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Ob železnici 8
Maribor, Upravna enota Maribor, 2000

StopTrik International Film Festival is dedicated to stop motion techniques of hand-made, spatial animation as puppet film, claymation, object or photography manipulation, animation of loose materials (such as salt, sand etc), pixilation, traditional cut-out and many more. The list of sub-genres could be complemented with such exceptional techniques as animation of lights, fire, yarns, threads. Artists' imagination is limitless and so we can be neither orthodox nor strict while defining the term "stop motion". The ultimate goal of this unique annual gathering is to admire and celebrate artistry of hand-made, spatial animation together with all the other drifters of the surreal, absurd or merry highways who are ready to pursue frame by frame illusion.

Animations 2019

Opening of the festival

Kaja Fiedler


Thursday, 3. 10. 2019, 22:00, Vetrinjski mansion hall

This year’s edition addresses the topics connected with female filmmakers and women’s rights in the context of new cultural, social and political circumstances. This is why the two basics frameworks of this edition are "Feminism is futurism" and "Context matters". The first unveils the multilayered perspectives and tendencies of female animated film creations and exposes women artists important in the history of animated films and in the contemporary filmmaking. The second addresses geographical diversity and heterogeneity of trends and styles developed in Central and Eastern Europe and in Latin America.

The director of the festival, Olga Bobrowska, will present in her introductory speech the main topic of this year’s festival and the programme. Three thematic screenings will follow: Navel Fable, A cat is always female and The Noble Stud.

After the official opening of the festival, Bodeča neža award exhibition will be opened. Bodeča neža award is each year awarded by the Rdeče zore / Red Dawns collective to the most sexist statement.

A friendly banquet will follow, prepared for you in the collaboration with Dame Cooperative [Kooperativa Dame], Maribor Maister Gin and local organic farm Pri baronu [Turistična & ekološka kmetija Pri Baronu].

During the night we will try to hold our balance with Slovenian music duo balans.

Exhibition Bodeče neže

Kaja Fiedler


“Bodeča neža” award for the most sexist statement of the year is presented by Red Dawns collective and the editorial staff of the web portal together with the interested public. This dishonourable title can befall on anyone who publicly attacks, degrades and offends others on the basis of one’s gender identity, gender expression and/or sexual orientation.

Particularly people who are active in publicly exposed areas, such as politics, science, (pop) culture, art and media, have a big responsibility to co-create an open, plural and tolerant society. Their position gives them the privilege to help shape public opinion. If they’re spreading sexist viewpoints and ideas, they are normalizing hate speech and legitimizing discrimination from a position of power, which is in opposition with the pursuit of a society of equal opportunities.

Since sexist statements are a daily occurrence in public discourse and are often not reflected, “Bodeča neža” collects, analyses and comments on them and exposes them to public criticism.

The beginnings of “Bodeča neža” date back to January 2013, when the Red Dawns collective came up with the idea of the Pillar of disgrace – a blog, a sort of wall of shame, where sexist ideas were collected and commented on. The same year, during the 14th Red Dawns festival, feminist initiatives and individuals ‘upgraded’ the Pillar with the “Bodeča neža” award, which was first presented on the International Women’s Day, on March 8, 2013. In 2015, the initiative was joined by web portal The award’s motif was created by comic book artist and illustrator Anna Ehrlemark.

Red Dawns

Red Dawns is a feminist and queer collective, organizing various community gatherings and campaigns. Central and most notable is the international festival of the same name, named after the resourceful street kid, the poor heroine from Kurt Kläber’s novel “Red Zora and her gang”. In 2000, initiators of the festival worked in Autonomous Cultural Centre Metelkova, within associations KUD Mreža, ŠKUC-LL, Monokel and the no longer active Women’s Centre and Kasandra. Since it was evident that women in Metelkova do most of organizational and creative (but at the same time invisible) work, which is crucial for the functioning and vibrancy of such a big cultural centre, they decided to organize a festival on March 8, the International Women’s Day, to open up the public space for socializing and expression of women* on a non-hierarchical, non-exploitative and anti-capitalist basis. The festival mostly takes place in the areas of ACC Metelkova city and Autonomous factory Rog in Ljubljana and is still true to its original purpose and DIY principle.

*The term »women*« includes all transgender, intersex and other sexually non-binary persons.

Web portal is an autonomous and independent medium without affiliations to political parties that focuses on gender-related topics. It responds analytically to gender inequality, instances of sexism and the reproduction of stereotypes in various fields (in politics, media, art, (pop) culture, science, etc.). It seeks to cover a variety of content areas, from the division of domestic work through political representation and segregation in the labour market to violence in the private sphere, exploitation in prostitution, sexism in the media, gender roles, etc. It pays special attention to thematizing, analysing and problematizing knowledge about men and masculinity, and about women and femininity and other genders. It addresses gender issues in the context of current social, political and economic conditions in Slovenia and the world and in relation to age, race, ethnicity, religion, social status and sexual orientation, taking into account the fact that sources of inequality are intertwined and complementary.


Web portal is published by Vita Activa association for promotion of equality and plurality. Its purpose is to actively promote equality of human rights and fundamental freedoms regardless of gender and sexual orientation, nationality, language, religion, political or other beliefs, social status, education or any other personal circumstance, with the aim of promoting equality and plurality in society.

Slovenian Animated film 2006–2017 , Focus: Women animators

Kaja Fiedler

Vetrinjski dvor Exhibition space, 1. 10. – 11. 10. 2019

Slovenian animated film, which received institutional development guidelines in the 1950s, is experiencing a rebirth today. Year by year, the production is growing, and in addition to content for children, animated films for adults have also been gaining recognition and garnering success at international film festivals. Animated film artists are writing one of the brightest and most unique stories in the history of Slovenian cinema.


On the walls, screens and throughout the Vetrinjski dvor Exhibition space, we are presenting 22 Slovenian authors. You’ll be able to see preparatory sketches and drawings, storyboards, original puppets and pieces of scenery from puppet and cut-out animations, as well as digital prints from 2D and 3D computer animated films.

 Špela Čadež, Boris Dolenc, Dušan Kastelic, Miha Knific, Anka Kočevar, Jaka Kramberger, Timon Leder, Urban Breznik Corbillon, Jernej Lunder, Darko Masnec, Grega Mastnak, Katarina Nikolov, Rok Predin, Nejc Saje, Kolja Saksida, Brane Solce, Koni Steinbacher, Janez Marinšek, Igor Šinkovec, Iztok Šuc, Leon Vidmar, Jernej Žmitek

The exhibition was coproduced by Slovenian Animated Film Association and Celeia Celje Institute, with financial support of the Slovenian Film Centre, a public agency of Republic of Slovenia. Partners of the event are Pikto communication bureau and International Animated Film Festival Animateka.

Imagining the authors

Kaja Fiedler

Traditionally for StopTrik we also invite you to attend in-depth Q&A with the mentors. Together we'll watch and discuss their famous films "Rabbitland" (2013) and "Untravel" (2018) as well as discover Ana and Nikola's sources of artistic inspirations, doubts and desires.


