VAF is now CEE Animation

Visegrad Animation Forum Is Rebranding into CEE Animation and Opens Call for Pitch of Animated Projects










Visegrad Animation Forum (VAF) has been the largest platform for the animation industry in Central and Eastern Europe. Over the course of its six-year existence, it has managed to build a strong base of film professionals and welcome over 150 participants from all over Europe in Třeboň every year. The Central and Eastern European region operates on very similar historical, artistic and economic fundaments. That’s why it is the organisers’ ambition to broaden the platform by including other countries, increase the range of activities, and umbrella all of that under the new CEE Animation brand.

CEE Animation Forum
formerly known as VAF Třeboň
From 6th to 9th May 2019, a traditional pitching competition of animation projects will be held in three categories: short film, series / TV special or feature film. Selected authors will have a unique opportunity to consult projects with invited experts, get valuable feedback and advice on how to improve their presentation, script, or production strategy. Competition participants can secure a chance to find a co-production partner by presenting it in front of more than one hundred film professionals – including producers, TV programmers, festival directors, distributors, investors or representatives of national film funds. They all come to Třeboň to meet new creativity, discuss new visions and opportunities or talk about financing methods and strategies for further development of the field. During those three days, great emphasis is placed on networking in the form of 1: 1 meetings or short presentations of countries and studios. The Forum is organised in collaboration with Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films.

Become part of this unique event and sign up your project by filling in the online form by 13th January 2019 the latest.
For detailed rules of the competition, go HERE.

CEE Animation Workshop
This year CEE Animation is offering a new opportunity to film professionals: a training programme designed to develop projects and create production networks. The goal is to provide participants with training in the field of development, from the work on script to artistic and production counselling. Particular attention will be paid to the conditions of production in the countries of this region. The CEE Animation Workshop is divided into three six-day modules. The first one will focus on development (Ljubljana, December 2018), the second on production and financing (Budapest, March 2019) and the third one on market access. The last module will take place before the CEE Animation Forum in Třeboň.

CEE Animation Talents
formerly known as VAF New Talents
Every year, animation of the Central and Eastern Europe region brings young gifted creators to global cinematography. It is precisely for these debutants that the CEE Animation Talents selection is made each year to promote exceptional short films at leading animation markets, festivals or with foreign producers. This way, successful titles such as Happy End (Jan Saska, CZ), Farewell (Leon Vidmar, SI), Volcano Island (Anna Katalin Lovrity, HU), Cowboyland (Dávid Štumpf, SK) or The Fruits of Clouds (Kateřina Karhánková, CZ) have appeared in the programmes of European festivals in recent years.

CEE Animation
The joint effort of the CEE Animation platform is to improve the interconnection of Central and Eastern European countries, establish an effective communication network among all players in the animation industry and create suitable conditions for international co-productions. Another piece into the puzzle of success is opening up a discussion with public service televisions and film funds of the region. At present, it’s the public service televisions that do not allow standard co-production of new TV series. The set of measures and the design of the strategy for future years are being prepared within a comprehensive document called “Ljubljana Accord“, a response to the European Animation Plan. Publication of the text is expected at the end of 2019.

CEE Animation Forum takes place within the Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films (7th-12th May 2019). CEE Animation is supported from the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic (ASAF, Association of Czech Animation), Hungary (MOME ANIM, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest), Poland (SPPA, Polish Animation Producers Association), Slovakia (APAF, Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers) and Slovenia (:D’SAF!, Slovenian Animated Film Association).

CEE films nominated for the Emile Awards

Record Number of EAA Nominees Coming from Central and Eastern Europe










On November 8th, the nominees for the 2018 European Animation Awards (The Emile Awards) have been revealed. Polish feature animated film Another Day of Life (dir. Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow) led with FIVE nominations, Captain Morten and the Spider Queen (dir. Kaspar Jancis) received TWO of them. With great interest, we are watching the record number of EIGHTEEN nominees coming from the Central and Eastern Europe – with high potential to win in several categories. In comparison to 2017, only two short films found a way to the nominations: Category Best Student Film – Oh Mother! (dir., Paulina Ziolkowska; Poland) and in Best Background & Character Design Manivald (dir. Chintis Lundgren; Estonia, Croatia, Canada).

