ANIMARKT STOP MOTION FORUM is Poland’s first and Central and Eastern Europe’s prime international event devoted exclusively to stop motion and puppet animation. It is a unique meeting venue of the field’s top artists, craftsmen, producers, distributors, broadcasters, and investors. Its diversified program offers a unique combination of workshop and vocation-oriented elements on the one hand with networking and business-to-business meetings on the other, while the pitching of short puppet animations is a unique opportunity for artists.
The ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum will be held from 6 to 10 October 2020 in Łódź. Apart from the Pitching Competition, the main programme will comprise workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions for students and young specialists (the Masters section), this year revolving around topics related to the making of a stop motion puppet as well as relations between animation makers and producers. The third part of the programme – Business, concentrates on establishing contacts in the industry and recruitment sessions for international animation studios or stop motion projects. This year it will be extended to include a new meeting formula (Match and Meet). Another novelty for the event participants will be a special application My ANIMARKT App which enables to directly arrange networking meetings.
The event received financing from the Culture Promotion Fund of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and from the International Visegrad Fund, and is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
The ANIMARKT - entire programme will be held online. The Stop Motion Industry will meet virtually this year. Specialist animation workshops, business meetings and stop motion short film competition will take place via internet.
After many hours of discussions and risk analyses, in the face of restrictions in place all around the world, we have decided that the safest way to meet will be through preparing an online formula. This changed formula will make our event accessible also for people who, due to the pandemic, have had to cancel their participation or been afraid to travel to Łódź. Holding ANIMARKT online will lower barriers between artists from different continents. In this context, the idea of connecting markets of Western and Central and Eastern Europe is especially important, as well as the desire to establish closer relations between the Polish animation industry and Latin America, which is currently one of the fastest developing regions as regards puppet animation production- Paulina Zacharek, MOMAKIN co-creator.
Making the Forum work in its online version is a true organisational challenge for the ANIMARKT team, nevertheless all programme items: workshops, the business section and pitching will be preserved and transferred to the internet, with their formulas adjusted to online tools.
The ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum means almost 50 projects presented in the Pitching section over its 4 editions, 150 guests visiting the event each year or nearly 200 one-on-one business meetings - Agnieszka Kowalewska-Skowron
These formal and less formal meetings not only allowed their participants to learn how the stop motion industry operates in various countries and regions, but above all, provided them with an opportunity to present their projects individually, develop their professional competencies and start international cooperation.
Selected Stop-Motion Projects
1. A Rede (The Hammock), dir.: Beatriz Lima, prod.: Ana Luisa Lima, country: Brazil
2. Carcassonne-Acapulco, dir.: Marjorie Caup & Olivier Heraud, prod.: 12//24 FILMS, country: France;
3. Communication Lost, dir.: Pablo Muñoz and Vicente Mallols, prod.: Leticia Montalvá - Pangur Animation, country: Spain;
4. Electra. A Poem, dir.: Daria Kashcheeva, prod.: FAMU and co-producer MAUR film - Martin Vandas, Zuzana Krivkova, country: Czech Republic;
5. Fia dir.: Luciana Martinez & Iván Stur, prod.: María Rosario Carlino, country: Argentina;
6. Isolated, dir.: Juan Soto, prod.: Juan Soto, country: Spain;
7. Kabuki, dir.: Tiago Minamisawa, prod.: Wag Films and T Minamisawa, country: Brazil / France;
8. Labra Cadabra, Klaipeda Jazz, dir.: Olga Ti, Julia Titowa, prod.: Valentas Aškinis, country: Lithuania;
9. Roxanda, dir.: Dragan Jovicevic, prod.: Predrag Azdejkovic, country: Serbia;
10. Skin, dir.: Gabriel Nunes do Carmo, prod.: Matias Boeing Eastman & A. K. McCallum, country: Brazil and U.K.;
11. Steps to Fly, dir.: Nicolás Conte, prod.: María Rosario Carlino, country: Argentina;
12. Sweater (working title), dir.: Kinga Gorak, prod.: Kinga Gorak, country: Poland, South Korea;
13. The Day Vladimir Died, dir.: Fadi Syriani, prod.: Roland Fischer, country: Germany;
14. The Family Portrait, dir.: Lea Vidakovic, prod.: Drasko Ivezic, country: Croatia;
15. Yugen: open sky, dir.: Nayelli Ojeda, prod.: Isabel Figueroa, country: Mexico.
Animarkt Pitching 2020 awards:
Recognized journalist Nancy Denney-Phelps, member of the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA) and juror at many animation film festivals with links to AWN.com, or Edwina Liard, a French producer from Ikki Films, responsible for example for the success of the animated film "Negative Space" (an Oscar nomination). There will be also a possibility to take part in public speaking exercises with a composer and musician Nik Phelps or discuss scripts with Anna Bielak, a screenwriter and script consultant well known in the Polish animation community.
2018 Event Coverage
The event is organized by MOMAKIN, which combines the world of animation filmmaking with international production, distribution and promotion. It specializes in stop motion and supports animation projects at every stage of their development: from planning and financing through production to distribution.
2020 Call For Entries (Archive)
The ANIMARKT Pitching section is dedicated to short stop-motion animations from around the world at the development stage, no longer than 30 minutes, and 80% completed in the stop-motion technique. The awards include vouchers for production services in Poland or animation equipment, festival distribution or sale of television rights to the finished film.
Since one of the goals of ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum is to support artists from Central and Eastern Europe, entries from Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Germany, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Latvia are treated as priorities.
Finalists qualified for pitching before the presentation can take advantage of consultations regarding script work, production as well as budgeting, project presentation, public speaking, and building the puppet.
Although ANIMARKT Pitching 2020 will be held offline in Łódź, the competition is also open to all stop-motion animation creators who, due to the pandemic, prefer to avoid traveling. Applicants can make a presentation from their home, and meet with experts online, and prepare for their pitch sessions.
Your presentation must include:
- Summary page: title, name of the director, producer and co-producers, country, format, target, stage of the project
- List of already solicited partners and the gathered financing sources and budget
- The concept of the project
- The synopsis
- 2-5 stills or concept arts
- Description of the characters
Deadline: 3 August