The Legend of Goldhorn

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A hunter heads out to the mountains to mend his broken heart. On his way, he can’t escape the visions of his lover who left him. As he loses his mind, his dark side comes to life. The shadow guides him to hunt the mythical Goldhorn and ultimately leads him to his demise.

Based on the Slovenian folktale, a story about greed and our relationship towards nature.
Musical score made with traditional Slavic instruments.


Lea Vučko,1991, illustrator by education and animator by profession, has animated on Prince Ki-Ki-do, Weasel, Špela Čadež’s OITNB Netflix commission and Somewhere Else, a contemporary puppet play. She is the co-creator of two site-specific projects that were selected for Animafests’ Animation goes MSU (Petris, Spring Cleaning) and cofounder of OCTOPICS production studio. The Legend of Goldhorn is her debut shortfilm and it won VESNA, Slovenian main film award for best animated film in 2022 and DSAF award from the Slovenian animated film association for best visual design.

Director Statement
The story of the Legend of Goldhorn is based on a Slovenian folktale, taking place in the highest mountains in Slovenia. I have been fascinated by its story ever since I was a child, as I grew up in Bohinj, a mountain valley in the mids of the Julian Alps. The story speaks of love, greed and our relationship towards each other and nature. Its main message is especially important for our current time. The story takes place in the so-called mythical past, a time when people were connected with the laws of nature. The supernatural creatures were interconnected with everyday life and were worshipped as gods. This is shown with the colour scheme. The colours are vibrant, indicating the ultraviolets and infrareds, that surround us but are invisible to our human eye. The vivid colours are also a stark contrast to the dark storyline. The painting style is inspired by expressionism and is achieved with custom-designed brushes that simulate paint on glass. The animation is completely drawn frame by frame in TVpaint.

Lea Vucko






14 min


Sunday, S3A, 12:10-12:25