The sixth edition of the CEE Animation Masterclass, the educational programme for film professionals and students working in animation, will take place on 15 and 16 March 2023 at the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. The lecturers will talk about How to Build a Professional Career in Animation. The admission si free. The first day will be held in Czech and Slovak language and the second day in English. More information about the programme and speakers can be found below.

How to prepare a professional short film?
On Wednesday, 15 March, experienced film producers Juraj Krasnohorský (SK) and Martin Vandas (CZ) will present case studies of selected animation projects they have worked on with young aspiring filmmakers or students. You will find out how these collaborations started, what impact they had on the direction of the professional careers of the individual filmmakers and what are the important premises for a quality films. The lecture will include screening of selected short films.

How to be creative on a project other than one’s own?
On Thursday, 16 March, the focus will be on the feature-length animated film THE SIREN, on which, through the Slovak company Artichoke and the animation studio Blue Faces, a large part of 3D animation was realized using Motion Capture technology. During the Masterclass, the director Sepideh Farsi will present the concept of the work. The Motion Capture technology and its specific use in the animation process will be presented by animation supervisor Tomáš Danay (Blue Faces). The masterclass will be moderated by Juraj Krasnohorský (Artichoke).



10:00 – 11:30 Lecture block I (Martin Vandas)
11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 12:15 Discussion
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 15:00 Lecture block II (Juraj Krasnohorský)
15:00 – 15:30 Discussion

15:30 – 17:30 The Siren Masterclass – Using new possibilities in animation to tell a compelling anti-war story (Sepideh Farsi, Tomáš Danay, Juraj Krasnohorský) *will be held in English


Sepideh Farsi

Sepideh Farsi was born in Tehran in 1965 but left Iran in 1980 and went to Paris in 1984 to study mathematics. However, eventually she was drawn to the visual arts and initially experimented in photography before making her first short films. Her first two features Dreams Of Dust and The Gaze premiered at Rotterdam in 2006. Farsi was a Member of the Jury of the Locarno International Film Festival in Best First Feature in 2009. She won the FIPRESCI Prize (2002), Cinéma du Réel and Traces de Vie prize (2001) for Homi D. Sethna, filmmaker and Best documentary prize in Festival dei Popoli (2007) for Harat. In December 2009, Tehran Without Permission was shown at the Dubai International Film Festival.

Tomáš Danay

Tomáš studied animation at the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts. After graduation he started working in the Blue Faces studio, where he is currently the main animator. He has worked on many foreign films (e.g. The Green Hornet, Xibalba, Asura) and games (NBA 2k16, Shadows: Awakening), as well as commercials (Orange, Billa, Chase, Voya, TJMaxx) and music videos (Lil Dicky – Pillow Talking). In addition, he teaches animation at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and since 2019 he has been the programme director of the international festival of animated films for children and youth Festival BAB (Biennial of Animation Bratislava).

Juraj Krasnohorský

Juraj Krasnohorský (1980) was born in Bratislava where he works for Artichoke as film producer and for the international education programme for producers, CEE Animation Workshop, as head of studies. He studied physics, mathematics, and film in Geneva, Bilbao, and Paris, and has been directing and producing films in Slovakia since 2008. He is an EAVE programme graduate, a Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers member, and a CEE Animation board member. He is also a pedagogical contributor to European and Asian workshops for creative producers.

Martin Vandas

Graduate of FAMU – Film Production and FF UK – Film Studies, member of the European Film Academy, founding member of the Association of Czech Animated Film (ASAF), expert of the Czech Film Fund and the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, external lecturer of the Department of Animation at FAMU. Martin Vandas is a producer of feature and animated films, several documentaries and TV magazines (MAUR film). The company’s portfolio includes, among others, the animated feature films Fritzi – A Revolutionary Tale and The Crossing, as well as the short animated films Suzie in the Gardens, Mom Is Always Right, Paolo’s Happiness, Daughter and many others.

The event is organised by the Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers (APAF).

Co-organized by CEE Animation, Visegrad Film Forum a Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava through the project KEGA 003VŠMU-4/2021 „NA ZAČIATKU CESTY“.

The Masterclass was supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and MEDIA Creative Europe through the support of CEE Animation activities.

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