CEE Animation Forum 2020: Awards and Winners

The CEE Animation Forum, the leading pitching, financing and co-production event focusing on the animation industry in the CEE region was held online from 6 to 8 October 2020. International juries consisting of experienced film professionals followed 28 animated projects in 4 categories. The winners were announced during an online Award Ceremony.

The CEE Animation Forum is usually held annually in the Czech Republic parallel to the International Festival of Animated Films Anifim. Due to the ongoing global situation, the event was postponed until October and finally took place online. The public could follow the programme via Facebook Live or following a free registration on the online B2B platform. The pitching sessions streamed on Facebook had more than 3000 viewers, and on the MeetToMatch platform more than 700 views from 40 different countries.

The CEE Animation Forum is also about networking, and particular emphasis was placed on 1:1 industry meetings. The organizers registered more than 350 decision-makers (producers, directors, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, investors, representatives of festivals, film funds or national associations). In the course of the 3-day programme, almost 300 online meetings were realized. 

Part of the programme was dedicated to young debuting authors. The selection of six short films made by promising young filmmakers from the CEE region was officially introduced. The compilation called CEE Animation Talents is made by festival directors from the CEE region each year and presented together at numerous animated film festivals around the world.

The winners of the CEE Animation Forum 2020 are:

CEE Animation Forum AWARD: Category feature films | 1 000 EUR

Winner: IGI
p. Vladimer Katcharava, 20 Steps Productions, d. Natia Nikolashvili (Georgia)

CEE Animation Forum AWARD: Category series / TV specials | 1 000 EUR

p. Mária Móťovská, Helium film, d. Gabriela Plačková, Alžběta Göbelová (Czech Republic)

Jury statement: The winner in the ‘TV Series and Specials’ category presented a clear format that had lots of humor and energy. The creators showed great knowledge of its target group, and they had developed a visual concept that the jury found playful, clever, and original. The jury was especially impressed with how the format tied together the old, mythological world with today’s modern society, and how seemingly irrelevant fairy-tale creatures can tell an important story to the kids today. The winner in the ‘TV Series and Specials’ category is ‘No Happily Ever After’ from Helium Film, Czech Republic.


Special Mention: BETTI AND LOLA
p. Drasko Ivezic, Adriatic Animation, d. Hana Tintor (Croatia)

Jury statement: “As well as the winner, the jury is convinced of the project that delivers brief charming and funny day-by-day adventures of a young woman and her dog. Once combined with a strong digital concept, the stories have great potential and unfold their charm and magic. The jury therefore especially wants to emphasize and honor ‘Betti and Lola’ from Adriatic Animation, Croatia, with a special mention.”

CEE Animation Forum AWARD: Category short films | 1 000 EUR

Jury general statement: “We were struck by the quality of each and every project because of the current relevance of the subject matter and the sheer inventiveness of the proposal.
All the presented projects had a strong basis to become a successful film.
Even in this strange period when we all feel so remote and slightly displaced from one another, we are excited at the prospect of rediscovering each and every one of these projects in the next year’s film festival circuit.”

p. Balint Gelley, CUB Animation, d. Oliver Hegyi (Hungary)

Jury statement: “The winning project’s pitch accurately set the mood and the tone of the film, revealed the persona of the director and the main character, as well as the motivation and dedication of the production team in the wings. The film-maker made it easy to relate to the themes tackled in this story, and left us waiting for a luscious graphic spectacle in… the ‘Garden of the Heart’.”


p. Drasko Ivezic, Adriatic Animation, d. Laura Martinovic (Croatia)

Jury statement: “Emotions can be overwhelming, so to put them on a leash and learn to tame them seems like a good idea. 

Combined with very appealing character design, it certainly makes a charming concept for a film targeting children but also relevant to all of us.

The jury wants to give an honorable mention to first time director Laura Martinović and her project “The Pet Named Stress”.

CEE Animation Forum AWARD: Category XR | 1 000 EUR

p. Giedre Burokaite, Meno avilys, d. Robertas Nevecka (Lithuania)

Jury statement: “A project that was most grounded in the world of Virtual Reality, pitched in a convincing and engaging way. As the jury, we felt the authors had a clear vision of how this project will be presented in Virtual Reality using tools and story-telling techniques unique to this medium. We give the award to the project ‘Paperback VR’.”

CEE Animation Forum AUDIENCE AWARD | 1 000 EUR 

p. Jiri Sadek, COFILM, scriptwriter: Eliska Podzimkova (Czech Republic)

The general public could vote for the best pitching project across all four categories. The animated series Baldies received the highest average voting rate.

CEE Animation Workshop SCHOLARSHIP

p. Ana Maria Parvan, Studioset (Romania), d. Anton Groves, Damian Groves (Great Britain)

Animation Sans Frontieres SCHOLARSHIP

p. Martinus Klemet, Animartinus, d. Martinus Klemet (Estonia)

Cartoon Forum 2020 DIRECT SELECTION*

p. Jiri Sadek, COFILM, scriptwriter: Eliska Podzimkova (Czech Republic)

p. Géza M. Tóth, KEDD Animation Studio, d. István Heim (Hungary)

* both projects have already attended Cartoon Forum 2020

Cartoon Movie 2021 DIRECT SELECTION

Winner: IGI
p. Vladimer Katcharava, 20 Steps Productions, d. Natia Nikolashvili (Georgia)

Animarkt Stop Motion Forum ACCREDITATION

p. Ana Paula Catarino, BRO Cinema, d. Margarida Madeira (Portugal)

Kids Kino Industry ACCREDITATION

p. Mária Móťovská, Helium film, d. Gabriela Plačková, Alžběta Göbelová (Czech Republic)



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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