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Festival Animanie chooses the interplay of light and dark to celebrate coming of age

Festival Animanie will celebrate its coming of age in November! For the eighteenth time, we will entertain you at the Moving Station in Pilsen, where we will hold an international showcase of audiovisual works by children and young people up to 26 years of age, from 16 to 19 November.

We have come a long way with the festival in these 18 years. We have gone from a small domestic competition to an international one, we have added a games section, and today we are also running a game competition. With each year, not only the festival grows, but so do you, our audience - and we can't wait to let you know what's in store.

Once again, you can look forward to 150 fresh competition films from children and young filmmakers from around the world, new animated films and archive blockbusters. Traditionally, there will be a load of animation workshops led by professionals and the popular game zone with the latest titles from game developers. Educators and individuals hungry for film education who want to be inspired by and learn from professional filmmakers will also find something to enjoy.

Choosing a theme for the eighteenth anniversary year that would speak to both children and adults was not easy. We decided to celebrate coming of age with a nostalgic memory that connects many of us. Were you also afraid of the dark as a child? And then discovered that everything just looks a little scarier in the dark than in the light? The symbiosis of light and darkness is what our festival will be about. About the delicate interplay of two sides of the coin, where one could not exist without the other. Fantastic journeys into the dark, where we confront our fears. And about the joy of our inner child when we overcome our fear of the dark and replace it with life-giving light.

In the spirit of the theme OUT OF DARKNESS, the entire festival will be held, and the programme will be gradually published throughout September and October. Follow our social networks and website or subscribe to our newsletter so you don't miss anything!

The festival is organized by the Animanie association, which is involved in film and audiovisual education all year round. Throughout the year we organize workshops, programs and seminars for children, students, teachers and others interested in film. Also during the festival, there will be seminars focused on film and audiovisual education, which are especially for teachers and those interested in the field. They will focus on upcoming innovations or the state of film education in Czech schools.