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CEE Animation Forum is an annual pitching competition which gathers animation projects across Europe. The event is organized by CEE Animation, a platform for the animation industry in Central and Eastern Europe. This year, the pitching event was held from 26th to 29th April as a digital version due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Industry Days: 4th – 6th May). The video pitches of 45 selected animation projects in development, which were in six categories: Short films, Feature films, TV Series, XR, Rising Stars, and Out of Competition, were streamed on CEE Animation’s official Facebook page. On 6th May, the result of this year’s competition were announced. You can find the winners below.

1. Winners of the Special Prizes

CEE Animation Forum AWARD

[Short Films]

Ibis

Directors: Maria Burgues and Enric Sant
Producer: Maria Burgues (BLISS PICTURES, Spain)

[TV Series]

The Olive Bunch

Director: Magnus Kravik
Producer: Maria Pavlou (Pixel giants, Cyprus)

[Feature Films]

Birds Don’t Look Back

Director: Nadia Nackle
Producer: Sebastien Onomo (Special Touch Studios, France)

[XR]

Finding Frida

Director: Hilde Kristin Kjøs
Producer: Bjørn-Morten Nerland (Stargate Media AS, Norway)

[RISING STARS]

Desire to Win

Director: Michaela Rezova
Producer: Zuzana Bukovinska (Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague, Czech Republic)

CEE Animation Forum
AUDIENCE AWARD

Vast Blue Antarctica

Director: Christos Panagos
Producer: Charalambos Margaritis (Kimonos Animation Studio, Cyprus)

CEE Animation Workshop
free scholarship

Dreamworld

Directors: Veljko Popovic and Milivoj Popovic
Producers: Milivoj Popovic and Veljko Popovic (Prime Render d.o.o., Croatia)

2. The Projects that Attracted Us

We watched all pitches at CEE Animation Forum 2021 and the projects that attracted us the most are the 4 projects below.

[Short Films]

Albert

Director: Szandra Pataki
Producer: Krisztina Endrényin (Mythberg Films Kft, Hungary)

[Short Films]

Electra. A Poem

Director: Daria Kashcheeva
Producers: Zuzana Křivková (MAUR film, Czech Republic) and Martin Vandas (FAMU, Czech Republic)

[RISING STARS]

Beyond the Face

Director: Anja Resman
Producer: Boštjan Potokar (University of Nova Gorica School of Arts, Slovenia)

[RISING STARS]

The Last Drop

Director: Anna Tőkés
Producer: József Fülöp (MOME Anim, Hungary)