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ANIMARKT Stop Motion Event – The Pitches, Guests, Masterclasses & Talks

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There is so much going on at the 2017 edition of ANIMARKT, a five day event that focuses on all things stop-motion and puppet related. Taking place in Lodz, Poland, between the 2nd – 6th October, the event will include pitching session, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, networking and individual face-to-face meetings; with something for everyone who is interested in stop-motion.

Skwigly will be bringing you news and updates from the pitches and masterclasses, but below we have a little more information (in summary format) of what you can expect from this event. (Also, it’s not too late for you to register for the ANIMARKT Talks event on the 5th October – register here for more details.)

Guest Highlights

  • MACIEJ BEDYK (lighting master) will talk about the role of light in stop-motion animations
  • TIM ALLEN (Stop-motion animator) will be leading a two-day personalised stop-motion workshop
  • WIM VANACKER (Writer, director, script consultant) will be leading a script session at ANIMARKT pitching
  • NANCY DENNEY-PHELPS (Animation historian and journalist) will be leading one of the training sessions: How to pitch and promote your project
  • KIM KEUKELEIRE (Animation director and stop-motion animator) will share her experience on how to start a career in the animation business
  • ZOFIA JAROSZUK (Producer and Production Manager @ Animoon) and PIOTR SZCZEPANOWICZ (Director, screenwriter and a producer) will present a case study of the “Moomins and the Winter Wonderland” animated feature
  • PETER GOTTSCHALK (Producer, programme manager and commissioning editor @ ARTE) will be talking about ARTE programming

For more information view the 5 day schedule here.

One of ANIMARKT’s aims is to make it a place for raising professional qualifications, which is does via  ANIMARKT MASTERS, where audience members and participants learn from the best in the stop-motion world.


Although pitching submissions have closed for 2017, the competition is open for short puppet animation projects from all over the world (priority going to projects from Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Germany, Ukraine, Lithuania and Latvia). There will be some fantastic prizes awarded this year: contributions in kind of €14 200, €7 100, and €4 700 sponsored by Audiovisual Technology Center, Dragonframe 4 program license and a Bluetooth controller, Armature Kit from Animation Supplies, one industry accreditation for next year’s MIFA and more.

There have been 15 lucky projects picked for the ANIMARKT pitching:

  1. Alegría” (dir. Katalin Egely, prod. Pedro Canale), Hungary
  2. Attitude” (dir. Szandra Pataki, prod. Mónika Mécs), Hungary
  3. Bear Hug” (dir. Margrethe Danielsen, prod. Tonje Skar Reiersen, Mikrofilm), Norway
  4. Carrus Navalis” (dir. Antonia Begusic, prod. Vinko Bresan, Zagreb film), Croatia
  5. Duet” (dir. Christophe Peladan, prod. Ivan Zuber, Antoine Liétout), France
  6. Elena” (dir. Birutė Sodeikaitė, prod. Agnė Adomėnė, Art. Shot), Lithuania
  7. Głowa Kasandry” (dir. Paweł Czarzasty, prod. Molo FX Paweł Czarzasty), Poland
  8. Man Wanted” (dir. Irida Zhonga, prod. Magikon, Nukufilm), Greece, Estonia
  9. Most” (dir. Izumi Yoshida, prod. Likaon), Poland
  10. Sacculina carcini” (dir. Kasia Nalewajka, prod. Joanna Wendorff-Ostergaard, ANIMA-POL), Poland
  11. The Side Effects” (dir. Olga Titova, prod. Lyubov Gaidukova), Lithuania 
  12. The Bird” (dir. Daria Kashcheeva, prod. Karolina Pojarova), Czech Republic
  13. The Garden Of Theodore” (dir. Jeremy Warder), United Kingdom
  14. The Kite” (dir. Martin Smatana, prod. Peter Badač), Czech Republic
  15. The Man in the Door” (dir. Wolfgang Matzl, prod. Moana Rom), Germany

We will be catching up with the directors and producers while in Lodz, and bringing you news of some the exciting projects.


ANIMARKT is a part of the AnimArt International Festival of Animation Art, which will be hosting a number of events and screenings for a general audience at the same time (29th Sept – 6th Oct). AnimArt Festival, in its third year, will be hosting the following events this year:

  • NCKF & AnimArt present: When demons wake up – screening of short films
    Animation, especially the puppet one, gives wonderful possibilities to show the darkest sides of a human soul. By creating proper mood, a detail or a minimal movement of a character one can evoke very strong emotions in their viewers, just like in the best horror or thriller film. More interestingly, such a visual language is perfectly understood in various cultural circles. That is why the set will include various productions from countries such as Japan, Spain, Mexico, Canada or Poland. The screening will be preceded by a meeting with the creator of “The Escape” short.
  • NCKF & Animart present: Animation is a woman – screening of short films
    Last years have shown how strong and sonorous voices female directors and animators have. They discuss problems concerning both historical events and they tell about feelings and sensitivity. The presented films differ with the topic and style, but they are linked by perfection and the unique form connected with interesting stories. The screenings will be preceded by a meeting with the directors – Daria Kopiec, Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi and a stage designer in “Radio Dolores” – Agata Gorządek.
  • National Film and Television School – school of awards winner – screening of short films
    The number of awards and nominations makes the London school one of the foremost animation schools in the world. The education system, promoting individual attitude connected with developing talents and skills make the indicator of the success of future graduates, among which there are Nick Park, Mark Baker, Nina Gantz or Daisy Jacobs. The screening will be preceded by a meeting with Ed Foster – a lecturer at NFTS and Katarzyna Nalewajka – the university graduate.
  • Masterclass with Tim Allen – 10th Anniversary of Lodz Film Commission
    Lodz Film Commission – the first venture of this kind in Poland – has the tenth anniversary. During the anniversary celebrations, there will be a meeting with the animation director of one of the films which were funded by the Commission – Tim Allen and Lodz film crew that worked with him. After the meeting, “The Magic Piano” will be shown.

Participants of ANIMARKT can attend all events of the AnimArt Festival’s film section (but for the theatrical performances a ticket will be required).

We look forward to bringing you exiting news and coverage from the stop-motion and puppet animation world in the coming month!

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