PRESS RELEASE – 8 May 2013. Slovak projects of animation films got the spotlight at the Visegrad Animation Forum – VAF (www.visegradanimation.com) – a coproduction forum held from 5-7 May 2013 at The International Festival of Animated Films, Anifilm in Třeboň (www.anifilm.com). The Project of Pavuci (The Websters) by Katarina Kerekes won the first VAF 2013 pitching of TV serial projects presenting ideas and projects of local animation studios and producers from countries of Visegrad countries and Slovenia and Croatia.
The jury of 5 TV representatives of our region (Kresimir Zubčič – Head of Foreign Programme Dept., editor buyer, Hrvatska radiotelevizija, Croatia, Andraz Poeschl – Editor in Chief, Culture and Arts Programme, RTV SLO, Slovenia, Jan Maxa – Director of program development of Czech Television, Anna Kowalewska-Onaszkiewicz, deputy head of Film Agency TVP SA and Halka Marčeková from Radio and Television of Slovakia) appreciated “the freshness and the originality of the project in their statement”.
This experimental competition was followed by a round table discussion of TV representatives over the idea of initiating possible TV serial coproductions in our region. The general director of Czech Television Petr Dvořák has expressed that “Czech Television is really open to such an idea of international co-productions within our region and or international level”.
The best short film project in development of Visegrad Animation Forum was chosen the idea Nina and Ondro by author duo called Ove Pictures. The Slovak production company Artichoke and Polish company Colab Pictures has received the Czech Television Award with 2000 euros for the further development of the film. The special Mention came to the young talented FAMU project by Jan Saska called Happy End.
As it was stated at the round table discussions about short films (attended by representatives of various European short films iniciatives like Daazo.com, Sedicicuorto, Off Courts, New Europe Film Sales and KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg), such a genre remains an important part of the cinema and should be preserved through founding short film associations in each country and through motivating the local art cinemas to screen short films.
VAF 2013 Award Short Film Comeptition came to the Polish film Ziegenort by Tomasz Popakul from the Studio NoLabel. The international jury gave also two special mentions to Czech films – to Martin Máj´s Cizinec (Alien ) and to Míša Hoffová´s Animus et Aqua. The film from Zlín UTB The Ham Story (Příběh o šunce) got the New Europe Film Sales Award which represents an acquisition for this film by the company.
“Visegrad Animation Forum is destined to all professionals, producers, filmmakers, studios and animators who could pitch their projects, present films, look for collaborators or learn about European standards of production. Its platform enables the networking of professionals and producers so vital in the time of limited national culture funding,” adds the Chairman of Association of Czech Animation Martin Vandas.
There was about 140 professionals at the VAF who found their way to Třeboň as such a new platform has offered new possibilities of co-productions and collaborations between countries like Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Croatia but also France, Norway, Finland, Sweden or Germany. The Forum was attended by some European producers stars like Dora Benousilio from Les Films de l´arlequin, Christian Pfohl from Lardux Films or Thom Palmen from Botnia Films.
The program presented 6 Polish studios, gathered together most of contemporary Czech and Slovak Animation films producers and young talents. The Hungary was represented by the school MOME Budapest or the studio KGB and Béla Klingl.
Visegrad Animation Forum was founded by Association of Czech Animation (ASAF) gathering the local producers and studios. The first event was the presentation of our region animation at the market MIFA of Annecy 2013. I. edition of Visegrad Animation Forum 2013 (5-7 May, Třeboň) is organised by ASAF together with other professionals from our region – Slovak Asociácia producentov animovaného filmu, Hungarian school MOME Budapest, Polish company New Europe Film Sales, International Festival of Animated Films Anifilm, Třeboň.
The project of Visegrad Animation Forum 2013 was supported by Visegrad Fund (visegradfund.org), by Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affaires Czech Republic, Slovak Audiovizuálny Fond (www.avf.sk). The media partners of the VAF 2013 is a website Daazo.com, the main prize for the best short film project was sponsored by the Czech Television (www.ceskatelevize.cz).
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