Ana Nedeljković was born in Belgrade. She graduated in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. She was awarded a PhD in art practice at the same faculty. She is a visual artist working in the media of drawing, installation and animated film, and is also active in art education.

Nikola Majdak Jr. was born in Slovenia. He has an MFA from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, camera department. For the past 20 years, he has been a freelance cameraman, animator, director and lecturer.

Their first film "Rabbitland" (2013) was awarded the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale. It has also received numerous other awards and has been shown at more than a hundred festivals worldwide. Their second film “Untravel” (2018) was screened at Berlinale, Annecy and Sundance, and nominated for the Annie Award.

On a High Note: Animated Music Videos

Kaja Fiedler


curated by Katarzyna Kijek

Friday, 4. 10. 2019, 22.30, Vetrinjski mansion courtyard


01. The Ecstatics
Hayley Morris (Shape & Shadow)
2017, USA, 3'12''

Music: Explosions in the Sky

Technique: object animation


02. Blown Minded
Carine Khalifé
2011, CAN, 3'24''

Music: Young Galaxy

Technique: paint on glass stop motion animation


03. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Becky & Joe
2012, AUS, 3'13'' 

Music: Tame Impala

Technique: mixed (The film is made up from over 1000 separate plasticine collages all individually made by hand.)

04. A Pearl
Saad Moosajee, Danae Gosset (Art Camp)
2018, USA, 2'31''

Music: Mitski 

Technique: mixed (The video was initially modeled, colored, lit, and animated in 3D before the 1,480 individual frames were then painted, drawn and illustrated.)


05. No Reason
Amanda Bonaiuto
2018, USA, 3'27''

Music: TŌTH 

Technique: Pencil on paper, digital color


06. Collapse // Rebuild
Anna Degnbol
2019, DEN, 3'30''

Music: Flunkie 

Technique: 2D animation


07. SABA
Marie Larrivé, Lucas Malbrun (Eddy)
2019, FRA, 3'45''

Music: Sabrina & Samantha

Technique: hand-drawn, 2D computer animation
Inspired by the universe of David Hockney and Chris Hipkis, the directors are creating no less than 50 hand-drawn sets and then animate the characters. A piece of art that strikes at every picture

08. Love
Valentine Reinhardt (Womanray)
FRA, 2'54''

Music: Sébastien Tellier 

Technique: 2D animation


09. Football Player's Wife/ Żona piłkarza
Maria Strzelecka
2016, POL, 3'26''

Music: Mister D 

Technique: puppet animation


10. Sponge Ideas
Katarzyna Nalewajka, Paulina Szewczyk (Se-ma-for)
2011, POL, 5'2''


Technique: clay animation


11. Windmills
Emanuele Kabu (Eddie Sears & Danusk)
2017, USA/ITA, 3'50''


Technique: 2D animation

12. Join the Freedom Force
Martha Colburn
2009, NLD, 4'06''

Music: Knalpot, 2009, 4'06''

Technique: cut-out collage [A stop motion animated 16mm film]


13. The Sculpture of the Day/ Skulptura dneva/ Rzeźba Dnia
Monika Kuczyniecka (Universal Music Polska)
2015, POL, 3'30''

Music: Renata Przemyk 

Technique: clay animation


14. Plastic Crash
Olya Tsoraeva
2010, BEL, 4'28''

Music: Radiohead

Technique: clay animation


15. Morbid Training/ Ponura tresura
Ala Nunu Leszyńska
2016, POL, 5'4''

Music: Makabreski 

Technique: puppet animation

16. Dolly Said No to Elvis
Heather Colbert
2018, UK, 3'42''

Music: Mark Nevin

Technique: puppet animation

Concert: balans

Kaja Fiedler

photo: Urška Preis

photo: Urška Preis

Thursday, 3. 10. 2019, 21.30, Wetrinsky Club

balans. No capital letter. Not only because it looks better, there’s a whole concept behind it. They say they’re not a duo, they’re just balance – one of the more prominent representatives of Slovenia’s underground. Noise pop, improvisational kraut and ethereal darkwave merge in psychedelic lo-fi balance.

Their experimental audio-visual experience plays with the hypnotic rhythm of guitars, a retro matrix and provocative singing about the banality of everyday life, often pierced by resounding cries and sharp whistling. Reminiscent of the most powerful moments of yugo punk and the new wave movement, building its content, technicity and the aesthetics of sound and lyrics on a wide range of DIY musical elements.

photo: Alja Alja

photo: Alja Alja

Kristina Čona and Andrej Pervanje have been on the scene as a music duo since 2014. They self-released 2 albums and released 3 with the local DIY label Šop Records. At the end of last year, they embarked on an expedition through Slovenian alternative venues with Radio Študent’s Club Marathon. Earlier this year, they were presented at the international showcase festival Ment. We are emphasizing only these 2 things; of course, much more has been happening since 2014.

photo: Alessandro di Giampietro

photo: Alessandro di Giampietro

After the official opening of StopTrik festival, we can look forward to an experimental audio-visual experience of lo-fi aesthetics, imbued with Dadaist, humorous and political lyrics. The concert is part of their EX-YU (+ Vienna) tour RELAX'N'BALANCE and will be accompanied by an experimental film of Italian contemporary artist Alessandro di Giampietro.


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Label’s webpage (in Slovene):
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Not Only Panda: Professional and Children Stop Motion Animation from Chengdu

Lina Dvoršak

Presenter: Zhou Zhou (Southwest Minzu University in Chengdu)
Moderator: Brina Fekonja (StopTrik children programme coordinator)
Location: Puppet Theater, Maribor, Slovenia
Date:04. 10. 2019
Age group: 9-12 years old

The event consists of the screening of the professional films produced at the independent Fantastic Sky Studio led by Su Donghai in Chengdu as well presentation of films made by children attending workshops held at the whom Su Donghai's studio. Zhou Zhou, Su's collaborator, and a friend will introduce the film program as well as talk with young about fascinating Chinese culture.

Professional films:

01. Memory/ Ji·yi/记·忆
Wu-Zhi Jing (Studio Fantastic Sky)
2012, China, 1'16''

A little girl has to choose whether to buy a new toy or help an older person in need.

Zhang Yuan (Donghai Children's Stop-motion Animation Studio)
2016, China, 1'

Various blocks play their game.

03. The End Of Crisis/ Mori zhi cheng/末日之城/ Konec krize
Wu-Zhi Jing (Studio Fantastic Sky)
2015, China, 7'58

In 2063, the city presents a heap of rubble. Human beings vote down all achievementsthey have ever created before, and destroy them to create a wasteland city.


04. Daydream/ Bairi meng/白日梦
Wang Mengjiao (Donghai Children's Stop-motion Animation Studio)
2016, China, 1'06''

A student is daydreaming at one university campus...

05. Like a Dream/ Ru meng ling/如梦令
Wu Zhijing, Li Jiayao (Studio Fantasic Sky)
2012, China, 5'37''

A young woman imagines past traditions.

