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Twelve new projects start their CEE Animation run in Ljubljana


- The first of three CEE Animation Workshop modules took place last week, presenting new projects that will be developed throughout the training programme

Twelve new projects start their CEE Animation run in Ljubljana
Ole Wendorff-Østergaard giving a lecture during the CEE Animation Workshop

The first module of the CEE Animation Workshop, a year-long project-development and production-skills-advancement programme for professionals, took place from 29 November-5 December in Ljubljana, in collaboration with Animateka.

The training programme welcomed five short films, three series, four feature films and five participants focusing on enhancing their career development, all coming from low-production-capacity countries. The programme is intended to position producers and creatives in international animation industry networks and to support the development of animated projects in line with the current market and distribution demand.

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The people who collaborate the most with the participants are group leaders Jean-François Le Corre and Ole Wendorff-Østergaard, who moderated the discussions and worked within the groups, but also provided their own expertise on the participants' projects, and script advisors Rita Domonyi, Phil Parker and Francois Pirot, who worked with the project teams, helping them to formulate the voice of their story.

The first module homed in on content development, with a special focus on visual development, led by two Hungarian experts: Réka Gacs, an animation filmmaker, teacher and media designer; and director and illustrator Éva Katinka Bognár.

The participants attended lectures and master classes on legal aspects in early film development by German expert Ulrich Michel and financing in the development phase by French creative producer Olivier Catherin. In addition, there were case studies on “Producing Shorts” (Bognár, Tina Smrekar, Špela Čadež and Igor Prassel), “TV Series and International Co-production” (Katarina Kerekesová and Martin Vandas) and “Producing a Feature” (Sabīne Andersone and Edmunds Jansons).

For the first time, the organisers have established a new partnership with RE-ACT for filmmakers and producers who wish to foster closer ties within Croatia, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Slovenia and Serbia. One discussion panel was specifically dedicated to these co-production possibilities.

The second module will take place from 16-21 March 2020 in Tallinn, Estonia, and the last part from 4-9 May 2020 in Liberec (Czech Republic), which will overlap with the 2020 CEE Animation Forum. The full list and descriptions of the 2020 CEE Animation Workshop projects and participants can be found here.

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