Croatia Visiting


Every year, Animateka takes a closer look at the creativity of a certain country or region in order to bring the creativity of their artists closer to our audience, to discover new authorial poetics as well as to learn from each other in the field of production.

This year, with the program Croatia visiting, which was created in cooperation with the Croatian Audiovisual Center, we are focusing on Croatian animated film. The program will be partly shown on the online edition of the festival, and partly in the hall of the Slovenian Cinematheque, when this will be possible again.

As part of the program, we present two very special sections at the online edition of the festival – A Historical Rundown and Professor Balthazar. The first, in the words of Chris Robinson, takes you “travelling through the last 70 years or so of Croatian animation«, which »is quite a trip, one that is as rewarding and enriching as any era of the more globally recognized American scene. And when you consider that Croatia (even when part of Yugoslavia) had no animation to speak of prior to the 1950s, their body of work, as these screenings will demonstrate, is all the more impressive.” In the second section, we will hang out with the lovely animated scientist Balthazar, who travelled the world between 1967 and 1978 with his magic machine and helped people solve a variety of problems.

We are pleased to have on the program also an exceptional experimental feature Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus by director Dalibor Barić, who is also a member of our main jury this year.

In addition to special sections, five Croatian animations can also be found in the Main Competition Program, one in the European Young Talents Competition Program, four in the Eastern European and Central European Panoramas, and a short animation from Croatia will be seen at the opening screening.

Croatian animation is also a focus on the platform for professional audiences and students AnimatekaPRO.

We will present local projects in development, and with the help of the Croatian Audiovisual Center (HAVC) we will host Croatia visiting, which is an opportunity to get to know the lively Croatian animation scene (funding opportunities, production aspect and other opportunities to connect with the Croatian animated film industry).

At a round table, we will discuss the state of Croatian animation in practice with producers Vanja Andrijević (Bonobostudio), Draško Ivezić (Adriatic Animation), Andrijana Vidaček (Zagreb Film) and co-production commissioner at the Croatian Audiovisual Center Miljenko Čogelja.

As part of the day dedicated to Expanded and Hybrid Animated Projects, we will listen to a case study of a hybrid short film ” Microcassette – The Smallest Cassette I’ve Ever Seen” and its authors Igor Bezinović and Ivana Pipal.

During the day dedicated to VR animation, Manu Weiss will also talk to Milivoj and Veljko Popović, the directors and producers of animated films from the Lemonade3d studio in Split.


Below you can see the entire film program and AnimatekaPRO events that take place as part of the focus of Croatia visiting.

You are welcome to join us!




Main competition programme I:

Arka, Natko Stipaničev (Kreativni sindikat), Croatia, 2020, 14’40”

Main competition programme II:

All Those Sensations In My Belly, Marko Dješka (Adriatic Animation/ BAP animation studio), Croatia, Portugal, 2020, 13’20”

Main competition programme III:

The Adventured of Gloria Scott Murder In The Cathedral, Matija Pisačić, Tvrtko Rašpolić (Kinematograf/Papa films), Croatia, Serbia, 2020, 15’40”

Natural Selection, Aleta Rajič (Studio Neum/Zagreb Film), Bosna and Hercegovina, Croatia, 2019, 9’33”

Main competition programme IV:

Events Meant To Be Forgotten, Marko Tadić (Kreativni sindikat, Zagreb film), Croatia, 2020, 6′


European Young Talents IV:

The Tower, Sunčana Brkulj (Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb), Croatia, 2020, 3’40”


Eastern and Central European Panorama I:

Clumsy Efforts, Leon Aksin (Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb), Croatia, 2020, 4’35”

T.i.c., Larisa Smitran (Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb), Croatia, 2019, 2’40”

Eastern and Central European Panorama II:

The Maquis, Mirta Brkulj (Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb), Croatia, 2019, 4’40”

Eastern and Central European Panorama V:

Healthmakers, Sara Jurić (Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb), Croatia, 2019, 5’40”


Festival opening:

The Inspector is Back, Vatroslav Mimica (Zagreb film), Croatia, 1959, 10’54”


Croatia visiting: Historical rundown

Don Quixote, Vladimir Kristl (Zagreb film), Croatia (Yugoslavia), 1961, 10’40″

The Substitute, Dušan Vukotić (Zagreb film), Croatia (Yugoslavia), 1961, 9’36”

Plasticat, Simon Bogojević Narath (Kenges), Croatia, 2003, 9’50”

She Who Measures, Veljko Popović (Kenges), Croatia, 2008, 6’40”

Miramare, Michaela Müller (Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb), Croatia, Switzerland, 2009, 8’08”

Hunger, Petra Zlonoga (Bonobostudio), Croatia, 2014, 6’09”

Imbued Life, Ivana Bošnjak, Thomas Johnson (Bonobostudio), Hrvaška, 2019, 12’15”


Croatia visiting: Professor Balthazar


Feature film:

Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus, Dalibor Barić (Kaos), Croatia, 2020, 80′





1.12. at 11:00

AnimatekaPRO Pitch 2020: Pitching competition for projects in development from ex-Yugoslav countries

Leptir, Sunčana Brkulj, Draško Ivezić (Adriatic Animation), Croatia


1.12. from 12:20 to 14:00

Panel discussion: Animation in Croatia – The state of the art

Speakers: Vanja Andrijević (Bonobostudio, HR), Draško Ivezić (Adriatic Animation, HR), Andrijana Vidaček (Zagreb Film, HR), Miljenka Čogelja (Hrvatski avdiovizualni centar, HR). Opening remarks by the director of Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Mr. Christopher Marcich.

Host: Igor Prassel (SI)


2.12. at 12:40

Expanded and Hybrid Animated Projects

Case Study: Microcassette – The Smallest Cassette I’ve Ever Seen, hybrid short film

Speakers: Igor Bezinović, Ivana Pipal (HR)


3.12. at 11:40

In Person Vladimir Ilić/VRHuman, creative technologist (DE)

Host: Manu Weiss, XR creative director, curator (CH)