Czech exiles showcased at Anifilm
The annual Anifilm festival of animated film kicked off in the South Bohemian town of Třeboň on Tuesday. Over the course of next five days, hundreds of films, film commercials as well as music videos will be screened in numerous venues all over the town. The title of this year’s festival theme is “Where is My Home” and focuses on the work of Czech authors living abroad. The tradition of animation showcases in Třeboň started back in 2002, with the foundation of Anifest, which was later incorporated into Anifilm. Over the years the festival evolved into one of the top ten events of its kind in the world.
“The section focuses on the lives of the main guests, mainly Czech expatriates, who have the experience of leaving their country and living abroad. We have been trying to invite them to the festival for several years and we are glad that we have finally succeeded.”
The Czech “footprints” in the world are represented for instance by Jan Pinkava, Czech graphic artist and director who left Czechoslovakia with his parents in the late 1960s and now works for the Pixar studio, Vera Neubauer, who was born and studied in Prague, or Zlín-native Jakub Pistecký, who emigrated to Canada with his family.
“There are two blocks, one intended for children and one for adults, and with this new category we have also introduced the Audience award where people can vote for the best Czech film of the festival, screened in these two sections and in the competition sections. There are many films from FAMU, but also films by more experienced authors such as Jan Zach or Kristina Dufková.”
Among the highlights of this year’s programme is definitely Charlie Kaufman’s excursion to the world of animation “Anomalisa”, which is included in the main competition as well as the music video competition, including music videos by Keith Richards, The Prodigy, or David Gilmour. I asked Pavel Horáček, the head of the programme, for his personal recommendation: