FestAnča announced winners

Nearly 5000 festival-goers got over a 5 days of intensive programme consisting of over 400 short films, special focus on German and Swiss animation, workshops, video games lectures, masterclasses and parties till early morning in Slovakia. This pretty young festival is one of the hottest spots for animation lovers in Central and Eastern Europe. 

The big festival winner was Allan Holly, who came home with main Anča Award for his film Coda, about lost soul stumbles drunken through the city. In a park Death finds him, and shows him many things. The jury, consisting of German video artist Max Hattler, Swiss filmmaker Michael Frei and Slovak producer Peter Badać, stated:Coda is growing an appetite to meet a Death, in good meaning of this sentence”.  

The international jury picked up also the best student film among international entries, Somewhere by Nicolas Ménardo. Fongopolis, touching and unique portrait of modern cities’ labyrinths by Joanna Kożuch was named as a best Slovak animation. Here is worth to mention new festival’s award for theatrical distribution for short animation, the DI AWARD – given by Slovak distributor Film Europe. The winner, The Story of Tornado by Veronika Kocurkova, will be release as a pre-feature before one of distributor’s catalogue title this year in Slovak cinemas. The best music video award went to Germany and Benjael Halfmaderholz for his stop-motion puppet animation for extraordinary band Bonaparte, Mañana Forever.


The complete list of winners: 


International competition

Jury: Max Hattler (DE), Michael Frei (CH) and Peter Badać (SK)


Anča Award: Coda by Allan Holly, Ireland

Special mentions:

Max Hattler Personal Special Mention: To Thy Heart by Ewa Borysewicz, Poland

Peter Badač Personal Special Mention: Choir Tour by Edmunds Jasnons, Latvia

Michael Frei Personal Special Mention: Mother by Ugo Bienevu & Kevin Manach, France


Student competition:

Anča Student Award: Somewhere by Nicolas Menardo, UK

Special mention: The Incredible Elastic Man by Karolina Specht, PL


Slovak competition:

Jury:Kamila Boháčková (CZ), Marcin Luczaj (PL), Patrik Pašš (SK)


Anča Slovak Award: Fongopolis by Joanna Kożuch, Slovakia

Special mention: In Line by Kamila Kučíková, Slovakia


Music video competition:

Jury: Ivan Vasiliovič Kozlenko (UA), Reza Esmaili (DE), Olav Lervik (FR)


Anča Music Video Award:

Mañana Forever by Benjael Halfmaderholz, Germany

Special mentions:

Best Friend by Kijek & Adamski, Poland

We’ve been loving by Gavin C. Robinsok, UK


Best children animation:

Anča Kids Award: US by Ulrich Totier, France



More information about FestAnča can be found in the official festival websites and in the facebook page (www.facebook.com/festanca).



25 June 2014, by Marcin Luczaj