Animafest, Scanner III, 7-8/6/16: Call for Papers

The third edition of the Symposium for Contemporary Animation Animafest Scanner III  (7-8 June 2016, Zagreb) aims to create synergy of theoretical and practical discourses, and stimulate exchange among filmmakers and scholars. festival and symposium

The symposium will be held in association with the World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb. Over the course of its forty-four-year history, the festival has given a stage to different animation forms and formats in competition and non-competition environments, presenting a worldwide selection of auteur, experimental and mainstream animated films in various programmes.

 International film and media scholars are invited to present the newest findings in the field of animation studies. During he two-day event, ideas and thoughts will be exchanged with festival guests, filmmakers, organizers of other festivals, producers, professionals, and scholars.

The keynote speaker for this year's event is  Marcin Gizycki, and also the recipient of the Animafest Zagreb Award for Outstanding Contributions to Animation Studies for 2016

The Polish animation professional is an art and film historian, critic, curator and filmmaker and the artistic director of 'Animator' International Animated Film Festival in Poznan, as well as professor at the Technical College in Katowice, Poland and at Rhode Island School of Design.

Gizycki joins a lineup of speaker who have received similar awards to previous years (Giannalberto Bendazzi, Donald Crafton, John Canemaker, Clare Kitson, Midhat Ajanovic Ajan, Olivier Cotte and Marcel Jean)



Giannalberto Bendazzi, keynote speaker in 2015 Animafest Scanner




Exploring films and the work of filmmakers that are consciously operating against so-called 'rules of good filmmaking' in animation. This includes the analysis of reasons to choose technical and conceptual approaches that are traditionally considered 'poorly animated'. Creative decisions that accept and utilise techniques in different, non-conventional, often considered dilettantish, ragged or simply 'wrong' ways.

Who defines such rules of quality and excellence? Who, how and when might they change and, where are the boundaries of experiments, traditions and conventions? How can you find success 'In the Raw'?


Discussing the true value of awards for animated films and filmmakers, the tangible and the non-material value, its relevance and impact. Including international and national perspectives the focus may be on the selection processes and hidden motivations in potentially self-serving systems. Is there a narrow view on very few films and always the same people? Who and what kind of work is earning awards, how and why?


Fuelling each other, overlapping, enhancing and even competing with each other animation and gaming are strongly connected fields. This convergence in animated media is spilling over the limits of artistic, commercial and scientific work. Traditional forms, techniques and aesthetics merge into new hybrids, expressions and channels.

To what extent are those interconnections extended to other types of media like films, apps, graphic novels and robotics? Which factors in the history and development of visual and acoustic elements between animation and gaming are important to be reviewed?



Considering reflections on history, aesthetics and concepts of style and story structures in films associated with the Zagreb School of Animation. Which historical events led to the development of the Zagreb School? What are the influences and legacy of the Zagreb School in relation to style, storytelling and narrative concepts - worldwide - until today?


Submit an abstract for a twenty-minute theoretical or historical presentations held in English (based on this year's topics) and fill out a separate online entry form.

 Submission deadline: 10 March 2016

 Reworked abstracts of the presentations up to 500 words will be published in English in the Croatian Cinema Chronicle (Hrvatski filmski ljetopis), which is listed in several citation and abstract databases, including Web of Science (WoS) and SCOPUS.

he symposium gives a free festival pass, but does not cover travel and accommodation expenses, but the hospitality office of Animafest Zagreb will gladly support speakers in finding inexpensive hotels with special festival rates. For info about accommodation, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about the symposium, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ORGANIZERS: World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb, ASIFA Austria

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE Daniel Šuljić, World Festival of Animated Film Animafest ZagrebMag.phil

Franziska Bruckner, ASIFA-Austria, AG Animation

Dr. Nikica Gilić, Assoc. Prof. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

Prof. Holger Lang, Webster Vienna Private University

Prof. Dr. Hrvoje Turković, Prof. in retirement

The third Animafest Scanner Symposium for Contemporary Animation Studies is fully integrated into Animafest Zagreb. It reaches out to scholars, filmmakers and interested visitors and it is complemented by additional animation screenings, artists' talks and exhibitions.



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