Fest Anča International Animation Festival is unique in being the only Slovak multimedia festival focused on animated film targeted mainly at a mature audience. The festival aims to raise awareness about animated film as an autonomous art form, and to educate about its multiple types and aspects.

The competitive programme comprises a selection of the stand-out animated films completed in the last two years. The festival includes an international competition of animated short films, music videos, and slovak animation. Through non-competitive thematic sections and focuses, Fest Anča presents artistic and production milestones in the history of animation. Additional accompanying events include presentations, exhibitions, workshops, concerts, film screenings for children. The festival’s industry forum is targeted at film professionals with a focus on the planning, development and presentation of animated film projects.

At Fest Anča 2021 you can compete for Anča Awards in the following categories:

– Best animated short
– Best student animated short
– Best animated music video
– Best animated short for children
– Best Slovak animated short

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
The winning film will be selected by a three-member international committee.
On the last day of the festival, in the New Synagogue in Žilina, the Anča Award winner will be announced and awarded €1000.

BEST STUDENT ANIMATED SHORT
Among the films in the main competition, there are also student films that can compete for the Anča Student Award. The winning student film will be selected by an international committee.
Anča Student Award winner will be awarded €500.

BEST ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO
The Anča Music Video Award is an international competition of animated video clips made in the last two years. An international committee will select the winner.
The winner will be awarded €500.

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FOR CHILDREN
Once again this year, Fest Anča will award the best animated film for children. And because adults (as we know) don’t understand much at all, the winning film will be selected by a special children’s committee!
Anča Kids’ Award will be awarded €500.

BEST SLOVAK ANIMATED SHORT
Anča Slovak Award is a prize awarded for the best Slovak animated film made in the last two years. Anča Slovak Award is supported by the Literary Fund.
Anča Slovak Award will be announced and awarded €1000.

14th International Animation Festival Fest Anča → July 1 – 4, 2021

Article I

Fest Anča International Animation Festival (hereinafter the ’Festival’) is a specialized film festival organized by o.z. ANČA, registered office at Štefánikova 16, 811 04 Bratislava (www.festanca.sk). Its aim is to contribute to the development and promotion of animation and the animated film industry.

Article II

The 14th year will take place in Žilina from 1 – 4 July, 2021.

Article III

At Fest Anča 2021 you can compete for Anča Awards in the following categories:

a) Best Animated Short (The international competition of short animated films)
b) Best Student Animated Short (The international competition of student short animated films)
c) Best Animated Music Video (The international competition of animated music videos)
d) Best Animated Short for Children (The international competition of short animated films for children)
e) Best Slovak Animated Short (The Slovak competition of short animated films). The prize is sponsored and awarded by the Slovak Literary Fund.

Only animated films under 30 minutes completed after 1st January 2019 are accepted into the Festival’s competition program. Only films with an engagement of Slovak producers or made by Slovak animators are accepted into the Slovak competition of animated films. The Slovak competition of animated films is organized in partnership with the Slovak Literary Fund. The Festival’s non-competitive program includes focuses, workshops, retrospectives, tributes, exhibitions and discussions.

This year’s call for entries is open via FilmFreeway.com. The submission process is free of charge until December 31, 2020. Submissions registered during the period between January 1 and January 31, 2021 (Late Deadline) will be subject to a registration fee of EUR 5 per film.

Article IV

The screening formats of the films are to be specified after the films have been officially selected. All films selected for all the Festival sections are screened in the original versions, and must be provided with English subtitles (unless the original version is in English). This is the responsibility of participants.

Article V

The selection of competitive films is carried out by a committee appointed by the Festival organisers. The program schedule and order of screening sections are set by the Festival organisers. Owners of screening rights (hereinafter the “submitters”) may submit their films to the 14th Fest Anča till January 31, 2021 for all the international competitions. Entry forms for competitive sections are available at the FilmFreeway webpage www.filmfreeway.com/FestAnca2021. If a submitter does not provide a screening file of a submitted film, they will be disqualified from the selection process.

