Updated: 16-02-2019 23:44


Explore Slovak animation with a special selection 25 Years in Slovak Animation! 

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary years of Slovakia’s independence, Slovak Film Institute and International Animation Festival Fest Anča prepared the compilation 25 Years in Slovak Animation, presenting widely recognized and renowned Slovak animated shorts made since 1993. The selected shorts introduce various precedencies, milestones and distinguish authors who have formed Slovak contemporary animation. Titles demonstrate literacy, technical prowess, thematic maturity and inventiveness of their authors. Slovak animation has gone through uneasy times since 1993. Drastic institutional changes right after the declaration of indepedence caused stagnation in Slovak animation that affected the whole community of animation filmmakers. The establishment of Department of Animation at the Academy of Performing Arts averted the risk of its total disappearance of Slovak animation. From this vague period arose a new generation of Slovak animators. At that time an important part for the growth of animation was represented by commissioned work on animated music videos.


More about the Academy and it’s Department of Animation

While Film and TV Faculty’s tradition is more than sixty years old, its Deparment of Animation was established only in 1993 (three years after the Faculty of Film and Television establishment as an independent body). Films of the graduates, characterized by strong autarchic visuality, have been seen with great success and recognition at many representative international events (Annecy, Los Angeles, Moscow, Stuttgart, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong and many more). Among the winners of world prestigious awards for animators are names such as: Katarina Kerekesova, Vanda Raymanova, Ivana Laucikova, Michal Struss, Michaela Copikova, Peter Budinsky, Martin Snopek, Vlado Kral, Boris Simaor Martina Mikusova. During the last 25 years Department of Animation educated more than 80 graduates who are currently working in the professional field, have their own production companies and help educate next generations of filmmakers.

The Faculty of Film and Television has been founded in 1990 as the youngest of the three faculties of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. With more than 150 films produced every year, ranging from short exercises to medium-length films, it is the most important film school in Slovakia. The faculty offers ten academic specializations: scriptwriting, fiction film directing, documentary film directing, editing, cinematography, animation, sound design, production and management, audiovisual studies and visual effects. We encourage experimentation and research in artistic creation and help our students to adapt to the professional needs of contemporary audiovisual and multimedia arts.



The movies (70')


01. STEPS, JUMPS, YEARS... AND THE LAST ONE TURN THE LIGHTS OFF / Kroky, skoky, roky… a posledný zhasne, 5’

Slovakia, 1995

Directed by Katarína Kerekesová, Vanda Raýmanová, Michal Struss, Karol Holubčík, Maroš Končok, Vlado Král, Martina Matlovičová, Matej Klade, Martin Snopek



Technique: Hand drawing animation

Production: Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava

Dialogues: No


A collection of first animation exercises by students of newly established Atelier of Animation at the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava.



02. DOUBLE VOICE INVENTION A-MINOR / Dvojhlasná Invencia a-mol, 2’

Slovakia, 1998

Directed by Vladimír Král

Screenplay: Vladimír Král


Technique: 2D animation

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

Production: Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava

Dialogues: No


The chase of the redhood and the wolf, with the sad end. Masters degree filmy by one of the first students of Atelier of Animation at the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava.



03. IN THE BOX / V kocke, 6’

Slovakia, 1999

Directed by Michal Struss

Screenplay: Michal Struss

Animation: Marcel Janovský, Michal Struss

Technique: Puppet, Stop-motion animation

Music: Michal Kaščák

Production: Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava

Dialogues: No


A character is inside a cubical room; there is a hole in the roof, which is too high to reach. Short film about being trapped in space. Among other awards In the Box received the Student Oscar awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.



04. LIONARDO MIO / Lionardo Mio, 7’

Slovakia, 2004

Directed by Ivana Šebestová

Screenplay: Ivana Šebestová

Animation: Ivana Šebestová

Technique: Shadow, Cut-out animation

Music: Marek Piaček

Production: Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava

Dialogues: Yes


Florence, 1500 A. C. A theatre company performs a love story à la commedia dell’arte: Harlequin desires Columbine, but she loves a noble and mysterious painter Leonardo da Vinci. The story gets tangled, nobody knows anymore what fiction is and what reality. Only Leonardo keeps his head cool and makes use of the emotional disorder to create his masterpieces.



05. VILIAM / Viliam, 7’

Slovakia, 2009

Directed by Veronika Obertová

Screenplay: Peter Minár

Animation: Veronika Obertová, Michaela Čopíková

Technique: 2D, Cut-out animation

Music: Martin Hasák

Production: Ové Pictures

Dialogues: No


The story is about two Siamese twins fighting each other in the boxers’ ring. “Thanks” to their disability they are sharing professional and private life, both from the different social side. The story is coming to the head when the smaller from the brothers tries to win a common fight. However, situation present that one part cannot be without another part.



06. TWINS / tWins, 6’

Slovakia, 2011

Directed by Peter Budinský

Screenplay: Patrik Pašš

Animation: Peter Budinský

Technique: 2D animation

Music: Peter Kudlička

Production: Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava

Dialogues: No


Siamese twins fight it out in the boxing ring but the competition really heats up when it’s time for bed.



07. LAST BUS / Posledný autobus, 15’

Slovakia, 2011

Directed by Martin Snopek, Ivana Laučíková

Screenplay: Patrik Pašš, Martin Snopek


Technique: Mixed media animation

Music: Jakub Ursíny

Production: Feel me film (Ivana Laučíková)

Dialogues: No


It’s the start of the hunting season. The animals of the forest board a small bus and flee to safety. When hunters stop the bus in the middle of the night, its passengers reveal their true natures in fear for their lives.



08. PANDAS / Pandy, 11’

Slovakia / Czech Republic, 2012

Directed by Matúš Vizár

Screenplay: Matúš Vizár

Animation: Dan Stanchev, Dalibor Kristek, Marek Pokorný, Adrian Hantát


Music: Adam Matej (a.k.a. Ink Midget)

Production: BFILM (Peter Badač, Tomáš Hrubý)

Dialogues: No


They are the product of millions of generations before them and yet they're left all alone in the forest to fend for themselves. One day an all to active primate, the human being, finds them and they quickly become a pond in man's games.



09. COWBOYLAND / Kovbojsko, 5’

Slovakia, 2015

Directed by Dávid Štumpf

Screenplay: Dávid Štumpf


Technique: 2D animation

Music: Boris Berlanský, Larisa Krivosceková

Production: Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava

Dialogues: No


According to the justice of the Wild West, thieves must be punished. But when the sheriff's horse breaks, and there is no-one to oversee justice, it's hard to forecast if justice stays justice.



10. SPIRIT OF THE CITY / Duch mesta, 4’

Slovakia, 2015

Directed by Veronika Kocourková, Andrej Kolenčík

Screenplay: Veronika Kocourková, Andrej Kolenčík

Animation: Veronika Kocourková, Andrej Kolenčík

Technique: 3D computer animation

Music: Jana Kirschner

Production: Veronika Kocourková, Andrej Kolenčík

Dialogues: Lyrics


Pixel-art music video clip about the city and the life in it.



11. JOURNEY, 8’ 40’’

Slovakia, 2017

Directed by Marek Jasaň

Screenplay: Marek Jasaň

Animation: Marek Jasaň, Matej Babic

Technique: Hand drawing, Cut-out, Puppet Stop-Motion, 3D Computer animation

Music: Vlado Šarišský

Production: Artichoke, VŠMU FTF, People Animation

Dialogues: No


A man discovers that he is able to enter other people’s minds, explore their inner world and take their dreams and desires to put them in his head.




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