REX2020 Programme2020-10-26T12:29:13+00:00

Main Festival at Zita

Zita Folkets Bio, Stockholm 29.10. – 01.11. 2020

Our main festival event will take place at Zita Folkets Bio in Stockholm, this year with physically distanced screenings so that you can safely enjoy our programme. In 2020 we focus 100% on all those amazing animated shorts!

In our thematic short film blocks for adults (15+) you will find everything from the wacky and very wild to finely-tuned personal storytelling and animated documentaries. We also have two blocks of shorts for our youngest animation connoisseurs: REX for Kids! Daytime screenings for children are around 30 minutes long and take place at 13:00 on the Saturday and Sunday, with reduced ticket prices (40 kr).

REX Animationsfestival äger rum på Zita Folkets Bio i Stockholm, i år med socialt distanserade visningar, så att ni på ett säkert sätt kan ta dela av vårt program. 2020 fokuserar vi 100% på årets alla fantastiska animerade kortfiImer! I REX tematiska kortfilmsblock för vuxna (15+) ryms som vanligt allt från utflippade och galna filmer till finstämda personliga berättelser och animerade dokumentärer. Vi har även två kortfilmsblock för de allra yngsta animationsexperterna, dessa kallas REX for Kids! Barnvisningarna är c:a 30 minuter långa och äger rum kl 13 lördag och söndag. Biljetterna till REX for Kids kostar 40 kr.

Schedule 2020

Zita Folkets Bio 29.10. – 01.11.

This year we have 9 blocks of shorts. Find out more below!

Thursday 29.10.

ZITA 1  20:00

Warped Worlds


Friday 30.10.

ZITA 3   16:30


ZITA 1  18:00


ZITA 1  19:30



Saturday 31.10.

ZITA 1  13:00

REX For Kids #1

ZITA 3  15:00


ZITA 3   16:30


ZITA 1  18:00


ZITA 1  19:30



Sunday 01.11.

ZITA 1  13:00

REX For Kids #2

ZITA 3  15:00


ZITA 3   16:30


ZITA 1  18:00


Venue & Ticket info

Blocks of Shorts

REX Animation Film Festival presents a selection of recent European animated short films. 15+ means that films are suitable for ages 15 years and up. Films are subtitled in English.

This year’s shorts are curated into thematic blocks: Warped Worlds, Families, Perspectives, Complications, Connections, Meditations..

And of course we have short film blocks for children: REX for kids 1 and REX For Kids 2.

REX Animationsfestival presenterar ett urval av nya europeiska animerade kortfilmer. 15+ betyder att kortfilmsblocket passar för personer över 15 år. Filmer är textade på engelska. Årets kortfilmer är ordnande i tematiska block:  Warped Worlds, Families, Perspectives, Complications, Connections, Meditations. Och självklart har vi även kortfilmsblock för barn: REX For Kids 1 och REX For Kids 2.

Warped Worlds –>

Shorts for Halloween! A selection of films with settings and premises that are eerie, bizarre, scary, or at times all of the above. 6 shorts.

Kortfilmer till Halloween! Ett urval filmer vars världar och premisser är kusliga, bisarra eller läskiga, eller ibland allt på en gång. 6 kortfilmer. Filmerna är textade på engelska.

ZITA 1 Thu 29.10. 20:00


By Tobias Auberg • UK • 2019 • 3:23 min

Water then food. Agriculture then industry. Old then new. Critical then extra. Simple to complex. Concrete to abstract. Dirt to clouds. Real to unreal.

Homeless Home

By Alberto Vázquez • Spain, France • 2020 • 15:00 min

No one can escape their roots, however rotten they may be.

All You Can Eat

By Dimitris Armenakis • Greece, UK • 2019 • 4:20 min

A tribe of cartoons are being taken by force from their natural habitat, only to fulfill the voracious intentions of humans. Green and Red are in love, but are their emotions stronger than reality?

Wood Child and Hidden Forest Mother

By Stephen Irwin • UK • 2020 • 9:34 min

Deep in the forest, a hunter encounters a strange creature he cannot kill.

