Animation Think Tank 2024: Laying the Groundwork for Co-Development Funding for Animated Projects

A new edition of Animation Think Tank, an industry conference meeting organized by CEE Animation Workshop in collaboration with the Animafest World Festival of Animated Film, was held in Zagreb on June 4 and 5.

High-level animation industry professionals from different territories and production environments joined two Zagreb sessions to discuss the main topic: an International Co-Development Support Mechanism for animated projects. The initiative focused on drafting a status report in the region and a common document to establish the fund, facilitating cooperation and collaboration across borders.

The aims of the Animation Think Tank meetings were to discuss and prepare starting points for establishing an international co-development funding mechanism for animated projects and to lay the groundwork for creating a declaration—a document that outlines the purpose and operational framework to present the funding mechanism idea to stakeholders.


Some of the questions and considerations included in the discussion were:

–       Involvement of Public Film Funds and Private Investors

–       Defining supported projects (Pre-Defined Projects vs. Open Formats)

–       Defining amounts of support for demanding vs. short projects

–       Prescribing Activities for Subsidy Spending


By addressing these considerations, the Co-Development Support Mechanism can establish a robust framework to support the creation and development of animated projects, fostering international collaboration and innovation in the industry.

Think Tank 2024 participants included 12 professionals from 8 CEE countries: Vojin Vasović (Serbia), Reinhold Bidner (Austria), Danijela Radulović (Montenegro), Mladen Djukić (BIH), Jožko Rutar (Slovenia), Vessela Dantcheva (Bulgaria), Lado Skorin (Croatia), Denis Alenti (Croatia), Saša Bach (Slovenia), Matija Šturm (Slovenia), Martina Petrović (Croatia), and Kristel Toldsepp (Estonia).

The Animation Think Tank is an activity of the CEE Animation Workshop aimed at building a more resilient, connected, effective, and sustainable industry. The event is supported by Creative Europe – MEDIA and the Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia.


CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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