16 December 2021
Clermont-Ferrand ISFF (January 28 - February 5, 2022), world's biggest film festival focused on short films, selected 2 Czech animated works for its official selection. Sisters by Andrea Szelesová will compete in the International Competition and Love, Dad by Diana Cam Van Nguyen will spice up the Lab Competition. In addition, festival's non-competitive retrospective section 20 Years of Lab Competition includes Mrdrchain by Ondřej Švadlena. Czech cinema will also be represented at the Short Film Market and at the Euro Connection platform.
Andrea Szelesová, a student of the Department of Animated Film at Prague's FAMU, created 11-minutes-long alegorical tale, Sisters, about the hardships of letting go. In her animated short, Szelesová tells a story of a Big Sister trapped in sand in a deserted landscape. With no way to take care of herself, this burden falls on her resentful little sister.
Sisters world-premiered at the Annecy IAFF earlier this year in the Graduation Films in Competition, and since then, the film attended many (mainly) animation-focused festivals all over the world - such as Animasyros, Animateka or Bucheon IAF. In Clermont-Ferrand, Sisters will compete in the prestigious International competition.
Diana Cam Van Nguyen, also a student of animation at Prague's FAMU, created a personal film about ties and gaps between a child and a parent. In Love, Dad, the author rediscovers letters, her dad wrote to her from prison, and she decides to write back in hope to find the connection again. In Clermont-Ferrand, the film will compete in the Lab competition.
Love, Dad, world-premiered at the Locarno IFF in the Pardi di domani competition. Since then, the 13-minutes-long anidoc attended dozens of festivals and collected several major awards. The film won IMDbPro Short Cuts Award at Toronto IFF, Short Film Award at BFI London, Silver Dove for Short Documentary and Animated film at DOK Leipzig, Best Animated Film award within the Competition of experimental films at the Festival du nouveau cinéma, and more.
Experimental animated short film Mrdrchain (or Mr. Dr. Chain) by Ondřej Švadlena was screened in Clermont-Ferrand in 2010 withtin the Lab Competition. Shortly after, the film won festival's Canal+ Award and twelve years later, it has been selected for the non-competitive retrospective section "20 Years of Lab Cometition".
Švadlena's film tells a story of the trials and tribulations of Sliceman in the dark and frightening land of the "murderchain", and in Clermont-Ferrand, it will be screened on four occasions: 30 January (15:00, Capitole), 1 February (19:00 Capitole), 3 February (20:15 Conchon) and 5 February (15:00 Vian).
This year's Euro Connection platform, two-day pitching and networking event held together with the festival, hosts the Producers Focus programme. Rising Czech producer Karolína Davidová, who stands behind celebrated Love, Dad, takes part in the programme and will have the opportunity to present her company 13ka and its projects to various international industry players.
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