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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.


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Winners & Laureates: 8th StopTrik IFF in Lodz

Lina Dvoršak


We have finalized the 8th edition of StopTrik IFF, Slovenian/Polish festival of stop motion animation: an annual alternative showcase of greatest contemporary worldwide stop motion shorts, unstoppable stream of discussions and debates, a trans-regional festivity of one of the oldest and still one of the most fascinating forms of animated cinema. We are grateful to the Audiences in Maribor and Lodz for their choices and curiosity in film art; Artists, Producers and Distributors whose excellent films we had a pleasure to present; Partner Festival who keep supporting us and stand united in the fight for widest possible recognition of artistic animation, all the Experts, Professionals, Journalists and Industry Guests whose opinions and advises we value greatly, and eventually: Slovenian and Polish StopTrik Teams that consist of highly engaged, dedicated and rightly crazy people willing to do a lot for the Festival. Thank you! Hvala! Dziękujemy!


The Burden/ Min Börda

dir. Niki Lindroth von Bahr, prod. Malade AB

2017, Sweden, 13'

An animated musical with apocalyptic undertones. The story is divided into four episodes that takes place in a supermarket, a long term hotel, a call center and a hamburger restaurant. All of the settings are located in a modern, generic market place next to a large freeway.



In a Nutshell

dir. Fabio Friedli, prod. YK Animation Studio

2016, Switzerland, 5'34''

From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.




Jonatan Schwenk (Offenbach University of Art and Design)

2017, Germany, 10'14''

After a flood, some fish got stuck in old trees. In danger of drying-out they scream sharply. Woken up by the noise, the inhabitants of a nearby cave don't feel happy about the unintended gathering.


The Jury statement: For brilliant visual and sound features, strong emotional content, rich symbolism and current transcultural message.

Mr. Deer/ Aghaye Gavazn

Mojtaba Mousavi (RPTCA)

2018, Iran, 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.




The Jury statement: For a unique form, poetry and the craft to convey emotions in unconventional way.

A Love Letter to the One I Made Up/ Michtav ahava le’bahur she’hemtzeti ( מכתב אהבה לבחור שהמצאת)

dir. Rachel Gutgarts, prod. Bezalel Academy

2017, Israel, 6'05''

A lonely walk home is intertwined with an underwater fantasy world. The combination between reality and fantasy is portrayed in a love letter addressed to an imaginary "perfect" man. The film is made with a unique technique of screen-printed animation.




The Jury statement: For positive message and perfect handling of black humor.

The Death, Dad & Son/ La Mort, Père & Fils

Denis Walgenwitz and Winshluss (Je suis bien content, Schumby Productions)

2017, France, 13'02''

The Death’s son doesn’t want to take back the family business. He has the secret dream to become a guardian angel, this will trigger a succession of collapses. His dad will have to get him out of this mess.

8th StopTrik IFF in Łódź (PL)

Brina Fekonja

9. - 11. 11. 2018

Find detailed programme here / Szczegółowy program tutaj!

[informacja w języku polskim poniżej]

November is coming soon and we are getting ready for Polish edition of 8th StopTrik IFF. We are more than happy to collaborate again this year with Kino Bodo, O!PLA Festival of Polish Animation/Animation Across Borders, Studio Trefl, Etiuda&Anima, and several Lodz-based cultural spots.

All competition programmes will be evaluated by Lodz Audience and Lodz Students Jury [link]. Special screenings include internationally praised Marc James Roels & Emma De Swaef's film This Magnificent Cake!, adventurous children film Captain Morten and The Spider Queen made by  Kaspar Jancis, Riho Unt and Henry Nicholson, Berenike Rozgonyi's documentary about Dutch pioneer of puppet animation Disney of Duivendrecht, presentations: StopTrik Panorama, 25 Years of Slovak Animation curated by our partner festival Fest Anča, and yet another children's programme coming from Studio Trefl.

Wherever StopTrik goes, we always invite our audiences for insightful examination of artistic approaches and individual technical pursuits conducted by the filmmakers who attend the festival – don't miss Trik Show on Sunday (11.11.)! 2018 edition marks also a start of the collaboration between StopTrik and Fabryka Animacji FAN, an animation creative studio that will organize stop motion workshop.