Children films:

1. Cat and Mouse/ Mao he laoshu/猫和老鼠by Zhou Kemi (周珂米)

2. The Dinosaur/ Konglong/《恐龙》by Xu Anheng (许谙衡)

3. The Sandstorm/ Shachenbao/《沙尘暴》by Xu Jiazheng (许家璋)

4. The Butterfly and the Bird/ Hudie yu xiao niao《蝴蝶与小鸟》by Cao Feixue (曹菲雪),Zhang Boyi (张铂怡)

5. The Submarine Adventure/ Qianshui ting li xian ji/《潜水艇里险记》by Xu Jiazhang (许家璋)

6. The Irony/ Fengci/《讽刺》by Zhou Yilan (周已岚)

7. Dream/ Meng/《梦》by Jiang Cheng (蒋成) , Liu Wei (刘玮祺), Zhao Ningwei (赵宁轲),Chen Shitong (陈石桐), Song Qiyue (宋启悦)

8. Cat and Stars/ Mao he xingxing《猫和星星》by Wei Yuting (韦婉婷)


About the Su Donghai's Studio

Donghai Children's Stop-motion Animation Studio was founded by a Chineseindependent animation director, Su Donghai. It mainly focuses on children animationand education. Since 2012, Donghai has taught at many different primary and middleschools as well as youth centers in Chengdu, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Jinhua,Xiamen, Longyan. At the same time he trained local teachers at various educationinstitutions. So far, Su Donghai has taught more than 400 children and helped themcreating more than 200 short animated films. His students won awards and presentedtheir works atthe festivals in China, the United States, Brazil, Croatia and othercountries around the world

About Zhou Zhou

Head of Animation Department at College of Art in Southwest Minzu University, Head of Stop motion Animation Studio at Animation Department, Head of ShadowArt Research and Development Center of SWUN. He is a member of ASIFA, CartoonCommittee of Chengdu Artists Association, Film and Television Review Committeeof Chengdu Literary Critics Association. His focus is on stop motion animation. In2004 he established the Red Beard Animation Studio. As a director, he led the creative team to make 4 stop motion animation short films. Their works won some prizes inthe Academy Awards of China, China (Hangzhou) International Animation ArtFestival, International "Golden Panda" Awards for Animation, Academy Awards ofBFA, Original ACG Competition of China. He is a member of Sayigemo Studio thatfocuses on the Tibetan animation artwork. In 2012 the studio produced a 26 min debutanimation short film "The Hunter and The Skeleton". The film was named the Top 10short film in 9th China Independent Film Festival and won the jury prize in 9thBeijing Independent Film Festival, 1st Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale. The film was screened in Alternative Anime TheNext Generation of Vancouver International Film Festival, and Pairs Shadow Film Festival in 2012. He established aTraditional Shadow Puppet Animation Studio of SWUN in 2006. He is the advisor atthis studio. The studio has made 3 shadow animation short films and 3 shadow playdramas. Some of these works won some prizes in China. He is one of the chief curatorof the animation festival in SWUN, organized since 2006 under the name 56 MoonThe Western China University Cartoon And Animation Festival. The festival hasbecome one of the important animation events in Western China.


Lina Dvoršak



The lecture lasts for 90 minutes. It is conceptualized in a way that the mentor introducesthe subject, then whole group watches films or two-minute clips. After each watching,they all have a little discussion. This way the students will find out something importantand exciting about each animation technique: hand-drawn, puppet and other stop motionforms. Also they will have a chance to learn something about 2D animation software andcomputer animation. Animation is rich, techniques are limitless and there's so much greatfilms to discover!


This is what will happen exactly:

  1. What is film (movie)–what is an animated film (movie

    example: GERTIE DINOSAUR (2 MIN)

    hybrid forms - feature animated, documentary animation

    example: DUŠAN VUKOTIĆ-Game (clip)

    Approved for adoption (clip)

  2. Animated films-process of making animated film, techniques in animated films

    example: DUŠAN VUKOTIĆ-1001 drawing (clip)

  3. Techniques of animation

    a) hand drawn animation: full animation

    -DISNEY-phase 1

    example: MICKEY MOUSE (clip)

    -DISNEY-phase 2

    example: PETAR PAN (clip)

    hand drawn animation: reduced animation


    -example: DUŠAN VUKOTIĆ-Surogat (film)

    BORIS KOLAR-Vau vau (clip)

    b) puppet animation

    -making puppets, set design, props, photos from the movie set by the example of THELAST QUEST (dir. Božidar Trkulja; Antonija Veljačić among main animators)

    -from animatik to film

    -example: THE LAST QUEST animatik (clip) and film

    c) stop animation

    example : PES Spaghetti-Western (clip)

    NORMAN MCLAREN Neighbors (clip)

    CAROLINE LEAF The Street (clip)

    d) computer animation

    -3D: from polygon to model with texture, lights, animationexample: RATATOUILLE (clip)

    -2D: Tv Paint and MOHO-software for 2d animation

    example: ALEXEI ALEXEEV Log jam (film)


    -films from workshops with children (Animafest Zagreb, Tobogan, kvART..)

ABOUT THE MENTORAntonija Veljačić is an independent animator based in Croatia. She studied Animation and new media at the Academy of fine arts in Zagreb. Since 2014. she worked on various animation projects, mostly 2d and puppet animation… She also runs a Small school of animation for children and adults with Zagreb film and does animation workshops all around Croatia.

Sisterhood* and Unity: Lesbian and Queer feminist Activism in the (Post-)Yugoslav Space

Kaja Fiedler

Book presentation and conversation

In recent years, publications have appeared in the international academia in which a group of authors recorded some complex experiences of lesbian and queer activism in the post-Yugoslav space.

In 2018, the book entitled Sisterhood and Unity: Lesbian Activism in the (Post- ) Yugoslav Space (Bilić B.& Radoman M. (eds.), Palgrave) was published. A chapter of this book attempts to place Ljubljana’s International Feminist and Queer festival Red Dawns in the context of local and international activism, while also addressing some of the other autonomous feminist lesbian and queer initiatives from Ljubljana, such as the feminist-lesbian group Kasandra from the 1990s, as well as the still active Lesbian-Feminist University and the Anarchist-Queer-Feminist Space (Afkors) in Autonomous Factory Rog. 

In our presentation and conversation, we will be exploring the intersections between experiences of lesbian and queer feminist activism in post-Yugoslav space, ways of building a sisterhood* and ensuring continuity (if it even exists), as well as possible intersections between academic publishing and the practice of self-organized movements. 

In the context of StopTrik IFF, we will also address film production of the afore-mentioned groups and the significance of film in creating a queer-feminist memory archives.

Pictured: Lesbian and queer feminist bloc, March 8th Protest, 8.3.2018, Kongresni trg, Ljubljana  (photo T. Oblak & M. Kraljič).

Pictured: Lesbian and queer feminist bloc, March 8th Protest, 8.3.2018, Kongresni trg, Ljubljana
(photo T. Oblak & M. Kraljič).

