Slovenian Contemporary Animated Shorts

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“The new millennium brought a revival for short animated films in Slovenia. The new generation has original stories to tell, technological and cinematic knowhow and is eager for international visibility. Among the presented authors, Dušan Kastelic, a self-thought 3D computer animation guru is the most experienced. The international success of his films is exceeded only by Špela Čadež, who specialized in animation in Germany and is among the most rewarded Slovenian film authors. Špela started with puppet animation and lately swaped to cut-out animation using a personalized multiplane table. Leon Vidmar, specializing in puppet animation and Timon Leder using all that 2D and 3D computer technology offers, are the new talents to watch out for. Boris Dolenc used a short comic story by Serbian author Vladan Nikolić published in the comics magazine Stripburger, for the most hilarious film in the program. Kolja Saksida and Grega Mastnak are putting all their (and their teams) effort into the production of episodes for their original animated series for children Koyaa and Prince Ki-Ki-Do. This selection of authorial films made by Slovenian authors in different animation techniques is the proof of the quality level of the new Slovenian animation scene.”

Igor Prassel

The program is presented in partnership with the Animateka International Animated Film Festival and the DSAF Slovenian Animated Film Association.

Last Minute
Špela Čadež, Marina Rosset | SI, DE 2010 | 2 min

Chalk hunts the shadow. When it gets caught, only traces of their game are left behind.

Chicory ‘n’ Coffee
Dušan Kastelic | SI 2017 | 9 min

This sweet, animated musical short, based on a poem by singer-songwriter Dušan Mlakar, details a wife’s innocent deception of her husband over the course of a long and loving marriage.

Koyaa – Wild Sunbed
Kolja Saksida | SI 2017 | 3 min

On a sleepy summer afternoon, Koyaa lies down in a sunbed to rest. The sweltering heat makes the item go crazy, kicking around like a wild stallion! Koyaa can barely keep it under control…

Wanted
Boris Dolenc | SI 2012 | 10 min

The animated Slovenian Western Wanted combines in an ingenious way the traditional Slovenian countryside with the Wild West, with a hint of contemporary criticism.

Prince Ki-Ki-Do: Winter Story
Grega Mastnak | SI 2017 | 5 min

A harsh winter has set in in Ki-Ki-Do’s forest, and the kind-hearted pig Rozi is knitting warm clothes for the freezing animals. But the clothes are too big, too small, or simply unfitting, leaving the animals utterly helpless. In the ensuing chaos, only Prince Ki-Ki-Do is able to set things right.

Weasel
Timon Leder | SI 2016 | 12 min

A hungry weasel attacks a flock of birds living on a tree, the last one still standing upright. The birds in the canopy are trying to keep the tree in balance, while the weasel is persistently trying to climb up its trunk. Its persistence is putting the tree’s fragile balance ever more at risk, and its growling stomach is not letting up until it is too late.

Farewell
Leon Vidmar | SI 2016 | 6 min

Lovro is tired and sad. He fills the bathtub with water, looking at droplets dripping from the tap. As one hits the water surface, Lovro is reminded of the day he first went fishing with his grandpa. His thoughts take him to the fish pond, and the bathroom sounds and objects bring back memories of that day. Memory and reality merge into one.

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Špela Čadež | SI, DE 2013 | 12 min

Filip lives in a poor neighbourhood. He dreams of writer’s glory and luxurious lifestyle in a more prosperous part of town. One day Filip gets a knock on the door. His neighbour Tereza, an older prostitute that Filip tries to avoid by all means, asks him to write a letter for her fiancé. Filip agrees. And it would all end up fine if a week later Tereza would not show up at his doorstep again, asking him to write an answer to the previous letter.

Nighthawk
Špela Čadež | SI, HR 2016 | 9 min

Attempting to remove an unresponsive badger from a dark road, a police patrol soon realizes that the animal is not dead but rather dead drunk. Things take an even stranger turn when the creature wakes up.