World Festival of Animated Film /
short and feature film edition 9 - 14 June 2015
World Festival of Animated Film / short and feature film edition 9 - 14 June 2015
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ANIMAFEST PRO | Video game workshop


Between 8 and 12 June 2015, as part of the Animafest Pro section at the upcoming 25th edition of World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb, a videogame workshop is taking place. The workshop is meant primarily to students of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) and Academy of Fine Arts (ALU) of the University of Zagreb.

Continuing the affirmation of video games as an equal medium of aesthetic creativity and meeting point of animation art and digital technology, Animafest 2015 in association with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Academy of Fine Arts and Creative Europe Desk – MEDIA Office organises the 3rd computer videogame design workshop. By connecting the programmer, animator and illustrator community in this part of the Animafest Pro section, we aim to stimulate creativity and competitiveness of young artists and computer experts and give them a chance to meet the transmedia connection between animation and computing. The workshop participants will be divided into small teams of designers and programmers to develop their own video game and present it on the last day of the festival.

Last year’s workshop facilitators Aleksandra Čereković (FER) and Darko Masnec (ALU) are joined this year by Mario von Rickenbach (Zurich University of the Arts). Mario von Rickenbach is an artist and designer based in Zurich, Switzerland. Aside from mentoring, he is holding daily lectures on different aspects of videogames and presenting the works made at the workshop to the public. He graduated in videogame design from the Zurich University of the Arts in 2010, where he now works as a teaching assistant. His recent works include Mirage – an interesting game about a surreal character, Krautscape – a generative racing game, and Rakete – a cooperative multiplayer game. His works are also available on http://www.mariov.ch.

The workshop takes place at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb from 8 to 12 June 2015 at lab A109. The planned workshop duration is 8 hours a day, from 9am to 5pm. The students will have computer equipment at their disposal, but each student is also free to bring their own laptop. Another this year’s novelty, apart from the mentoring ‘backup’ from Zurich, is that the participants will be guaranteed passes for Animafest 2015’s programme.

Workshop participation is free of charge and the number of participants is limited to 20. Student experienced in programming with one of the following languages: C++, C#, Javascript, Java, and/or work with Unity 3D and/or design and animation (Maya, GIMP, Blender, 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, Illustrator, Inkspace etc.) are eligible to apply. In the selection process, priority will be given to senior year students of FER and Department of Animation and New Media at ALU.

Interested potential participants can apply via ONLINE APPLICATION FORM. All workshop-related questions should be sent to the following address: [email protected].


Results will be published on Animafest’s official website by 29 May 2015. The teams will be formed at the introductory lecture on 8 June 2015, 9am at FER’s lab A109.