FESTIVALS: On Site Anifilm 2021 Kicks Off Today

    Even Mice Belong In Heaven by Jan Bubeniček, Denisa Grimmova Even Mice Belong In Heaven by Jan Bubeniček, Denisa Grimmova photo: Animoon

    LIBEREC: The 2021 edition of Anifilm – International Festival of Animated Films starts in physical form today in Liberec, Czech Republic. Ten feature films will compete in the International Competition of Long Animated Films.

    Even Mice Belong In Heaven by Denisa Grimmova and Jan Bucenicek, a coproduction between the Czech Republic, Poland, France and Slovakia, which had its world premiere at the 60th Annecy International Animated Film Festival, is among the long animated films in competition.

    A total of 38 titles have been selected for the International Short Animated Films Competition and 32 for the International Student Films Competition. The festival is also organising international competitions for music videos, abstract and non-narrative animated films and VR films.

    The festival wraps on 27 June 2021. It is organised by Citizens’ Association for the Support of Animated Film (Občanské sdružení pro podporu animovaného filmu z.s.) / OSPAF.


    A Colourful Dream (Czech Republic)
    Directed by Jan Balej
    Produced by Hafan Film
    Supported by the Czech Film Fund

    Calamity (France, Denmark)
    Directed by Remi Chaye

    Cryptozoo (USA)
    Directed by Dash Shaw

    Even Mice Belong in Heaven (Czech Republic, France, Poland, Slovakia)
    Directed by Denisa Grimmova, Jan Bucenicek
    Produced by Fresh Films
    Coproduced by Les Films du Cygne, Animoon, cinemArt
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute, EC1 Łódź – Miasto Kultury, Canal + Polska SA

    Josep (France, Belgium, Spain)
    Directed by Aurel

    Kill It and Leave This Town (Poland)
    Directed by Mariusz Wilczyński
    Produced by Bombonierka
    Coproduced by by FINA, the Adam Mickiewicz InstituteEC1 Łódź – Miasto Kultury, Letko, NOLABEL, Di Factory, Gigant Films
    Supported by the Polish Film Institute

    Little Vampire (France)
    Directed by Joann Sfar

    My Favorite War (Latvia, Norway)
    Directed by Ilze Burkovska-Jacobsen
    Produced by Ego Media
    Coproduced by Bivrost film & TV
    Supported by Norsk filminstitutt, the Latvian Film Centre, Viken filmsenter, Fritt Ord, Fond for Ly dog Bilde, the MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe, Baltic Sea Docs, Projectu Banka

    The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks (Russia)
    Directed by Andrey Khrzhanovsky

    Wolfmakers (Ireland, Luxembourg, UK, USA)
    Directed by Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart