The global animation horizon continues to expand with the news that John Vardar vs. the Galaxy — the first animated feature film project from Macedonia — has secured funding from the Macedonian Film Agency, and is working out co-production partners in neighboring Bulgaria. The 1.7 million euro “2D comedy space opera” is also supported by the Bulgarian Film Fund and Bulgarian TV.
The project recently received a Special Mention from the jury in the inaugural Feature Film Pitch competition of Visegrad Animation Forum 2018.
Produced by Lynx Animation Studios (www.lynxanimation.com), John Vardar vs. the Galaxy is directed by Goce Cvetanovski, who began work on the project in 2009 while living and working in Paris. He returned to Macedonia and founded Lynx in 2015.
Synopsis: John Vardar’s misfortunes are only beginning when he gets kidnapped by his future best friend, the narcissistic robot called Z’ark. This event will take John to a whole lot of dramatic, galactic vacation spots, including intergalactic zoos full of unfriendly aliens, prison sewers, space whales and black holes. During this joyful period of his life, he’ll meet hungry cannibalistic natives, wicked hackers, friendly prison roommates, cosmic partiers, and some more aliens.
[Source: Film New Europe]