Rise & Shine 2023 wrapped up!

The 2nd edition of Rise & Shine, Animation development & pitching Lab for young talents and their short films has succesfully wrapped up with the pitching event at 20th Animateka International Animated Film Festival.

The second edition of Rise & Shine Animation Lab for young talents and their short films hosted 11 amazing projects, which received a programme of lectures, workshops, individual and group sessions with experienced mentors Anna Vašova, Michael Dudok De Wit and Pedro Rivero.

The program kicked off at Animafest Zagreb from June 7th to 10th, 2023, followed by its second segment at Animateka from November 26th to 29th, 2023. The program wrapped up with a pitching event held on December 2nd at Animateka.

Each pitching project received feedback from a panel of esteemed animation industry experts including Vanja Andrijević (producer/distributor – Bonobo Studio, Croatia), Luca Toth (director/art director/animator, Hungary), Eric Reginaud (animation expert/residency programmer, Ciclic – Val de Loire, France), and Joaquim Pinheiro (distributor, Agência – Curta Metragem, Portugal).

Two projects were awarded. The first, the CEE Animation Forum 2024 direct access award, was granted to the project “COSMONAUTS” by Leo Černic and Tina Smrekar from Finta Film, Slovenia. The second award, the Winner of the Rise&Shine 2023 Award, offered a dual invitation to the 2024 Animafest Zagreb and Animateka festivals, and was given to the project “Period Drama” by Michaela Michalyi and Jakub Ralek from BFilm, CZ.

Find the projects descriptions HERE.

The next stop for some of the projects will be at our partner’s event, the Short Film Market Clermont-Ferrand 2024. In the official Market slot @Agora, the following teams will be presenting their projects:

A Horse in SwanSea, Romania

d. Maria Brudașcă

p. Bogdan Constantine Benea


Coddiwomple, Bulgaria

d. Petko Modev

p. Vessela Dantcheva Bogdanova


Shio, Georgia

d. Ana Markozashvili

p. Natia Nikolashvili


Demon of the Marshes, Czech Republic

d. Martin Pertlíček, Martin Novotný

p. Kamila Dohnalová


Jetzt, Croatia

d. Katrin Novaković

p. Miljenka Čogelja

Don’t miss them on Monday, 5.2.2024 at 16.00 @Agora, Short Film Market Clermont-Ferrand 2024!


Rise & Shine 2023 is organized by Animafest World Festival of Animated Film, Animateka International Animated Film Festival and CEE Animation.



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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