Four Czech works selected for the Annecy IAFF 2022

04 April 2022

Czech Film

Four Czech works selected for the Annecy IAFF 2022

Czech Film

Four Czech works selected for the Annecy IAFF 2022

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Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2022 selected 4 Czech works for its official selection. One Czech and two minority co-production animated shorts - At the Spiral's End, Scale and Paolo's Happiness will celebrate  premiere in France. The festival will also screen Anifilm Trailer 2021.

Czech animated short documentary film At Spiral's End by FAMU student Eliška Kerbachová will premiere internationally at this year's Annecy IAFF in the Graduation Short Films in Competition. A 2D computer animated film, aimed at teens and young adults, is based on authentic recordings and deals with the question of what does it take to turn the downward spiral of substance abuse upside down.

Annecy's Official Selection also includes two Czech minority co-production short films, produced by prominent Czech producers and supported by the Czech Film Fund.

French-British-Czech-Belgian short Scale is selected to world-premiere in the prestigious Short Films competition. Focusing on the dark subject of drugs, the film follows Will as he drives down the highway and loses his sense of scale. As his crippling drug addiction deepens, he struggles to unpick the sequence of events that led to his predicament before he’s lost forever.

Scale's director Joseph Pierce is an experienced short film maker and animator who caught international attention with another short A Family Portrait (2009), for which he won two prizes at the Clermont-Ferrand ISFF and was nominated at Cinekid festival or Chicago IFF. On Scale, Pierce co-worked with producer Hélène Mitjavile of Melocoton Films (France) and co-production partners: Bridge Way (Great Britain), Czech producer Jiří Konečný of endorfilm (who stood behind Golden Bear-winning Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn) and Ozù Productions (Belgium). The Czech Film Fund supported the film with EUR 49 000 for production in 2020.

Paolo's Happiness is German-Swiss-Czech co-operation, which will compete in Young Audience Short Films section. The film tells a story of Paolo, a lonely yet happy man, who can cry. He cries at stories with a sad ending but also at happy endings, and his tears make people around him happy. They can pick his tears as flowers. But they can’t keep them...

Thorsten Droessler's puppet-animated short came as result of co-operation between Grit Wiskirchen of FilmVermoegen and MotionWorks (both Germany), Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktions (Switzerland) and Martin Vandas & Alena Vandasová of MAUR film. Czech production company, which stood behind Oscar-nominated Daughter, was backed by the CFF with EUR 22 000.

Furthermore, Commissioned Films selection of this year's Annecy festival will also screen Anifilm trailer, which was created for the 2021 edition of this Czech festival by Eliška Oz and Lee Oz and produced by Pavel Horáček of Občanské sdružení pro podporu animovaného filmu.

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