The conversation with Maja Pan and Teja Oblak will be moderated by Urška Breznik.

Maja Pan is a feminist philosopher and informal educator. She has been participating in regional and transnational activism since 1997.  

Teja Oblak participates in the collective of Lesbian-Feminist University in Ljubljana and in the feminist radio programme “Sektor Ž” on Radio Študent.

Lotte Reiniger - Dance of the Shadows

Kaja Fiedler


Lotte Reiniger - Dance of the Shadows/ Lotte Reiniger - Tanz der Schatten
Susanne Marschall, Rada Bieberstein, Kurt Schneider (Eberhard Karls Universitaat Tuebingen, EIKON)
2012, GER, 60'

A documentary film about the work of the pioneer of animation films Lotte Reiniger. Contemporary filmmakers and animation artists such as David Yates, Hannes Rall and Michel Ocelot are inspired by her achievements in the realm of film and shadow theater. Starting point for the film was the extensive legacy of the filmmaker at the City Museum of Tuebingen. The search starts in Tuebingen where Reiniger spent her last years, to then sweep into the distance, to Berlin and London, the important destinations in her life. The central topics of the film are imagination, movement and dance, ornament and music of the magical films by Lotte Reiniger. Film, made by professionals, also engaged students' research group.

Read more about the film:

"Animation begins with scissors"

Breaking the Celluloid Ceiling. Take on Industry

Kaja Fiedler

Lectur by Nancy Denney-Phelps

Beginning with Disney's Ink and Paint Girls down to the present day Breaking the Celluloid Ceilingwill trace the role of women in the animation industry and discuss the present prospects for women to rise to their full potential in the industry.... The lecture, extensively illustrated with film excerpts, will be delivered by Nancy Denney-Phelps, Belgium-based American journalist and one of the most influential observer and commentator of contemporary animation world.


Nancy Denney-Phelpsis a journalist writing about European animation and festivals as well as a producer of music for animation. Along with her composer/musician husband Nik Phelps, she co-founded the Sprocket Ensemble dedicated to presenting liveperformances of original music with screenings of contemporary animation from around the world. Nancy’s writings have appeared in such publications as CARTOON and ANIMATOON as well as on her regular blog for AWN (Animation World Network). She is also a regular correspondent for ASIFA/San Francisco and a member of the ASIFA International Board of Directors. Nancy has served on numerous International Animation Festival juries and taught time management for animators at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Art and Design. Her strong interest in the history of animation has led her to present programs on the history of animation traced through music at many animation festivals and conferences worldwide. She also works as advisor to several animation festivals.

Trik Show: gathering for and about animators

Kaja Fiedler


Saturday, 5. 10. 2019, 11.00, Vetrinjski mansion hall

Traditionally for StopTrik we invite you to take part in an in-depth presentation of filmmaking processes experienced by animation filmmakers attending the festival. In the realm of objects that are hand-movedby animators, thousand different challenges may appear, and they all require imaginativeness, inventiveness, labor-passion and unique artistic awareness that stimulates problem-solving methods. Discussing the creative process behind the films presented in9th StopTrik IFF programme, the filmmakers will explain most intriguing tricks and solutions employed. Their talks will be accompanied with variety of materials that support average person's inquiry into specificity of stop motion animation (making-of, work-in-progress, documentation of shooting process etc).

Additionally "Trik Show" gives the floor to the experts who wish to bring closer understanding of other artistic practices that appear significant and complementary for stop motion filmmakers. Along the authors of the films presented in competition and panorama programmmes, this year we will meet Špela Čadež (Slovenian stop motion master filmmaker discussing her new work), Tanja Vujasinović (Croatia; an author of "A Cat is Always a Female" who will ponder over the problems of hybrid forms of animation), Nik Phelps (USA/Belgium, acclaimed musician and composer for animated films), Franziska Brückner (Austria, researcher examining relations between VR and stop motion) as well as Xu Yanjun (China; professor of animation from Nanjing focused on animation education for children).

Animated feminisms

Kaja Fiedler

Animation workshop

Ana Nedeljkovic and Nikola Majdak Jr.

What is feminism? Or, more precisely, what does it really mean for you? Let’s skip definitions and start with your personal stories and feelings. Is it difficult for you to tell it? Let’s tell it through animation! It’s not easy, but it is very important to try. We believe that animation is a powerful tool to address important political issues.

Here is our ambitious working plan based on our usual working methodology:

Step 1: From personal to political. How to transform personal stories and experiences into the idea for an animated film about relevant social and political issues?

Step 2: There are many ways to present your ideas. What would happen if we try to play with Futurism, an art movement of great aesthetic, but questionable values? It’s time to re-discuss it, reuse it and update it, and it could help us to make our film. Generally, using references is a very important part of film development.

Step 3: Our revolutionary ideas have to be patiently transformed frame by frame into a very short animated film. We are going to use stop motion animation, mostly cut out, but we will also experiment with some interesting materials.

Step 4: Changing the world through short animated film…

Number of participants: maximum 10 participants


Ana Nedeljković was born in Belgrade. She graduated in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. She was awarded a PhD in art practice at the same faculty. She is a visual artist working in the media of drawing, installation and animated film, and is also active in art education.

Nikola Majdak Jr. was born in Slovenia. He has an MFA from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, camera department. For the past 20 years, he has been a freelance cameraman, animator, director and lecturer.

Their first film "Rabbitland" (2013) was awarded the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale. It has also received numerous other awards and has been shown at more than a hundred festivals worldwide. Their second film “Untravel” (2018) was screened at Berlinale, Annecy and Sundance, and nominated for the Annie Award.

How to participate?
The workshop is open for everyone interested in (stop motion) animation.
The number of the participants is limited so make sure that you register for the workshops by contacting
The cost of the workshops is 40 EURO.
Please deposit the workshot fee to:
Zavod za podporo civilnodružbenih iniciativ in multikulturno sodelovanje Pekarna Magdalenske mreže Maribor, Ob železnici 8, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia
IBAN: SI56045150000318668
Bank: Nova KBM d. d., Ul. Vita Kraigherja 4, 2505 Maribor
Purpose: Your Name and Surname + Workshot

Additional information:


Kaja Fiedler

Performance by NATAŠA ŽIVKOVIĆ (SI)

Friday, 4. 10. 2019, 21.00, GT22 Intimate Stage

A woman is a sack made to endure. – the Kanun, the Code of Lekë Dukagjini from the Middle Ages, north Albania and Kosovo.

#Unwanted. That’s a common girl name in our Montenegro. – a Women’s Rights Centre poster of a campaign against selective abortion practice, Montenegro, 2017

Montenegro’s last “virgina” has died. Her last wish was for her family-grave epitaph to describe her as her father’s only surviving son. – Blic, 2 August 2016

Sonny! – says a close relative when I visit her in Montenegro.

