AnimatekaPRO Pitch 2020

The fourth instalment of AnimatekaPRO Pitch will take place on 1 December, as part of the 17th edition of the Animateka International Animated Film Festival (30 November – 9 December 2020). Due to special circumstances, the pitching competition will be held online with pre-recorded video pitches.

The competition is aimed at promoting new animated shorts, no more than 20 min long, from ex-Yugoslav countries and helping them get a good start on the animation circuit.

The projects selected for AnimatekaPRO Pitch 2020 are:

  • Child in Me, Andjela Joković, Andrijana Sofranić Šućur (NANA 143), Serbia
  • Diogenes, Krste Gospodinovski, Zharko Ivanov (Flip Book Productions), North Macedonia
  • Leptir, Sunčana Brkulj, Laura Martinović and Hana Tintor (Adriatic Animation), Croatia
  • Leopold, Igor Ćorić (Artrake), Serbia/Australia
  • Luknje, Sofiya Kruglikova, Andrej Kamnik (ALUO, University of Ljubljana), Slovenia
  • Switch, Dalibor Rajninger, Vessela Dantcheva (Compote Collective), Serbia/Bulgaria

The online training and preparation will be supervised by expert tutor Matthieu Darras (First Cut Lab, France), to discuss and/or fine-tune the strengths and weaknesses of the projects as well as the best pitching strategies in preparing 5-min video pitches.

Members of our excellent jury will assess the projects and give them feedback for their further development. The members of the AnimatekaPRO Pitch 2020 jury are Anna Vašová (13ka, Czech Republic), Luce Grosjean (MIYU Distribution, France) and Maja Zupanc (Invida, Slovenia).

Two members of the winning project will receive an invitation to attend the CEE Animation Forum 2021.

AnimatekaPRO Pitch 2020 is organised by the Two Reels Association for Reanimation of Storytelling in partnership with CEE Animation Forum and in collaboration with the Slovenian Animated Film Association.

AnimatekaPRO Pitch 2020: Jury

Luce Grosjean

In 2014 Luce Grosjean founded Sève Films, a distribution company aimed at promoting student films in animation festivals, but also young talented directors. In 2017, she associated with Miyu Productions to create Miyu Distribution, specialized in festival distribution and international sales.

2018 was a great year for the company: the films she distributed included Negative Space and Garden Party, both of which were nominated for Oscars 2018, Bloeistraat 11, the Annecy Cristal winner, and I’m Going Out for Cigarettes, which was awarded in Locarno.

Anna Vášová

Anna Vášová started as a script executive for the Czech TV. She also lectured at the Academy of Performing Arts and wrote scripts for the theatre/TV/radio. Later she headed the production arm of Barrandov Studios and became the Director of Programmes for the Czech TV. From there, she moved for 15 years to Eurovision in Geneva, where she coordinated over 50 co-productions across 86 TVs in 56 countries. After her return to Prague in 2015, Anna became a member of the Czech TV Director’s Advisory board, led two sectors at the Visegrad Animation Forum and served as member of the FAMU Artistic Board. She also returned to independent scriptwriting, script-advising and tutoring. In 2018 Anna set up the animation production company 13ka ( together with the fresh producer Karolina Davidova. Since then Anna has worked there as a producer, scriptwriter and script editor. She occasionally lectures at FAMU, acts as an expert for MEDIA programme, and participates at festivals and workshops as a tutor or a jury member.

Maja Zupanc

Maja Zupanc je producentka v animacijskem studiu Invida. Po diplomi na Fakulteti za družbene vede leta 2010 je kot vodja projektov in urednica delala za različne televizijske postaje. Leta 2015 je režirala in producirala dokumentarni film Izpeljanka, ki govori o ameriški kulturi v Sloveniji. Je soustanoviteljica in sovoditeljica filmskega podkasta Film Flow, ki je namenjen kritičnim debatam o umetniški filmski produkciji. Temu je sledil še drugi podkast Slo Flow, ki se posveča slovenskim filmskim ustvarjalcem. Maja od leta 2017 dela v studiu Invida, kjer producira kratke animirane filme (Mišja hiša) in televizijske serije za otroke (Tako zraste …).

AnimatekaPRO Pitch 2020: Training tutor

Matthieu Darras

Matthieu Darras has designed and leads several programs for film/talent development, active worldwide, notably the First Cut Lab, the Pop Up Film Residency, and the Full Circle Lab. Previously, he founded & directed the European Network of Young Cinema NISI MASA, wrote for the film magazine Positif, and was the artistic director of TorinoFilmLab. Matthieu Darras worked for major film festivals in Europe: as a programmer for the Cannes Critics’ Week, as a consultant for the Venice Film Festival, and as a delegate for the San Sebastian Film Festival. He also directed the Bratislava Film Festival.