Music events and late hour entertainment are organized in collaboration with Freedom Jazz Festival.

Jak co roku od trzech lat mamy zaszczyt zaprosić Was na polską odsłonę Międzynarodowego Festiwalu Filmów Animowanych StopTrik - unikalnego w skali światowej wydarzenia skoncentrowanego na technikach stop motion w animacji filmowej (lalka, plastelina, wycinanka, piksilacja, etc.). Podstawą festiwalu jest Międzynarodowy Konkurs Stop Motion oraz Międzynarodowy Konkurs "Pogranicza". W obu konkursach filmy oceniają dwa niezależne składy jurorskie: widzowie oraz 3-osobowe Jury Studenckie.
Ponadto na widzów polskiej odsłony StopTrik czekać będzie łódzka premiera znakomitego, średniometrażowego filmu "This Magnificent Cake!", program 25 LAT SŁOWACKIEJ ANIMACJI, dokument "Disney z Duivendrechtu" oraz MIĘDZYNARODOWA PANORAMA STOP MOTION. Na najmłodszych widzów przygotowaliśmy dwa Podwieczorki z Animacją i nagrodami od Trefla; jeden z pełnometrażowym "Kapitanem Mortenem i Królową Pająków", zaś drugi z "Rodziną Treflików". Stałym i wręcz obowiązkowym punktem programu dla wszystkich miłośników animacji będzie TrikShow, czyli spotkanie z twórcami filmów, którzy podczas mini-prezentacji odsłonią kulisy swojej pracy.
Dzięki współpracy z Freedom Jazz Festival nie zabraknie też muzycznych wydarzeń towarzyszących.

Cinema and Maribor - Exhibition Open Call

Lina Dvoršak

StopTrik Festival is looking for "souvenirs" of good-old times when movie theater in Maribor was filled with people and excitement, and art-house cinema culture mattered for the urban life! You're welcome to contribute to exhibition #KinoInMaribor with photographs, posters, tickets -- all the things that can bring memories, mood and meaning!
Friends of Maribor & culture & cinema culture in Maribor: please spread a word and contribute! 

For questions in English please contact: , +48 536 256 157

StopTrik IFF organizer: Pekarna Magdalenske Mreže, Ob železnici 8, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia

StopTrik IFF 2018: Competitions and Panorama Programmes Announcement

Lina Dvoršak

Selection results for:

  • International Stop Motion Competition

  • The Borderlands Competition

  • Panorama (non-competitive section)

We’re grateful for all the submissions that came to us from each corner of the world. Our Programme Director regrets excluding a lot of valuable films in the selection process, nevertheless we’re all excited to share with you the titles that will be presented throughout October and November in Maribor and Lodz in the frames of StopTrik competition and panorama programmes. 51 selected films trigger off admiration, reflection, sadness, shock and laughter, but never indifference or boredom. The cinema is about thrills, shivers, hopes and emotions. Animation adds up to this a radiant joy of experiencing intimate visions materializing in clay, puppets, objects, threads or coffee grains, or any other movable substance. It’s smaller than reality, but bigger than life! 


International Stop Motion Competition

(alphabetical order)

25 films from Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, India, 

Iran, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, UK, USA


  1. About Our Astronauts/ A kak nashi kosmonavti, dir. Galina Golubeva, prod. Soyuzmultfilm, 2018, RUS, 7'20''

  2. Basket, The/ Tokri, dir. Suresh Eriyat, prod. Studio Eeksaurus, 2017, IND, 14'20''

  3. Burden, The/ Min Börda, dir. Niki Lindroth von Bahr, prod. Malade AB, 2017, SWE, 13'

  4. Cabin Pressure, real. Matthew Lee, 2017, UK, 3'15''

  5. Cerulia, dir. Sofia Carrillo, prod. Mexican Film Institute, 2017, MEX, 12'56''

  6. Connoisseur/ Smakosz, dir. Daria Godyń, prod. Academy of Fine Arts Krakow, 2017, POL, 6'19''

  7. Cream, dir. Lena Ólafsdóttir, prod. The Animation Workshops, 2017, DNK, 4'44''

  8. Death, Dad & Son, The/ La Mort, Père & Fils, dir. Denis Walgenwitz and Winshluss, prod. Je suis bien content, Schumby Productions, 2017, FRA, 13'02''

