In the second half of 2022, the Czech Republic will hold the Presidency of the European Union and as part of this occasion, this year’s Anima Brussels festival helds “CZECH-IN”, an extensive focus on Czech animation organized in collaboration with the Czech Centre in Brussels, the Anifilm festival and Czech Film Center. Anima Brussels will screen Czech features and short films, with the participation of Czech filmmakers and representatives of Czech film schools.

The official festival programme will present 4 Czech exceptional animated feature films – My Sunny Maad by Michaela Pavlátová (Jury Award in Annecy, Golden Globe nomination, 2021), Even Mice Belong in Heaven by Denisa Grimmová and Jan Bubeníček (European Film Award nomination, 2021), A Colourful Dream by Jan Balej (Czech Lion Award in 2021) and Czech minority co-production The Crossing by Florence Miailhe (Jury Distinction in Annecy 2021).

In addition, 41st Anima also helds two Czech compilations of current Czech animation, which have been curated by Pavel Horáček, the artistic director of Czech Anifilm Festival. Chic Czech, focused on children spectators, will offer a colorful palette of Czech animated shorts from recent years. Some of the works resonated at the international level – such as The Kite by Martin Smatana (Berlinale’s Generation Kplus in 2019) or The Concrete Jungle by Marie Urbánková (Clermont-Ferrand ISFF 2020).

The selection of Czech This! aims to show the range of Czech animation for older audience, and includes Oscar nominated and Student Oscar winning Daughter by Daria Kashcheeva, Diana Cam Van Nguyen’s Love, Dad, which won prizes at Toronto IFF or BFI London last year, Sisters by Andrea Szelesová (Annecy 2021) or Washing Machine by Alexandra Májová (Clermont Ferrand 2021). Czech guests will also take part in the Czech This! programme. The Focus will open legendary Czech animator Jiří Barta with a presentation of his upcoming animated feature film Golem. Daria Kashcheeva will most probably also be present, both at the screening of her film Daughter and as part of the presentations of Czech film schools.