The Baltics Visiting is the name of this year's retrospective: spanning 8 programmes, it will give an insight into the key animated works from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. This journey across the Baltics is in chronological order, starting in the Soviet era of the 1970s and 1980s, when animators in this part of the world pondered the prospect of the fall of the regime while bringing to life on screen myths and tales.
Called ‘Independence’, the second set of shorts comprises films from the late 1990s and early 2000s, when films discussed an increasingly broad range of subjects.
After fully taking off in the new millennium, Baltic animation entered its Golden Age: we are introducing you to its highlights with two programmes of shorts made between 2009 and 2016.
The last set of shorts spotlights what characterises Baltic animation today: dialogue between generations. Up-and-coming filmmakers are presented side by side with acclaimed authors who have been a central force in the world of animation for decades and continue to impress with unabated creativity.
The five programmes of shorts are complemented by three feature films: Away, made entirely by Gints Zilbalodis, Rocks in My Pockets, a film by Signe Baumane that has already been screened at one of the previous editions of Animateka, and Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs (7+) by this year’s artist in residence and jury member, Edmunds Jansons.
Animated documentaries have become a staple in the Animateka line-up. As in recent editions, most of the animated documentaries in this year’s programme deal with burning socio-political issues: migration from war zones, the Syrian civil war, terrorism, political rallies, marginal groups, and addictions. They discuss the complexity of life and examine the role of the individual in a society, relationship, or family. The two programmes, Animated Documentaries I and II, are screening at the Slovenian Cinematheque on Tuesday at 9 pm and Saturday at 6 pm, respectively.
Jonas Odell’s animated documentaries are part of his retrospective programme ‘Never Like the First Time!’ (Thursday at 7 pm at Kinodvor): using animation, Lies, Never Like the First Time!, Tussilago, and I Was a Winner document intriguing intimate stories.
You can submit your film to three competition programmes:
The author of the 16th Animateka visual identity is Edmunds Jansons, a renowned animation film director and graphic designer from Latvia.
From its very beginning the cinema has developed as a two-headed eagle - with one head looking into reality - documenting, observing, commenting our lives; the other head looking to the magical side of life - where the dreams, tricks and fantasies are. What I like about animation the most is that these two sides/directions coexist there naturally. That feeling about the duality of animation - I tried to capture it in the poster. Why fishermen - that’s the first image that comes to my mind when I hear “Baltics” - sea, fish, boats, fishermen - silent, harsh and strong - Edmunds Jansons
This year the festival recieved 669 films, which is 65 more than last year. 120 out of 696 films tried to get into the Central end Eastern European competition programme, 281 films applied to compete in the Young Talents competition, while 268 of them would like to take a chance in the Elephant competition programme, aimed at children. Submissions were received from 63 different countries, from Poland and France to Singapore and Afghanistan. Slovene animators did their part too, as they sent 35 films.
For the Animateka Pro Pitch competition, see here
2017 Festival News
Animateka is a week-long international festival of animated film, takes place every year in Ljubljana's Kinodvor and Slovenska kinoteka. Beginning on the first Monday in December, it focuses primarily on the latest production of East and Central European short films. European student films and International films for children.