Sonny is an attempt at an anthropological research of a specific phenomenon in a performative form. It is an amazed fascination with images and stories of sworn virgins or “virginas” from the remote parts of Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo and Metohija. It is a hole in the system which maintains that same system. It is drag in relation to the question of surviving in a man’s world asking us in what world we live.

Author and Perfomer: Nataša Živković

Also performing: Daniel Petković, Loup Abramovici, Slobodan Malić

Space design and scenography: Lenka Đorojević

Lighting design and technical direction: Špela Škulj

Photography: Nada Žgank

Advising: Teja Reba

Executive Producer: Eva Prodan

Production: City of Women

Co-production: Bunker – Old Power Station

Special thanks to: Maska and Mladinsko Theatre

Nataša Živković is active in various fields of performing arts as an author, choreographer, dancer and performer. Since 2006 she has regularly participated in the productions of Via Negativa. She is part of No! Training Lab team, led by Katja Legin, she co-created numerous projects in the production of Emanat. In 2016 she co-created the performances If You’re Happy (Bunker), In the Back of Time (Puppet Theater Ljubljana) and Just in appearance sometimes as everyone else (Emanat). In 2018 she received the Ksenija Hribar Award, which is awarded for outstanding achievements in the field of contemporary dance. Her last author work entitled Sonny (City of Women) won the main award at the ACT Festival in Bilbao – ACT Award 2019.

In frame of Performing gender - Dance makes differences.
The project is supported by Creative Europe, the Ministry of Culture and the City of Ljubljana.

Global Animation Theory. International Perspectives at Animafest Zagreb

Kaja Fiedler

Friday, 4. 10. 2019, 12.30, GT 22 Library

Scanning historical and current trends in animation through different perspectives including art history, film, media and cultural studies is a prominent facet of today's theoretical and historical approaches in this rapidly evolving field. Global Animation Theory offers detailed and diverse insights into the methodologies of contemporary animation studies, as well as the topics relevant for today's study of animation. The contact between practical and theoretical approaches to animation at Animafest Scanner, is closely connected to host of this event, the World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb. It has given way to academic writing that is very open to practical aspects of animation, with several contributors being established not only as animation scholars, but also as artists. This anthology presents, alongside an introduction by the editors and a preface by well known animation scholar Giannalberto Bendazzi, 15 selected essays from the first three Animafest Scanner editions. They explore various significant aspects of animation studies, some of them still unknown to the English speaking communities.


Midhat Ajanović Ajan, Giannalberto Bendazzi, Olga Bobrowska, Michał Bobrowski, Dirk de Bruyn, Edwin Carels, Marcin Giżycki, Guo Chunning (Maggie), Mikhail Gurevich, Fatemah Hosseini-Shakib, Holger Lang, Irena Paulus, Adrijana Ružić, Mareike Sera, Paul Wells

Global Animation Theory. International Perspectives at Animafest Zagreb, Franziska Bruckner, Holger Lang, Nikica Gilić, Daniel Šuljić, Hrvoje Turković [eds.], Bloomsbury: London, New York, Sydney, Dehli 2019

Propaganda, Ideology, Animation. Twisted Dreams of History

Kaja Fiedler

Thursday, 3. 10. 2019, 12.00, GT22 Library

The presented monograph regards the history and contemporaneity of animated film through a prism of the ideological entanglement of this medium. The editors have invited film scholars and critics to reflect upon the dangerous liaisons between animation art and official propaganda.  Regardless of their ideological backbones, propaganda messages produced by the 20th and 21st century political systems were based upon rather similar theoretical and methodological assumptions. Intrinsically symbolic and synthetic language of animated film allows to observe rhetorical modes and indoctrination strategies in their purest form. The authors of the collected papers study animated production against the background of historical and political contexts that include: Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, USA and Eastern European satellite countries during Cold War, Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany, People's Republic of China under Mao Zedong, Marshal Tito's Yugoslavia and its dramatic breakup, contemporary condition of European integration. The contributors represent cultural diversity and differentiated research approaches, as they come from various academic and cultural environments (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia, China, Greece/Estonia, Russia/USA, Bulgaria/Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Sweden). Next to the papers written by the scholars of highly acknowledged status in worldwide Animation Studies (e.g. Mikhail Gurevich, Midhat Ajanović Ajan), we publish articles of the young generation of academics and film culture activists (e.g. Anna Ida Orosz, Jiří Neděla), as well as a manifesto of Theodore Ushev.


Editors: Olga Bobrowska, Michał Bobrowski, Bogusław Zmudziński

Contributors: Midhat Ajanović Ajan// Milen Alempijević// Olga Bobrowska// Michał Bobrowski// Guo Chunning// Mikhail Gurevich// Vassilis Kroustallis// Magdalena Krzosek-Hołody// Michał Mróz// Jiří Neděla// Anna Ida Orosz// Theodore Ushev// Bogusław Zmudziński

Publisher: AGH University of Science and Technology Press, Kraków 2019

Published in cooperation with: Fundacja Promocji Kultury Artystycznej, Filmowej i Audiowizualnej Etiuda&Anima

The publication is a part of the project “Twisted Dreams of History. V4 Perspective on Propaganda, Ideology and Animation”, supported by the International Visegrad Fund – Project #21720353

Feminist State of Mind. A Possibility

Kaja Fiedler

Panel discussion about feminist perspectives on Central-East European animation scene

We've talked about it in letters// And we've talked about it on the phone// But how you really feel about it// I don’t know…, Le Tigre were singing once but what’s your take on art-house animation? Yes, it was a hot topic in recent years. Various animated film festivals specifically focused on films made by women, the visibility has increased and this is invaluable. Now, let’s ask further questions, let’s focus on here-and-now context. What role do the feminist practices play in artistic expression and daily life of animators living in Central-East Europe?  How do you express your individual sensitivity while populist, right-wing backlash spreads around the region? What is the meaning of the fight for safe and equal working environment if the work relies on yet another commission, project, residency? ...

Four different perspectives will be brought to Maribor by speakers representing the wide spectrum of engagement within the scene of art-house animation. Studio work, experimental filmmaking practices, curatorship, film journalism and academic reflection - all of these are significant factors that determine functioning and reception of contemporary European animated film. And this is why we asked Antonija Veljačić (Croatia), Rebecca Akoun (Austria), Dóra Bartal and AnnaIda Orosz (Hungary) to attempt the mapping of the feminist state of mind within the scene. Join the discussion and feel free to share your own experiences, doubts and statements.


Aleksandra Sokolović
Born in 1986 in Belgrade, Serbia. Graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, Department of Journalism and Communication. Attended Interdisciplinary Joint MA Programme in South-Eastern European Studies. Worked as radio and TV journalist, with several media in Serbia and Slovenia. Co-organizer and moderator of Skuhna Talks in Ljubljana - discussions with relevant guests about socially, politically and economically important topics. Former project and communications manager in a digital marketing agency, as well as in different civil society organizations from Ljubljana and Belgrade. Currently working in software Quality Assurance.