Good Intentions

By Anna Mantzaris • UK, Greece • 2019 • 8:34 min

After a young woman is responsible for a hit and run she worries what happened to the other driver, in the meantime strange things starts to happen…

Love is Just a Death Away

By Bára Anna Stejskalová • Czech Republic • 2020 • 11:05 min

Sometimes life starts after death for someone. For someone like a little parasite, which walks with a rotting corpse of a dead dog around old landfill. Trapped in his unpalatable body he tries to find love and friendship.

Families –>

This is all about family. A mix of personal storytelling, relationships and portraits of generations and aging. 6 shorts.

Filmer om familjer! En blandning of personligt berättande, relationer och porträtt av generationer och åldrande. 6 kortfilmer. Filmerna är textade på engelska.

ZITA 3 Fri 30.10. 16:30
ZITA 1 Sun 01.11. 18:00

I’m Here

By Julia Orlik • Poland • 2020 • 14:58 min

An elderly man is looking after his paralyzed wife. Despite his old age and health problems he’s doing his best to relieve her suffering, which is getting worse day by day. His daughter helps him, trying to balance care with her work in the hospital and family life.


By Arden Colley, Asil Atay, Isabel Wiegand, Kellie Fay  • Spain, Italy, Canada, USA, Turkey • 2019 • 3:39 min

A young woman relives a pivotal moment that embodies her relationship with her mother.

The Same Skin

By Nina Hopf, John Hopf • Germany • 2019 • 5:34 min

The film follows Johns voice and deals with body and identity. The pictures as well as the sound generate an intimate, almost immediate proximity to the spoken words and the speaker himself.


By Nora Štrbová • Czech Republic • 2019 • 8:00 min

An exploration of memory as a container of our identity. Based on the personal story of the director and her brother who got a brain
tumor diagnosis. The narrative and form of the film follow the idea of perceiving reality with a broken memory.


By Bruno Collet • France • 2019 • 12:02 min

Recently, Louis, painter, and his wife Michelle are experiencing strange events. Their world seems to be mutating. Slowly, furnitures, objects, people lose their realism. They are destructuring, sometimes disintegrating …

We have One Heart

By Katarzyna Warzecha • Poland • 2020 • 11:20 min

After his mother dies, Adam comes across some letters his parents exchanged years ago. An opportunity for him to find out more about his father, who he never knew. Animated drawings and archival material takes us back forty years and enables us to uncover an extraordinary family secret.

Perspectives –>

A selection circling around themes that are relevant for Sweden, Europe, and the rest of the world, in 2020. 5 shorts.

Ett urval som kretsar kring teman som är extra relevanta i Sverige, Europa och resten av världen, i år. 5 kortfilmer. Filmerna är textade på engelska.

ZITA 1 Fri 30.10. 18:00
ZITA 3 Sat 31.10. 15:00

Empty Places

By Geoffroy de Crécy • France • 2020 • 8:30 min

Completed before the global lockdown, Empty Places is an ode to the melancholy of machines.


By Samuel Patthey & Silvain Monney • Switzerland • 2020 • 15:07 min

In a hidden place, the daily routine of a retirement home unfolds as time seems to stand still. The penciled residents come to life on paper.

In Her Boots

By Kathrin Steinbacher • United Kingdom, Austria • 2019 • 6:00 min

When it comes to a pair of tried and true boots worn on innumerable trails, such a possession can provide a familiar foothold. And so it is for the aged protagonist Hedi in when it comes her old worn out hiking boots…

Tent 113, Idomèni

By Henri Marbacher • Switzerland • 2019 • 18 min

Agir, a smiling and discreet 19 year old, tells the story of his migration. His journey from Syria to Switzerland spans several years, rushes from boats to buses, lingers from shacks to mosques, crosses camps and borders. From this chaotic construction, a fragmented, unequal narrative emerges.

And yet We are Not Super Heroes

By Lia Bertels • Belgium, Portugal, France • 2019 • 12:13 min

When you’re a child, there’s this fragile moment where the boundary between fantasy and reality is shattered. This is the testimony of these children between two worlds, to whom the word was given freely.

