World Festival of Animated Film /
7 to 12 June 2021
World Festival of Animated Film / 7 to 12 June 2021
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Animafest Scanner VIII: Symposium for Contemporary Animation Studies

Kino Tuškanac, Tuškanac 1
08-09/06, 10-16 h
In English, open to public

As the worldwide Animation Studies are rapidly growing and evolving in recent years, catching up with the increasing field of animated films, Animafest Scanner symposium is again at the frontline of the discourse and the interaction of theoretical and practical approaches to animation. The eighth edition of the Symposium for Contemporary Animation Animafest Scanner VIII aims again to create synergy of theoretical and practical discourses, and stimulate exchange between filmmakers and scholars. 

The symposium is held in association with the World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb. Over the course of its forty-ninth-year history, the festival has given a stage to different animation forms and formats in competition and non-competition environments, presenting a worldwide selection of auteur, experimental and mainstream animated films in various programs. 

The speakers will focus on the following subjects: Animation and the Living: How Animated Films Can Invite Us to Rethink Our Relationship with Biodiversity, Animation in Public Spaces, Depicting Emotions, Scriptwriting in Animation.

This year’s keynote speaker is the recipient of the Animafest Zagreb Award for Outstanding Contribution to Animation Studies for 2021, culture and film scholar and animation critic and historian Xavier Kawa-Topor. He uses his broad knowledge of humanities to create solid foundations in studying moving images, with animation bearing a special significance. This is evident from the fact that he established the French-speaking NEF Animation professional platform in 2015, as well as from diverse practical activities in supporting contemporary and classic animation. Topor’s festival and other programmes, the books he wrote or edited on animation history (individually or in association with experts such as Philippe Moins, Ilan Nguyen and Jean Rubak), made an exceptional contribution to the knowledge, studying and promotion of Japanese animation and artists like Hayao Miyazaki, Koji Yamamura, Takashi Yamazaki or Isao Takahata, and he also strived to explore the masterpieces of many other filmmakers, like Ladislas Starevich, René Laloux or Michael Dudok de Wit. All these successes, as well as articles and essays on animation published in leading professional magazines, such as Blink Blank (as one of the founding editors), serve to illustrate Topor’s skill in synthesis just as much as his exploratory zeal, individual creativity and inclination to team work in promoting animation. With presenting and analysing animation, often especially bearing in mind the specifics of younger audiences, Topor has made an immense educational effect, helping Western Europe and the entire global community of animation lovers to define the canons of the most important achievements in this art. On the other hand, he never forgot to acknowledge contemporary values, which made him one of the most significant animation scholars worldwide. (Nikica Gilić)

Historical and current trends, numerous perspectives, new findings in the fast-growing field of animation studies, paired with exciting speakers – all this and more awaits you at the Animafest Scanner VIII symposium, in the context of screenings and other events organised by Animafest 2021.

World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb
ASIFA Austria
Hulahop Film & Art Production

Organizing committee:
Mag. art. Daniel Šuljić, World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb
Dr. Franziska Bruckner, St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences / AG Animation Vienna
Dr. sc. Nikica Gilić, Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb
Prof. Holger Lang, Webster University
Prof. dr. Hrvoje Turković, Prof. in retirement, Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb

With support of:
City of Zagreb
Zagreb Tourist Board
Croatian Audiovisual Centre
The Croatian Film Directors’ Guild
Austrian Cultural Forum in Zagreb
AG Animation of the Society for Media Studies
St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences



  • 10:00 – Welcome & Introduction
  • 10:10 – 10:55 Keynote: Is the Animal a Human Like the Others? A Reflection on Animation and the Living - Xavier Kawa-Topor (Animafest Award for Outstanding Contribution to Animation Studies)

Panel 1 – ANIMATION AND THE LIVING: How Animated Films Can Invite Us to Rethink Our Relationship with Biodiversity

  • Moderator: Nikica Gilić
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Towards a New Koinocene Epoch? Representation of Nature in The Red Turtle directed by Michael Dudok de Wit - Andrijana Ružić (Independent Scholar, Italy)
  • 11:45 – 12:15 Brave New Imagination. Possibility of Ecopoetics Analysis in the Films of Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero - Olga Bobrowska (Independent Scholar, Poland)
  • 12:20 – 12:50 Ecologies of Contact in Handmade Insect Animation - Vicky Smith (University for the Creative Arts Farnham, UK)


  • Moderator: Holger Lang
  • 14:00 – 14:30 New Ways to Perceive Animation: Site-specific Installations and Interventions in Public Spaces by Female Artists -  Martina Tritthart (FH Joanneum - University of Applied Sciences and FH Burgenland - University of Applied Sciences, Austria)
  • 14:35 – 15:05 Pandemic Video Mapping: Fighting Misinformation in Brazil - João Paulo Schlittler (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
  • 15:10 – 15:40 Gifs in Public Space - Wayner Tristão Gonçalves (Universidade Federal do Sul da Bahia, Brazil)


  • 10:00 – Introduction


  • Moderator: Andrijana Ružić
  • 10:10 – 10:40 Puccini and Magnetic Rose: Music as the Catalyst of Emotions in Koji Morimoto's Animated Film - Irena Paulus (Franjo Lučić Art School, Croatia)
  • 10:45 – 11:15 The City and Moving Image: Animation is a Personal Place - Pedro Serrazina (Universidade Lusófona de Lisboa, Portugal)
  • 11:20 – 11:50 Hölderlin’s Echo VR: Exploring Complex States of Mind through the Means of an Animated Vocabulary - Hannes Rall (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)


  • Moderator: Hrvoje Turković
  • 14:00 – 14:30 Scriptwriting and Dramaturgy in Author's Animation - Mina Sablić Papajić (Faculty of Applied Arts Belgrade, Serbia)
  • 14:35 – 15:05 Animation Out of the Box: As a Result of Desire to Create and Inspiration - Eliane Gordeeff (CIEBA/FBAUL - Lisbon University, Portugal /Veiga de Almeida University, Brazil)
  • 15:10 – 15:40 What Will You Do Now, John? (2020): Illustrating Social Reality through Animated Fiction - Pooja Pottenkulam (University of East London, UK)