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CEE Animation Forum Announces Pitch Winners

Clockwise from top left: Dreamworld, The Olive Bunch, Vast Blue Antarctica, Desire to Win.
Clockwise from top left: Dreamworld, The Olive Bunch, Vast Blue Antarctica, Desire to Win.

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CEE Animation Forum Announces Pitch Winners

After a seven-day virtual exploration of the most promising animated projects emerging from Central & Eastern Europe and sharing in the wisdom of filmmaking pros, the 9th CEE Animation Forum has revealed the winners of its 2021 pitching competition across five categories, as well as audience, workshop and partner awards.

In addition to the cash prizes, all juried competition winners together with the audience awarded project will be presented at the special CEE Animation pitching presentation, which will be part of the official MIFA 2021 program.

Birds Don't Look Back

Birds Don’t Look Back

Feature Films
Winner: Birds Don’t Look Back (director Nadia Nackle, producer Sebastien Onomo, Special Touch Studios, France)
Special Mention: Dreamworld (d. Veljko Popovic, Milivoj Popovic, p. Milivoj Popovic, Veljko Popovic, Prime Render d.o.o., Croatia)
Special Mention: Senior Crush (d. Orsolya Richolm, p. Andrea Ausztrics, ULab Kft, Hungary)

Watch the Feature Film pitches here.

The Olive Bunch

The Olive Bunch

TV Series
Winner: The Olive Bunch (d. Magnus Kravik, p. Maria Pavlou, Pixel giants, Cyprus)
Special Mention: Starting with Hope (d. Sonia Velvien, p. Kèota Dengmanara, Moukda Production, France)
Special Mention: What the Old Moon Tells (d. Eliza Plocieniak-Alvarez, p. Carol Ratajczak, Blaue Pampelmuse, Germany)

Watch the TV Series pitches.

Ibis

Ibis

Short Films
Winner: Ibis (d. Maria Burgues, Enric Sant, p. Maria Burgues, BLISS PICTURES, Spain)
Special Mention: Patrick in Town (d. Eszter Sandor, Valentina Huckova, p. Valentina Huckova, Young Glass Noodle, Slovakia)

Watch the Short Film pitches.

Finding Frida

Finding Frida

XR
Winner: Finding Frida (d. Hilde Kristin Kjøs, p. Bjørn-Morten Nerland, Stargate Media AS, Norway)

Watch the XR pitches.

Desire to Win

Desire to Win

Rising Stars
Winner: Desire to Win (d. Michaela Rezova, p. Zuzana Bukovinska, Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague, Czech Republic)
Special Mention: The Last Drop (d. Anna Tokes, p. Jozsef Fulop, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest – MOME, Hungary)

Watch the Rising Stars pitches.

Vast Blue Antarctica

Vast Blue Antarctica

Audience Award
Vast Blue Antarctica (d. Christos Panagos, p. Charalambos Margaritis, Kimonos Animation Studio, Cyprus)
CEE Animation Workshop
Dreamworld (d. Veljko Popovic, Milivoj Popovic, p. Milivoj Popovic, Veljko Popovic, Prime Render d.o.o., Croatia)

Dreamworld

Dreamworld

Partners’ Awards
Animation sans Frontieres: Director Miha Reja, Kurent (p. Bostjan Potokar, School of Arts – University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia)
Cartoon Movie: Dreamworld (d. Veljko Popovic, Milivoj Popovic, p. Milivoj Popovic, Veljko Popovic, Prime Render d.o.o., Croatia)
Vast Blue Antarctica (d. Christos Panagos, p. Charalambos Margaritis, Kimonos Animation Studio, Cyprus)
Cartoon Forum: Robot and the Martians (d. Tomasz Niedzwiedz, p. Tomasz Paziewski, Badi Badi, Poland)
Cartoon Springboard: Rosie and Sapphire (d. Anna Katalin Lovrity, p. Balint Gelley, CUB Animation, Hungary)
Senior Crush (d. Orsolya Richolm, p. Andrea Ausztrics, ULab Kft, Hungary)
Ciclic Award: Electra. A Poem (d. Daria Kashcheeva, p. Zuzana Krivkova, FAMU, MAUR film, Czech Republic)
Animond Award: The Olive Bunch (d. Magnus Kravik, p. Maria Pavlou, Pixel giants, Cyprus)
Kids Kino Industry Award: The Olive Bunch (d. Magnus Kravik, p. Maria Pavlou, Pixel giants, Cyprus)
Animarkt Award: Desire to Win (d. Michaela Rezova, p. Zuzana Bukovinska, Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague, Czech Republic)
The Icebreakers (d. Ignas Meilūnas, p. Justė Beniušytė, Kadru Skyrius, Lithuania)

See all the pitches in the 2021 CEE Animation Forum catalog. Learn more about the event at ceeanimation.eu.

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