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Short Puppet Animation by Špela Čadež | Slovenia / Germany | 2013 | 12 min

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


based on the short story “Her Lover” by Maksim Gorky
screenwriters: Gregor Zorc, Špela Čadež
assistant director, animation supervisor, main animator: Oliver Throm
animator: Leon Vidmar
puppets, set, props: Žiga Lebar
costume designer: Gordana Bobojević
director of photography: Michael Jörg
editor: Thomas Schmidl
postproduction: Markus Bledowski
voices: Katja Levstik, Gregor Zorc
music: Tomaž Grom
sound: Johanna Herr
producers: b
co-producers: Martin Roelly, Erik Winker, Andreas Bauer
production: b
co-production: b
co-funding: SFC – Slovenian Film Centre, Film und Medien Stiftung NRW

  1. Special Mention in category animation, FIC International Short Film Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  2. BEST CHARACTER – TEREZA from “BOLES” Cartoon on the Bay, Venice, Italy
  3. Special Jury Mention, Animocije, Bydgoszcz, Poland
  4. Štigličev pogled za izjemno režijo, Nagrada Društva slovenskih režiserjev
  5. MENÇÕES HONROSAS, Mostra Mumia, Brasil
  6. Best German Short Film, Interfilm Berlin
  7. Nominne for Cartoon D’or Award, Tolouse, France
  8. Dubut Prise, Hiroshima Int. Animation Festival, Japan
  9. Best Regional Short Film, Kratkofil, Banja Luka
  10. Best Stop Motion Animation, Neum Festival of Animated Film
  11. Canal+ award, Valencia Int. Film Festival Cinema Jove
  12. Audience Award, World Festival of Animated Film Zagreb, Croatia
  13. BEST ANIMATION, International Short Film Festival Tabor, Croatia
  14. Filmfest Dresden, International Film Festival:
  15. ARTE Short Film Prize
  16. Golden Horseman Animated Film
  17. GRAD PRIX, Monstra International Animation Festival Lisbon
  18. Audience Award, ANIMA Int. Animation Festival Brussels
  19. Best Short Film Award, Alpe Adria Cinema Trieste
  20. ANIMATEKA Inter. Animation Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia:
  21. Audience Award andSpecial Jury Mention
  22. III Brazil Stop Motion International Film Festival:
  23. Best Stop Motion Film, Best Screenplay, Special Prize of the Jury – Best Animation
  24. Audience Award, 12th Sommets du cinéma d’animation in Montreal
  26. Most Outstanding Animation, Animae Caribe 2013 Animation Festival
  27. Golden Dove for Animated Films and Videos, 56th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
  28. PRIX de la LIEBERTE, Le Festival du Film Court de Villeurbanne, France
  29. Best Short Animated Film Award, “Cyber Sousa” of Xiamen International Animation Festival, China
  30. GOLDEN SPIKE for BEST SHORT FILM, SEMINCI Valladolid International Film Festival
  31. Special Mention for Best Slavic Stop Motion Animation on 3rd StopTrik International Film Festival
  32. PolandJury Mention at PRIMANIMA World Festival of First Animations, Hungary
  33. Independent Film Competition Winner, Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival, Canada
  34. Best Professional Film, Se-Ma-For International Animation Festival, Lodz, Poland
  35. Anim’est Trophy – GRAD PRIX, Anim’est International Animation Festival, Bucharest, Romania
  36. Award for the Best Film of South Eastern Europe, BALKANIMA International Animation Festival, Belgrade, Serbia
  37. Special mention, ANIMASYROS International Animation Festival, Greece
  38. Special mention, 9th World Festival of Animated Film Varna, Bulgaria
  39. VESNA ZA NAJBOLJŠI KRATKI FILM, Festival slovenskega filma, Portorož
  40. AUDIENCE AWARD, ANIMANIMA Festival of Animated Film, Čačak, Serbia
  41. Special mention, ANIBAR International Animation Festival, Kosovo
  42. BEST ANIMATION FILM, 12th Countryside Animafest Cyprus
  • selection

    Ottawa International Animation Festival (21/9-25/9/2016)

    DOK Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (31/10-6/11/2016)

    Sundance Film Festival (19/1-29/1/2017)

    Göteborg Film Festival (27/1-5/2/2017)

    Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival (3/2-11/2/2017)

    ANIMA – Brussels Animation Festival (24/2 – 5/3/2017)

    GLAS Animation Festival (2/3-5/3/2017)

    Holland Animation Film Festival (22/3-26/3/2017)

    Filmfest Dresden International Short Film Festival (4/4-9/4/2017)

    Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Films (2/5-7/5/2017)

    Vienna Independent Shorts (1/6-6/6/2017)

    Animafest Zagreb – World Festival of Animated Film (5/6-10/6/2017)

    Annecy International Animation Festival (12/6-17/6/2017)

    Animator International Animated Film Festival (7/7-13/7/2017)

    Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (18/7-30/7/2017)

    Fantoche International Animation Film Festival (5/9-10/9/2017)

    Ars Electronica Animation Festival (7/9-11/9/2017)

    Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (19/9-24/9/2017)

    Milano Film Festival (28/9-8/10/2017)

    Bucheon International Animation Festival (20/10-24/10/2017)

    Hiroshima International Animation Festival (23/8-27/8/2018)


Boles, short film by Špela Čadež
Poster design by Roman Ražman