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Visegrad Animation Forum Award Winners Announced

‘Of Unwanted Things and People’ wins the feature pitch prize, while ‘Rabbit from a Tin Hat’ won the TV honors and ‘Floating’ took home the short film award.

‘Of Unwanted Things and People’ wins the feature pitch prize, while ‘Rabbit from a Tin Hat’ won the TV honors and ‘Floating’ took home the short film award.

The sixth edition of Visegrad Animation Forum Třeboň wrapped May 3 in Třeboň, Czech Republic, having presented awards in its pitching competitions of short films, series and TV specials, and the newly added category of feature films.

The winner is the co-production feature film Of Unwanted Things and People. The project is the joint work of a team of successful producers that includes Martin Vandas, Juraj Krasnohorský, Kolja Saksida and Wojtek Leszczynski, which confirms the strength of cooperation between CEE countries. The direction was in the hands of four successful authors: David Súkup, Ivana Laučíková, Leon Vidmar and Agata Gorządek.

The winning project advances directly to the prestigious Cartoon Movie 2019. The jury’s decision has been confirmed by the voice of the audience as well, as Of Unwanted Things and People also won the Nespresso Audience Award.

The jury decided to award a special mention in the same category to the first Macedonian animated feature film John Vardar vs the Galaxy, directed by Goce Cvetanovski and produced by Alan Castillo.

'Noah's Tree'

The winner of the series or TV specials category was the Serbian animated series Rabbit From a Tin Hat, directed by Ivan Knežević and produced by Ivan Bereš. The winner receives 2,000 euros and direct access to Cartoon Forum 2018. Earning a special mention was the 25-minute TV special Noah’s Tree, directed by Péter Vácz and produced by Gábor Osváth (Hungary).


The international jury selected as the winning Serbian short film Floating, directed by Jelena Milunovic and produced by Milos Ivanovic. The prize includes 2,000 euros.

A special mention was awarded to the Polish project I Come Undone, directed by Piotr Chmielewski and produced by Przemek Stepien. The same project has also won the Post Production Award offered by Polish Playade Sound Studio. The 1,000 euro prize will cover audio post-production, including studio and sound engineer for five days.

Tim Leborgne, project leader of Animation Sans Frontieres followed the pitches in both categories and chose Polish director Chmielewski to receive a scholarship of 1,500 euros.

Source: Visegrad Animation Forum Třeboň

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Tom McLean has been writing for years about animation from a secret base in Los Angeles.