“Of Unwanted Things and People” Gets Ready for Cartoon Movie to Competes for Eurimages Co-production Development Award

For the third time, Cartoon Movie, the international event devoted to animated feature films, will take place in Bordeaux. 66 projects from 25 countries have been selected to be pitched: 28 of them are in concept, 24 in development, 7 in production and 7 in sneak preview. The Central and Eastern Europe will be represented by 10 projects.

The four-country coproduction Of Unwanted Things and People (MAUR Film, CZ / Artichoke, SK / ZVVIKS, SI / WJTeam / Likaon, PL) won the first animated feature film pitching award at the CEE Animation Forum 2018 (formerly Visegrad Animation Forum). The success of this project was confirmed by receiving Nespresso Audience Award.

“After a successful presentation in Třeboň last year, the project got not only very positive and important feedback from both the audience and jury, but also a commitment. We are working intensely on the final versions of scripts, while deeply immersed in artwork, schedules and budgets at the same time. Just to synchronise the order of applications for all kinds of national and international funds with the timetable of all filmmakers involved is a unique and tough nut to crack in the context of four countries. Nevertheless, as the film is taking shape, it’s becoming obvious that it’s not going to be just about short stories, but that we have also found an excellent key to narrate a complex and unified story, and perhaps also the unique spirit of international co-operation and collectiveness within an international construction as complex as this. But the interest shown before the start in Bordeaux is for me, even after so many years, extraordinary and very promising. I’d like to thank CEE Animation and we will try to come up to and surpass all expectations … “, Martin Vandas, producer of the film, told us.

The project was also nominated for Eurimages Co-production Development Award – the cash prize of €20,000 to encourage international co-production animations from the initial stages of a project. The winner will be announced Thursday March 7th.

Discover all CEE animated feature projects:
> Born in the Jungle, by Edmunds Jansons, p. Latvia – Atom Art / France
> Comrades, by Olivier Patté & Rafael Lewandowski, p. France / Poland – Donten & Lacroix Films / Germany
> Fritzi – A Revolutionary Tale by Matthias Bruhn, Ralf Kukula, p. Germany / Luxembourg / Belgium / Czech Republic – MAUR film
> Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs by Edmunds Jansons, p. Latvia – Atom Art / Poland – Letko
> Marona’s Fantastic Tale by Anca Damian, p. Romania – Aparte Film / France / Belgium
> Of Unwanted Things and People by David Súkup, Ivana Laučíková,  Leon Vidmar, p. Czechia – MAUR Film / Slovakia – Artichoke / Slovenia – ZVVIKS / Poland – WJTeam / Likaon
> Piece by Alan Holly, p. Ireland / Hungary – CUB Animation / France
> Raggie by Karsten Kiilerich, Meelis Arulepp, p. Estonia – A Film Estonia / Denmark
> The Crossing by Florence Miailhe, p. France / Czech Republic – MAUR film / Germany
> The Island by Anca Damian, p. Romania – Aparte Film / France


Find all selected projects here.

Cartoon Movie has announced the finalists for Cartoon Tributes 2019, the awards for outstanding contribution to the development of European animation over the last year. The nominee in the category EUROPEAN DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR is Anca Damian for her long feature Marona’s Fantastic Tale (release date: September 2019 in France). Damian is the most prolific animation director from Romania. She already directed 2 animation feature films (The Magic Mountain and Crulic: The Path to Beyond – Cristal for Best Feature Film at the 2012 Annecy International Animated Film Festival). Anca Damian will also present The Island, her new project in concept mixing 2D/3D, painting and cut-out.

We are very pleased to announce that Anca Damian will be one of the jury member at the upcoming CEE Animation Forum 2019 – category Feature Films in development.