Rise & Shine 2023 selection announced!

The second edition of Rise & Shine – an Animation development & pitching Lab for young talents and their short films is underway. Organized as a collaboration between Animafest Zagreb, Animateka IAFF and CEE Animation, the two-part workshop is aimed at short films in development. Participants will train their skills through guidance from experienced industry professionals, network with fellow animators, as well as have the opportunity to introduce their project to a wider international professional audience connected to both festivals.

Workshops will take place as part of Animafest Zagreb from 7 – 10 June 2023, where participants will receive a programme of lectures, individual and group sessions with experienced film professionals in the field of animation. A special focus will be on the story of the project, which they will work on with renowned mentors Pedro Rivero and Michael Dudok de Wit.The second part will take place at Animateka on 26 – 29 November 2023, where selected teams will receive lessons focused on pitching preparations and improving their presentation skills with established mentor Anna Vasova. On-site in Ljubljana, the selected teams will also participate in the pitching presentation. The winning project(s) of this pitching competition will be invited to the CEE Animation Forum 2024.


Selected projects of Rise & Shine 2023

  1. Coddiwomple, Petko Modev, Vessela Dancheva-Bogdanova, Bulgaria
  2. Reiss Dich Mal Zusammen, Marion Taschler, Saskia von Virág, Switzerland
  3. Period Drama, Michaela Mihalyi, Jakub Rálek, Slovakia, Czech Republic
  4. Demon of the Marshes, Martin Pertlíček, Martin Novotny, Kamila Dohnalová, Czech Republic
  5. Georgeta, Sybil Marzin-Thélémaque, Clara Marquardt, Francuska
  6. Now, Katrin Novaković, Miljenka Čogelja, Croatia
  7. Creaturas, Carolina Bonzinho, Laura Gonçalves, Portugal
  8. Plastic Aches, Andrea Guizar, Roza Misztela, Mexico, Poland
  9. Cosmonauts, Leo Černic, Tina Smrekar, Slovenia
  10. Shio, Ana Markozashvili, Natia Nikolashvili, Georgia
  11. A Horse in SwanSea, Maria Brudașcă, Constantine Benea, Romania (qualified as the winner of Pitch, please! 2022, Animest Bucharest IAFF)

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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