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ANIMARKT Pitching 2018: Submission Deadline Extended

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Due to many requests, the organizers of ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum are delighted to announce that the pitching submission deadline for the projects of stop motion shorts has been extended to August 5, 2018.

“We are excited by the substantial number of all submissions that have already been submitted. Nevertheless, in order to maximise the opportunity for creators to present themselves and their projects in front of professionals from many countries, we are pleased to extend the deadline for projects of stop motion shorts”, says Agnieszka Kowalewska, programmer of ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum.

Who may submit a project?

In ANIMARKT pitching can take part projects of animated shorts and TV special episodes made with the use of puppet technique. The submitted projects must meet several conditions: the film must be at the development stage, do not last over 26 minutes and at least 80 per cent of the film should be made in a  puppet technique. An additional asset of the project will be the artistic input of the creators (animation director, storyboard author, author of artistic designs, composer, realization of a significant part of the animation) from at least one of the following countries: Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Germany, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia. However event’s organizers welcome creators from all over the world. The pitching regulations are accessible on www.en.animarkt.pl/pitching. Applications are to be submitted by an online application form at: https://goo.gl/forms/jrbY9FSjEI0fmagJ3 until August 5th, 2018.

From all the applications being sent, the selection committee will choose 15 projects which will be presented on October 11th, 2018 as part of Pitching during the ANIMARKT event. The selection committee includes: Agnieszka Niewadził (CeTA, Poland), Nikodem Szlęzak (CeTA, Poland), István Mráz (Mozinet Ltd., Hungary), Michal Podhradský (ASAF, Czech Republic), Andrej Gregorčok (Fest Anča International Animation Festival, Slovakia), Agnieszka Kowalewska-Skowron (MOMAKIN, Poland), and Paulina Zacharek (MOMAKIN, Poland). The pitching jury will be announced later this month.

The person responsible for presentation of the selected project will be provided with a hotel accommodation (7 nights) and a reimbursement of 80% of travel costs (up to EUR 150). Moreover, they will participate in two training sessions. The script session with Wim Vanecker, a producer, screenwriter, director, script consultant and the project manager of European Short Pitch will be organized in a form of individual meetings focused on a given participant’s projects. Training sessions with Nancy Denney-Phelps, an animation historian and a journalist, who cooperates with the prestigious AWN.com publishing group, will have a similar form. Nancy will conduct a training sessions that will aim at improving the participants’ skills connected with presenting projects.

Among the projects presented during the ANIMARKT event, the Pitching’s jury will select two main winners. Information concerning the awarded projects will be announced on October 13th, 2018 during the Closing Gala of the Lodz Animation Festival LAL.KA.

The prizes in the contest are the Audiovisual Technology Center contribution in kind in the amount of: 60.000 PLN (ca €14.000), 40.000 PLN (ca €9.300) and additional awards, such as accreditation to Mifa 2019 and sound postproduction including studio and sound engineer for 5 days (offered by Playade Sound Studio).

ANIMARKT Pitching is a part of ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum, which includes also  ANIMARKT TALKS – case study presentations, and ANIMARKT MASTERS – meetings and workshops with the highest-class experts that aim to professionalize the business. It will take place in Lodz (Poland) from 8th to 13th October, 2018.

The organizer of ANIMARKT is MOMAKIN (www.momakin.pl) – a multi-tasking unit working for popularizing and propagating animation and supporting creators in Poland
and in international arenas. The partners of ANIMARKT include: Audiovisual Technology Center (CeTA) from Wroclaw which is also the founder of the awards for pitching winners, ASAF (Czech Republic), Mozinet (Hungary), Fest Anča International Animation Festival (Slovakia). ANIMARKT is partially funded by the International Visegrad Fund and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

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