Animateka PRO Pitch, 3-7/12/2019

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03 December 2019 - 07 December 2019
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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2019 Animateka Pro Coverage: 3. – 7. december (Old Power Station – Elektro Ljubljana, Slomškova 18) 

AnimatekaPRO is a festival platform where you can learn about the latest in the world of auteur animated cinema through a series of talks, debates, presentations and Q&As. The event includes the AnimatekaPRO Pitch, where producers and animators from ex-Yugoslav countries pitch their projects in development. An international panel of judges will award the best project with a chance to visit the CEE Animation Forum 2020 pitching event at the Anifilm festival.


09:00 AnimatekaPRO Pitch: Pitching competition for projects from ex-Yugoslav countries
11:00 Regional works in progress
Damir Romanov and Andrijana Sofranić Šućur (To Blink Animation, RS), I Am Akiko (animated short in development)
11:30 Producer in person Sabīne Andersone (Atom Art, LV)
12:30 Producer in person Katarína Kerekesová (Fool Moon, SK)
 13:30 Panel discussion: Animated series – How to do it?With: Nataša Bučar (Slovenski filmski center, SI), Martina Peštaj (RTV Slovenija, SI), Katarína Kerekesová (Fool Moon, SK), Halka Marčeková (comissioning editor at Slovak RTV, SK), Martin Vandas (MAUR film, CZ), Anna Vášová (13ka, CZ), Kolja Saksida (Zvviks, SI), Jure Vizjak (Invida, SI)
15:00 Masterclass Kevin Pedersen (US), Outfit7: Creating the World of Talking Tom
16:00 AnimatekaPRO Pitch 2019 Award Winner Announcement 


10:00 Breakfast with authors
12:00 Masterclass Ülo Pikkov (EE)
12:45 Producer in person Agnė Adomėnė (LT)
13:30 Panel discussion: Animation in Baltic States – The state of the art
Latvia: Anna Zača (Latvian Animation Association), Sabīne Andersone, Zane Oborenko, Edmunds Jansons
Estonia: Aurelia Aasa (Estonian Film Institute), Kaspar Jancis, Prit Tender, Rao Heidmets, Kristjan Holm, Sander Joon
Lithuania: Simona Gaidytė (Lithuanian Film Center), Laura Almantaite (Blon festival), Agnė Adomėnė 


 10:00 Breakfast with authors
12:00 Works in progress Zane Oborenko (LV), Kafka in Love (animated short in development)
12:45 Masterclass: Sabīne Andersone in Edmunds Jansons (Atom Art, LV), Making of the animated feature Jacob, Mimi and the Talking Dogs
13:45 Masterclass Jonas Odell (SE): Never Like the First Time!  


10:00 Breakfast with authors
12:00 Producer in person Olivier Catherin (FR)
12:45 Distributor in person Luce Grosjean (FR)
13:30 Case study presentation: Špela Čadež and Tina Smrekar (Finta, SI), Fabian Driehorst (Fabian&Fred, GER), Olivier Catherin (FR), Steakhouse (co-production case study presentation)
14:15 Panel discussion: The art of co-production
Vanja Andrijević (Bonobostudio, HR), Olivier Catherin (FR), Tina Smrekar (Finta, SI), Fabian Driehorst (Fabian&Fred, DE), Luce Grosjean (Miyu, FR)


10:00 Breakfast with authors
12:15 Masterclass Alexandre Siqueira (BR), Making of the animated short Purpleboy
13:00 Masterclass Gustavo Steinberg (BR), Making of the animated feature Tito and the Birds
14:00 In Person Lorenzo Mattotti (ITA/FR), Making of the animated feature The Bear's Famous Invasion of Sicily – From literature to animation
14:30 Masterclass Tricky Women: Waltraud Grausgruber (AT), Marie Paccou (FR) and Ana Nedeljković (RS), Moderated by: Urška Jež (City of Women, SI)