Complications –>

Films about societies, civilisations, groups, and power dynamics. 6 shorts.

Filmer om samhällen, civilsationer, gruppdynamik och maktrelationer. 6 kortfilmer

ZITA 1 Fri 30.10. 19:30
ZITA 3 Sat 31.10. 16:30

Something to Remember

By Niki Lindroth von Bahr • Sweden • 2019 • 5 min

A lullaby before the great disaster. Two pigeons visit a zoo without animals, a snail measureshis blood pressure at the doctor, in the CERN laboratory something has gone terribly wrong.

Let Go

By Star Bazancir • Sweden • 2020 • 2:10 min

A story about people of flesh and blood, torn apart by illusions named borders, nations and race.

Now Listen

By Kijek/Adamski • Poland • 2020 • 3:50 min

A chamber moment of reflection on possibilities of intergender dialogue turns into a symbolic occurrence. A woman goes into space and gets back to Earth to bond with a man on a pedestal.

Paper or Plastic

By Nata Metlukh • Ukraine, USA • 2019 • 7:37 min

An immigrant comes to a new country to paint a mural on the tallest tower. He tries to adapt to the new reality, but xenophobia and odd rules force him to go back.

Snow Shelter

By Robertas Nevecka • Lithuania • 2020 • 16:09 min

Frigid winter in a war-devastated, present-day city. Several years have passed since the destruction, and the city is slowly rebuilding. A thirty-year-old guy is living as a squatter in an apartment with a group of strangers. He struggles to survive in this rough setting.

All Tender Things

By Tatu Pohjavirta • Finland • 2020 • 13:00 min

A teriffic barbecue party where sacred things are thrown into the flames.

Connections –>

Shorts exploring different realities. From dreamstates and personal fears, to contemporary stories that need to be told. 7 shorts.

Kortfilmer som utforskar olika verkligheter. Från drömtillstånd och historier om personliga rädslor, till samtida skildringar som behöver berättas.

ZITA 1 Sat 31.10. 18:00
ZITA 3 Sun 01.11. 15:00


By Alexandra Ramires (Xá) • Portugal, France • 2020 • 11:39 min

Under a gloomy sun, two characters look for adaptation.


By Frank Mukunday & Tétshim •  Belgium, DR Congo • 2019 • 10:00 min

By necessity, and especially because of machines, we have become sleepwalkers, deprived of God, the damned, and guinea pigs for history’s black market.

A Mind Sang

By Vier Nev • Portugal • 2019 • 6:11 min

A short film about perception, rebirth and transformation.


By João Gonzalez • Portugal, UK • 2019 • 6:00 min

Nestor, a man with several obsessive-compulsive behaviours lives in an unstable houseboat
which never stops oscillating.

Forget Me Not

By Adela Križovenská • Czech Republic • 2019 • 6:54 min

In Czech Republic the destiny of orphans was taken from foster care to an institutional care, despite 30 years of freedom from communism, the impact was huge. Animated document with the testimony of the man who grew up in the constitution and the woman who solves the problem from the outside.

Freeze Frame

By Soetkin Verstegen •Belgium, Finland, Germany • 2019 • 5:00 min

Freeze frame: the most absurd technique since the invention of the moving image. Through an elaborate process of duplicating the same image over and over again, it creates the illusion of stillness. In this stop motion film, identical figures perform the hopeless task of preserving blocks of ice, like archivists. The repetitive movements reanimate the animals captured inside.

Grandma’s Pancakes

By Dominyka Adomaitytė, Vykintas Labanauskas • Lithuania • 2019 • 2 min

It’s a film about a grandmother patiently waiting for a visit.

Meditations –>

A flow of shorts where the more fun meets the more serious in a selection that deals with gravity, storytelling and the medium. 8 shorts.

Ett flöde av filmer där det mer lättsamma möter det mer allvarliga, i ett urval som utforskar tyngdlagen, berättandet och animationen som medium.

ZITA 1 Sat 31.10. 19:30
ZITA 3 Sun 01.11. 16:30


By Vojtěch Domlátil • Czech Republic • 2019 • 3:30 min

Morning. Coffee. Breakfast. Shower. And then? Trip outside? Or trip inside? Breathing meditation in form of linear full animation.