  9. Dialogues/ Dialogi, dir. Monika Kuczyniecka, prod. National Audiovisual Institute, 2016, POL, 6'05''

  10. Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me) – Sparks, dir. Joseph Wallace, prod. Cardel, 2017, UK, 3'45''

  11. Finity Calling, dir. Jasper Kuipers, prod. seriousFilm, Walking the Dog, 2018, NLD/ BEL, 15'

  12. How the Black Hole Begins/ Bajka o powstaniu czarnej dziury, dir. Karolina Gołębiowska, prod. Arts Academy Szczecin, 2017, POL, 4'22''

  13. Mary and 7 Dwarfs/ Maria ja 7 pöialpoissi, dir. Riho Unt, prod. Nukufilm, 2018, EST, 12'30''

  14. Mr. Deer/ Aghaye Gavazn, dir. Mojtaba Mousavi, prod. RPTCA, 2018, IRN, 9'

  15. Musical Traumas/ Muzičke traume, dir. Miloš Tomić, prod. Dribbling Pictures, 2018, SRB, 10'26''

  16. My Little Goat/ マイリトルゴート, dir. Tomoki Misato, prod. Tokyo University of the Arts, 2018, JPN, 10'13''

  17. Past is Growing/ Prošlost raste, dir. Dea Jagić, prod, Zagreb film, 2018, CRO, 8'15''

  18. Protoplasm/ Protoplazma, dir. Katrin Novaković, prod. Zagreb film, ALU, 2017, CRO, 4'53''

  19. Relation•Ship, real. Zoey Lin, Kun Xia, 2018, USA, 3'16''

  20. REM, dir. Artur Hanaj, prod. Film School Lodz, 2017, POL, 3'

  21. Sowing/ Säen, dir. Maryna Miliushchanka, prod. Kunsthochschule Kassel, 2018, GER, 7'24''

  22. Stone, A/ Kamień, real. Marcin Ożóg, 2018, POL, 4'49''

  23. Trip, dir. Marko Meštrović, prod. Kreativni sindikat, 2017, CRO, 10'40''

  24. Untravel, dir. Ana Nedeljković, Nikola Majdak Jr., prod. Bas Celik, 2018, SRB/SVK, 9'25''

  25. Whiteland/ Belosnejye, dir. Ira Elshansky, prod. Soyuzmultfilm, 2018, RUS, 6'42''


The Borderlands Competition

(alphabetical order)

10 films from Austria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, 

Israel, Spain, Switzerland, UK

  1. A Love Letter to the One I Made Up/ Michtav ahava le’bahur she’hemtzeti/ מכתב אהבה לבחור שהמצאתי, dir. Rachel Gutgarts, prod. Bezalel Academy, 2017, Israel, 6'05''

  2. ABEO, dir. Brenda M. Lopez Zepeda, prod. Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema – Concordia University, 2018, Canada, 7'

  3. Ditch, The/ Areka, dir. Collective, prod. Lekuk Kultur Elkaretea, 2017, Spain, 6'35''

  4. Elegy, dir. Paul Bush, prod. Ancient Mariner Productions, Schattenkabinett, 2017, UK/ Switzerland, 6'

  5. EX TERRAT, dir. & prod. Reinhold Bidner, 2016, Austria/France, 5'45''

  6. From Under Which Rock Did They Crawl Out/ Ispod kojeg li su samo kamena ispuzali, dir. Daniel Šuljić, prod. Kreativni sindikat, Zagreb film, 2018, Croatia, 6'

  7. In a Nutshell, dir. Fabio Friedli, prod. YK Animation Studio, 2016, Switzerland, 5'34''

  8. Mouth(s)/ Bouche(s), dir. & prod. Mathieu Girard, 2017, Canada, 3'56''

  9. Sog, dir. Jonatan Schwenk, prod. Offenbach University of Art and Design, 2017, Germany, 10'14''

  10. When Time Moves Faster, dir. & prod. Anna Vasof, 2016, Austria/Canada/Greece, 6'30''



Panorama (non-competitive section)

(alphabetical order)

16 films from Austria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Israel, Poland, Serbia, 

Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, UK, USA, Uzbekistan

  1. 300g/m2, 2018, dir. Kamila Kucikova, prod. Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia/Slovakia, 5'33''

