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Michał Łubiński’s “Astra” project wins ANIMARKT PITCHING

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Director Michał Łubiński and his project “Astra” won the main prize of the ANIMARKT PITCHING, which for the second time took place in Lodz (Poland).

Astra by Michal Lubinski – 1st prize

Astra will be a story of a six-year-old girl who is trying to prevent her older sister Anna from going to space. Despite the opposition, Anna goes on her mission. When her life is at risk, Astra comes to the rescue. The story consists of two interlacing moments in young girl’s life that are combined in a nonlinear fashion. Michał Łubiński was awarded with the Audiovisual Technology Center contribution in-kind in the amount of 60 000 PLN (ca €14 000).

“The story has lots of heart. The pitch was excellent, very complete and well organised.  Characters design was nicely presented and researched. Fantastic execution!”, wrote the jury in the statement. This year, the pitching’s jury was composed of Jean Thoren (Animation Magazine), Edwina Liard (Ikki Films) and Jacek Spychalski (CeTA).

Second prize went to Cynthia Levitan and her project Forbidden Love (Audiovisual Technology Center contribution in-kind in the amount of 40 000 PLN), a touching story of Pierre who lives in the conflict of two souls inhabiting the same body and two bodies sharing the same home.

The full list of winners of ANIMARKT Pitching 2018 is as follows:

  • 1st prize – Audiovisual Technology Center contribution in-kind in the amount of 60 000 PLN (ca €14 000) – Astra (dir. Michał Łubiński), POLAND
  • 2nd prize – Audiovisual Technology Center contribution in-kind in the amount of 40 000 PLN (ca €9 300) – Forbidden Love (dir. Cynthia Levitan, Vytautas Tinteris), LITHUANIA, PORTUGAL
  • Dragonframe 4 program licence and a Bluetooth controller: Crab (dir. Piotr Chmielewski), POLAND
  • The Industry Accreditation for Mifa 2019 in Annecy: Papo & Pepe (dir. Viktoria Filmako, prod. Viktoriia Cherniaha), UKRAINE
  • Ale kino+ Special Award (TV channel Ale kino+ will buy a licence rights for pitched projects when they are ready):
    • Astra (dir. Michał Łubiński), POLAND
    • Crab (dir. Piotr Chmielewski, prod. Wojciech Leszczyński), CZECH REPUBLIC, POLAND
    • Prime cuts (dir. Marnik Loysen), UK
  • The sound postproduction services in Playade Sound Studio – Incoherence (dir. Quentin Haberham), THE NETHERLANDS
  • Dito Gear special award – Prime Cuts (dir. Marnik Loysen), UK
  • A year subscription of FestivalWhizz application – Noah’s Tree (dir. Péter Vácz, Gábor Osváth), HUNGARY
  • Special mention – See You Soon (dir. Jennifer Skarbnik Lopez, prod. Jennifer Skarbnik Lopez, Ela Chrzanowska), MEXICO, POLAND
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