EAA members will be able to vote online until November 30th. The winner for each category will be announced during the Emile Awards ceremony on December 8th.
Good luck to all these wonderful films!

Discover CEE nominees by categories:


  • Bless you! – Poland | Paulina Ziolkowska (director)
  • Pura Vida – Estonia | Nata Metlukh (director)

 – BEST DIRECTION – In an Animated Short Film

  • Musical Traumas – Serbia | Miloš Tomić (director)


  • Last Stop is the Moon – Poland, Lithuania | Birute Sodeikaite (director)
  • The Fruits of Clouds – Czech Republic | Alžběta Skálova (artistic director), Kateřina Karhánková (director)

 – BEST SOUND DESIGN – In a TV / Broadcast Production

  • Sounzee – Rickle Pick – Hungary | Adrian Kollar (sound designer)

– BEST DIRECTION – In a Feature Film

  • Another Day of Life – Poland, Spain, Belgium, Germany | Raúl de la Fuente & Damian Nenow (co-directors)
  • Captain Morten and the Spider Queen – Estonia, Belgium, Ireland, United Kingdom | Kaspar Jancis, Henry Nicholson, Riho Unt (co-directors)

– BEST WRITING – In a Feature Film

  • Another Day of Life – Poland, Spain, Belgium, Germany | Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow, David Weber, Amaia Remirez & Niall Johnson (writers)
  • Chris the Swiss – Switzerland, Croatia, Germany, Finland | Anja Kofmel (writer)


  • Captain Morten and the Spider Queen – Estonia, Belgium, Ireland, United Kingdom | Mart Kivi, Sam Turner (key animators)


  • Another Day of Life – Poland, Spain, Belgium, Germany | Rafał Wojtunik (art director)
  • Chris the Swiss – Switzerland, Croatia, Germany, Finland | Simon Eltz, Anja Kofmel, Serge Valbert (art director)

– BEST SOUNDTRACK – In a Feature Film

  • Another Day of Life – Poland, Spain, Belgium, Germany | Mikel Salas (composer)
  • Chris the Swiss – Switzerland, Croatia, Germany, Finland | Marcel Vaid (composer)
  • THEOX – Greece | Dimitra Trypani (composer)

– BEST SOUND DESIGN – In a Feature Film

  • Another Day of Life – Poland, Spain, Belgium, Germany | Oriol Tarragó (sound designer)
  • Chris the Swiss – Switzerland, Croatia, Germany, Finland | Markus Krohn (sound designer)

CEE Animation Workshop: Group Leaders Confirmed

The Producers Behind Two of the Most Acclaimed Animated Feature Films in Recent Years Join the CEE Animation Workshop as Group Leaders

Ewa Puszczyńska (Poland) and Ole Wendorff-Ostergaard (Denmark) were producers respectively for Ari Folman’s The Congress and Raul de la Fuente & Damian Nenow’s Another Day of Life.

Both films were amongst the very few animated features involving Central European talents that premiered in Cannes Film Festival, The Congress opening the Directors’ Fortnight in 2013 and Another Day of Life being selected in the Official Selection in 2018. For these complex multi-way co-productions – Poland, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, France, and Belgium for The Congress; Poland, Hungary, Spain, Belgium, and Germany for Another Day of Life, Puszczyńska & Wendorff-Ostergaard worked on behalf of Polish companies Opus Film and Platige Image.

The Congress won European Film Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2013, whereas Another Day of Life just got nominated.

Wendorff-Ostergaard’s credits also include notably work as co-producer on Lars von Trier’s Antichrist. Puszczyńska, who produced both Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida and Cold War, recently launched a new production company, NEM corp.

The call for the CEE ANIMATION WORKSHOP is open for producers and creative teams (with their animated or hybrid project of all lengths and types – shorts, features, series, documentary&fiction, also hybrid projects with a considerable amount of animation) and film professionals without project (studios, freelance, public institutions, distributors, broadcasters etc.). Only participants from low production capacity countries are eligible to apply.

The programme offers scholarships. More than 30% of participants will receive scholarships in the way of reduced participation fee and that CEE Animation will provide to all participants with possibilities to apply for coverage of their fee from their domestic funding body, the letter of confirmation as well as contact them with recommendation to support their attendance.

Prolonged deadline for submissions: October 29th, 2018

CEE Animation Workshop is organized with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union.