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The European National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) – New York City Cluster (with Embassy of Slovenia as its member) presents the second edition of Animated Spirits: European Animated Short Film Festival this spring. The festival brings some of the most exciting, recent animation from Europe to New York City. Artists from 12 European Union countries, including Slovenia, ‘illustrate’ the spirit of experimentation at the Austrian Cultural Forum NYC and at the Hungarian Consulate General in NYC on May 4 and 5, 2016.


When: May 4, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.

Where: AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM NEW YORK, 11 E. 52nd St,, New York, New York 10022 

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The first evening will feature COMPOSITION by Mitja Manček.

 Composition tricks the senses, making sounds visible and the images audible. The film builds a strong connection between the tone and the rhythm. Two audiovisual and film basics - sound and image - are created by the same lines engraved directly on primary audiovisual medium, film track, striving for harmony between the two. The film received the Vesna Award for Best Experimental Film at Slovenian Film Festival in Portorož and was given Special Mention for Experimental Animation at the 12th European Animated Film Festival in Belgrade, Balkanima.

*MITJA MANČEK was born in 1987 in Postojna, Slovenia. He graduated in 2009 from the Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic. Since March 2010, he has been working as a freelance artist in Slovenia. He has made 16 animated films in 16 years.

Full program:


*Composition (2015) -- by Mitja Manček (Slovenia)

*SHUT UP MOON (2014) -- by Gudrun Krebitz (Austria, UK)

*Loop (2015) -- by Michał Socha (Poland)

*Velodrool (2015) -- by Sander Joon (Estonia)

*Saturday Symphony (2015) -- by Iris Frankhuizen (Netherlands)

*Uncanny Valley (2015) -- by Paul Wenninger (Austria, France)



*Jeffrey Scher (USA) -- New York-based filmmaker and animator; lecturer at the School of Visual Arts and adjunct instructor at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts; opinionator at the New York Times.

*Holger Lang (AT), Assistant Professor and Research Faculty, Webster Vienna Private University, and Adjunct Professor, Webster University, St.Louis



*The Bench (2015) -- Claudia Chircop (Malta)

*Aion (2014) -- by Petra Heleninová (Slovakia)

*The Master (2015) -- by Riho Unt (Estonia)

*Diamond (2013) -- by Kris Mergan, Geert Vandenbroele (Belgium)

*Amélia & Duarte (2015) -- by Alice Guimarães, Mónica Santos (Portugal, Germany) 




When: May 5, 2016 |at 7:30

Where: Hungarian Consulate General, Bartók Hall, East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022 

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 The second evening will feature short film BOLES by Špela Čadež.


Filip lives in a poor neighborhood. 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 neighbor Tereza, an older prostitute that Filip tries to avoid by all means, asks him to write a letter to her fiancé. Filip agrees. And it would all end up fine if a week later Tereza would not show up at his doorstep once more, asking him to write a follow up to the previous letter.

*ŠPELA ČADEŽ is a Slovenian animator and filmmaker. After graduating in Visual Communication Design (2002) in Ljubljana she continued her studies at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Department of Media Design. During her studies in Germany she made two animated puppet films: Zasukanec (Mate to Measure) and Lovesick (Liebeskrank), which have been screened at over a hundred festivals the world over and have won more than 30 awards. Since 2008, Špela Čadež has been working in Slovenia as an independent animation film director and producer.

Full program:


*LOVE (2016) -- by Réka Bucsi (Hungary, France)

*Sonnambulo (2015) -- by Theodore Ushev (Croatia, Canada)

*Blue Room (2014) -- by Tomasz Siwiński (Poland, France)

*Here, There (2015) -- by Alexander Stewart (Croatia)



*Just a Biopic (2015) -- by Renske Cuijpers (Netherlands)

*The Tree (2015) -- by Lucie Sunková (Czech Republic)

*Life with Herman H. Rott (2015) -- Chintis Lundgren (Estonia, Croatia)

*Limbo Limbo Travel (2014) -- ZSuzsanna Kreif, Borbála Zétényi (Hungary, France)

*BOLES (2013) -- Spela Čadež (Slovenia, Germany) 

Animated Spirits 2016 was made possible through the participation of the following European cultural institutes in New York City: Arte Institute Portugal; Arts Council Malta; Austrian Cultural Forum, NY; Balassi Institute, Hungarian Cultural Center, New York; Bonobo Studio Croatia; Consulate General of Estonia in New York; Consulate General of Slovakia in New York; Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Czech Center, New York; Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington; Flanders House, New York; Polish Cultural Institute, New York.