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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 screenings

Kaja Fiedler


NavelFable / NabelFabel & A Cat Is Always Female / Mačka je uvijek ženska & The Noble Stud / Adelshingst

NavelFable/ NabelFabel


NavelFable/ NabelFabel
Mara Mattuschka
1984, Austria, 4'

Mara Mattuschka subjects herself to a second birth through endless pairs of tights. Her body struggles so hard and in such a deformed manner from out of the layers of nylon the sheer struggle for survival becomes visible. (Peter Tscherkassky)

Technique: Live-action, Stop motion

Director, Script, Cinematography, Editing, Sound: Mara Mattuschka

Distribution: Sixpackfilm


Mara Mattuschka

An award-winning filmmaker, actress, and visual artist of Bulgarian origin (*1959). She studied Ethnology and Linguistics at the University of Vienna from 1977 to 1983. In 1990, she graduated from the University of Applied Arts Vienna, majoring in the subjects of Painting and Animated Film in Maria Lassning´s master class. Mattuschka lectured at the Braunschweig College of Fine Arts from 1994 to 2001. In 2005, she received the Republic of Austria´s honorary prize for film art. Mara Mattuschka´s extensive work has been shown at numerous exhibitions and international festivals. Mattuschka works and lives in Vienna.

A Cat Is Always Female/ Mačka je uvijek ženska


A Cat Is Always Female/ Mačka je uvijek ženska
Martina Meštrović, Tanja Vujasinović (Kreativni sindikat)
2019, CRO, 15'43''

Through a feminist lens, the filmmakers pay homage to their professor Marija Ujević Galetović – one of Croatia’s most important sculptors. Marija's life story and views are told through a combination of video footage and animation of her feminine sculptures.

Animated documentary
Mixed techniques

Script, direction: Martina Meštrović, Tanja Vujasinović

Animation: Martina Meštrović

Director of photography: Jasenko Rasol

Editing: Iva Kraljević

Dialogue editing: Iva Kraljević, Tanja Vujasinović

Music: Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz

Sound design and sound mix: Hrvoje Pelicarić

Production: Kreativni sindikat (Igor Grubić)

Distribution: Bonobostudio


Martina Meštrović (1974) graduated from the Sculpture department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1998. She has held several solo and group exhibitions. In 2004, she joined the art collective Kreativni sindikat, working as a 2D and 3D set designer, animator and director. She lives and works in Zagreb. Filmography: A Cat Is Always Female (2019), Peter's Forest (2016), Bla (2013)
Tanja Vujasinović (1974) completed MA Fine Art studies at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in 2006 and graduated on a Sculpture department from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1999. Tanja works with a variety of media including video, sculpture and sound. She participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She lives and works in Zagreb. Filmography: A Cat Is Always Female (2019)

The Noble Stud


The Noble Stud/ Adelshingst
Sofia Priftis, Linus Hartin (KompisKompis)
2013, SWE, 14'10''

A young girl, Maria, leaves to the countryside to work as a maid for an aristocratic couple in their mansion. Inspired by her best friends impossible desire to have a child with her girlfriend, Maria hatches a plan to help homosexual couples whilst also taking revenge on the burgeois class.

Technique: cut-out animation
Recommended for children under 14: no

Written & directed by Sofia Priftis and Linus Hartin

Cast Paloma Leal, Marcus Priftis, Niki Nordenskjöld, Elin Söderqvist

Animation Frej Bengtsson, Stefan Corso, Jesper Jansson, Viggo Stahle

Music Joel Bremer and Arne Forsén, Månskensorkestern

Character & set design Sofia Priftis and Linus Hartin

Sound Karl Jansson

Produced by Sofia Priftis and Linus Hartin

Sofia Priftis and Linus Hartin

A Stockholm based duo active in film, architecture, arts and design. Their most recent films Adelshingst and Söndag have been shown at film festivals around the world.