The third module of the 5th edition of the CEE Animation Workshop took place in Bratislava, Slovakia, from 7 till 13 August 2023. The fifth generation brought together 30 international animation professionals, who were working on their projects under the guidance of renowned international tutors in Bratislava for one week, preparing their projects to access the market.
The participants have already developed a strong bond with their group leaders; established producers Tonje Skar Reiersen (Mikrofilm, Norway) and Corinne Destombes (Folimage, France) and the script consultors Phil Parker (United Kingdom) and Rita Domonyi (Hungary). During the week they were joined by guest experts, who have prepared insightful lectures on various animation industry topics. There were two case studies: Katarina Kerekesova presented the work on animated TV series and feature from her Fool Moon studio and Juraj Krasnohorsky presented the animated feature film White Plastic Sky, which was co-produced by his company Artichoke. Ulrich Michel, expert on entertainment law, prepared a special workshop, dedicated to honing communication and negotiation skills. Besides the lectures, participants took part in intensive group work and individual sessions. They also received feedback on their production packages and pitches by experienced international producers from our team.
On Wednesday, 9 August, there was the Open industry day at the CEE Animation Workshop 2023, co-organized by the Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers (APAF). The event was dedicated to discovering animation trends and topics together and culminating in a networking dinner with our attendees and esteemed decision-makers and representatives of the Slovak film industry. Three lectures were part of the programme; art director Adrien Merigeau discussed The Role of the Art Designer and their experiences working with Cartoon Saloon, Zuzana Bieliková, director of the Slovak Film Commission, had a lecture on filming in Slovakia and finished the day of lectures with Green Filming Animation.
CEE Animation Workshop is a year-long educational program focused on project development and development of production skills for film professionals working in the field of animation. The program is led by renowned animation producers and script consultants as group leaders who closely monitor and mentor projects and their teams throughout the duration of the program.
CEE Animation Workshop in Bratislava is organized by Slovene Animated Film Association – DSAF, Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers (APAF), CEE Animation and supported by Creative Europe – MEDIA, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Ministry of Public Administration, Republic of Slovenia, Slovenian Film Center and AIPA.
Photo: Matjaž Rušt