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Visegrad Animation Forum announces call for submissions for its 6th edition

The VAF Třeboň (May 1 – 3, 2018, Czech Republic) is the leading pitching event for animated film in the Central and Eastern Europe. As each year, animated projects in development compete in two categories: Short Films (single film less than 20 minutes long) and Series / TV Specials (web and TV series of any format and single films over 20 min.). Within the pitching preparation, the participants will get a u ...

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The CEE Animation Industry Is Uniting into a Single Market

This year the European Commission developed an Animation Plan, which aims to invigorate the animation industry in the entire EU. The Central and Eastern European region contains great potential that has yet to be tapped. A new initiative titled the CEE Animation Workshop is striving to capture this potential by bringing together independent animated film producers from a total of eighteen countries and show ...

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Mikel Guillén: Making Movement Through Emotion

INTERVIEW with the experimental filmmaker Mikel Guillén – MILAN KROULÍK – From where do images emerge?, is one of the questions that come to my mind when I let in the work of the Toronto based director Mikel Guillén wash over me. His tenth and newest short film, Intermission (2017), which has not yet officially premiered, expresses, like most of his previous work, a restlessness underlying the quiet images ...

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Visegrad Animation Forum has awarded the most promising animated projects in development

The fifth edition of the VAF Trebon, a key industry meeting for animation professionals took place in Trebon, Czech Republic, May 2-4, 2017. Since the creation, the VAF has become a crossroad for animation industry between Western and Eastern Europe. Even if the pitching competition is open to all European animated projects in development, the focus of the whole event is on the Central and Eastern Europe. T ...

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History of the Secondary Technical School of Film in Čimelice (part 2)

History of the Secondary Technical School of Film in Čimelice, part I. Formation of the School and Plans to Produce Below the Line Crew Just before the foundation of the Secondary Technical School of Film (SPŠF – Střední průmyslová škola filmová), a news article was published encouraging the FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) directorate to create fixed academic regulations, d ...

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„I tried to catch all the feelings and small movements“

INTERVIEW with Paweł Łoziński about his latest film You Have No Idea How Much I Love You – MARTA OBRŠÁLOVÁ Česká verze textu je dostupná zde / Czech-language version of the text is available here Paweł Łoziński is Polish director, cameraman and producer of documentary films. He is the author of more than 20 documentaries winning awards at international festivals. He makes distinctive, emotionally charged do ...

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Scott Barley: Creating in the Digital Era

INTERVIEW with the experimental filmmaker Scott Barley – MILAN KROULÍK – The work of the Welsh experimental filmmaker Scott Barley (b. 1992) can be characterized by its obsession with the night and a sense for the cosmic. Watching one of his films is to be immersed into a world of landscapes, plants and animals shrouded in a deep, dark night or cold fog. The presence of the medium used, be it film or digita ...

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History of the Secondary Technical School of Film in Čimelice (part 1)

History of the Secondary Technical School of Film in Čimelice, part II. The Beginnings of Film Education in Czechoslovakia The first attempts to found institutions providing film education on the geographic area of today’s Czech Republic date back to 1924, when the film director Václav Bínovec began to give film courses. However, the first official efforts to provide training in direction, acting, and scree ...

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Art and Text: How something primarily to be looked at turned into something to be especially thought about

EXPERIMENTAL FILM – Review – BOOK: Art and Text (Aimee Selby ed., London: Black Dog Publishing, 2009/2016) – MARIE MEIXNEROVÁ – translated by IVANA FORMANOVÁ In 2009, British publishing house Black Dog Publishing, focused mainly on “beautifully illustrated books which represent a fresh, eclectic move on contemporary culture” as well as on books of Art, Architecture, Design or Environmental issues, (( “About ...

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Anibar – To Help the Animation Films to Thrive

REPORT from the Anibar Film Festival (15.–21. 8. 2016, Peja, Kosovo) – JIŘÍ NEDĚLA (translated by JIŘÍ ŽÁK, proofreadig by Mitchell Brooks) – Peć lies in the Eastern part of the Republic of Kosovo, not far from the border of Montenegro. On the horizon are the hills of Rugova Mountains from where the Peć Bistrica river flows idly, at the moment the peak of summer. In the middle of the city centre there are h ...

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