Presentation of Rise & Shine projects at AnimatekaPRO


Rise & Shine
Animation Pitching Lab for young talents and their short films
2. december, 9.00
Slovenian Cinematheque

We are excited and proud to present the second edition of our animation pitching lab aimed at young filmmakers! We have partnered up with CEE Animation and Animafest Zagreb World Festival of Animated Film to prepare a two-part storytelling and pitching event, Rise & Shine.

We have decided to develop this programme together and prepare ongoing in-depth tutoring for selected teams of a producer and director/scriptwriter of short films. A selection of projects by young talents attended Animafest Zagreb in June 2023, where they participated in a programme of lectures, workshops, individual and group sessions with experienced guest film professionals in the field of animation. A special focus was on the story development of the project, which they worked on with leading animation dramaturge Pedro Rivero and animation director Michael Dudok De Wit.

The second part will take place at Animateka, where the selected teams will receive lessons focused on pitching preparations and improving their presentation skills. Just before the festival, they received online tutoring on preparing a project video pitch by Anna Vašova. On-site in Ljubljana, the selected teams will participate in on-site pitching tutoring, led by Anna, and pitch their projects in front of animation industry attendees of the festival. We will choose two awards, the winners of Rise&Shine 2023 and CEE Animation Forum Awards. The latter brings the winning project a ticket to the CEE Animation Forum 2024.

All the pitching projects will receive feedback also from our panel of animation industry experts:

– Vanja Andrijević, producer / distributor – Bonobo Studio, Croatia
– Luca Toth, director / art director / animator, Hungary
– Eric Reginaud, animation expert / residency programmer, Ciclic – Val de Loire, France
– Joaquim Pinheiro, distributor, Agência – Curta Metragem, Portugal

The Rise & Shine 2023 projects are:

A Horse In Swan Sea
d. Maria Brudașcă, Romania
p. Constantine Benea, Romania

d. Petko Modev, Bulgaria
p. Vessela Dantcheva, Compote Collective, Bulgaria

d. Leo Černic, Slovenia
p. Tina Smrekar, Finta, Slovenia

d. Carolina Bozinho, Portugal
p. Laura Gonçalves, BAP Collective, Portugal

Demon of the Marshes
d. Martin Pertlíček, Czechia
p. Kamila Dohnalová, MAUR Film, Czechia

d. Sybil Marzin-Thélémaque, France
p. Clara Marquardt, Les Valseurs, France

d. Katrin Novaković, Croatia
d. Miljenka Čogelja, Pipser, Croatia

Period Drama
d. Michaela Mihalyi, Slovakia
p. Jakub Rálek,, Worst Films, Czechia

Plastic Aches
d. Andrea Guizar, Mexico
p. Roza Misztela, Lele Crossmedia Production, Poland

Reiss dich mal zusammen
d. Marion Täschler, Switzerland
p. Saskia von Virag, Virage Productions Gmbh, Switzerland

d. Ana Markozashvili, Georgia
p. Natia Nikolashvili, Georgia