FRED Film Radio is joining the 8th Fest Anča International Animation Festival in Zilina, Slovakia from the 24th to the 28th of June 2015.
The International animation festival Fest Anča was first mentioned back in 2008 and since the start it has been located in what used to be an ancient settlement and currently is an industrial regional city called Žilina, lying on the North-West of Slovakia.
Since the very beginning, the event is connected with the cultural centre Stanica Žilina-Záriečie and is being carried out during the extended weekend after the summer solstice. The festival, tagged as hot and cool at the same time doesn’t spread out red carpets, however the festival’s archives are full of interesting international guests. Cautiously selected short animated films from all around the world compete for the precious trophys: Anča Award, Anča Music Video Award, Anča Student Award, Anča Kids’Award, Anča D Award.
The top animated films, side by side with antiquarian, foreign and ever interesting animated bitts and pieces are brought to Slovakia thanks to Fest Anča. The program is also devoted to lectures, workshops, discussions with film directors, concerts and exhibitions.
This multimedia festival, since its start has been way ahead from just showing films, it brings inspiration from other media, such as visual arts, VJ-ing, computer games, puppet theatre, internet applications, mapping, new media et cetera. That is what makes the festival famous behind the borders of Slovakia, which is attested by the partnership with European organisation Cartoon in organising the Cartoon East Award, or by Fest Anča’s membership within the coalition of Eastern European festivals.
Another speciality, which makes the festival irresistible to visit personally is the informal atmosphere in the open-air space, camping area right next to the festival happening and designer market stalls.