We were touched by this memoir that is part of a bigger story. It gives a vivid feeling for a young girl growing up and evolving in a small Latvian town during the Soviet occupation. My Favorite War teaches the global value of freedom and demonstrates how a very personal story can be of universal interest.

- Annecy jury, 2020

My Favorite War wins at the Annecy festival

After nine years of tears, hard work and adversity, I am now giving way to the tears of joy. I could endure this long production time only because I worked with so many talented and kind people – both the staff and all who believed in the film and supported us in Norway and Latvia.

Now the film begins its world journey. I am happy. From head to toe. For one day. Then a new working day will start on Monday.

This is an important recognition and has a great value in bringing "My Favorite War" out to a large international audience.

"My Favorite War" is a personal animated documentary that tells the story of the director's growing up in Latvia, part of the Soviet Union, during the years from 1970 to 1990. The Soviet regime used World War II as a significant ideological weapon to intimidate and oppress the population during the Cold War. When Ilze discovers the remains of a German soldier in her backyard sandbox, she begins looking for other stories buried underneath the propaganda. “I had to make a choice then - who do I want to become and what do I believe in? The same questions young generations are asking themselves today”.

Bivrost Film will launch an essay competition with the working title “Democracy and Me”. Its starting point is the opinions of today's youth in Europe about the fact that our democracies are again under pressure from totalitarian leaders and nationalist movements. We hope that the story of "My Favorite War" can inspire youth to manifest their attitudes. It has been our wish ever since we started working on the film.

More about this to come.

Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen (Director) – Photo: Kristaps Kalns
Svein Nyhus (concept artist), Trond Jacobsen (producer), Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen (Director) – Photo: Bivrost Film

The Team

Ilze B. Jacobsen
Director, writer
Svein Nyhus
Concept artist
Laima Puntule
Lead background artist
Krišjānis Ābols
Animator
Neil Hammer
Animator
Arnis Zemītis
Animator
Kerija Arne
Animator
Toms Burāns
Animator
Harijs Grundmanis
Characters & Props
Kārlis Auzāns
Composer
Julie Vinten
Editor
Reinis Rinka
Editor
Ernests Ansons
Sound designer
Guntis Trekteris
Producer
Trond Jacobsen
Producer
co-director animation