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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.