Rebellious Essence

A cat walks into the Office of the Ministry for Cat Affairs and requests for a passport. All goes pretty well until the female and male cat clerks demand to know the cat's sex.

  • Ana Čigon
    Director
  • Ana Čigon
    Writer
  • Ana Čigon
    Producer
  • three cats
    Key Cast
  • Vasja Progar
    Music and sound design
  • Ana Čigon
    Voices
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Uporni duh
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    700 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Slovenia
  • Country of Filming:
    Slovenia
  • Film Language:
    English, Slovenian
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Tabor Film Festival 17 - International Short Film Festival
    Veliki Tabor Castle, Desinić
    Croatia
    July 14, 2019
    AUDIENCE AWARD
  • TranScreen Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    June 1, 2019
    Netherlands Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 14th Athens ANIMFEST
    Athens
    Greece
    March 17, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Malmo International LGBTQ+ Short Film Festival
    Malmö
    Sweden
    February 16, 2019
    BEST ANIMATION
  • This Human World
    Vienna
    Austria
    December 4, 2018
  • Klappe auf! - 16 Days against Violence against Women and Girls
    Brunnenpassage, Vienna
    Austria
    November 29, 2018
  • Trans Film Fest Stockholm,
    Midsommargården, Stockholm
    Sweden
    November 24, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Tricky Women's spetial selection for Austrian Ombud for Equal Treatment
    Leokino, Innsbruck; DAS KINO, Salzburg and Metro Kino, Bregenz
    Austria
    November 11, 2018
  • Vinokino 2018, World Shorts programme
    Helsinki
    Finland
    November 10, 2018
    Finnish Premiere
  • 9. Queer Film Festival Oldenburg
    Cine k, Oldenburg
    Germany
    November 9, 2018
  • Feminist Short Film Programme, BIMOVIE
    Neuen Maxim Kino, Muenchen
    Germany
    November 8, 2018
  • International Animated Short Film Festival AJAYU
    Gran Teatro Municipal and Cineplanet, Puno
    Peru
    November 9, 2018
    Official Selection for Competition (International 3)
  • Trans-tastic! Shorts, Reel Q: Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    Harris Theater, Pittsburgh
    United States
    October 13, 2018
    Official Selection
  • TWIST, Seattle Queer Film Festival,
    Seattle, WA
    United States
    October 12, 2018
    Official Selection
  • 25. Queerfilm Festival Bremen - Short film opening night
    Bremen
    Germany
    October 9, 2018
  • BEAST International Film Festival
    Porto
    Portugal
    September 28, 2018
    Portuguese premiere
  • "Tricky Women - Secret Desire: Issues of Gender & Sexuality" programme at IndieAnifest
    Seoul Animation Center, Seoul
    Korea, Republic of
    September 15, 2018
  • GRRL HAUS CINEMA - Boston 2018 Edition
    Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA
    United States
    September 13, 2018
    Official Selection
  • GRRL HAUS CINEMA - Death, Birth, Identity and Sexuality Programme
    IL KINO, Berlin
    Germany
    September 4, 2018
    Official Selection
  • International Women Filmmakers Festival - FINCAR
    São Luiz cinema, Recife
    Brazil
    August 14, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Reel Desires: Chennai International Queer Film Festival
    Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai
    India
    July 28, 2018
    Indian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Korea Queer Film Festival (KQFF)
    Seoul
    Korea, Republic of
    July 20, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Cat Video Festival: Animated Cats, dotdotdot Open Air Kurzfilmfestival,
    Vienna
    Austria
    July 12, 2018
  • Queere Filmnacht: Bixa Travesty & Xposed Kurzfilmprogramm
    Bochum
    Germany
    July 6, 2018
  • Videopride (LGTB and feminist Festival)
    Madrid
    Spain
    July 5, 2018
  • Balkan Film Food Festival
    Pogradec
    Albania
    July 5, 2018
    Albanian Premiere
    Shorts, Animation in Competition
  • Festivala drugog i drugačijeg (qFEST – Festival of the Others and Different)
    Split
    Croatia
    June 22, 2018
  • 13th Xposed International Queer Film Festival Berlin
    Berlin
    Germany
    May 26, 2018
    German Premiere
  • The Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival
    Seoul
    Korea, Republic of
    May 14, 2018
    Asian Premiere
    Short Nomination
  • 2018 Translations Film Festival
    Seattle
    United States
    May 11, 2018
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 12th IFEMA International Female Film Festival
    Malmö
    Sweden
    April 15, 2018
    Sweedish Premiere
  • Bilbao International Animation Community Festival - Animakom Fest
    Bilbao
    Spain
    April 13, 2018
  • Leeds Queer Film Festiva
    Leeds
    United Kingdom
    AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
  • Tricky Women 2018
    Vienna
    Australia
    March 10, 2018
    Austrian Premiere
  • MiCe 2018, 6th International Educational Film estival
    Octubre Centre Cultural, Valencia
    Spain
    February 17, 2018
    Spanish Premiere
    Official Competition Selection
  • Artfools 10th International Film Festival of Larissa
    Larissa
    Greece
    February 6, 2018
    Greek Premiere
  • 9th International Queer Film Festival Merlinka
    Belgrade
    Serbia
    December 10, 2017
    Serbian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 14th International Animated Film Festival Animateka
    Slovenian Cinematheque, Ljubljana
    Slovenia
    December 10, 2017
  • Animae Caribe Festival 2017
    Port of Spain
    Trinidad and Tobago
    November 25, 2017
    Official Selection
  • 33rd Festival of LGBT Film
    Slovenian Cinematheque, Ljubljana
    Slovenia
    November 27, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest
    Hackney Showroom, London
    United Kingdom
    November 18, 2017
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Colors: Cinema + Diversity
    Curitiba, Paraná
    Brazil
    October 31, 2017
    South America Premiere
  • Vox Feminae Film Festival
    Zagreb
    Croatia
    October 26, 2017
    Croatian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 20th Festival of Slovenian Film
    Portorož
    Slovenia
    September 15, 2017
    Slovene Festival Premiere
  • work in progress, City Gallery Ljubljana
    Ljubljana
    Slovenia
    February 23, 2017
    Pre-premiere, early version of the animation
Director Biography - Ana Čigon

Ana Čigon (1982) is an artist from Slovenia that mainly produces video art, documentary films and performances. She studied painting, video and new media art in Ljubljana - Slovenia and Linz – Austria. In the last few years she has started to combine her knowledge from video and painting and therefore expressing her stories through short animations.
Her videos and films deal with social issues and identity, mostly in relation to gender. She presents her works in solo and group exhibitions and in film festivals in Slovenia and internationally and received awards and nominations for her video works.

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