Also check out: Animateka Pro Booklet 2019 

 Selection Results 2019:

5 projects in development that will take part in this year's AnimatekaPRO Pitch training and competition for short animated film projects in development from the Ex-Yugoslavian region. From the 9 submissions received, these are the ones who made it through the selection process:

  • Cleaning Service, Iva Ćirić, Milan Milosavljević (Academic Film Center), Serbia
  • Fachuk, Maida Srabović, Janja Pilić (Tetrabot), Croatia
  • Family Portrait, Lea Vidaković, Draško Ivezić (Adriatic Animation), Croatia
  • TIAMAT, Darko Dacović, Milan Milosavljević (Vorky Team), Serbia
  • Wheel of Life, Tamara Maksimović, Mladen Đukić (Aeon), Bosnia and Herzegovina

All the selected participants will be assisted with booking accommodation in Ljubljana and accreditation to the 16th Animateka.

Pitching sessions will be preceded by a workshop led by an expert tutor to discuss and/or fine-tune the strengths and weaknesses of your project as well as best pitching strategies. The training will take place on Monday, 2 December from 14.00 to 20.00.

The next day on Tuesday, 3 December from 9.00 to 11.00, each participating project team will have 10-minute slots to execute the pitching presentations. The members of the international jury (experienced film professionals and/or film and TV executives), will choose the winning project and will also give a special mention.

Two members of the winning project will receive an invitation to CEE Animation Forum 2020, including free accreditations to the event and to Anifilm International Animated Film Festival, 3 nights accommodation, meals and transport.

Event Description

AnimatekaPRO is a festival platform enabling us to learn about the latest in the world of auteur animated cinema through a series of talks, debates, presentations and Q&As. The event includes the AnimatekaPRO Pitch for producers and animators from ex-Yugoslav countries to pitch their projects in development. An international panel of judges will award the best project with a chance to participate in the CEE Animation Pitching 2019 event at the Anifilm festival in Trebon. Organised in exclusive partnership with CEE Animation and in collaboration with the Slovenian Animated Film Association, Motovila (CED Slovenia), CED Portugal and Bunker.

2018 Animateka Pro Coverage (Archive)

The contestants of the AnimatekaPRO Pitch 2018 are:

 Raft, Marko Meštrović, Mia Bučević (Kreativni sindikat), Croatia
From the Ghetto, Lucija Bužančić, Andrijana Vidaček (Zagreb film), Croatia
Aqualia, Vladisav Knežević, Andrijana Vidaček (Zagreb film), Croatia
Mišja hiša / Mouse House, Timon Leder, Jure Vizjak (Invida), Slovenia
Legenda o Zlatorogu / The Legend of the Goldhorn, Lea Vučko, Damir Grbanović (Octopics), Slovenia


09:00 AnimatekaPRO Pitch
10:45 Regional works in progress: Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić (Adriatic Animation): Manivald and the Absinthe Rabbits (animated series in development)

11:00 Producer in Person
Paul Young is a co-founder of Cartoon Saloon, an IFTA winner and Oscar ® and Bafta nominee. He produced the animated features The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, and The Breadwinner. Paul also produced two seasons of Puffin Rock, an original TV series which has been dubbed into over 25 languages. Paul is Chairman of Animation Ireland, the representative body for animation studios in Ireland as well as an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year finalist. 2018 was the inaugural year of Kilkenny Animated, a festival of visual storytelling co-founded by Paul to showcase the talents and profiles of world-renowned illustrators, designers, animators and cartoonists.

In collaboration with CEE Animation Workshop.

12:15 Masterclass: The director Anja Kofmel and the producer Siniša Juričić (Nukleus film) will speak about the complications and challenges faced when working on the animated documentary Chris the Swiss, a co-production of Switzerland and Croatia. As all animated sequences were made in Zagreb, the film’s exploration of the dark side of the Croatian war of independence led to an ideological conflict with the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.

