CEE Animation Forum 2023

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
08/11/2023 - 09/11/2023
Pilsen, Czech Republic / Online
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Event Description

CEE Animation is an umbrella of regional activities for the promotion and development of animation and its talents in more than 20 countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The objective of CEE Animation is to raise the competencies of professionals and give them equal access to financing and the markets as their Western peers, by fostering co-production and sustainable business models.

Each year, the organizers invite almost 200 film professionals to follow the competition between the most promising European animation projects.

2023 Coverage

Statistics: The selection includes 8 projects for children up to 10 years old, 6 projects for teenagers, 8 projects for young adults, and 7 projects aimed at adult audiences. Hungarian animation is the most represented with a total number of 5 projects, followed by Czech Republic (4), Estonia (3), Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain (2 each), Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Slovakia and Ukraine (1 each).
In terms of animation techniques employed, the projects demonstrate a captivating blend of artistic approaches. Drawing emerged as the most popular technique, utilized in 16 projects, followed closely by 2D
animation in 14 projects. Additionally, the selection highlights the creative use of 3D animation in 7 projects and the distinct charm of stop motion animation in 7 projects, showcasing the versatility and craftsmanship within the industry.

Meet the Jury Members

  • In the Feature Films category, the jury comprises Claudia Rudolph-Hartmann, a senior manager, international festivals and acquisitions at Global Screen; Delphine Maury, founder of the production company
    Tant Mieux Prod; and David Mouraire, a producer and a co-founder of Doghouse Films.
  • The five series and one TV Special will be judged by Denisa Dufková, head of planning for the children's programme of Czech Television Déčko; Emmanuelle Chevalier, a distinguished children's film distributor at Les Films du Préau; and Leticia Montalvá Sánchez, a stop-motion producer at Pangur Animation.
  • The Short Films jury features Tam Dan Vu, an artistic director and Head of Communications at Travelling Distribution from Canada; Stéphanie Launay, a French producer (Komadoli studio and Scalae productions); and Carla Vulpiani, a film distributor at Varicoloured Holistic Film Agency.
  • The student works will follow Flóra Anna Buda, celebrated for her Cannes-winning film '27'; Stefan Michel, the co-founder of Studio Seufz, and Léo Soesanto, a Paris-based film journalist, festival curator and writer.

New Innovative Tool ‘Market’
CEE Animation Forum 2023 introduces Market, a place designed to connect film professionals, offering them a platform to showcase their services, explore job opportunities, and find ideal partners for their ambitious projects. What sets this initiative apart is its accessibility; organizers have ensured Market remains visible and open to those without accreditation or unable to attend in person. All attendees will also have the opportunity to follow two presentations – Crystel Poncet, former senior acquisitions manager at Canal+, gaining invaluable insights in the field of animated series; and the renowned Hungarian institution, the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, introduces their new Animation MA programme in English.

2023 Call for Entries (Archive)

Submissions are open to European animated projects in development or in production in 4 categories:
• features films – minimum length of 60 minutes; in concept, in development or in production,
• TV or web series and TV specials – TV and web series of any format and single films, minimum length of 20 minutes; all stages of development except for concept stage,
• shorts films – maximum length of 20 minutes; all stages of development except for concept stage,
• Rising Stars – student short films, maximum length of 20 minutes; all stages of development except for concept stage,
The selection is also open to the international productions with projects thematically bound to the CEE region.

Only producers (or other project rights-holders) can submit projects on behalf of the project team. Producers must hold the rights to the project including:
• the right to present the project and any of its parts (including video in any form) to the public,
• the right to publish information on the project and any of its parts in any form (e.g. website or catalogue).
For the category Rising Stars (student films), the applicant has to have the consent of her/his school to apply and present the project to the public

Both members of the project team (director/scriptwriter and producer) must have citizenship or permanent residency in one of the following countries:
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine.

Successful applicants whose projects are selected have to pay the participation fee by July 31, 2023. Upon selection of the project, fees apply as follows:
• Category FEATURE FILMS fee: EUR 300 per project
• Category SERIES / TV SPECIALS fee: EUR 300 per project
• Category SHORT FILMS: EUR 180 per project
• Category RISING STARS: EUR 50 per project

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Event Dates

  • From 08/11/2023 to 09/11/2023



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