerzu at Euro Connections at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival at Amphi Agnès Varda, Auditorium Genova, Cinéma Le Capitole, Maison des Congrès et de la Culture, Petit Vélo in Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 2 February to 6 February 2015
    The Slovenian Film Centre, Animateka, and Kraken at the 30th Short Film Market at the 37th Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival at Gymnase Jean-et-Honoré-Fleur in Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 22 October to 26 October 2013
    Contemporary Slovene Animation including the comics exhibition I Feel Great and films Stripburger (Strip Core, Forum Ljubljana) in Motion, Patty, Short Film in Perverses, Work, Wall of Sighs, Chicory ‘n’ Coffee, EX PASSU, Lovesick, Katalena: Ta aldowska, Koyaa – The Extraordinary, and The Last Lunch, with Igor Prasel (Animateka International Animated Film Festival) as curator of the programme at the PRIMANIMA World Festival of First Animations in Budaörs, Hungary
    programme organiser
  • 12 July 2012
    Films by Špela Čadež (Lovesick and Last Minute) (Finta) and selected international authors featured by Animateka at the Espressofilm; a discussion with Animateka programme director Igor Prassel, supported by the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA), Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vienna, in Vienna, Austria
  • 2 May to 7 May 2011
    Selected Slovene and East European animated films from the Animateka International Animated Film Festival at Metropolis Art Cinema in Beirut, Lebanon


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Animateka International Animated Film Festival is a specialised competitive festival which focuses on Central and East European animated film production, established in 2004. Today Animateka is a festival with 9 sections including a rich programme of retrospectives and additional screenings, workshops and events, co-produced by the 2 Reels - Association for Reanimation of Storytelling and Kinodvor Cinema. It takes place annually at the Kinodvor Cinema and at the Slovenian Cinematheque in Ljubljana during the second week of December.


Animateka's roots go back 6 years earlier to when the Slovenian Cinematheque introduced a special monthly programme (curated by Igor Prassel who later became the the director and the main selector of the Animateka festival) focusing on animated film.

Festival sections

Among Animateka International Animated Film Festival's 9 sections, 2 are competitive: the Competition Programme and the Elephant in Competition. The remaining sections – Elephant, Eastern and Central European Panorama, European Student Panorama, Animated Feature Film, Jury Programme, Best of the Rest, a Special Programme which usually includes two sub-sections (Regional Focus, Retrospectives, Overviews, etc.) – offer a diverse and all-encompassing look at the breadth of contemporary animated films.

The Competition Programme's focus on contemporary animated film production from Central and Eastern European countries garners Animateka a great deal of attention in the larger international context, despite the proximity of the much older and bigger Animafest Zagreb which takes place in neighbouring Croatia.

In 2009 the festival introduced the second competition section, the Elephant in Competition which focuses on animated film production meant for young audiences and attracts huge international attention. A non-competition section Elephant has been the most popular among the Animateka audience – it brings a carefully selected educational animated film programme meant for schools and families with children.

The Eastern and Central European Panorama presents an additional programme of Central and Eastern European animated films, while the European Student Panorama features films from European film schools and art academies. In 2009 films from Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, and Switzerland were screened. In addition the Animateka 2009 presented a programme of the MOME Budapest animation school.

Animated Feature Film is a special section dedicated to feature length animated films. Some of those are later included in the Slovene Art Cinema Network's distribution.

The Jury Programme section is one of the great peculiarities of the festival: each member of the main international jury is given the possibility to direct the attention of the audience to a certain director or to a certain tendency in the past or to contemporary animated film production. In the past years the Animateka festival screened several amazing personal retrospectives including ones of Koji Yamamura, Georges Schwizgebel, and Osvaldo Cavandoli, respectively.

The Best of the Rest section presents a carefully selected programme from other parts of the world, bringing the attention to well-known directors and awarded films.

Special Programmes is the most extensive festival section with several subsections: retrospectives, overviews of certain national animated film productions, or festival programmes, regional focuses, etc. In the past years there were some excellent programmes such as a Stop-Motion Retrospective in 2009, or focuses on Polish, Basque, Norwegian, Canadian, Yugoslav, and Finnish animated film production, and a special programme on animated films linked to the topic of human rights. The Best of Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2009 were presented, too.

Festival awards and contests

Each year an international 5-member-jury, composed of artists, festival curators and/or scholars confers the main festival award and five special mentions (one from each member). The main festival award, the Animateka Grand Prix, goes to one or two selected works from the Competition Programme, whilst each member of the jury is able to confer a Special Mention to another film of his or her choice from the Competition Programme. The films Four [Štyri] by Ivana Šebestova, NightStill by Elke Groen, Homeland by Juan de Dios Marfil Atienze, Crocodile by Kaspar Jancis have been among the winners of the Animateka Grand Prix.

The jury composed of selected representatives from the audience bestows the Maestro Audience Award (to any film from the whole festival programme), while the children's jury grants the NLB Vita Award for the selected work from the Elephant Children's programme. Recent winners of these two awards include the films Log Jam: The Snake by Alexei Alexev, Vasilisa by Darina Shmidt, Tôt ou tard by Jadwiga Kowalska, Land of the Heads by Céderic Louis and Claude Barras.

In 2009, for the second year, the Animateka festival programme also included a special contest for web and mobile device based animations called AnimaWeb.

Artist-in-residence programme

The Animateka residency programme hosted and presented as the first guest in 2004 Danijel Žeželj (Croatia/ZDA), and during the years that followed: Lars Fiske (Norway), M. S. Bastian (Switzerland), Koji Yamamura (Japan), Georges Schwizgebel (Switzerland), Matti Hagelberg (Finnland), Priit Pärn (Estonia), Max Andersson (Sweden), a film maker and comics author (contributing to Stripburger magazine since 1999), Julie Doucet (Canada), Theodore Ushev (Bulgaria/Canada), Akinori Oishi (Japan), Rosto (The Netherlands), Joni Männistö (Finland), and Caroline Sury (France). The graphic design for festival editions has been usually created by the artists-in-residence.

Accompanying programme

Animateka festival also brings an abundant accompanying programme. It includes puppet performances, concerts (such as the Katalena Animated audio-visual concert), workshops of animation, exhibitions of animation related drawings (in 2009 by Katja Tukiainen, Špela Čadež, sometimes also in cooperation and on the premises of the International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana).

For a few years the Famul Stuart School of Applied Arts and 2 Reels - Association for Reanimation of Storytelling had co-organised production courses in classical and stop-motion animation within the festival programme. Today the main educational programme is prepared by Slon - Educational Animated Film Programme which organises workshops for schools and youth throughout the year in collaboration with the 2 Reels - Association for Reanimation of Storytelling.

As Animateka hosts many authors of the films in competition as well as other guests (around 60 guests in the 2009 edition), public talks, working breakfasts or midnight gatherings are organised at Kinodvor Café.

Since 2015 Animateka has run also the so-called Poletna Animateka, a summer programme of animated film screenings at Metelkova museum platform or Gornji trg (Repete Bar), and a series of workshops of flip-book creation and pixelation technique events around the town squares.

International activities

In 2010 the Animateka festival initiated the Cartoon East project that connects six regional festivals: Animafest Zagreb (Croatia), Animateka Ljubljana (Slovenia), anim'est Bucarest (Romania), Balkanima Belgrade (Serbia), Banja Luka International Animation Film Festival (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and FestAnča Žilina (Slovakia). The East European Animation Award is bestowed to one of the short films, nominated by each participating country. The first award went to Croatian artists Veljko Popović and Svjetlan Junaković for the film My Way.

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