Rebecca Akoun
Born in 1985 in France, she completed her studies at “Ecole Estienne Superieure des Arts Graphiques”, in Paris. In 2003, she moved to Israel to study at “Bezalel Academyof Art & Design” in the Screen Based Arts departments , from which she graduated in 2011. She took part as well in a semester exchange program at the “Hochschule Luzern Design & Kunst”, Switzerland.  Her films are shown in film festivals around the world and are destined for distributions.Currently based in Austria, she just completed a new short animated film "shaul and Iwan".

Dóra Bartal
Graduated from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest with a Bachelor’s degree in English Studies and a Master's degree in Film Studies. As a cultural manager, she has organized national and international film festivals and worked at documentary film institutions. Her reviews and interviews have been published in Hungarian and English by Filmvilág, PRAE, Új Szó, Filmtekercs, HVG Online, Nisimazine, and Cineuropa Shorts. She has published studies on gender and popular film in the journals Art Communication & Popculture and Metropolis. Currently, she is a PhD student at the University of Film and Theatre in Budapest researching contemporary Eastern European documentary film.

AnnaIda Orosz
Born in 1986 in Budapest. She studied film theory and film history at the Budapest Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). Currently she is a PhD candidate of ELTE Institute of Art Theory and Media Studies. Her thesis focuses on Hungarian animated documentaries made in the 1970s and 1980s. She is a lecturer of animation history at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest; she has worked as the animation specialist of the Hungarian National Film Archive since 2012. She has been in the organizing committee of the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival since 2009. She is the co-founder and curator of Primanima World Festival of First Animations in Hungary, and also works as the curator of Animated Spirits European Animation Festival New York. 

Antonija Veljačić
Independent animator based in Croatia. She studied Animation and new media at the Academy of fine arts in Zagreb. Since 2014 she worked on various animation projects, mostly 2d and puppet animation. She runs a “Small school of animation for children and adults” with Zagreb film, and animation workshops all around Croatia. As an animator, set and puppet designer she has been working for Zagreb film and other Croatian production studios as well as directly for independent visual artists.


Kaja Fiedler

Thursday, 3. 10. 2019, 18.30, GT22 Black Box

Curated by Pedro Rivero

The programme will be presented in a form of looped "BlackBox" formula. While experiencing it at GT22 don't miss to check accompanying exhibition of illustrations and excerpts from comics made by Spanish authors, Ana Penyas ("Hit with Tits"; "Que coño hago yo aquí"; "Mi barrio") and Ana Galvañ (excerpts from "Pulse Enter para continuar").

There will be no other wall that can contain them. A camera, some materials, be they puppets, drawings or cut-outs, and everything is in their hands. With their own voice, it is not the language that identifies them. It is their desire to move in societies that always wanted to keep them still, with their captive thinking and hands tightly bound. But no more ties, now she moves.


About the curator

Pedro Rivero (Bilbao, 1969) is producer, director and screenwriter of the animated movies Psiconautas, Los Niños Olvidados (Goya Award 2017 and nominated for the EFA Awards), La Crisis Carnívora (2007), and the animated short film Birdboy (Goya Award 2012). He is also screenwriter for several animated series for TV and the animated movie Goomer (Goya Award 1999). Rivero is artistic director of ANIMAKOM FEST – Bilbao International Animation Community Festival and jury member for several film festivals including Anibar (Peja, Kosovo), Animasivo (Mexico), Animated Dreams (Tallinn, Estonia), Animatou (Geneva, Switzerland), Fredrikstad (Norway), KDIAF (Taipei, Taiwan) and Stuttgart (Germany). He is teaching screenwriting and storytelling in several schools and academies in the Basque Country. President of the Basque Screenwriters’ Guild from 2002 to 2008, and author of theatrical plays and comic books. 

BlackBox screeenings

01. To let the body grow/ Dejarse crecer el cuerpo
Andrea Gudiño (Agua de Papel)
2018, MEX, 4'30''

Animated testimonies of people with different gender identities which relate their life experiences and create one voice with a lot of voices.

Assistant: Galilea Gutierrez
Sound design, music: Leonidas Ghione
Testimonies of Geraldine Gullien, Cuitahuac Mendoza, Iktan Andrea Cortes, Michelle, Angelica M. Orozco, Jesus Alexandre


Andrea Gudiño
Independent animator and photographer, studied animation in the University of Audiovisual Media (CAAV) in Guadalajara, Her work is based on the experimentation of mixed techniques of animation such as stop-motion, cut out and rotoscopy. The use of materials such as paper, paint and plasticine provide a crafty aesthetic to her work. Her graduation short film titled To Let the Body Grow has been selected in the most important film festivals of Mexico, During the CutOutFest X (Qro) she received the award for Best Mexican Student Short Film and a Special Mention of Jury during Animasivo film festival. This short film has also been selected in international festivals in countries like Hungary, Spain, Argentina, Colombia and Korea.

02. On Everyone's Lips/ En boca de todas
RAMA Red Argentina Mujeres de la Animación
2018, ARG, 4'28''

An experimental short collective animated piece of work with the exquisite corpse structure. Its narration is gentle and smooth, and at the same time, in a poetic mood it claims for gender equality and ending of the violence against women. Different images bear 25 women's ideas on what is relevant and how to express feelings and aims.

Technique: drawing, painting, digital 2D, stop motion, pixilation, cut-out
Filmmakers in order of appearance: Ana Inés Flores// Milena Lois// Rocìo Dalmau// Gabriela Fernandez// Daniela Fiore// Irene Blei// Ileana Gomez Gavinoser// Miriana Bazan// María Belén Tagliabue// Agostina Ravazzola// Carla Gratti// Paola Bellato// Isabel Estruch// Sofia Ugarte// Laura Norma Martínez// Berenice Gáldiz Carlstein// Isabel Macias// Marina Lisasuain// Angeles Sena// Gabriela Clar// Raquel de Simone// Ana Martín
Editing and Postproduction: Ana Martin, Lucila Mendoza
Animated Credits: Lucila Mendoza
Logo and Template Design: Csinos aka Juliana Gal
Sound and Original Score: Victoria Sahores Ripoll
Texts: Irene Blei
Production: Romina Savary (RAMA - Red Argentina Mujeres de la Animación)
Distribution and Sales: Gisela Chicolino (Filmstofestivals)


RAMA, Red Argentina de Mujeres Animadoras, is a collective of women related to Animation that face community project work without internal hierarchies. It is a diverse, inclusive group that embraces sorority and mutual help ideals. As for its assemblage, it happens to be the first production done by RAMA, Red Argentina Mujeres de la Animación, a recently born collective that gathers women from different cities of Argentina and also those from other places that live or have lived in the country. When defining its format, which is a Jam, we decided to leave this word aside and pick a Spanish equivalent. That is why we chose Mermelada de Animadoras to identify ourselves.

03. Movements in the Basement/ Premiki v kleti/ Movimientos en el sótano
Cecilia Traslaviña
2017, COL, 8'


Based on a poem "Estancía y doméstica" by Mariela Malhue Moreno. Women's hands are in constant movement, cleaning, sewing, trembling. A big fist knocks on the window. It will be silent and bright at some point.


