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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

Heroine's Journey

Kaja Fiedler

Curated by Franziska Bruckner

In narratology the term hero's journey, refers to a common template for tales. It always involves a hero who is called to an adventure, overcomes obstacles and – after a substantial crisis – wins a victory that changes or transforms him. But what about all the heroines? The main female characters we admire for being brave or that achieve something great? The program Heroine´s Journey takes a look at some of those characters: women and girls trying to break from ordinary or restricting circumstances, facing obstacles – sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing, but never giving up.

About the Curator

Franziska Bruckner is media scholar and Head of the Research Group Media Creation at St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences; curator and organizer of the international symposium series Animafest Scanner. Co-coordinator of the working group Animation of the German Society for Media Studies and a member of the Executive Board of the ASIFA Austria. She studied painting and animated film at the University for Applied Arts Vienna and Theater, Film, and Media Studies at the University of Vienna, where she worked as a University Assistant from 2009 to 2013 and earned her doctorate in 2017. She was a lecturer at Vienna University, the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg Campus among others. Her research focuses on the history of animation in German-speaking countries, hybrids of animation and live-action films, animation in virtual and augmented environments, and the connection between art and film.


01. Chaste Susanne/ Die Keusche Susanne
Catrina David, Fabian Anger, Hannes Müller, Julia Ritter (University of Vienna)
2016, AUT, 2'11''

The chaste and dutiful SUSANNE is driven crazy by the impertinence and harassment of men, which makes her explode and destroy everything around her.


Written, directed and animated by Catrina David, Fabian Anger, Hannes Müller, Julia Ritter
Technique; loose materials animation

Recommended for children under 14: no

02. Thumbelina
Lotte Reiniger (Primrose Productions)
1954, UK, 10'

A tiny girl is born from a flower. A toad and a mole propose marriage, but she is rescued, first by some fish, then by a swallow, and meets the fairies, who welcome her and give her wings


Directed and animated by Lotte Reiniger
Producers: Carl Koch, Vivian Milroy, Louis Hagen
Music: Freddie Phillips

Recommended for children under 14: yes

03. Interview
Caroline Leaf & Veronika Soul (National Film Board of Canada)
1979, CAN, 13'

A freewheeling cinematic experience, this film is the work of two filmmakers who relate their perceptions of each other through their respective animation techniques. Images and words are paired in startling associations.

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Producer: David Verrall
Executive producer: Derek Lamb
Camera: Jacques Avoine
Richard Moras: Robert Humble
Sound editing: Jackie Newell
Re-recording: Hans Peter Strobl
Music: Richard Baskin 

Recommended for children under 14: yes

04. Ball-Head/ Kugelkopf
Mara Mattuschka
1985, AUT, 6'

Hands vigorously pull scraps of paper from an antiquated printing press, while their owner remains invisible. Then Mimi Minus and a razor blade - the incident is still shocking. (Stephan Settele)

Director, Script, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, Music, Animation: Mara Mattuschka 
Distributed by SIXPACK

05. Raumfahrt/ Space Travel
Renate Kordon
1989, AUT, 4'52'' 

Renate Kordon encircles her living space with the body, along the walls at the edges of the floor. By/for filming, the spatial inventory is recorded cm for cm. (R.K.)

06. Trilogy of Leaving
Anna Vasof
2016, AUT, 4'

Three animated experiments explore how the desire to leave is at the same time metaphorical and an actual illusion.



07. Absent
Nikki Schuster
2015, AUT/GER/ESP/BOL/MEX/BiH/CRO, 6'33''

In abandoned buildings life starts to vibrate again: the ambient light starts to flicker, left-behind items begin to move, inside spaces come alive. An odyssey through a labyrinth of decay.

Technique: photo-series / pixilation / 2D computer
Animation, 6:33 min, Stereo/5.1, HD/DCP
Direction/Animation/Editing/Sound: Nikki Schuster
Synthesizer: Ignatz Bee
Sound-Mix: Sebastian Müller
Sponsored by: Kulturland OÖ
© Nikki Schuster AT/DE/ES/BOL/MEX

08. Lucía
Critóbal León, Niles Atallah, Joaquin Cociña (Diluvio)
2007, Chile, 3'50'' 

Lucía remembers the summer in which she fell in love with Luis. The furniture within a bedroom is shaken and destroyed, meanwhile the charcoal Lucía appears and vanishes on the walls.

Materials: charcoal, dirt, flowers, found objects and cardboar
Lucía’s Voice: Paula Florencia Navarrete
Stage Design Assistance : Natalia Geisse


09. Zepo
César Díaz Meléndez
2014, ESP, 3' 

A crude and dark fictional story inspired by the Spanish civil war. Made with sand animation technique.


Production Company, Animation, Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Director, Sound, Editing: César Díaz Meléndez

10. Women's Work
Chloé Kaufmann (Chloé Kaufmann, Kinobus Istanbul 2013)
2015, FRA, 5'15''

A young woman shares her experience as being a freelancer-journalist in Syria, during a short stay in Istanbul. The action takes place during the summer 2013, before the conflict was covered by the media.

Expérimental / Docu-fiction / Animation
A loose adaptation of a Francesca BORRI's press article.
Starring: Nolwenn DASTE
Written By Chloé KAUFMANN et Nolwenn DASTE

11. Exomoon
Gudrun Krebitz
2015, AUT/ UK, 6' 

"Because she has been alone for a really long time and there´s just no one else, she might as well live on the moon."

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A film by Gudrun Krebitz
Category: Animation
Original language: English
Distributed by SIXPACK