15 March 2023
Annecy International Animation Film Festival (11 - 17 June, 2023) will present three short films in the competition programs. Highly anticipated Electra by Oscar-nominated Daria Kashcheeva and co-production short Salvation Has No Name by Joseph Wallace will be screened at Short Films in Competition section and The Goose, directed by Jan Míka, will be presented within the Short Films Young Audiences in Competition. All three films have been supported by the Czech Film Fund.
Electra marks a return to Annecy for director Daria Kashcheeva, whose previous animated short Daughter was world-premiered at the festival in 2019 and awarded the Cristal for Graduation Film there, followed by festival screenings and shower of awards from all over the world, which culminated in the nomination for Academy Award in the Best Animated Short film category in 2020. Electra will be in Annecy presented at the Short Films in Competition section.
The film tells a story of Electra, who is not able to establish relationships with men. When she is intimate with a man, she tears off a part of his body, destroying him. She runs away to her empty and crumbling room where she constructs a safe partner – a male mannequin. She thinks that this way she is keeping her relationships under control. She is upset by her own self from the past, Young Electra, who is stalking her. She looks too sexy, she is excessively made up, and she is bringing up painful memories from her childhood which Electra has been trying to avoid.
The main producer of Electra is once again Martin Vandas and Alena Vandasová of MAUR film, a Czech production company with many years of experience in animation, with FAMU (CZ), Olivier Catherin (FR), Papy3D (FR), Artichoke (SK) being the coproducers. The film received EUR 155 000 in support from the Czech Film Fund and it was supported also by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, CNC, ARTE France, FILMTALENT Zlín and by the Pilsen Region.
Salvation Has No Name, a British-French-Czech short stop motion animation film of Joseph Wallace world-premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2022, co-produced by Michal Podhradský of Animation People on the Czech side, will be presented at the Short Films in Competition section as well.
A naive circus troupe come together to tell a cinematic folktale of a disillusioned priest who falls in love with a desperate refugee, incurring the wrath of his contemptuous parish. When the refugee rejects her fate, the performers are forced to question the morality of their tale.
The film has been supported by the Czech Film Fund in the minority coproductions scheme with EUR 16 000.
Animation People represented by Michal Podhradský is also the producer of The Goose, directed by Jan Míka, which was selected to compete in the Short Films Young Audiences in Competition section. The story of a little boy who wants to become a famous football player and play in big stadiums, but first he has to win a match on his own backyard, was was premiered at Premiers Plans Angers, followed by the screening in Clermont-Ferrand and BUFF Malmö.
The Goose is a coproduction of Czech Republic and France, with Autour de Minuit, Filmofon and ADV Studios being the coproducers. The film received support from the Czech Film Fund in amount of EUR 52 000 and it is also part of the Czech Short Films 2023 collection promoting Czech shorts abroad.
10 June 2022