(2020 Festival visual identity design: Sasha Svirsky)
StopTrik IFF is a festival and community that celebrates amazing film art of stop motion animation. We appreciate the works made in traditional techniques of three-dimensional hand-made animation but we are also excited to discover experimental, mixed and hybrid forms. Whether you are a professional, student or an enthusiast you are more than welcome to share your films with our Audience – the best and most valuable juror that decides about the festival's Grand Prix. We show the Competition and Panorama programmes in Slovenia and Poland, and whenever possible we support the authors' participation in the Festival. Once you're on StopTrik please get ready for marathon-watching of the most brilliant recent and historical stop motion films, several discussions about art, craft, life, politics and whatever you wish to talk about, workshops of stop motion filmmaking, morning urban walks, afternoon vegan lunches, late night dances, and 24/7 stop motion passion!
2020 Festival Coverage
Theme: Animation as a Weapon
(Festival Statement): On StopTrik we keep on discussing “what-s”, “why-s” and “how-s” of the presented film works. And in fact this means that we keep on discussing “what-s”, “why-s” and “how-s” of the surrounding social, political and cultural environments. Needless to say, we have not expected a pandemic so at this moment no one can be fully certain how the 10thStopTrik gathering will look like but save the dates for StopTrik Maribor: 8.-11. 10. 2020, and StopTrik Lodz: 6.-8. 11. 2020.
Whatever will be, we will keep calling for critical reception of films, authors' self-awareness and intersectional perspective on the problems of film and culture activism. But in this unusual year we want to be affirmative and straight-forward. Just as Theodore Ushev was when he wrote and performed A-Z MANIFESTO. The notion of ANIMATION AS A WEAPON has been on our agenda since 2011.
When we go live in Maribor we want to present ANIMATION AS A WEAPON retrospective programme where each selected stop motion film refers to each letter→fear→anti-value indicated by Theodore Ushev. Experimental BlackBox section will feature the works of the most free spirit of Russian art-house animation, Sasha Svirsky. We're proud to say that Sasha Svirsky is an author of StopTrik 2020 visual identification! Croatian festivals, Animafest Zagreb World Festival of Animated Film and Supertoon International Animation Festival will cheer us up with the music video clash of their artistic directors: Daniel Šuljić and Slave Lukarov. Anyone interested in world class stop motion filmmaking should consider participation in workshops led by Spela Cadez, a multi-awarded animator and animation director, and a member of Academy Awards.
Only naturally we intend to maintain social distancing and other anti-pandemic precautions and so we have to significantly limit our program proposal this year. Nevertheless the young audiences in Maribor will have an opportunity to discover and discuss finest examples of contemporary art-house and experimental animation brought to their schools by our partner festivals: PAF– Festival of Film Animation and Contemporary Art (Olomouc, Czech Republic), Linoleum Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival (Kiev, Ukraine) and Insomnia Open-Air Animation Festival (Kaluga, Russia).
Children programme hosted by the Puppet Theatre in Maribor will consist of the selections of Polish animation (curated by Piotr Kardas from O!PLA), Russian animation (curated by Nadezhda Svirskaia, animation producer and curator from Moscow), programme of Koyaa films or simply the beloved Slovene children entertainment treasure, and a collection of the best children films from Annecy Festival. Full film line-up complemented with information on workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions and other events as well as StopTrik Lodz programme will be unveiled in the second half of September.
It was possible to come so far because of the StopTrik community: those who form the festival in Maribor and Lodz with their presence and engagement, culture activists in the region as well as the global artistic community that is eager to share their visions and ideas with our local audiences. Eventually we owe a lot to the accepting participants of the European animation festival circuit who respect StopTrik's concept-driven attitude of criticism.
Festival statement: In the unusual times of the 2020 we're calling you to join the 10thinternational celebration of stop motion animation art. StopTrik IFF is a festival of community that cherishes hand-made art of cinematic illusion, uniqueness of experiments and spirit of collectivism. We vow to do everything that is possible to maintain these values despite all of the surrounding obstacles.
First things first: we're opening the call for the most exciting stop motion films made in 2018-2020. We appreciate the works made in traditional techniques of three-dimensional hand-made animation but we are also eager to discover experimental, mixed and hybrid forms. “The International Stop Motion Competition” and “The Borderlands Competition” will be judged by the most valuable juror – the Audiences. We hope for your understanding that only on a later date we will know whether this will be groups of enthusiasts gathered in Maribor (Slovenia) and Lodz (Poland) or individuals responsibly self-isolating themselves in front of their computers.
The professionals, students and enthusiasts alike are welcome to share their films, and be a part of the 10th anniversary of StopTrik. Whatever form it takes, this festival is about discovering stop motion diversity as well as discussing arts, politics and all what's relevant for any creative personality!
“International Stop Motion Competition” and “The Borderlands Competition” will take place in Maribor on 08. - 11. 10. 2020 and Łódź on 06.- 08. 11. 2020. Potential online screenings will be discussed separately before the announcement of the selection results.
Eligibility - Competitions: