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Find the current selection of CEE animation shorts to screen at Anifilm Festival, Liberec.

The CEE Animation Talents compilation is intended for the promotion and alternative distribution of the most talented young animation filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe. The premiere of the 2021 compilation will take place on 23 June at the Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films (22-27 June 2021).

The selection focuses on extraordinary talents whose work promises successful future careers. Its aim is to provide support for dissemination at film markets, among film distributors, sales agents and festival program directors.

The original purpose of creating this annual selection was to try to make the animation from the CEE region more visible abroad and help young filmmakers with their festival tours. This challenge is multiplied with the pandemic restrictions and limited possibilities to screen new animated works. Our primary ambition is the year-round promotion of awareness of animation by young artists from CEE and assistance to its further development, visibility and distribution - Jaroslav Kocourek, CEE Talents project coordinator.

An expert board is compiled annually to select the best regional work produced that year. Festival artistic directors Annaida Orosz (Primanima, HU), Olga Bobrowska (Stoptrik, PL), Pavel Horáček (Anifilm, CZ), Ivana Sujová (Fest Anča, SK), Daniel Šuljić (Animafest Zagreb, HR) and Igor Prassel (Animateka, SI) participated in the selection.

In the 7-year history of this project, more than 40 short films were promoted, and almost 100 screenings took place around the world.

Film Lineup:

CEE Animation Talents 2021 are composed of 7 short animated films without dialogue or with English subtitles. The 67-minutes compilation is targeted at adult audiences

Ant Hill, Director: Marek Náprstek
Producers: Ondřej Šejnoha (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague), Zuzana Kučerová (Frame Films s.r.o.) /  Czech Republic, 2020

Arkam Director: Natko Stipaničev
Producer: Igor Grubić (Kreativni sindikat) / Croatia, 2020

A War of Words or Respectful Silence?, Director: Leo Černic
Producer: Mateja Zorn (Kinoatelje) / Slovenia, Italy, 2020

Bye Little Block!, Director: Éva Darabos
Producer: József Fülöp (MOME - Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design) / Hungary, 2020

Crossing, Director: Agáta Bolaňosová
Producer: Patrícia Pošová (Film and Television Faculty of The Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava – VŠMU) / Slovakia, 2018

I'm Here, Director: Julia Orlik
Producer: Agata Golańska (The Polish National Film School in Lodz) /Poland, 2020

#polish_women_resistancem Director: a group of 49 animators from Łódź
Producer: LeLe Crossmedia Production Sp. z o.o, / Poland, 2020

CEE Talents organisers count on the presentation of this compilation at selected film festivals but offer rights to online events as well.  The organisers offer this programme to festivals free of charge with availability for both – cinema projections and online screenings.

Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films runs 22-27 June 2021.

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