Urban Sphinx

By Maria Lorenzo Hernández • Spain • 2020 • 4:53 min

The eye that you see is not an eye because you see it; it’s an eye because it sees you. A tribute to all urban artists of Valencia.

Don’t Know What

By Thomas Renoldner • Austria • 2019 • 8:07 min

A combination of elements of mainstream cinema, like an entertaining dramaturgy or slapstick-like effects mixed
with strategies of avant-garde cinema or video art, like formal and aesthetic reduction of the imagery, extrem short-cut
technique and sound experiments. A mix of humor and seriousness in a “genre-hybrid”.


By Nata Metlukh • Ukraine, USA • 2020 • 3:43 min

A short film about awkward social moments.


By Alexander Gratzer • Austria • 2019 • 6:51 min

While two birds talk about their existence, a small apple makes its way into the depths of a cave under watchful eyes.

Baby Baby

By Nikhil Markale, Aggelos Papantoniou • Greece • 2019 • 1:06 min

A Baby plays with his toys on a sunny afternoon.


By Matisse Gonzalez • Germany • 2019 • 10:30 min

Some days are light and some days are heavy.
In a world where gravity changes constantly, you have to find something to keep you grounded.

Saigon sur Marne

By Aude Ha Leplège • Belgium, France • 2019 • 14:12 min

Between two household chores, an old couple tell their granddaughter their life story between Vietnam and France, during the war.
Since their first meeting, when they were 20, till today, they describe all the main steps of their relationship, talking about the exile, the immigration, sometime with humour, sometime with serious.

REX For Kids 1 –>

A selection of exciting short films for kids! Adventurous stories appropriate for children from 7 years and up. 4 shorts.

Ett urval av spännande kortfilmer för barn! Äventyrliga historier som passar barn från 7 år. 4 kortfilmer.

ZITA 1 Sat 31.10. 13:00


By ILLOGIC • France • 2019 • 1:49 min

Deep into a forest, a gathering of wild animals start a nocturnal opera, conducted by a squirrel.


By Jose Prats , Alvaro Robles • Spain • 2020 • 9:40 min

In a faraway land where the rain never stops, six-year-old Kyna spends her days playing carelessly under the protective “umbrella-beard” of her father, Din. One night, Kyna’s beloved dog Nana disappears.To find her, Kyna will embark on an adventure of self-discovery and face her great fear, the Rain.

The Bird and the Whale

By Carol Freeman • Ireland • 2018 • 7:03 min

The Bird and the Whale is a story about a young whale struggling to find his voice. After straying too far from his family to explore a shipwreck, he discovers it’s sole survivor, a caged songbird. Together they struggle to survive lost at sea.

Matilda and the Spare Head

By Ignas Meilunas • Lithuania • 2020 • 13:09 min

This is a story about a girl who wants to be the smartest person in the world. When all the things she’s learned can no longer fit in one head, her mother buys her a backup one. Two heads are better than one but Matilda soon becomes confused which head should she wear at what time and loses the second head shortly after. It is uncertain what would happen if not for a ball that accidentally flows in through her window. It changes Matilda forever.

REX For Kids 2 –>

Films with lots of fun, colour, and music! Stories appropriate for the very youngest audiences, and animation lovers of all ages. 6 shorts.

Roliga filmer med mycket färg och musik! Berättelser som passar de allra yngsta, och animationsälskare av alla åldrar. 6 kortfilmer.

ZITA 1 Sun 01.11. 13:00


By ILLOGIC • France • 2019 • 1:49 min

Deep into a forest, a gathering of wild animals start a nocturnal opera, conducted by a squirrel.

A Lynx in the Town

By Nina Bisiarina • France • 2019 • 6:48 min

A curious lynx leaves its forest, attracted by the lights of the nearby town. It has great fun there until it falls asleep in the middle of a parking lot. In the early morning, locals are astonished to find this strange animal covered in snow.


