Moreover, Jan Švankmajer's film "Insect", which premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival this January, was screened in the non-competitive category of the festival. In the MIFA film market, Czech animated film was represented by seventeen filmmakers and producers from eleven animation studios, and other professionals. In the MIFA film market, there are three thousand accredited film professionals, nearly five hundred dealers and buyers and over six hundred exhibitors.
The International Animated Film Festival in Annecy (AIAFF) was founded in 1960 and is considered one of the most important festivals of animated films in the world. The festival awarded prizes in various categories, including feature films, short films, television films, student films and films created for the Internet.
The short puppet film "After" focuses in less than six minutes on what will happen after death. Many ethnic groups have a fundamentally different view on this topic, but they have one thing in common: they all believe their truth is the only one. The film story takes place in the world of Eskimos. "To live at the North Pole is hard enough even without your granny's annoying chit-chat. For the protagonist of this flatly narrated film, encountering a polar bear means a possible redemption from the wretchedness of his earthly life. After all, his granny said that there's tons of food in heaven and you can stop giving a damn, writes the Czech-Slovak film database.
Matouš Valchář visited Annecy together with the assistant professor from the Studio of Animation and Interactive Art, Vojtěch Domlátil. Throughout the festival, in addition to competing films screened in cinemas, evening screenings also took place in the city centre, in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Annecy and the peaks of the Alps. For one week, the festival breathed life into the surrounding of Annecy.
Matěj Valchář along with Vojtěch Domlátil held an interview with the journalist and theorist of animation Alexis Hunot, they enjoyed a number of great animated films and visited a meeting with an important animator Paul Bush. "There was a lively response to our film from its start to the end, as opposed to other high-quality films, where it was traditionally applauded at the end. Actually, I was surprised to find that our film is clear and well narrated and that it attracts the attention of an international audience", says Vojtěch Domlátil.