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: Tina Smrekar, Špela Čadež
co-producers: Martin Roelly, Erik Winker, Andreas Bauer
production: No History – Contemporary Arts Institute
co-production: Hupefilm 
co-funding: SFC – Slovenian Film Centre, Film und Medien Stiftung NRW


Special Mention in category animation, FIC International Short Film Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina

BEST CHARACTER – TEREZA from “BOLES” Cartoon on the Bay, Venice, Italy

Special Jury Mention, Animocije, Bydgoszcz, Poland

Štigličev pogled za izjemno režijo, Nagrada Društva slovenskih režiserjev

MENÇÕES HONROSAS, Mostra Mumia, Brasil

Best German Short Film, Interfilm Berlin

Nominne for Cartoon D’or Award, Tolouse, France

Dubut Prise, Hiroshima Int. Animation Festival, Japan

Best Regional Short Film, Kratkofil, Banja Luka

Best Stop Motion Animation, Neum Festival of Animated Film

Canal+ award, Valencia Int. Film Festival Cinema Jove

Audience Award, World Festival of Animated Film Zagreb, Croatia

BEST ANIMATION, International Short Film Festival Tabor, Croatia

Filmfest Dresden, International Film Festival:

ARTE Short Film Prize

Golden Horseman Animated Film

GRAD PRIX, Monstra International Animation Festival Lisbon

Audience Award, ANIMA Int. Animation Festival Brussels

Best Short Film Award, Alpe Adria Cinema Trieste

ANIMATEKA Inter. Animation Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia:

Audience Award andSpecial Jury Mention

III Brazil Stop Motion International Film Festival:

Best Stop Motion Film, Best Screenplay, Special Prize of the Jury – Best Animation

Audience Award, 12th Sommets du cinéma d’animation in Montreal


Most Outstanding Animation, Animae Caribe 2013 Animation Festival

Golden Dove for Animated Films and Videos, 56th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film

PRIX de la LIEBERTE, Le Festival du Film Court de Villeurbanne, France

Best Short Animated Film Award, “Cyber Sousa” of Xiamen International Animation Festival, China

GOLDEN SPIKE for BEST SHORT FILM, SEMINCI Valladolid International Film Festival

Special Mention for Best Slavic Stop Motion Animation on 3rd StopTrik International Film Festival

PolandJury Mention at PRIMANIMA World Festival of First Animations, Hungary

Independent Film Competition Winner, Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival, Canada

Best Professional Film, Se-Ma-For International Animation Festival, Lodz, Poland

Anim’est Trophy – GRAD PRIX, Anim’est International Animation Festival, Bucharest, Romania

Award for the Best Film of South Eastern Europe, BALKANIMA International Animation Festival, Belgrade, Serbia

Special mention, ANIMASYROS International Animation Festival, Greece

Special mention, 9th World Festival of Animated Film Varna, Bulgaria

VESNA ZA NAJBOLJŠI KRATKI FILM, Festival slovenskega filma, Portorož

AUDIENCE AWARD, ANIMANIMA Festival of Animated Film, Čačak, Serbia

Special mention, ANIBAR International Animation Festival, Kosovo

BEST ANIMATION FILM, 12th Countryside Animafest Cyprus