The Slovenia Times

Animateka festival

Nov 27 2023 - Dec 3 2023

Animateka, an international festival of animated film at Ljubljana's Kinodvor cinema, will bring a selection of the best of auteur animation production from around the globe, along with exhibitions, workshops and masterclasses.

The 20th edition of the festival is dedicated to the memory of Paul Bush, a British experimental film director and animator who died in August.

It will also pay tribute to Italian animator and painter Gianluigi Toccafondo, whose Little Russia won the Grand Prix at the first edition of Animateka and is the author of the festival's 2023 visual identity.

Along with a retrospective of his animations, the festival will celebrate his work with exhibitions in the DLUL Gallery, the Slovenian Cinematheque, and the Kinodvor Gallery.

The main competition programme features works from Central and Eastern Europe, while the Best of the World section brings the most innovative, daring, award-winning animated films from Western Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

The extensive programme also includes a selection of animated documentaries, and a retrospective focusing on collage animation, featuring pioneers such as Stan VanDerBeek, Larry Jordan, Jan Lenica and Terry Gilliam, the modern masters Lewis Klahr (a festival guest), Stacey Steers and Dalibor Barić.

A selection of animated feature films this year includes Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, an adaptation of short stories by the celebrated Japanese writer Haruki Murakami in a feature debut by composer, painter and filmmaker Pierre Földes.

For a full programme and details click here.