Rise and Shine

Animation pitching Lab for young talents and their short films

June & December 2022

We are excited and proud to present our new animation pitching Lab aimed at young filmmakers! We have partnered up with Animafest Zagreb World Festival of Animated Film and Animateka International Animated Film Festival to prepare a fresh two-part pitching event, Rise & Shine.

Event format

We have decided to develop this programme together and prepare ongoing in-depth tutoring for selected teams. A selection of projects will be invited to Animafest Zagreb in June 2022, where they will receive a programme of lectures, workshops, individual and group sessions with experienced guest film professionals in the field of animation. A special focus will be on the story of the project, which they will work on with leading dramaturges.

The second part will take place at Animateka in December 2022, where selected teams will receive lessons focused on pitching preparations and improving their presentation skills. On-site in Ljubljana, the selected teams will also participate in the pitching. The winning project(s) of this regional pitching competition will be invited to the CEE Animation Forum 2023.

The exact dates of the Lab will be announced soon.

Rise & Shine 2022, Animation pitching Lab is open for short films in development.

Maximum length 20 minutes; all stages of development except concept stage.

Skills & Networking

All teams will benefit from having access to renowned experts to help them gain the skills and knowledge to successfully develop and present their work. During the first part at Animafest Zagreb, they will be able to attend expert lectures and individual consultations focusing on story development, and during the second part at Animateka, the participants will be trained in pitching and presentation.

By combining the Lab with Animafest Zagreb and Animateka, we will also provide them with the opportunity to introduce their project to a wider international professional audience connected to both festivals.


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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