14:30 AnimatekaPRO Pitch award winner announcement

14:45 Masterclass:Nuno Bernardo, Multiple Digital Platform Storytelling
The masterclass by Nuno Bernardo (BeActive), an acclaimed Portuguese-based expert on the digital landscape and multiple platform storytelling, is open to all interested individuals across the industry. The event is held as part of CEE Animation Workshop in collaboration with Creative Europe Desks Slovenia and Portugal.

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10:00 Breakfast with authors
11:30 Masterclass: Uri Kranot (ANIDOX). Anidox VR – “Based on a true experience!”
Animation in Virtual Reality has proven to add high artistic value to the medium. Narrative driven or abstract, interactive or observative, the range of what could be defined as “documentary” is fairly wide: we would like to call them “based on a true experience”, rather than “based on a true story”. ANIDOX:LAB has been home to the development and production of animated documentaries for the past five years, supporting both short and long formats. As of this year the lab also focuses on storytelling in virtual reality. In this workshop we will showcase the latest works by the lab and case studies on Nothing Happens, a virtual reality installation presented at Animateka 2018, and Songbird, a new VR project commissioned by the Guardian.
12:30 Masterclass: Michael Frei and Mario von Rickenbach will talk about their collaborations as a filmmaker-gamemaker duo creating interactive animations. Why would you want to make an animation interactive? They will give insights into their working methods by showing the process behind projects like Plug & Play or KIDS.
13:30 Panel: Animation in Virtual Reality

With authors and experts: Manu Weiss, Marc Bertrand, Uri Kranot, Michael Frei, Mario von Rickenbach, Marko Cafnik, Mitja Klodič


10:00 Breakfast with authors
11:30 Panel: Animation in Hungary
Hungary is the visiting country at the 15th edition of the Animateka festival. The history and the current state of animation in Hungary will be discussed with film historian and curator of the 'Hungary Visiting' animation retrospective, Anna Ida Orosz, and other guests from Hungary. In collaboration with the Balassi Institute.

 2:45 In Person: Luca Tóth
Luca Toth is a Hungarian animation director, born in 1989. She studied at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. After recieving her BA diploma she went on studying at the Royal College of Art for her Master's degree. Her graduation film The Age of Curious won the Jury Distinction Prize at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.  After studying and working in the UK, Luca moved back to Budapest, where she made her first independent short film Superbia, which premiered at the Critics’ Week in Cannes 2016.

13:30 Case Study Presentation: The “Polish Quality” project is aimed at a worldwide presentation of Polish artists and service providers working in animation industry, and their contribution to international film production, especially stop motion animation. Besides having a strong focus on promoting animators, the program showcases artistic talent such as: character and set designers, puppet makers, set builders and prop makers, not just in the sphere of animation, but also for live action sets and special effects, as well as crew members specialising in animation and miniature capture or service providers specialising in sound design and sound and image post production.


10:00 Breakfast with authors
11:30 Regional works in progress: Milanka Fabjančič, Kolja Saksida (Zvviks Animation): Liliana (Animated Short Film in Production) / Leon Vidmar, Kolja Saksida (Zvviks Animation): Of Unwanted Things and People (Animated Feature Film in Production)

12:30 Masterclass: Martina Scarpelli and Lana Tankosa Nikolić (Late Love Production): The making of Egg

13:15 Masterclass: Jean Baptiste Garnero (CNC): Alexandre Alexeïeff, Claire Parker: Shadow Tamers
The virtuosity of the film A Night on Bald Mountain (1934) is not only due to the artistic genius of its authors but also to the poetry born of the instrument specially designed. The filmmakers Alexandre Alexeïeff (1906-1981) and Claire Parker (1906-1981) have indeed invented a new tool, the pinscreen, where the light on the pins offers the range of desired gradations of gray and on which they have made some major films of animation. For the past fifteen years, Jean-Baptiste Garnero has been working to collect and present collections that are entrusted or belong to the CNC. He has therefore overseen several projects designed to reassert the value of animation production and its history in France and abroad through cultural organisations such as festivals, cinematheques, museums, professional schools and UNESCO. He is currently participating in putting the last pinscreen made by Alexandre Alexeïeff and Claire Parker back into production, so it can be used again to make films in France.