Cecilia Traslaviña González

She works in the Visual Arts Department of the Javeriana University as animation teacher. She had been jury member in short film festivals in Colombia and abroad. She has given lectures on Colombian animation at various national and international events. Her works have been selected in several film festivals in Germany, Poland, Brazil, Italy, Austria, Canada, Mexico and Sweden. Member of the Moebius Collective.

04. Margarita La Del Río
Pilar García Fernándezsesma
2019, USA, 4'39''

Moments in the life of a woman from Honduras who immigrated to the United States in order to support her family back home.

Technique: cut-out
Testimony of Margarita
Guitar: Strangereight

Pilar García Fernándezsesma
Pilar’s film work tends to focus on empathy and individualized stories. Her work medium varies from more traditional methods to computer techniques, and her concepts range from character driven narratives to more comic themes, poetic and metaphorical pieces deal with heavier issues. However, regardless of the range of work she makes, one way or another she always focuses evoking feelings from the viewer, letting them relate to the characters on screen, both real or fictional. A smaller portion of her film work relates to themes that are often also visible within her illustration. Such work tackles themes of memory, femininity and Hispanic culture, where symbolic and dream-like qualities separate them from her other works.

05. White Line/ Síndrome de línea blanca
Lourdes Villagómez (Los Animantes, IMCINE)
2003/6, MEX, 8'18''

An imaginary biography of a girl that gets killed by a car and awakens, like a princess in a fairy tale, looking for her happy ending. "White line" in México is a generic term for electric domestic appliances. Originally shot on 35 mm film.

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Technique: object and cut-out stop motion on life size sets, drawings
Dericted, designed by Lourdes Villagomez
Production: Lourdes Villagomez, Elizabeth Hernandez
Cinematography: Antonio Pardo, Jamie Caliri, Pablo Mercado
Art direction: Jay Aroesty, Cecilia Lagos
Animation: Lourdes Villagomez, Luis Tellez, Felipe Morales, Geraldo Quijano
Music: Gabriela Ortiz, Rafael Herrera
Sound design: Talia Ruiz
Editing: Alberto Rodriguez
Post digital: Gabo Kerelgand

Lourdes Villagomez

She is a Mexican artist who earned her degree in graphic design, with a minor in art, at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She continued her studies in photographic and art at CATS College in Cambridge and has most recently graduated from Academia Riaci in Florence Italy with her masters degree in Visual Arts. Using acrylic as her main technique, her works represent a range of various topics including portraits and her native Mexico's rich culture.

Comics exhibition

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Ana Penyas

Born in Valencia (Spain), in 1987. She graduated from Industrial Design and Fine Arts at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Ana participated in an artistic residence in De Licerias (Porto, 2015); received a special mention at the Ibero-America Ilustra 2015 and won the VII Ibero-American Illustrate Catalog in 2016. In 2017 she received the Fnac-Salamandra Graphic International Graphic Novel Prize through which she published her debut graphic novel “We are all good”. In 2018, she was awarded with the prize for an outstanding new national author at the Barcelona Comic Show, as well as the National Comic Award.

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Ana Galvañ 

An illustrator and a comic creator from Murcia, a town in the south of Spain. After her time studying at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Valencia, she moved to Madrid, where she worked as an Art Director. Later, she left advertising to pursue comics and illustration full time. Her work has appeared in publications coordinated by Fantagraphics, Nobrow, Ultrarradio, Vertigo DC, Off Life, Autsáider, Apa-Apa, and Fosfatina. Recently, she has published "Pulse enter para continuar", a compilation of five stories that travel between science fiction and fantasy, published by Apa Apa cómics.


Kaja Fiedler


Established in 1972, it is the second oldest film festival in the world completely dedicated to animation. Launched thanks to the global reputation of the filmmakers sprung from the Zagreb School of Animation, founded based on the decision of ASIFA, International Animated Film Association, Zagreb Film production company and City of Zagreb, Animafest Zagreb takes place every year early in June. Until 2005 the festival was held biennially, and afterwards continued in the annual rhythm, devoting even years to short film and odd years to feature film. After Zagreb Film and Zagreb Concert Management, in 2007 the festival organisation was taken over by the private production company Hulahop with the aim of further development and balancing the programme with the requirements of contemporary tendencies, approaching broader audiences and providing added values to professionals. In 2015 Animafest Zagreb merged short and feature festival editions and became festival dedicated to animation in all its forms on annual basis. Animafest Zagreb always has been, alongside festivals in Annecy, Ottawa and Hiroshima, a part of the obligatory circuit in the animation community’s calendar. Animafest’s Grand Prix winners directly qualify for the Academy Award and the European Animation Award. As one of the leading international animation events and the only Croatian film festival with such a status, Animafest Zagreb serves as a bridge between the animation scene and the local audience (more than 80 per cent of the selection consists of premieres), but also actively creates it, continually raising the level of audiovisual culture in the society. The Zagreb festival therefore presents the best and latest works competing for prestigious awards and the most relevant and interesting trends. Through entertainment, socialisation and learning, Animafest connects citizens of all generations and respected guests from different parts of the world at a large and colourful festivity paying tribute to animation art.

Programme (Runtime: 64'): STOP MOTION WINNERS AND LAUREATES 2010-2019


01. Mr. Deer/ Aghaye Gavazn/ G. Jelen
Mojtaba Mousavi (RPTCA)
2018, IRN, 9' 

The story is narrated in an unknown time, in a ruined modern subway. People in this society have animal faces, they have forgotten humanity and ethics and they do not avoid sins. There is someone with a deer face who is trying to reform the society. Special Award Short Film Jury 2018.

02. Negative Space/ Negativni prostor
Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata (Ikki Films)
2017, FRA, 5'30''

My dad taught me how to pack. Special Award Short Film Jury 2018.

03. Katachi
Kijek/Adamski (AB Film Prod. for P-Vine Inc.)
2013, POL/JPN, 3'05''

"Katachi" means "shape". The video is made with approx. 2000 silhouettes extracted from PVC plates using computer-controlled cutter. It's an everlasting chain of convulsive memories. Music: SHUGO TOKUMARU. Best Commissioned Film 2014.


04. Nighthawk/ Nočna ptica
Špela Čadež (Finta Film, Bonobostudio)
2016, SLO/CRO, 8'50''

A badger lies motionless on a local road. A police patrol approaches the body in the dark. They soon realize that the animal is not dead; the badger is dead drunk! Grad Prix 2017.


05. Hedgehog's Home/ Ježeva hiša/ Ježeva kuća
Eva Cvijanović (NFB, Bonobostudio)
2017, CAN/CRO, 10'50''

In a lush and lively forest lives a hedgehog. His unwavering devotion to his home annoys a quartet of insatiable beasts. Based on a story by Branko Ćopić's "Hedgehog's Home". Special Award Short Film Jury, Audience Award 2017.