  2. 39 Weeks, 6 Days/ 39 týždňov, 6 dní, dir. Joanna Kożuch, Boris Šima, prod. plackartnyj, Bfilm, 2017, Slovakia, 7'52''

  3. Blue Key/ U plavom ključu, dir. Jelena Bešir, prod. Academic Film Center, 2018, Serbia, 8'45''

  4. Chaste Susanne/ Die Keusche Susanne, Catrina David, Fabian Anger, Hannes Müller, Julia Ritter, prod. University of Vienna, 2017, Austria, 2'11''

  5. Cleaning in Progress, dir. Grant Holden, prod. Edinburgh College of Art, UK, 2018, 6'30''

  6. Crush, dir. & prod. La Academia de Animación (collective), 2017, Spain, 1'43''

  7. Last Cruise, The, dir. Hristina Belousova, prod. Dante Rustav Films, 2018, Uzbekistan, 1'23''

  8. Dustrolls/ Tolmurullid, dir. Katariina Aule, prod. Estonian Academy of Arts, 2017, Estonia, 7'31''

  9. Letting Go/ Lahtilaskmise lugu, dir. Ülo Pikkov, prod. Silmviburlane, 2017, Estonia/Denmark, 10'44''

  10. Metum, dir. Collective, prod. ZVVIKS, 2017, Slovenia, 1'42''

  11. No Peace in the Studio/ Nikoli ni miru, dir. Žoel Kastelic, prod. Academy of Fine Arts and Design Ljubljana, 2018, Slovenia, 1'53''

  12. Non-rainy Philosophy/ Philosophie non-pluviale, dir. Fran Gondi, prod. EMCA School Animation, 2017, France, 6'45''

  13. Tendrils, dir. Helen Woolston, Estonian Academy of Arts, 2017, Estonia/UK, 10'38''

  14. Tobacco Shop, The, dir. Gili Shaanan, prod. Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, 2017, Israel, 1'52''

  15. Tulipomania: On the Outside [Spinello remix], dir. Cheryl Gelover, Tom Murray, prod. Tulipomania, 2018, USA, 4'37''

  16. Warsaw/ Warszawa, dir. Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi, prod. LeLe production, 2017, Poland, 2'40''


Selection by StopTrik IFF Programme Director, Michał Bobrowski

Winners and Laureates of 7th StopTrik IFF announced!

igor unuk

StopTrik is saying heartfelt Farewell to our dear audience, authors and friends! We proudly present this year’s laureates, chosen by our first juror - the Maribor audience, our Maribor Student jury and our animation professionals, who had honoured us with their visit on 7th StopTrik International Film Festival! CONGRATULATIONS! See you next year!

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StopTrik IFF 2017 Competitions and Panorama Programmes Announcement

Olga Bobrowska

We are pleased to announce selection results for "INTERNATIONAL STOP MOTION COMPETITION", "THE BORDERLANDS COMPETITION" and non-competitive programme "PANORAMA" that will be presented on 7th StopTrik International Film Festival in Maribor (Slovenia, Oct. 5th - 8th) and Łódź (Poland, Nov. 10th - 12th). Congratulations to all Authors and Creators of the films! Thank you for your will to share your works with StopTrik IFF Audience!

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Call for entries 2017

Olga Bobrowska


“International Stop Motion Competition” and “The Borderlands Competition” will take place in Maribor on 05. - 08. 10. 2017 and Łódź on 10.-12. 11. 2017.

We are waiting for your submissions until 15/ 07/ 2017. The list of accepted films will be announced no later than 20/ 08/ 2017. Submission to 7. StopTrik IFF is free of charge.

Films accepted to the competitions should last no longer than 30 minutes and be realized after 01/ 01/ 2015. Delivery of film copy along with signed documents (regulations, entry form) is a condition for successful submission. Submissions may be delivered either by tradition post service (delivery address: Michał Bobrowski, StopTrik International Film Festival, ul. Rzeznicza 20/80, 31-540, Kraków, Poland) or by online transfer (please send email to, including required documents and link for downloading film copy from e.g., etc).

StopTrik IFF is a stop motion animation film festival therefore competitions are open for films that use stop motion means of expression (puppet/ clay/ cut-out/ objects/ loose materials/ pixilation etc).



