My Favorite War is an animated documentary based on the childhood story of director Ilze Burkovska-Jacobsen, growing up in the USSR during the Cold War. A coming of age story about the personal road of escape from the brainwash of the mighty authoritarian regime. “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”.

Director’s biography

Latvian born film director living and working in both Norway and Latvia. She has done eight documentaries and more than 20 hours of TV animation-documentary series. The documentary My Mother’s Farm was screened in IDFA mid-length competition in 2009, it won the Best Latvian Documentary as well as Best TV Documentary in Norway. Her company’s TV animation-documentary series, My Body Belongs to Me won an International Emmy Award in 2018.

Festivals and awards

Annecy Feature Film Contrechamp Award 2020
The Norwegian International Film Festival 2020
Helsinki International Film Festival 2020


My Favorite War (anim-doc.)
Director: Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen
Country: Norway, Latvia
Year: 2020.
Runtime: 80′
Language: English
Cast: –
Production: Bivrost Film, Ego Media

International Selection