Slovakia

2017 confirmed the growing potential of Slovak animation with another year of steady rise in the production of ambitious projects. Two feature films received record amounts in co-funding for animation from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund. The first one is White Plastic Sky, a co-majority project between Salto Films (HU) Artichoke (SK), joined by Paprika Films (FR). The second supported feature project, Heart of a Tower, is a co-production of Bfilm (SK) and The Fridge (BE).

2017 saw some ambitious shorts supported, produced and completed. The director Ivana Laučíková is completing her latest film Mercy, the young talent Marta Prokopová is in production with last year‘s VAF competition entry Wild Beasts, and another VAF 2017 project, The Kite by Martin Smatana goes into production in May with co-production support from Poland, thanks to the main award from Animarkt 2017. The short movie Yellow by Ivana Šebestová was released in Slovak cinemas in September and this year, it will compete as part of the main selection of Annecy 2018. The 3D TV series The Websters (p. Fool Moon) premiered during Christmas prime-time on RTVS. Its release was supported by a children’s book based on the series, as well as DVD release. RTVS regularly supports children’s animation in the form of co-production projects with Slovak production companies. Upcoming projects include The Tots (p. objectiv) and Ka-Boom (p. Super Film) that competes at this year‘s VAF.

In 2017, the Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers (APAF) compiled the first complete overview of Slovak animated production Slovak Animation 2014 – 2019. Among others, APAF also organized masterclasses, in cooperation with the Fest Anča and Film and TV Faculty of Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.

Universities
Animation department at the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava
Visual Communication department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava

Colleges
Academy of Animation in Bratislava
Animation department at Private Art School of Film in Košice
Animation department at Private Art School in Zvolen
Animation programme at Private Art School of Design in Bratislava
Animation department at School of Applied Art Design in Košice

Courses for public
Academy of Film and Multimedia in Bratislava
Summer school of film language at the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava

Animation studios
Fool Moon
INOUT Studio
Plutoon
Plackartnij
Animoline
Objectif
Ové Pictures
Polygon Production
My Studio
Blue Faces
Ekran
Studio 727
AVI studio

Producers
Artichoke
Bfilm
Feel Me Film
Filmpark production
PubRes
Radio and Television of Slovakia

Broadcasters
Radio and Television of Slovakia
Duck TV
Riki TV
Ťuki
Nickelodeon
Minimax
Markíza
JOJ

Distributors
Continental Film
Barracuda Movie
Bonton Film
Saturn Entertainment
Itafilm
Forum Film
Magic Box Slovakia
Association of Slovak Film Clubs
Filmtopia

Partners
Audiovisual Information Centre

Festivals
Fest Anča International Animation Festival
BAB – The Biennal of Animation Bratislava
Artfilmfest Košice
Cinematik Piešťany
Bratislava International Film Festival
Febiofest
4 Elements
Áčko Student Film Festival

Associations
APAF
Film Distributors Union
Association of Independent Producers
SAPA

Initiatives
Cinema Foajé – cinema dedicated to short animated films and filmmaker presentations
Best of Fest Anča – all year nationwide animation screenings

List made by Maroš Brojo