STA, 20 June 2022 - Animated short Steakhouse by Slovenian director Špela Čadež has won the jury award in the short films competition section at the 2022 Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the world's largest event dedicated to animation. This is yet another award for the Slovenian-German-French co-production about domestic violence.
The award is a cherry on top of an impressive festival run for the film, the Slovenian Film Centre (SFC) said in a press release on Monday.
Čadež, one of this year's recipients of the Prešeren Fund Prize, has won a number of awards for Steakhouse (2021), including the best short film award at the 2021 LIFFe film festival in Ljubljana, the Best Animation Technique Award at the 2021 Ottawa International Animation Festival and a Special Mention at the 2022 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
The film was also nominated in the independent short film category at the 2022 American Animation Awards. Every year Variety, one of the most referenced film magazines, picks top 10 animated shorts they consider the most important in the Annecy main competition, and this year the selection includes Steakhouse, which was named a festival favourite as were two of Čadež's previous short films - Boles (2013) and Nighthawk (2016). Variety also noted that one of the ten films selected is usually nominated for an Oscar.
This year, the Annecy Festival featured two more films that were co-funded by the SFC - Urška Djukić's Granny's Sexual Life in the official animated shorts competition and Miloš Tomić's My Father's Damn Camera! in the perspectives competition section.