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I Have a Question Daniel Šuljić

In which Chris Robinson asks animators profound and inane questions that have little to do with animation. This week's guest is Daniel Šuljić, Artistic Director of the legendary Zagreb Animation Festival.

You asked. We listened. Here’s the first in a series of questions for artistic directors from various international animation festivals. First up is Daniel Šuljić, the Artistic Director of the famous Animafest Zagreb. Daniel has been at the helm since 2011, but he was already familiar to many in the festival world as an animator (e.g. Leckdonalds, 1995, The Cake, 1997). Daniel agreed to meet me in a Stuttgart café during halftime of a European Champions match on a rainy April afternoon.

I get the greatest pleasure from....

Well, for other people maybe boring stuff, you know, listening to lot of music and watching lot of animation. Both still very inspiring after all these years. I wonder how that is possible, but apparently it is. I am not complaining.

If I could have – assuming this is your real name – a nom de plume, what would it be?

I can’t. I am not allowed to. Sorry.

The sport I do or would like to play is...

Football, basketball, skiing. I’d like to do some mixed shadowboxing. I have to ask Lotte if she has some spare time.

A (non-family member) person I idolize is....

Nobody anymore. But i do like the work of Lou Reed or Michael Gira to name just a two. I love the work of the guys who were part of the Zagreb school of animation, such an inspiring bunch of films J.

The song that makes me tingle is....

Approximately 3000 of them, numbers growing. The very last one is Tinashe – Company.

The funniest thing that happened to me….

Happened yesterday evening. Incredible, isn’t it J?

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A well-known figure in the world of independent animation, writer, author & curator Chris Robinson is the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.