By Aliona Baranova • Belarus, Czech Republic • 2020 • 5:40 min

Huge sailor gets an autumn leaf from a small girl. It reminds him of his home. How long he has not been there? He runs to meet his old parents. What will he find there?

The Little Bird and the Bees

By Lena von Döhren • Switzerland • 2020 • 4 min

High above, the small bird enjoys the flowers of its maple tree. A mysterious humming that needs to be fathomed sends him on a journey into a magical world of flowers. Of course, the fiery red fox is soon on the little bird’s heels…


By Julia Ocker • Germany • 2018 • 3:40 min

The ants are working together perfectly. But there is one ant who is doing everything differently.

Forest Song

By Andrey Naumenko • Ukraine • 2019 • 2 min

A parent and a child take a walk in the woods. This film about what people are focusing on and what they sometimes miss.

REX Q&As & Workshops 2020

Due to the current circumstances we do not have any international guest Q&As at this year’s REX Animation Film Festival. We hope to welcome directors from all over Europe again in 2021.

This year’s main event at Zita focuses on socially distanced screenings and there are no workshops planned at this time. There are however many workshops in special formats planned this year as a part of REX C/O.

På grund av rådande omständigheter har vi inga samtal och presentationer med internationella gäster på REX Animationsfestival 2020. Vi hoppas åter kunna välkomna regissörer från hela Europa på festivalen 2021. Under årets huvudfestival på Zita fokuserar vi helt på filmvisningar, inga workshops planeras i nuläget att äga rum under huvudfestivalen. Däremot finns det planer på workshops i olika speciella format, som en del av REX C/O.

Venue & Tickets

Zita Folkets Bio is the venue of the REX 2020 main festival event. To be part of the festival a REX membership is required for all adults (15+), at the cost of 20 kr.

Single tickets can be purchased online at, and at Zita Folkets Bio. Festival passes are sold at the box office of Zita Folkets Bio. Passes grant admission to all festival screenings, space permitting.

For now and till further notice we will have 43 seats (out of 140) at ZITA 1 and 12 seats (out of 30) at Zita 3 available for sale.

The ticket system att doesn’t always show the accurate number of tickets available with this covid-adjusted number of seats, if you want to secure a ticket, don’t wait! (If the system lets you buy a ticket, don’t worry, then you have a ticket.) ♥


Ticket to one screening:

Full price 80 kr
Reduced price 60 kr
REX for Kids price 40 kr

Festival pass:

Including REX membership
Full price 220 kr
Reduced price 180 kr

Zita Folkets Bio

Birger Jarlsgatan 37, Stockholm
Box office phone: 08-23 20 20
Box office opens 30 mins before
the first screening of the day.

Plats & Biljetter

Zita Folkets Bio är vår huvudbiograf under 29.10-1.11. För att ta del av festivalens huvudprogram behöver du ett medlemskort (gäller vuxna, 15+), till en kostnad av 20 kr.

Biljetter till visningarna kan köpas på, och i kassan på Zita Folkets Bio. Festivalpass säljs i kassan på Zita Folkets Bio. Festivalpass ger tillträde till alla visningar i mån av plats. Ett antal platser per visning kommer att vara undanlagda för besökare med festivalpass, men för garanterad plats gäller lösa biljetter för 80 kr (60 kr reducerat).

För närvarande erbjuder vi 43 platser (av 140) på Zita 1 och 12 platser (av 30) på Zita 3 till försäljning.

Biljettsystemet på visar inte alltid rätt antal biljetter sedan respektive salong fick färre platser tillgängliga som en följd av rådande restriktioner. Om du vill säkra en plats, gör det nu! (Om systemet låter dig köpa en biljett betyder det såklart att du har en garanterad plats)♥


Biljett till en visning:

Fullt pris 80 kr
Reducerat pris 60 kr
REX for Kids pris 40 kr


Inklusive REX medlemsskap
Fullt pris 220 kr
Reducerat pris 180 kr

The festival is arranged by Föreningen REX Animation Film Festival, in collaboration with EUNIC Stockholm, with support from EUNIC Global, Region Stockholm and the Swedish Film Institute.