06. Datum Point/ Referenčna točka / 水準原点
Ryo Orikasa
2015, JAP, 6'41''

Yoshiro Ishihara (1915–1977), now remembered as a “poet of silence”, said: “A poem is an impulse to resist writing.” This film is an attempt to seek out the landscape of his poem. “Golden Zagreb” Award 2016.


07. Luis
Niles Atallah, Joaquin Cociña, Cristobal Leon
2008, Chile, 3'50'' 

Luis is waiting for Lucía in a forest. He appears and disappears in charcoal on the walls of a room filled with broken objects that constantly shift around. Special Award Short Film Jury 2010.

08. The Last Quest/ Poslednji izziv/ Posljednji izazov
Božidar Trkulja (ZagrebFilm)
2017, CRO, 15'57''

Five brave heroes. Three incentive dwarfs. One tempting prize. Greed, vanity and lust in the contest until the very end. Special mention Croatian Competition Jury 2017.

Selection and presentation:

Daniel Šuljić is an animation film director and a musician. Born in Zagreb, from 1992 to 2010 he lived in Vienna, and from 2010 on he has been living and working in both cities. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, and from 1992 to 1998 painting and animation at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Masterclass C. L. Attersee, where he graduated. From 2005 to 2008 he was a lecturer of classical animation at the Institute for Media Design at the University of Art and Design in Linz, and in 2006 he was given the title of honorary professor at Jilin College of the Arts Animation School in Changchun, China. From 2010 to 2012 he served as an artistic consultant for animated film at the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, and from 2013 to 2017 he was a member of the artistic council for film in the City of Zagreb. His films (selection) Evening Star (1993), Leckdonalds (1995), The Cake (1997), Sun, Salt and Sea (1997), Ich kann es mir sehr gut vorstellen (I Can Imagine It Very Well, 2004), Kurzes Leben (Short Life, 2007, co-dir. Johanna Freise), Transparency (2015), From Under Which Rock Did They Crawl Out (2018) were shown at several hundred international and national film festivals, different TV channels across Europe and earned numerous international awards. He is a member of festival juries and had several retrospectives (Anifilm Trebon, Monstra Lisabon, ITFS Stuttgart). Since 2018 he is an assistant professor at the Department of Animation and New Media, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb and the Croatian ambassador of the European Animation Awards. Since 2011 he has been the artistic director of the World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb.

Tricky Women/Tricky Realities

Kaja Fiedler


Since 2001 Tricky Women takes place every year in March around the date of the International Women’s Day. Tricky Women focuses on animated films made by women and therefore fills a unique position within the international festival landscape. Besides the competition the festival shows themed programs and retrospectives to present an exciting overview of the animated cinematic art of female artists from around the world and Austrian filmmakers as well. Historical curiosities and contemporary productions are part of Tricky Women’s programming. Animated Documentaries, works of students of international film schools and academies, and the cinematographic reflection on the complex work/society were established as festival anchors. Exhibitions, workshops and Best Practice-afternoons provide an insight into the creative work of filmmakers and offer the opportunity to get in touch with each other. Tricky Women’s declared aim is to confront the audience with the unlimited aesthetics of animation films made by women. The primal aim of Tricky Women to create a pool of international acknowledged experts is realized by now. Each year in Vienna for five days in March the festival presents film classics as well as contemporary productions which give an overview about the latest trends and developments. Female animation artists from all over the world meet their Austrian colleagues to connect and compete. Over the years a dense network emerged which reaches from Vienna over Moskau and Tokio to Montreal.

Programme (Runtime: 60'):


01. Unheard/ Unerhört
Amelie Loy
2019, AUT, 2'23''

The clip deals with social expectations of women in three everyday situations.

02. Ulduz (Part of So Far)
Lydia Kaminski
2015, AUT, 5'                                   

The hand-drawn animation is based on the true story of migrants who have come to Vienna to start a new life there. It shows their first day in the city and gives insights into their conflicting feelings while arriving and when assessing their perspectives.

03. Body Stranded
Rebecca Akoun
2017, AUT, 9'54''                                         

Inside post-revolution Iran, David struggles with his Jewish identity, the fall of women's rights, and the rise in media censorship. Based on a true story.

04. My Father’s Room
Nari Jang (Korea National University of Arts)
2016, South Korea, 8'16''

She was abused by her father during childhood. Since he left, the pain and anger have begun to fade. One day, unexpectedly, she is struck by a revelation about her father's life that casts her feelings about him into confusion.

05. Zu zahm!/ Too Tame!
Rebecca Blöcher (Balance Film)
2017, GER, 6'41''

Seven protagonists, stuck inside the box, are trapped in their clichés and their recurring daily routine. Their individuality is only an apparent one, because their autonomy can be taken away far too easily – even if they gamble with their lives. But the show must go on and the money is rolling in. Applause!


06. I Like Girls
Diane Obomsawin (NFB)
2016, CAN, 8'12''

Charlotte, Mathilde, Marie, and Diane reveal the nitty-gritty about their first loves, sharing funny and intimate tales of one-sided infatuation, mutual attraction, erotic moments, and fumbling attempts at sexual expression. For them, sexual awakening comes hand-in-hand with discovering their desire for other women – and a joyful new self-awareness.

07. Machine
Anna Vasof
2015, AUT, 2’

The film answers the question how something can work only during its deconstruction/demolition.

08. Egg                                                               
Martina Scarpelli (MIYU Productions, LATELOVE Production)
2018, FRA, 12'07''

A woman is locked in her home with an egg, which she is both attracted to and scared of. She eats the egg, she repents. She kills it. She lets the egg die of hunger.


09. Rebellious Essence/ Uporni duh
Ana Čigon (Ana Čigon, City Gallery Ljubljana)
2017, SLO, 5’

A cat walks into the Ministry for Cat Affairs and requests a passport. All goes well until the female and male cat clerks demand to know the cat’s sex.


Waltraud Grausgruber is festival directress and co-founder of the “Tricky Women Festival” in Vienna, Austria. “Tricky Women” is the first and only festival of animated film that is dedicated exclusively to animation by women. It takes place since 2001. Grausgruber studied theatre, film and media studies at the University of Vienna and tourism at the University of Economics of Vienna. She wrote her Master’s Thesis about African Cinema, was visiting researcher in France, Senegal and Burkina Faso, conceptualized film festivals and curated international film programs. In 2010, she got the Outstanding Artists Award of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture. The festival director published books like „Tricky Women_Animations Film Kunst von Frauen / Women in Animation“, Schüren Verlag (with Birgitt Wagner) and „Mörderinnen“ (Killing Women in Film), Elephantenpress.

Rebecca Akoun, born in 1985 in France, has completed her studies at “Ecole Estienne Superieure des Arts Graphiques” in Paris. In 2003, she moved to Israel to study at “Bezalel Academy of Art & Design” in the Screen Based Arts departments, from which she graduated in 2011. She also took part in a semester exchange program at the “Hochschule Luzern Design & Kunst”, Switzerland.  Her films are shown in film festivals around the world and are destined for distributions. Currently based in Austria, she just completed a new short animated film "Shaul and Iwan".