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The CEE Animation Workshop announces its selection


- The line-up includes three features, six series and three short-film projects, and the workshop will take place online in four modules, from February to December

The CEE Animation Workshop announces its selection
The animated feature King Wray by Anton Groves and Damian Groves

The CEE Animation Workshop, the year-long project development and producer skills advancement training programme, has unveiled the selection for its third edition. With the focus on the quality of projects, the most intense competition was among the series. The organisers received applications from 14 low-production-capacity countries, and the best-represented format among the applicants was animated series (45%), followed by shorts (30%) and features (25%).

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The selection committee exceptionally decided to accept six series projects this year, instead of the usual four. “We also received some very interesting projects from countries outside the low-production-capacity group, which we were very sad not to be able to accept due to the conditions under which our training operates in partnership with Creative Europe - MEDIA," explains head of studies Juraj Krasnohorsky. "This shows the potential of our workshop to attract participants from beyond the CEE region or from countries with more developed industries. We will do everything possible to be able to welcome such projects in our selection from next year onwards.”

The CEE Animation Workshop follows each project over a period of one year, from its early stages to a fully developed project ready to access the international market for financing. The programme is led by renowned producers and animation script consultants in the roles of group leaders, who closely follow and mentor projects for the duration of the programme. These include producers Jean-Fraçois Le Corre and Ole Wendorff-Østergaard, and script consultants Rita Domonyi and Phil Parker.

In addition, two producers without projects will take part as career-orientated participants, and will also receive personalised mentoring on their career and company strategy development.

The 2021 edition of the workshop will be held online and will last from February to December. It consists of four one-week training modules, with the possibility of one additional module being organised as residential (depending on the coronavirus pandemic situation). The first module will start on 22 February.

Here is the full list of CEE Animation 2021 projects:

Animated feature films

King Wray (UK/Romania)
Co-writers, co-directors: Anton Groves, Damian Groves
Producer: Anamaria Pirvan, Studioset

The Hive (Serbia)
Storyboard artist: Miloš Djurdjević
Producer: Nemanja Gavrilović, Talesgate

The Northern Star (Latvia)
Writer: Kārlis Vītols
Producer: Sniedze Kāle, Studija kokles

Animated TV and web series

Darling Zhuzha (Ukraine)
Director: Anatoliy Lavrenishyn|
Producer: Sashko Chubko, Trident Film

Dinofables (Czech Republic)
Director: Klára Jůzová
Producer: Martin Juza, Krutart

Disbalance (Serbia)
Writer, producer: Vuk Vulićević, Dead Pixel

No Happily Ever After (Czech Republic)
Directors, writers: Gabriela Plačková, Alžbeta Gobelova
Producer: Mária Môťovská, Helium Film sro

Pandy Show (Croatia)
Co-writers, co-directors: Vedran Štefan, Maida Srabović
Producer: Janja Pilić, Tetrabot

Ralf & Kiku’s Amazingly Huge Tree House (Croatia)
Writer: Franko Dujmić
Producer: Matija Drniković, Wolfgang&Dolly

Animated short films

Balconada (Bulgaria)
Writer: Iva Tokmakchieva
Associate producer: Kamelia Tavitian
Producer: Vessela Dantcheva, Compote Collective

Fin People (Slovenia)
Director: Veronika Hozjan
Producer: Viva Videnović, Dagiba

The Bird’s Placebo (Tunisia/USA)
Writer, director: Rami Jarboui
Creative producer, writing collaborator: Meryam Joobeur
Producer: Sarra Ben Hassen, Instinct Bleu

Career-orientated participants

Adriana Ionica, producer
Reniform Production (Romania)

AnI Gejadze, producer
Animation Development Fund (Georgia)

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