Organizers of the year-long CEE Animation Workshop have again received a record number of applications this year, as the training program continues to grow year by year. Applications came from 19 countries, as the call was open to all E.U. countries for the first time. Thirty-two participants from 12 countries will attend the 2022 edition, split between 12 teams with an animated project and four career-oriented participants.
“The traditional pool of countries from the CEE region will be even more diverse this year with the addition of participants from Sweden, France and Poland. All indications show that we have another very strong year ahead with exciting projects to be mentored, developed and packaged to hit the funding market by November 2022,” explains Juraj Krasnohorsky, Head of Studies.
The selection is balanced — the proportion of female participants reaching almost a half, — and diverse in terms of the animation project format, with three feature films, three TV series, one TV special and five short films. The topics addressed are also varied, ranging from children’s tales to adult issues.
Participants will follow three online and one residential module throughout the year. The closest collaborators for them will be group leaders and script advisors. Through expert lectures, moderated discussions, group work and individual consultations, they will provide their own feedback and offer their expertise on participants’ projects, drawing from rich professional experience as leading European producers. Script advisors will work with the project teams individually and in group sessions, helping them formulate the voice of their story in the best possible way in terms of the dramatic structure, genre, and story arc.
The group leaders are Jean-François Le Corre (Vivement Lundi !, France) and Ole Wendorff-Østergaard (Danish Film Institute, Denmark), and script advisors are Rita Domonyi (Hungary) and Phil Parker (U.K.).
In addition to following the complete Workshop program alongside the project teams, four career-oriented participants will also receive personalized mentoring on their career and company strategy development. The program tailored to the needs of animation creatives will see the selected projects from their early stages to the final developed production package, ready to access the market.
Animated project selections:
Dreamworld director: Veljko Popović; producer: Milivoj Popović, Prime render d.o.o. (Croatia) — A group of “uncool” kids struggling to navigate the perilous world of social media use lucid dreaming to open the door to the Dreamworld, a place where they can be anything, and encounter its ruler, Morpheus.
New Rabbitland director: Ana Nedeljković, Nikola Majdak Jr.; producer: Jelena Mitrović, Film House Bas Celik (Serbia) — When the gray, city-state dictatorship of Rabbitland is slated to be replaced by a new utopia, a young civil service rabbit uncovers a destructive scam and escapes to the unexpected outside world.
OT15 scriptwriter: Filip Diviak; producer: Kristina Lenka Ruzickova, ARCHA production s.r.o. (Czech Republic) — An old fisherman returns one day to find his home destroyed, and the responsible party: an out of battery robot. As the two slowly form an unlikely friendship, the old man grows suspicious of OT15’s origins.
Garbage scriptwriter: Jaroslav Klimeš; producer: Jindřich Trčka, COFILM (Czech Republic) — Long after humanity kicks the bucket, leaving a completely trashed planet behind, a naive yoghurt cup teams up with an old beer can to traverse the treacherous trashland and reunite with his lost yoghurt cup love.
Puck producer and scriptwriter: Caroline Drab, BCD Film AB (Sweden) — Aimed at the youngest viewers, six short stories based on Anna-Karin Garhamn’s books follow the heartwarming and humorous adventures of preschool favorites Puck and Bunny.
The Bones from NAAVA director and scriptwriter: Tereza Došková; art director: Mikuláš Podprocký; producer Tomáš Šimon (Czech Republic) — In 19th century Prague, on the eve of the industrial revolution, our young hero and his mentor, an amateur archeologist, uncover a web of supernatural intrigue as mysterious artifacts emerge from the earth and fall into the hands of those who would use their power for nefarious purpose.
Pets and Others (Special) director and scriptwriter: Justyna Osiecka; producer: Paulina Zacharek, Momakin Sproducer z o.o. (Poland) — Step into a colorful world inhabited by creatures personifying a unique human emotion which guides their life, as they solve problems in unconventional ways and live each day in the here and now.
Chemodan director and scriptwriter: Marek Naprstek; producer: Zuzana Kučerová, Frame Films (Czech Republic) — A documentary combining filmed footage, 2D and 3D animation with the contents of a decades-old locked suitcase holding the personal possessions left behind by the director’s great-grandfather, a linens salesman and WWI soldier.
Doghouse director: Réka Anna Szakály; producer: Daniel Deak, Daazo Film and Media (Hungary) — Emma travels back to her hometown for the weekend to take care of the aging family dog while her parents are away. These surreal final days together and goodbye to the beloved pet help Emma to come of age and be herself.
Hide and Seek director: Ana Aleksovska; scriptwriter: Vladimir Dimoski (Serbia, North Macedonia); producer: Ivan Popovic, Sineast (North Macedonia) — A fairytale(ish) childhood is shattered when a young boy learns that the family’s baby brother was not taken from them in the way they thought.
No One Ever Looked at Elephants as You Do director and scriptwriter: Sandra Jovanovska (North Macedonia); producer: Miha Černec, Staragara (Slovenia) — An extremely intimate insight into early motherhood reveals a bizarre connection to Mother Nature, rendered in stop-motion animation.
The Splinter director: Bara Halirova (Czech Republic); scriptwriter: Vykintas Labanauskas (Lithuania); producer: Karolina Davidova 13ka (Czech Republic) — When a reclusive young woman moves into an old apartment, she becomes infatuated with a human-shaped stain on the floor. A chance splinter becomes an escape tool for a tiny, naked version of herself who crawls out and runs away to enjoy the social life that intimidates her.
Edwina Liard, producer, Ikki Films (France)
Miloš Ljubomirović, producer, Servia Film (Serbia)
Justė Michailinaitė, producer, Broom Films (Lithuania)
Miljan Vučelić, producer, DOK Produkcija (Montenegro)
Find more information on the selected projects and participants at ceeanimation.eu/news/cee-animation-workshop-announces-its-selection.