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ANIMARKT Stop-Motion Forum Pitching Competition Now Open

Submissions now being accepted for the event, which will be held October 6-10, offering awards, support, and professional access to finalists.

The ANIMARKT Stop-Motion Forum focuses on important problems and challenges in the production of stop-motion animation. The goal of the event is to create a platform for sharing experiences and practices between stop-motion filmmakers, distributors, broadcasters, producers, animation service providers and industry representatives of all skill levels and from all around the world.

The forum provides artists with an opportunity to present their projects to a group of animation industry experts, gain partners and win prizes that will support their film production while opening career paths. ANIMARKT Stop-Motion Forum’s pitching competition is now open for submissions of projects under development.

Submissions must have completed the first version of the script lasting no longer than 30 minutes. At least 80% of the animation planned is to be made in stop-motion. As one of the event’s objectives is to support artists from Central and Eastern Europe, submissions from Poland, Slovakia, Czechia, Hungary, Estonia, Germany, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Latvia will be given a priority. Prizes awarded include an in-kind contribution of 100 thousand PLN for production of the two best projects, professional software or 2-week artist residency in Argentina.

Pitching finalists work with experts prior to their October presentations with training sessions in presentation, public speaking, scriptwriting, and production to help ensure that they are ready with their pitch.  

Experts who will conduct the training sessions include:

  • Nancy Denney-Phelps, a journalist and member of the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA).
  • Edwina Liard, a French producer from Ikki Films, (Negative Space)
  • Nik Phelps, composer, and musician
  • Anna Bielak, screenwriter, and script consultant well known in the Polish animation community

This year's ANIMARKT Pitching prize pool includes special distinctions:

  • Vouchers of PLN 60,000 (approx. 13,500 EUR) and PLN 40,000 (approx. 9 000 EUR) funded by the Audiovisual Technology Center (CeTA) in Wrocław for use on facilities, equipment, or services
  • Or a co-producer's contribution to the film from the French studio Folimage.
  • Professional work tools, namely the Dragonframe 4 software,
  • Professional support, consultation with Marcin Zalewski on the making of a stop-motion puppets
  • Industry accreditation for the Mifa 2021 trade show in Annecy.
  • 2-week artist residency at the Animation Production Center Quirino Cristiani in Cordoba (Argentina) funded by APALAB

The deadline for the registration for ANIMARKT Pitching is August 3, 2020. 15 selected projects will be announced on August 17. All of them will be presented on October 9, 2020.

Additional information is available here.

The ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum will be held October 6 -10, 2020 in Łódź.

The main program will include workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions for students and young specialists (the master’s section). This year events will focus on topics related to the making of a stop motion puppet as well relationships between animation makers and producers.

The third part of the program – Business, concentrates on establishing contacts in the industry and recruitment sessions for international animation studios or stop motion projects. This year it will be extended to include a new meeting formula (Match and Meet). New for the event is the My ANIMARKT App, which enables participants to arrange networking meetings directly.

Source: ANIMARKT Stop-Motion Forum Keywords