For general enquiries and screenings please contact Maroš Brojo at maros.brojo(a)visegradanimation.com.
This project aims to promote the most talented young animation filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). It presents the best films made by students and debuting artists in the given year to a professional audience and the general public. The film selection focuses on extraordinary talents whose work promises successful future careers. The project counts on the presentation of this film compilation at selected European animated film festivals to draw attention to new talents and bring them together with experienced international producers.
Why did we create this project?
While the quality of animation from CEE increases yearly, alternative presentation channels are needed due to the lack of scope for animated film promotion through national film institutes. Hence VAF has taken the initiative and, as the first such project in the region of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia, we aim to raise the profile of our animation even outside the films’ production countries.
How do we select the films?
An expert board from CEE is annually compiled to select the best regional work produced that year. Festival artistic directors Anna Ida Orosz (Primanima), Olga Bobrowska (StopTrik), Pavel Horáček (Anifilm), Maroš Brojo (Fest Anča), Daniel Suljic (Animafest Zagreb), and Igor Prassel (Animateka) participated in the selection.
The NEW TALENTS project involves launching a booklet with detailed information about the films, their creators, and contacts for the producers or schools of origin. The project doesn’t aim for sales but rather to support dissemination at film markets, and among film distributors, sales agents and festival programme directors. The selection will also be screened at various film festivals around the world to reach mainstream audiences. The Visegrad Animation Forum will also closely cooperate on the project with national film centres and regional professionals. Our primary ambition is the year-round promotion of young CEE artists’ animation and assistance for its further development, visibility and distribution.