Awaiting for the new dates, Animafest Zagreb has prepared an attractive programme under the title Animafest Insights, available to all animation lovers on the festival website and social media pages. The programme was designed to give broader public an insight into the films screened at our festival, but also to remind us of the extraordinary success stories written by animation in recent years.
A special charm of Animafest Insights will be an exclusive series of interviews with filmmakers introducing their films, to connect the audience even better with the artists and their animated hits.
The programme opens with Hedgehog’s Home, based on the namesake story by Branko Ćopić. The film was directed by the Canada-based Croatian filmmaker Eva Cvijanović, and it won the Audience Award for best short film at Animafest 2017, as well as many other international awards.
In the second edition we introduce Amélia & Duarte, a film by Portuguese directors Alice Guimarães and Mónica Santos. Amélia & Duarte is their debut and was awarded the Zlatko Grgić Award (best first film production outside an educational institution) at Animafest Zagreb 2015. Their next work Between the Shadows had its world premiere at Animafest Zagreb 2018 and won the Mr. M Audience Award for the best short film.
Third edition of Animafest Insights presents a music video by French director Alice Saey for the song Happy by Dutch singer Mark Lotterman. A film portraying Egyptian geese, melancholical pursuit of identity, and reflection on the existence between individuality and the need for belonging, has captured the audience in Annecy, Ottawa, Amsterdam and a number of other festivals and was screened at Animafest Zagreb in 2018.
Animafest Insights will also present the following filmmakers in regular slots: Celine Devaux (Sunday Lunch), Joanna Quinn (Girls Night Out), Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata (Negative Space), Tomek Popakul (Acid Rain), Nikita Diakur (FEST) and Veljko Popović (Cyclists).