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Main Competition I (2023) Tekmovalni program I (2023)

različni avtorji / various / 74 min

The best new animated films from Central and Eastern Europe in the running for the Audience Award and the Jury Grand Prix. The filmmakers featured in this strand include animation legends and debut filmmakers alike, and everyone in between.

Daria Kashcheeva (Maur Film/Studio Famu/Pappy3D Productions/Artichoke)
Czechia, France, Slovakia, 2023, 26'33"

Electra thinks back to her 10th birthday, mixing memories with dreams and hidden fantasies. Is our memory just fiction? Or a myth?

Momo i Lulu / Momo & Lulu
Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi (Munk Studio Polish Filmmakers Association/LeLe Crossmedia Production)
Poland, 2023, 9’26”

In a hostile world two underwater creatures meet and fall in love. Will their love be enough to stay together?

Think Something Nice
Claudius Gentinetta (Gentinettafilm/RTS)
Switzerland, 2022, 6’02”

At the mercy of the dentist's chair, the protagonist cannot escape the confrontation with pain and the dregs of the miserable human condition. To distract himself, he takes refuge in a fantasised story of fishermen and the sea.

Kaheksandal päeval / On the 8th Day
Kristjan Holm (Karabana)
Estonia, 2023, 6'

On the 8th day, they started the war.

Hobotnica Banana Mišmaš / Octopus Banana Hotchpotch
Milanka Fabjančič (ZVVIKS)
Slovenia, 2023, 7'30"

The lively and spirited journey through the lives of best friends, twin souls Mila and Mara, is a colorful adventure of two quite different life paths nourished and driven by decades of sisterhood love.

Koniunkcja / Misaligned
Marta Magnuska (Animoon/Atom Art)
Poland, Latvia, 2022, 7'

A woman and a man are in a room, a gecko sits in a terrarium, several flies are circling a lamp. Gradually we find more and more dependencies and analogies between their activities and observed elements as the rhythm of their universes accelerates.

Etoimoi / Ready
Eirini Vianelli (Heretic/A Private View)
Greece, Belgium, 2023, 11'07"

Boring work leads parliament employees (both elected and not) to play childish power games. When stripped away from the weight of their historic surroundings, they question their desires and are set free.

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Sunday, 10. 12. 2023 / 13:45 / Main Hall

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