We have great news from Slovenia. "Impossible Figures and Other Stories I" by Marta Pajek received the Grand Prix while "The Moon" by Tomek Popakul was honoured with a special mention at the recently concluded Animateka International Animated Film Festival.

Animateka is one of the most interesting animated film festivals in Central Europe. The festival is held in Ljubljana in early December and lasts 6 days. Every year the organisers present the most important animated films made by artists from all over the world.

Marta Pajek's winning Impossible Figures and Other Stories I is set in a world right after a big bang. Only a few seniors are left alive in a deserted city. The protagonist of the film, an old woman, walks the streets of the empty city with difficulty. She is surrounded by facades of empty houses with geometrically divided planes, monuments that reminiscent of past victories that are now completely meaningless and dead mannequins in store windows. The memories of those who will never come back to the city come back in short flashes. The first part of Marta Pajek's triptych is a post-apocalyptic vision of the world in which man and his existence mean no more than a fraction of a second. All three films are based on the concept of impossible figures.

The joy of the Grand Prix for Marta Pajek's film was complemented by Tomek Popakul winning a special mention for his latest animated film made during the pandemic. The Moon is a mysterious tale. On the one hand, we are dealing with the apocalypse, and on the other, it's business as usual. Something strange is pulsating on some invisible layer.

More information about the Slovenian festival can be found on its official website.