8 months ago

Animated symphonies of the soul

Anibar’s Student Competition came to us, as an overture to the Human Experience

In the enchanting world of animation, some films leave an indelible mark on our hearts, weaving tales that resonate deeply with our emotions and human experiences. This is the experience I had last night, watching the fourth and last screening of the student’s films, at the 14th edition of Anibar – Internationa Animation Festival. With last night’s seven artistic screenings, this Competition came to an end, and now all we can wait for is to see who will claim the first place. However, I can say one thing, all of them are winners, cause all of them got the audience clapping, tears, and joy. The students ‘ creations engaged everyone in an emotional roller coaster of deep human experiences. One can think, what a generation of artists, what a luck to have witnessed their rise. 


Let’s delve into the enchanting world of these thought-provoking and emotionally charged animations from last night:


Your Dad (Hungary, 2023)


In “Your Dad,” director Anita Kühnel Szabó paints a poignant picture of the violinist Miklós, whose relentless desire to conform to societal norms leads him down a path of anxiety and self-doubt. After a life-altering accident, Miklós finds himself in purgatory, where he is reunited with his deceased father, who guides him on a journey towards self-discovery and reconciliation with his inner demons.


Remy wants to die (France, 2022)


Director Naëlle GAVERIAUX weaves a haunting tale in “Remy Wants to Die.” The film revolves around Remy’s desperate struggle with his inner turmoil, as he yearns for an escape from the burdens of life. Each attempt at finding peace seems perfect, but fate has other plans. The audience is taken on an emotional rollercoaster, grappling with themes of hope, resilience, and the human will to endure.


Human Resources (France, 2022)


A collaboration of Trinidad Plass Caussade, Titouan Tillier, Isaac Wenzek, and Emca Angoulême, “Human Resources” offers a gripping narrative that revolves around Andy’s journey through a recycling appointment. As the story unfolds, we witness Andy’s life through the lens of a friend filming the events. The film challenges our perception of existence and the significance of our actions in life’s fleeting moments.

Go Fishboy (France, 2022)


In this heartwarming animation, directors Denise Cirone, Sebastian Doringer, Andrey Kolesov, Chiayu Liu, Zhen Tian, and Lan Zhou explore the complexities of family connections through the art of sushi-making. “Go Fishboy,” tells the story of a respected chef from a lineage of sushi makers as he tries to connect with his son through their shared passion. As tensions rise and secrets surface, the bond between father and son is put to the test.

Mano (Denmark, 2022)


“Mano,” directed by Toke Madsen and produced by The Animation Workshop, delves into the struggles of a protective older brother navigating a neglectful family situation. With heartfelt emotion, the animation portrays the challenges faced by the siblings as they confront their absent mother, leading to a life-altering decision.


Martyr (France, 2022)


In this emotionally charged animation by director Raoul Faure, “Martyr” portrays the innocence of Marcel’s early years, enveloped in the love of his mother. However, everything changes when his sister, Sophie, is born, pushing Marcel into a downward spiral of loneliness and sorrow. The film delves into the profound impact that family dynamics can have on an individual’s emotional well-being




Directed by Abel Bourreau, “DA ETERNAL CATERPILLARS” takes viewers on a gripping journey through a gas station where two police officers ponder the meaning of life. Meanwhile, a group of gangsters prepares for a vengeful act, and a young child desperately seeks to recover the controller of his console. The animation intertwines the lives of these characters in a tale of intersecting fates.


The fourth screening of the Students Competition at Anibar showcased the remarkable talents of emerging student animators. With powerful storytelling and captivating visuals, these films have not only entertained but also left a lasting impression on every one of the viewers. As the festival continues to thrive, it promises to be an exceptional platform for animators to share their unique visions with the world.

Leonora Aliu