10:00 Breakfast with authors
11:30 In Person: Réka Bucsi (1988) is an independent animation filmmaker from Hungary. She earned her BFA and MFA at the animation department of the Moholy­-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest. Her graduation film Symphony no. 42 was shortlisted for an Oscar in 2014. Her films were screened in official shorts competition programmes at Berlinale, SXSW, Sundance, Annecy, and won over 50 international awards. In 2013/2014 she attended Animation Sans Frontiéres (ASF), a European animation production workshop. She was an artist in residence at the Open Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, and at Q21 in Vienna, Austria. Réka’s debut short film LOVE was nominated for best short film at the European Film Awards 2017. Her new short film Solar Walk premiered at the Berlinale 2018, and won the Audi Short Film Award. Réka is represented as a director by Passion Pictures.

A retrospective of films by Réka Bucsi screens on Sunday, 9 December, at 21:00 in the Slovenian Cinematheque.

12:15 Panel: Festivals and Politics
With international animated film festival programmers and producers: Gerben Schermer, Chris Robinson, Yiorgos Tsangaris, Joni Männistö, Tamás Patrovits, Thomas Renoldner, Igor Prassel

13:30 In Person
Kaspar Jancis (1975) is a composer, artist, screenwriter and a director. Already in childhood he was interested in making comic books and writing stories with illustrations. His first moving images appeared on corners of his school books. He made his first animations while studying at the Tallinn Pedagogical University. Afterwards he enrolled in the Turku Art and Media School in Finland to study animation under Priit Pärn. His debut was Romanss (1999), followed by Weitzenberg Street (2003), Frank and Wendy (2005), Marathon (2006), Crocodile (2009), Villa Antropoff (co-dir. Vladimir Leschiov) and Piano (2015). Captain Morten and the Spider Queen is his debut animated feature.

14:30 Masterclass, Marc Bertrand (NFB): Space – The Final Frontier
Since the advent of new interactive media, creators must constantly re-evaluate the space they want to offer viewers in their work. From theatre to games, traditional animation, stereoscopy, VR, AR and multimedia installations, the questions remain the same; What is the experience offered by medium that one wishes to employ? What space or role does the author wish to offer in his work to the user? What will remain imprinted in the spectator? As a producer for over twenty years at the NFB, these are the questions I still ask myself for each of my productions. The answers are becoming more complex.

Marc Bertrand joined the French Animation Studio as a producer in 1998 and has since produced more than 100 films, including such notable successes as the award-winning series Science Please! (2001), and Noël Noël (2003) by Nicola Lemay. Bertrand’s interest in new technology has led him to become involved in working on 3D films. In 2008, he coproduced Facing Champlain: A Work in 3 Dimensions, directed by Jean-François Pouliot, and produced Private Eyes, a new 3D film by Nicola Lemay.

Among his other productions are acclaimed films such as Imprints (2004) by Jacques Drouin, Sunday (2011) by Patrick Doyon, which earned an Oscar® nomination, and works by Theodore Ushev, includingLipsett Diaries (2010), winner of a Genie for Best Animated Short and a Special Mention at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

In 2013, Marc became an AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences) member and completed the co-production Hollow Land (Michèle and Uri Kranot) and Gloria Victoria (T. Ushev), which won the FIPRESCI award in Annecy 2013.

In 2014, it was another of Marc’s production, No fish where to go, that received the same honor. In 2016, his production of Théodore Ushev’s Vaysha the Blind won both the Jury Prize and de Children Jury prize in Annecy and in 2017 the film was nominated for an Oscar® in the Short Animated film category.



Event Dates

  • From 03 December 2019 to 07 December 2019