Article VI

The applicant agrees that films with the participation of a Slovak producer or a Slovak filmmaker may be automatically assessed during the pre-selection and included in the Slovak competition of short animated films.

Article VII

No selected film can be withdrawn from the Festival program after its participation has been officially confirmed by the submitter (a film submission acts as the official confirmation). Copies sent for competition will not be returned, such copies become part of the Festival’s archive. The Festival committee reserves the right to select submitted films for both competitive and non-competitive sections. Submitters will be informed about the results of the selection process by March 30, 2021.

Article VIII

Submitters are obliged to follow the instructions for the delivery of copies of selected films. The instructions will be enclosed in a letter confirming a film’s selection for the program. Submitters will send copies of the selected films in the requested format immediately after receiving detailed instructions from the Festival organisers. Films selected for competitive and non-competitive sections will be screened without entitlement to screening fees.
A submitter authorises o.z. ANČA to include the film on an online platform (with prior agreement on time limit and territory) if the event or part of the event has to be held online.

Article IX

By sending entry forms, submitters give o. z. ANČA the right to use 20% of a film with a maximum 1 minute sequence from the selected film to promote the Fest Anča 2021 in any media.
During the Festival, teasers of selected films will be screened at the festival venue, in TV spots promoting Fest Anča, on the website of the Festival, on social media platforms and in multimedia presentations during the festival.
Fest Anča reserves the right to use film stills in promotional materials (festival catalogue, festival journal, leaflets, posters, billboards, website, and multimedia presentations), and provide them to the media for the purpose of disseminating information about the Festival.

Article X

By submitting a film a submitter agrees that in the case of winning an award or a special mention, the film will be screened as part of the Best of Fest Anča Program, without screening fees or royalties. The Best of Fest Anča Program will screen the winning films within Slovakia, Czech Republic, and selected film festivals.

Article XI

The Festival organisers decide about guest invitations, and the Festival gives priority to filmmakers of selected competition films. A submitter whose film is selected for the programme (either competitive or non-competitive) will receive an accreditation for the festival. Travel expenses are dealt with individually, and are covered up to the amount determined by the Festival’s current financial circumstances. The Festival reserves the right to prioritize the travel and accommodation expenses of the authors of films selected for competition. Hospitality terms for invited guests of the Festival shall be arranged individually, and specified in their personal invitations by email.

Article XII

International juries will be composed of prominent representatives of culture, film theory, and film journalism, as well as filmmakers and producers. There will be one international jury for Anča Awards in the Best Animated Short category and in the Best Student Animated Short category. Another international jury will award the Anča Award in the Best Animated Music Video category. The third international jury, including a representative of the Slovak Literary Fund, will decide the Anča Award in the Best Slovak Animated Short category. The Anča Award in the Best Animated Short for Children category will be decided by the children participating in the projections. Members of juries must not have participated in the making of any films in the competition that they are judging. Jury members are sworn to secrecy. Festival organisers may attend jury deliberations, but cannot take part in voting. A jury comes to its decision according to the criteria upon which they all agree. A jury announces results at the final ceremony. A jury may award special mentions.

Article XIII

The sending of a completed entry form and film constitutes a submitter’s full acceptance of the Festival’s rules and regulations.

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  • Marta Gabiga

    It was fun to take part in your festival! Thank you for including my short in your programme. Hope to visit you again!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Marta, thank you for participating, hope to receive more films in the future. See you soon !

  • Iván Bustingorri

    A great first experience as a director at a festival!

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Iván, thank you very much, it was our pleasure to screen your film. Good luck for future projects!

  • Gisela Chicolino

    For Latin American productions, it's a great honor be selected in an exquisite animation festival of eastern europe where the most original and vanguardist works are selected. Have a high level of aesthetics. Harm hugs from Argentina, Anca Team!

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Gisela, thank you very much for your kind words. It was our pleasure to screen films from Argentina! Hope we could also enjoy your films during the next edition of Fest Anča. See you soon!

  • Adi Gelbart

    Beautiful festival, beautiful people, loved it

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Adi. We enjoyed your presence at our festival as well. Sending you our warmest regrads from Slovakia!