AnimatekaPRO Pitch 2021

The fifth edition of Animateka PRO Pitch takes place on 30 November as part of the 18th International Animated Film Festival Animateka (29 November – 5 December 2021).

The aim of this pitching competition is to promote new short, up to 20-minute animations from ex-Yugoslav countries and help them get off to a good start on the animation circuit.

The projects selected for AnimatekaPRO Pitch 2021 are:

Afterparty in Postparadise, Ana Nedeljković, Nikola Majdak (Bas Celik), Serbia
H.P. Lovecraft – The Hound, Mihajlo Dragaš, Milan Milosavljević (Vorky Team), Serbia
Lament, Miloš Djurdjević, Nemanja Gavrilović (Talesgate), Serbia
No One Ever Looked at Elephants as You Do, Sandra Jovanovska, Miha Černec (Staragra), Slovenia
Pandy show, Maida Srabović, Vedran Štefan, Janja Pilić (Tetrabot), Croatia
The Girl Who Was Not Afraid of Bears, Lea Vučko, Izar Lunaček, Maja Zupanc (Invida), Slovenia

The online training and preparations will be supervised by expert tutor Anna Vášová (13ka, Czech Republic), who will work with the candidates to discuss and/or fine-tune the strengths and weaknesses of their projects as well as the best pitching strategies.

Judges will assess the projects and give them feedback for their further development. The AnimatekaPRO Pitch 2021 judges are Kamila Dohnalova (Anifilm, Last Films, Czech Republic), Martina Meštrović (Kreativni sindikat, Croatia), and Kolja Saksida (ZVVIKS, Slovenia).

Two members of the winning project will receive an invitation to attend the CEE Animation Forum 2022.

AnimatekaPRO Pitch 2020 is organised by the Two Reels Association for Reanimation of Storytelling in partnership with CEE Animation Forum and in collaboration with the Slovenian Animated Film Association.

AnimatekaPRO Pitch 2021: Judges

Kamila Dohnalová

Kamila Dohnalová is an independent film producer based in Prague, Czech Republic. Besides brining to life animated and live action projects within her production company Last Films, she is in charge of the industry programme at Anifilm IFAF and pre-selecting films for Karlovy Vary IFF. Kamila graduated from the Charles University and from FAMU, where she produced more than twenty films including Happy End (2015), an Academy Awards-shortlisted animated black comedy that premiered at La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes, or Peacock (2015), a Sundance-awarded short fiction. Kamila has solid film festival and art-house film distribution working experience, and has also worked for the Czech Television and the National Film Archive. In 2016, she co-founded the Silk Films production company, where she produced the Czech-French short mystery drama Figurant (2019) featuring Denis Lavant. Kamila loves mountains, particularly in winter, and enjoys travelling by train.

Martina Meštrović

Martina Meštrović (1974) graduated in sculpture from the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts. She has presented her work at several solo and group exhibitions, and ventured into animation in 2004, working on 2D and 3D films as a set designer, animator and director. She lives and works in Zagreb. Her films include Love (2021), A Cat Is Always Female (2019), Peter’s Forest (2016), and Bla (2013).

Kolja Saksida

Kolja Saksida (1981) received his master’s degree in Film Studies from the ECAL University of Art and Design, Lausanne. Kolja works in filmmaking as a director, producer and teacher. He created the animated series Koyaa and numerous short puppet animated films. His films were shown at more than 250 international film festivals, televisions and other venues worldwide. As a mentor and producer, Kolja leads animation workshops for children, youth and adults. Kolja is an Assistant Professor at the School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica, and the director of the production company ZVVIKS (www.zvviks.net), based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. 

AnimatekaPRO Pitch 2021: Training tutor

Anna Vášová

Anna Vášová started as a script executive for the Czech TV. She also lectured at the Academy of Performing Arts and wrote scripts for the theatre/TV/radio. Later she headed the production arm of Barrandov Studios and became the Director of Programmes for the Czech TV. From there, she moved for 15 years to Eurovision in Geneva, where she coordinated over 50 co-productions across 86 TVs in 56 countries. After her return to Prague in 2015, Anna became a member of the Czech TV Director’s Advisory board, led two sectors at the Visegrad Animation Forum and served as member of the FAMU Artistic Board. She also returned to independent scriptwriting, script-advising and tutoring. In 2018 Anna set up the animation production company 13ka (13ka.eu) together with the fresh producer Karolina Davidova. Since then, Anna has worked there as a producer, scriptwriter and script editor. She occasionally lectures at FAMU, acts as an expert for MEDIA programme, and participates at festivals and workshops as a tutor or a jury member.