We've received great news from Animafest Zagreb. Julia Orlik's film “I'm Here” received the Dušan Vukotić Award and was named the best student animation of the festival, while Mariusz Wilczyński's feature-length “Kill It and Leave This Town” won a special mention from the Jury.

The World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb took place for the first time in 1972 and – after Annecy – it's the second oldest film festival entirely dedicated to animation and one of the most important festivals in the world devoted to this subject

Every year there is a Polish element in the festival programme. This time wasn't an exception. The competitions included the awarded film by Mariusz Wilczyński, but also the short films “Good Night, Neighbour” by Rozalia Las, “Prince in a Pastry Shop” by Katarzyna Agopsowicz, “The Moon” by Tomek Popakul , “The Visit” by Mateusz Jarmulski, “Your Own Bullshit” by Daria Kopiec and the Dušan Vukotić Award-winning “I'm Here” by Julia Orlik.

The festival's best student film tells the story of an elderly man who is looking after his paralysed wife. Despite his old age and own health issues, he tries his best to alleviate her suffering, which is getting more severe every day. He is aided by his daughter, who tries to reconcile the care given to her mother with her own work at the hospital and her personal life. Each of them has different views on how the woman should be looked after, which leads to many arguments.  

In turn, the winner of the Special Mention – “Kill It and Leave This Town” is about a man who – fleeing despair after the loss of his loved ones – hides in a safe land of memories, where time stands still and all his loved ones are still alive. Over the years, the city develops in his imagination. One day, childhood heroes and idols known from literature and cartoons, who are eternally young in the minds of future generations, arrive uninvited.

A list of all awarded films can be found here.