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Best short animated films in Central Europe or Animation that is not for children ...

Under the title Short Shorts , the Czech cinema will enter the Czech cinema on September 21, 2017 to select the most interesting short animated films of promising young filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe. This is the current work of the past two years, including an abstract experiment and a black comedy Happy End from a shortlist for the Oscars last year.

A band with a total length of 69 minutes consists of 11 short films from 6 countries: apart from two "home" representatives of Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia. From the Czech films, this is Happy End graduate of FAMU, director, screenwriter and cinematographer Jan Saska; And the artfully imaginative film "More I Know" by director and writer Marek Náprstka.

Due to the more serious themes and focus on abstract art, the compilation is intended for adult audiences who want to discover works of the most talented Central European students, graduates and novices. "The short-run independent animation presented by the selection in Central and Eastern Europe is just blooming and an equal partner for the rest of the world. In our countries, there are a number of legendary creators and emerging talent waiting for a promising career. In this case, the situation is quite different from that for feature or serial production. In this short film we are very successful, " says Maroš Brojo, director of the Slovak animation festival in Žilina and curator of the project, who was also one of the jury members in the nominations.

The films were selected by the commissioners of festival dramaturgists from all participating countries (ie the Visegrad countries, Slovenia and Croatia). They looked at the art page, the precision of using the particular animation technique and the value of the content.

Curator Maroš Brojo says: "The most remarkable film is the most successful film Happy End by Jan Saska, one of the most prestigious domestic titles of the last time, which finished up to the final of 10 short animated films on the Oscars shortlist. The film immensely humorously depicts the Central European country mentality and creatively plays with the motif of getting rid of the responsibility of throwing hot potatoes. An eye-catching and visually attractive view of forms of human attraction is provided by the Hungarian film Noise of Licking with a slightly dendrophilic undertone by the author Nadja Andrasev. The film also won the Cinéfondation Award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Cowboyland is a Slovak western grotesque about the incompetence of the authorities, but also the robbers themselves. In the film, of course, a relatively innocent civilian will pay for all the injustices to start the cycle again, " says Maroš Brojo.

"It's great that a band of short films is getting into a regular distribution, which can usually be seen only on festival screenings. Of course, festivals are a great opportunity, but it's more for fans. That's why I'm glad that the short film discipline returns to cinemas where everyone can go, " thinks Jan Saska, the author of Happy Endu, who won the Anfilm festival last year.

The Association of Animated Film is one of the founding members of the Visegrad Animation Forum (VAF), the founding member of the Central European Creative Platform. The aim is to strengthen the animation industry in the CEE region and to create opportunities for producers, studios, TV stations and film distributors to meet. The shortshot shorts were created thanks to the VAF cooperation and support of the State Fund of Cinematography. Together with the film Animated Animation Animation has also produced a special educational material for educators to teach students to perceive the current language of artistic animated films, to lead them to discuss the works and social themes of the films, as well as the ability to express their own opinions and encourage their creativity.

Source: tz, edited editorially

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