Between November 9 and 15, the five titles that will compete this year for the Animest award for best animated feature film can be watched online across the country, presented through live broadcasts by their creators, who have confirmed attendance at discussions with spectators.

The first online edition of the festival will bring 46 of the best short films of the year, as well as 37 brave approaches included in the Student Film competition.

“Kill It and Leave This Town” caught the attention of critics immediately after its premiere in the competition for the best debut film at the Berlin International Film Festival. A journey through the memories of the artist Mariusz Wilczynski, the film explores interpersonal relationships and the pain generated by the disappearance of loved ones, impressing with a special aesthetic. The first feature film in the Polish director’s career was also noted this year in Annecy, where he was awarded the Special Jury Prize.

Her personal experiences also inspired Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen to recreate the atmosphere of the Cold War, from a children’s perspective, in “My Favorite War” – an animated documentary about the communist period of the 1980s. The film was screened for the first time in Annecy, where in 2019 “Zero Impunity” was highlighted, a multimedia documentary about an extremely delicate and very rarely addressed topic: systematic sexual violence, present in conflict areas and in contemporary wars. The film directed by Denis Lambert, Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies is the central element of an entire global campaign to raise awareness of this outrageous phenomenon.

Also from Annecy will come “The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks” (r. Andrey Khrzhanovsky), an original adaptation of the satirical short story “The Nose”, written by Nikolai Gogol. The director dedicates this film to the pioneers of art – to those who had the courage to stand against the current, which they ended up paying for with their own lives. The feature film “Josep” (directed by Aurel), included this year in the selection of the Cannes Film Festival, also talks about the courage to be different. A delicate interpretation of how the Spanish artist Josep Bartoli escaped from a prison camp in France, the film is a history lesson.

“The diversity of animation styles and the complexity of the stories approached by the films included in this year’s short film competition will conquer the Romanian public”, the organizers are convinced.

To the 46 titles selected from the most recent creations of the professionals are added the student films – 37 short films created, mostly in European schools, which impress with elements of innovation and humor, demonstrating the remarkable artistic potential of the youngest representatives of animation industry.

The 15th edition of the Animest International Animated Film Festival is organized by the Animest Association, with the support of the National Center of Cinematography.