In case of any questions do not hesitate to ask us on

Call for entries until July 15th

6th StopTrik IFF in Maribor Winners and Laureates

Olga Bobrowska

6th StopTrik International Film Festival in Maribor (27. - 30. 10. 2016)

6th StopTrik International Film Festival in Łódź (10. - 11. 11. 2016)

Grand Prix Maribor Audience Award

Moms on Fire, dir. Joanna Rytel, prod. Altofilm AB, Sweden, 2016

The Borderlands Maribor Audience Award

What Happens in Your Brain If You See a German Word Like…¿, dir. Zora Rux, prod. dffb German Film and Television Academy Berlin, Germany, 2015, 5'

Maribor Students Jury Award for Best Stop Motion Animation

Moms on Fire, dir. Joanna Rytel, prod. Altofilm AB, Sweden, 2016

Maribor Students Jury Borderlands Award

What Happens in Your Brain If You See a German Word Like…¿, dir. Zora Rux, prod. dffb German Film and Television Academy Berlin, Germany, 2015, 5'

Special Mention for Best Stop Motion from ex-communist country (granted by Festival Committee)

Locus, dir. Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi, prod.WJTeam, Poland, 2016, 10'09''

Special Mention (granted by Olga Bobrowska, Festival Director and Piotr Kardas, O!PLA Festival)

Tango, dir. Francisco Gusso, Pedro Giongo, prod. Estudio Tijucas, Brazil, 2015, 14'

Special Mention (granted by Michał Bobrowski, Programme Director)

Datum Point/ Suijun-Genten, dir. & prod. Ryo Orikasa, Japan, 2015, 6'41''

Special Mention (granted by Vullnet Sanaja, Anibar Festival)

Mr. Sand, dir. Soetkin Verstegen, prod. Animation Workshop, Denmark/ Belgium, 2016, 8'15''

Special Mention (granted by Jiří Neděla, PAF Festival)

Heavy as Hill, dir. Emily Neilson, prod. Rhode Island School of Design, USA, 2015, 4'51''

Łódź Audience Award

Lo Steinway, dir. Massimo Ottoni, prod. Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Italy, 2016

Łódź Students ISMC Award

Look at Me Only/ あたしだけをみて, dir. Tomoki Misato, prod. Musashino Arts University, Japan, 2016

Łódź Borderlands Award: ex aequo

Dota, dir. Petra Zlonoga, prod. Kinoklub Zagreb, Croatia, 2016

Mr. Sand, dir. Soetkin Verstegen, prod. Animation Workshops, Denmark/ Belgium, 2016

Łódź Students Borderlands Award

Hadarim/ םירדה, dir. Shlomi Yosef, prod. Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel, 2016

Festival Opening/ Otvoritev festivala, 28/10/2016, 8 p.m., Salon uporabnih umetnosti

Olga Bobrowska

What’s a better thing to do on International Animation Day than attending opening of an animated film festival?! Don’t miss the moment when we’ll state that the 6th StopTrik IFF is officially rolling! Only good vibes and loads of inspirations thanks to the politically engaged films from Czechoslovakia and Mexico, “Proglas” exhibition and music of Nina Bulatovix and Haiku Garden!

Kako bolje preživeti Mednarodni dan animacije kot na otvoritvi festivala animiranega filma?! Ne zamudite uradnega začetka 6. StopTrika MFF! Čakjo vas dobre vibracije in veliko navdiha, zahvaljujoč politično angažiranim filmom iz Češkoslovaške in Mehike, razstava @Proglas in glasba @Nine Bulatovix in @Haiku Garden!


Read All About 6th StopTrik IFF on Zippy Frames

Olga Bobrowska

"Zippy Frames", a quality website dedicated to animated film and our media partner, announces the 6th edition of StopTrik IFF! The insightful overview of this year's programme highlights the most intriguing cinematic moments that will be experienced by Maribor Audience at the end of this week. That includes: 43 carefully selected stop motion shorts in two competition sections; "Midnight Movies" programme on Saturday at the Gustaf Hall, the heart of Pekarna squat complex; premier of "The Little 8th Route Army", Chinese classic produced during the Cultural Revolution; 4-days workshops with the one and only Miloš Tomić; loads of discussions, laughs, surprises and emotions. Read all about it here!