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:

– BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN A STUDENT FILM –

  • 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)

 – BEST BACKGROUND & CHARACTER DESIGN – In an Animated Short Film

  • 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)

– BEST CHARACTER ANIMATION – In a Feature Film

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

– BEST BACKGROUND & CHARACTER DESIGN – In a Feature Film

  • 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: Submissions Are Closed

The applications for the CEE Animation Workshop 2018-2019 are now officially closed. We are happy to announce that we received up to 50 applications from 22 countries, for the first edition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The selection committee started evaluating all the submissions and will select up to 12 participants with projects and 6 candidates without projects, who will compose two groups of the first edition of the workshop. These two groups will be led by recognized producers Ewa Puszczyńska (Poland) and Ole Wendorff-Ostergaard (Denmark/Poland). Selected producers with projects will be invited to come to all three workshops together with their directors or scriptwriters and work on their scripts and stories under the supervision of script-advisors Phil Parker from UK and Răzvan Rădulescu from Romania.

Selected candidates will be informed and officially announced by the 11th of November 2018.

We thank all the applicants for choosing the CEE Animation Workshop and wanting to be part of this exciting new training project dedicated to animation focused on the CEE region and the Low Production Capacity countries. The CEE Animation Workshop is a new training activity organized with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

For more information about the workshop and other CEE Animation activities, please visit ceeanimation.eu.

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.

CEE Animation Workshop: Deadline Extended and First Script Tutors Confirmed

The first edition of the workshop (starting in December 2018) will include the high quality training, masterclasses, production consultancy, meetings and networking. One of the objectives is to give participants an in-depth script mentoring with renowned industry script advisors. Among first tutors who already confirmed their presence at the first edition are two Europe’s leading consultants on script writing Phil Parker and Răzvan Rădulescu.

Screenwriter and creative producer Phil Parker works on five continents and has developed original content in over twenty countries demonstrating there is a global capacity for new concepts. His clients have included Aardman Animation (the Oscar winning Wallace and Gromit – Curse of the Were-Rabbit and multi-award winning The Pearce Sisters), the Mob Film Company (Terry Prachett’s The Hogfather), Foreseesense (Bach in Brazil – 2016, 16 weeks in German Box office), the UK Film Council, Berlin-Brandenburg Medienboard, PRIME Exchange, and Nord Media. Phil Parker, co-wrote Manou the Swift (2018) and is a co-founder and CEO of BCre8ive, a multiplatform online development company.

 

Răzvan Rădulescu is one of the leading Romanian screenwriters and novelists. He has written screenplays for films that defined the « Romanian New Wave », among which Stuff and Dough and The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu), Alice T. (Radu Muntean) or Child’s Pose (Călin Peter Netzer). Along with Melissa De Raaf he co-directed the feature film First of all, Felicia and was the script advisor for 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu. His literary debut The Life and Deeds of Elijah Cazane received the Romanian Writers’ Union prize and the success continued with his novel Theodosius the Small – winning European Prize for Literature. Rădulescu currently teaches at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design.

Both script advisors will work individually or in group sessions with the project teams, helping them to formulate the voice of their story in the best possible way in terms of dramatic structure, genre and story arc. In addition to several one-on-one meetings with project teams during the first two workshops, participants will be invited to have follow-up Skype sessions with script-advisors, to receive feedback on advancement of their project, up to six months after the end of the workshop.

“Both Phil and Razvan will agree on one essential part of filmmaking – writing a great script. In times when all the focus of the producers is on struggling to find money, we want the whole creative team to learn to concentrate on what’s most important, a good story. Phil has been with us as script advisor since several years at the Visegrad Animation Forum, always receiving the best feedback from participants for his advice. Razvan was invited to join us by Matthieu Darras, based on their long-lasting collaboration on different top European platforms for script development. We are most excited for having such renowned professionals as script-advisors and through Phil from the Anglo-Saxon part of Europe and Razvan from Eastern Europe, we can offer our participants different approaches to script development.” explains Juraj Krasnohorsky, one of the organizers of the CEE Animation Workshop.

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.

Prolonged deadline for submissions: October 29th, 2018

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

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CEE Animation Workshop 2018 – 2019: Apply now!

The applications for the CEE Animation Workshop 2018-2019 are now open. See Who can Apply, info on Fees and available scholarships, as well all the necessary details on this fantastic opportunity to get trained, network and develop your animated project. Don’t miss the deadline on the 22nd of October, 2018!

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