Under #UnitedSheep umbrella, Animest announces the titles from the International Competition, edition no 14

Being a teenager now, Animest little sheep becomes more daring at the 14th edition of the Bucharest International Animation Film Festival (4-13 october). Having a strong selection of new titles and courageous approaches, Animest is sending the message of unity. The power that the act of creation manifests in society brings one simple message: #UnitedSheep, United@Cinema!


More than a film festival, Animest became in its 14 years of existence one truly phenomenon. The brand identity was consolidated by the diversity of the public, interested in finding the domain's novelties and also by the large number of spectators, the films that have entered the competitional sections, all of these made Animest the voice of the community. Today, Anim'est becomes Animest and the festival's mascot is identifiable with each one of its spectators who believed in it, relaunching, in a new formula, the call for unity, courage and freedom of artistic expression.


“Animation consumers are young in body and spirit, and prefer different forms of expression. Thus, they categorically reject the convention and adhere to any form of cultural disobedience. Animest is the most important animation festival in the region, and in 2019 it aims to be the echo of an active community, which is involved in the city's life. 2019 is the year in which the sheep regain their territory '', points out the creative director Marius Roșu, who signs the concept of the Animest/14 image campaign.


The strength of the message with which this edition identifies itself is strongly supported by the new films, screened for the first time in southeastern Europe, in the presence of the directors or producers, films that will compete for the Animest Trophy awarded to the best animation feature. These include the brave Away, made, from production to directing, and to the soundtrack, by Gints Zilbalodis, a young Lithuanian artist, aged only 25 years. Compared with the European critics with the films of the famous Hayao Miyazaki and awarded the Contrechamp award at Annecy, the film transcends the borders of the cinema, inviting the audience in a fairy tale adventure, on an island populated by fantastic characters.


Also from Annecy, where he was rewarded with the Jury Prize, comes also Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtle (d. Salvador Simó), a film that pushes the limits of the conventional, drawing on the story of the visionary Luis Buñuel. A precious piece of film history, the script follows the laborious process of producing the short film Las Hurdes (Land Without Beard), a film banned at that time by the Spanish regime, representing the golden years of surrealism in cinema.


About anarchy, revolution and disobedience, Black is Beltza, screened for the first time in San Sebastián, invites the public in the middle of an adventure with spies and political implications, in 2D. The action of the film directed by Fermín Muguruza takes place in 1965, in the middle of the Cold War, and follows a series of events that will change the course of history, starting with racial discrimination. 


Fritzi - a revolutionary tale (d. Matthias Bruhn, Ralf Kukula), draws its inspiration from a recent period, proposing a nostalgic journey towards the end of the 1980s, when the Berlin Wall began to crumble. The story is presented through the eyes of a child, determined to find his best friend.


The only non-European film from the Animest feature film competition, Ville Neuve (d. Félix Dufour-Laperrière) is a Canadian production inspired by the political and social movements born with Quebec's declaration of independence. The film had its international premiere in Venice, where it impressed with a love story about to break down for the second time, after the protagonists join forces in the midst of the referendum.


“This year, in the selection of Animest, we focused on the films that tell unique stories, with a powerful message, supported by a visual play or by an intelligent and ambitious animation of them, which is valid both in the feature film competition and in the short film. The films we propose to the viewers at this edition bring diversity and spectacle that I think is needed in the film distribution in Romania. '', declares Mihai Mitrică, Festival Director and Programme Manager of the International Animation Film Festival. 


As for the short film competition, distributed this year in 8 portfolios, the diversity and the spectacular are saying their word again, whether we are talking about short films written by professional filmmakers or referring to the stories created by students. 92 short films will fight for the Animest Trophy 2019, films carefully selected out of the 1230 titles entered in this edition.


The Festival is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Union and the Administration of the National Cultural Fund, the National Film Center, the Romanian Cultural Institute, Romanian Filmmakers Union.

With the support of: the French Institute, the Austrian Cultural Forum, British Council, Cervantes Institute, Estonian Film Institute, MARe/Museum of Recent Art, KUBE by Musette, Groupama Insurances, Cinema City.

Published: 9/2/2019