The Visegrad Animation Forum (May 3-5 2016, Třeboň) has grown into a platform where producers can build networks among themselves and with CEE region broadcasters, present new talents and their creative work for EU producers and help find financing and distribution for their projects. In addition to the main pitching competition for short films and TV series, the three-day programme offers a number of presentations, debates and screenings. Animation professionals at the forum can acquire skills and know-how from foreign experts from the field as well as useful contacts that will contribute to making their animated project a success. Main topics will include choosing the right market and a potential coproduction partner, distributing childrens short films, a case study of successful animated projects, presenting prestigious European studios (Silver Fox Animation and Camera-etc.) and many more.
PITCHING COMPETITION in two categories
Over the course of the existence of the VAF, not only has the number of applications grown considerably, but their quality in particular has risen as well. Selecting the best of these projects was a very complicated process, as many of them received high assessments that differed by a margin of only one or two points (out of 300)!
Projects in competition: category SHORT FILMS
Burning Bones, dir. Marine Duchet – Luce Grosjean (FR), Carpel, dir. Tibor Banoczki, Sarolta Szabo – Sébastien Hussenot, Orsolya Sipos (FR, HU), The End, dir.David Štumpf, Michaela Mihályiová – Peter Badač, Eva Pa (SK), Flood, dir. Malte Stein – Malte Stein (DE), The Hermit, dir. Dato Kiknavelidze – Lali Kiknavelidze (GE), Holy Men dir.David Lovrić – Draško Ivezić (HR), Klingert’s Diving Suit, dir. Artur Wyrzykowski – Artur Wyrzykowski (POL), One Day, dir. Filip Blažek, Mikuláš Suchý – Karolína Pojarová (CZ), One More!, dir. Tina Zadnik – Boštjan Potokar (SI), Somewhere, dir. Paul Muresan –Mihai Mitrica (RO), Swans Are Flying, dir.Birutė Sodeikaitė – Kristina Ramanauskaitė (LT), Tulpa, dir. Slawomir Shuty, Tomasz Bochniak – Anna Mroczek (PL), Untravel, dir. Ana Nedeljkovic, Nikola Majdak – Eva Pa, Jelena Mitrovic (SK, RS).
Each participating team will get a unique opportunity for in-depth consultation with an experienced professional on their story concept, project development, financial plan, market or festival strategy, possible coproduction workflow separation etc.
The tutors for Short Films pitching preparation:
József Fülöp is a rector of MOME, Head of Animation Department and animation artist. He has lead the development of the program and the corporate image of different television channels and animation studios, like Minimax, Varga Studio, Studio Baestarts. Designer of characters for animation series and illustrator for international magazines. Oversees the international training programs and produce MOMA´s diploma films.
Philip LaZebnik has written numerous television episodes and motion picture screenplays in Los Angeles and Europe, but he is primarily known for his animated features at Disney and DreamWorks. His screenwriting credits include Disney´s Pocahontas and Mulan, and DreamWorks´ Prince of Egypt and The Legend of El Dorado.
Thom Palmen is a festival director, short film producer and distributer working in Baltic countries and at the European level. With the AIR Productions company he received the International Competition Grand Prix at the 45th Tampere Film Festival for the Latvian fiction film, Castratus Kuilis (2014), directed by brothers Raitis and Lauris Abele.
Phil Parker is a co-founder of www.bcre8ive.eu, a multiplatform online development company, and is one of Europe´s leading development consultants – productions include Wallace and Gromit – Curse of the Were Rabbit and Terry Prachett´s Hogfather.
Jean-Luc Slock is a founder of the Camera-etc animation studio. He was also the general secretary of the Asifa Workshop Group, a journalist at the Annecy Festival, a jury member in several international animation festivals and for a while taught animation. Since 2005 has produced a number of animation films such as Orgesticulanismus by Mathieu Labaye and Hair by Delphine Hermans.
Pitching competition of Short films – jury:
Amila Čirkinagić — Producer, Financing Forum for Kids Content (Sweden)
Barbara Johnsonová — Creative Producer, Czech Television (Czech Republic)
Juraj Krásnohorský — Producer, Artichoke Film Production (Slovakia)
Christian Pfohl — Producer, Lardux Films (France)
Boško Picula — Film Critic (Croatia)
Graham Ralph — Director, Silver Fox Studio (Great Britain)
Kimmo Sillanmikko — Producer, Twisted Films (Finland)
The winning short film project will receive 2,000 EUR. A Special Mention is awarded as well.
Projects in competition: category TV SERIES
The Amazing Adventures of Lost Socks, dir. Marta Stróżycka, screenwriter: Justyna Bednarek – Joanna Wendorff-Østergaard (PL), Borka and the Magic Dress, dir. Beáta Gurmai – Beáta Gurmai, Márton Ecsedy (HU), David & Laurence, dir. Anne Wilkins, Emily Howells – Adam Oliver (UK), Gaia Mama, dir. Julia Farkas – Orsolya Sipos (HU), Happy Go Hopscotch, dir. Katerina Lavrionova, screenwriter: Katy Segrove – Inesa Ivanova (UK), Sarah and Golem, dir. David Tousek, Anthony Wong (CZ, USA) – Marek Tousek (CZ), John Vardar vs. the Galaxy, dir. Goce Cvetanovski – Alan Castillo (MK), Mouflon Ancijas, dir. Juraj Krumpolec, Igor Derevenec – Juraj Krumpolec (SK), The Piracy of Princess Priceless, dir. Flora Anna Buda, Balázs Turai (HU) – Draško Ivezić (HR), Polly Tickle, dir. David Price (HU) – Sara Barbas (UK), Prince Ki-Ki-Do, dir. Grega Mastnak – Grega Mastnak, Mojca Zlokarnik (SI), Slimy case, dir. Petr Babinec – Libor Nemeškal, Petr Babinec (CZ).
The participants get a priceless opportunity to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their presentations and find the highlights and arguments for the best pitch during the individual sessions with experienced tutors.
The tutors for TV series pitching preparation:
Agnes Bizzaro works as a consultant for European broadcasters and producers. She started her career in TV production in France and then moved to the public channel France 2 where she was responsible for the coproduction of animation series. She then worked for the channel M6 in the fiction department. She is now also content coordinator for Cartoon Springboard.
Mike Robinson was one of the founder members of the British Animation Training Scheme (BATS); he is a moderator for both Cartoon Forum and Cartoon Movie; he chairs and participates at Cartoon Cine, Cartoon Finance and Cartoon Training for Trainers.
Pitching competition of TV series in development – jury:
Robert Baliński — International Relations Department, Polish Film Institute (Poland)
Tibor Búza — Programming Director, RT VS Slovakia (Slovakia)
Ádám Márton Horváth — Film Editor, Film Department, MTVA (Hungary)
Jan Maxa — Director of Programme Development, Czech Television (Czech Republic)
Frédéric Puech — Producer, Planet Nemo (France)
Lukáš Záhoř — Chief Producer, Stream.cz (Czech Republic)
Křešimir Zubčić — Editor-Buyer, Acquisition Department, Croatian Television (Croatia)
The winning project and the runner up (Special Mention) will have direct access to Cartoon Forum 2016 without the need to undergo competitive pre-selection. Furthermore Czech Television will offer a truly valuable bonus: a set of sessions with an expert tutor to further improve the project and its presentation and thus increase its chances at the Cartoon Forum, the biggest annual pitching event in Europe.
The 4th Visegrad Animation Forum (www.visegradanimation.com) takes place in Trebon, 3-5 May.