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Pitch Your Stop-Motion Short at ANIMARKT 2018

Deadline to submit stop-motion animated shorts in development is July 31.

Projects of animated shorts and TV special episodes made with the use of puppet technique can take part in the pitching organized for the second time during ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum. The deadline for submissions is July 31st.

The participants of the ANIMARKT pitching have both the chance to win the awards and arose interest of the project among foreign producers and TV broadcasters. Moreover, they will participate in two training sessions. The script session with Wim Vanecker, a producer, screenwriter, director, script consultant and the project manager of European Short Pitch will be organized in a form of individual meetings focused on a given participant’s projects. Training sessions with animation historian and AWN writer Nancy Denney-Phelps, will have a similar form. Nancy will conduct a training sessions that will aim at improving the participants’ skills connected with presenting projects.

Who may submit a project?

The submitted projects must meet several conditions: the film must be at the development stage, do not last over 26 minutes and at least 80 per cent of the film should be made in a puppet technique. An additional asset of the project will be the artistic input of the creators (animation director, storyboard author, author of artistic designs, composer, realization of a significant part of the animation) from at least one of the following countries: Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Germany, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia. However event’s organizers welcome creators from all over the world. The pitching regulations are accessible at Applications are to be submitted by July 31 via the online application form at

From all the applications being sent, the selection committee will choose 15 projects which will be presented on October 11 as part of Pitching during the ANIMARKT event. The selection committee includes: Agnieszka Niewadził (CeTA, Poland), Nikodem Szlęzak (CeTA, Poland), István Mráz (Mozinet Ltd., Hungary), Michal Podhradský (ASAF, Czech Republic), Andrej Gregorčok (Fest Anča International Animation Festival, Slovakia), Agnieszka Kowalewska-Skowron (MOMAKIN, Poland), and Paulina Zacharek (MOMAKIN, Poland). The pitching jury will be announced soon.

The person responsible for presentation of the selected project will be provided with a hotel accommodation (seven nights) and a reimbursement of 80 percent of travel costs (up to EUR 150).

Among the projects presented during the ANIMARKT event, the Pitching’s jury will select two main winners. Information concerning the awarded projects will be announced on 13 October 2018 during the Closing Gala of the Lodz Animation Festival LAL.KA. The prizes in the contest are the Audiovisual Technology Center contribution in kind in the amount of: 60.000 PLN (ca €14.000), 40.000 PLN (ca €9.300) and additional awards.

ANIMARKT Pitching is a part of ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum, which includes also ANIMARKT TALKS -- case study presentations, and ANIMARKT MASTERS -- meetings and workshops with the highest-class experts that aim to professionalize the business. It will take place in Lodz, Poland October 8-13, 2018.

The organizer of ANIMARKT is MOMAKIN -- a multi-tasking unit working for popularizing and propagating animation and supporting creators in Poland and in international arenas. The partners of ANIMARKT include: Audiovisual Technology Center (CeTA) from Wroclaw which is also the founder of the awards for pitching winners, ASAF (Czech Republic), Mozinet (Hungary), Fest Anča International Animation Festival (Slovakia). ANIMARKT is partially funded by the International Visegrad Fund
and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Source: ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum