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.
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
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.
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.
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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.