East and Central European animators fight for TV serial co-production and short films

PRESS RELEASE, May 2 Třeboň – Bringing together Central East European representatives of public television, presenting young talents and their animation projects in front of international producers and a competition for short films from the Visegrad region – these will be the highlights of upcoming Visegrad Animation Forum (visegradanimation.com). The Forum is organized by the Association of Czech Animation (www.asaf.cz). This collaborative event by producers and animation professionals from the Visegrad region will be held from 5 to 7 May as a part of the International Festival of Animated Films Anifilm, Třeboň 2013 (www.anifilm.cz).

“Three days of young films, meetings of more than 100 professionals from our region and presentation of projects with coproduction prospects, workshops for young filmmakers – this will be the program of such a forum organized by the regional professionals themselves,” says Michal Procházka, on behalf of the organizers.

Visegrad Animation Forum (VAF) 2013 brings together the very first meeting of Central East European TV commission editors and representatives of directors to address a key question for further development of the animation industry in the Visegrad region – Can countries like Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia develop bigger TV serial projects in coproduction and compete on an international level? The Forum will welcome Czech Television director Petr Dvořák, the Head of Foreign Programme Dept. in Hrvatska radiotelevizija Kresimir Zubčič from Croatia and Polish Deputy Head of Film Agency TVP SA Anna Kowalewska Onaszkiewicz, among others for an interesting round table discussion. Also during this occasion, local authors and producers will get a chance to present 9 TV serial projects while looking for coproducers or foreign partners.

“VAF also tries to defend short films as the original genre of animation. The pitching of young short film projects will be attended by various international professionals and producers. This will be an opportunity for our talents and filmmakers to present their ideas on the international level and look for a possible coproducer or foreign partner,” says Martin Vandas, Chairman, Association of Czech Animation .

VAF will showcase projects by talented upcoming Czech filmmakers. Jan Saska and Veronika Szemlová will present their short film projects. Also, Martin Duda´s TV serial Great Adventures of Dora and Rosa (developed by Bionaut Film) and Kristina Dufková´s Serial The Story about Mum and Dad (Anima Studio) will be shown. Polish studios like Human Ark, Gruppa Smacznego, Studio Miniatur Filmowych and Badi Badi will also present their new projects in development.

As for Western European guests, Třeboň will welcome French producers Christian Pfohl from Lardux Films, Dora Benousilio from Les Films de L´Arlequin, Swedish producer Thom Palmen from Botnia Films and Christian Mueller from EyeCatch Productions, among many others. The short film program will be followed by a panel discussion on the topic ‘Bringing short films back to the cinemas and TV programs in our region’. The panel will have international speakers with experience in short film initiatives like French Off Courts, KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg and Italian festival Sedicicourto.

The VAF Award 2013 film competition presents some of the the best short films from our countries and national film schools like FAMU Prague, MOME Budapest, UTB Zlín, PWSFTViT Lodz and VŠMU Bratislava. The line-up will also feature the successful Hungarian-French coproduction The Conquerants by director duo Tibor Banoczki and Sarolta Szabó.

“Visegrad Animation Forum is open to all professionals, producers, filmmakers, studios and animators who want to pitch their projects, present their films, look for collaborators or learn about European standards of production. It is a networking platform for professionals and producers, which is much needed given the current scenario of limited national funding for arts and culture,” adds Martin Vandas.

Visegrad Animation Forum was founded by the Association of Czech Animation (ASAF) with the aim of creating a network of local producers and studios. The first event was the presentation of regional animation at the MIFA market of Annecy 2013. The first edition of Visegrad Animation Forum 2013 (5-7 May, Třeboň) is organised by ASAF together with other professionals from the Visegrad region – Slovak Asociácia producentov animovaného filmu, Hungarian school MOME Budapest, Polish company New Europe Film Sales, International Festival of Animated Films Anifilm, Třeboň.

Visegrad Animation Forum 2013 is supported by the Visegrad Fund (visegradfund.org), Ministry of Culture, Czech Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic, Audio Visual Fund, Slovakia (http://www.avf.sk/). The media partner of VAF 2013 is Daazo.com. The main prize for the Best Short Film project is sponsored by Czech Television (www.ceskatelevize.cz).

For further information, please contact:

Michal Procházka
Association of Czech Animation (ASAF)
Heřmanova 3
170 00, Prague 7 Holešovice
Czech Republic