ASIFA Croatia presentedt the list of award-winning and notable titles on the International Animation Day in Croatia 2018.
As the International Animation Day in Croatia was marked, among others, by screening outstanding Croatian films produced in 2018, ASIFA Croatia decided to include on its list of suggestions the award-winning and notable titles screened at the two-day animation festival, which took place on 27 and 28 October 2018.
International Animation Day 2018 Awards and Recognitions
Eight awards in total were presented at the International Animation Day 2018.
As decided by the members of ASIFA Croatia, Life Achievement Award went to Edo Lukman, a long-time leader of the animated film school ŠAF Čakovec.
A three-member jury, consisting of Vesna Dovniković – long-time ASIFA International Secretary General, Božidar Trkulja – animated film director, and Boško Picula – film critic, presented six awards across several categories.
The youngest audience members voted on the best animated film for children.
Kako se kalio čelik / How steel was tempered (12’40”)
Best Professional Film Award
The best Croatian animated film award went to a film that pulls us into Croatian reality, confronting us with one of the greatest traumas of our society.
About the Film
“How Steel Was Tempered uses a father-son drama, immersed in bleak reality, to comment on a once-promising past, at the same time directing its gaze towards the future that may not offer much, but leaves us with hope.”
It is a masterful combination of comic-style animation and realistically filmed images, reverberating with sounds marked by exceptional sensory rhetoric.
scriptwriter and director: Igor Grubić
character design and layout: Marko Meštrović
animation: David Lovrić, Siniša Mataić, Marko Meštrović
cinematographers: Josip Ivančić, Igor Grubić
editors: Iva Kraljević, Marko Ferković, Igor Grubić
music: Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz, Bojan Gagić
sound design: Boris Wagner
sound mix: Ivan Zelić
post-production: Filip Filković, Natko Stipaničev, Bold Studio
producer: Igor Grubić
Biciklisti / Cyclist (7’20”) Veljko Popović
“For the intoxicating blend of Mediterranean charm, eroticism, and playfulness of colour and movement inspired by the artistic world of Vasko Lipovac.”
About the Film
The cycling season is nearing its grand finale. During the final race, the two men in the lead are competing for more than the Grand Trophy; they are fighting for the affection of a lady and fulfilment of their erotic fantasies. Meanwhile, the small port town prepares for the arrival of a large ocean liner and its dashing captain.
Inspired by the work of Vasko Lipovac, one of the most prominent Croatian artists from the Dalmatian region, the film has breathed life into the artist’s protagonists, placing them in their familiar landscape and places.
The harmony between the atmosphere of his artwork and its models has been skilfully complemented with music, pronounced erotica, and the obligatory humour of Vasko Lipovac.
Croatiaa, France / Based on artwork by Vasko Lipovac
script, director, editor: Veljko Popović
animators: Goran Stojnić, Chloe Roux, Lucija Bužančić, Sander Joon, Mario Vrandečić
compositing: Sina Jakelić, Gordan Mihalec, Darko Kokić
music: Pablo Pico, Siniša Jakelić, Nikola Džaja
sound design: Jean-Baptiste Saint Pol
producers: Milivoj Popović, Veljko Popović (Lemonade 3D), Patrick Hernandez (Bagan Films)co-producer: Lado Skorin (3D2D Animatori)
Dva na dva / Two for Two (8′) Jelena Oroz
“For the meticulous portrayal, through drawing and atmosphere, of oneself as seen in others and of others as seen in ourselves.”
About the Film
A story about a couple living a routine of creative (self-)deception.
Our home is a fragile flower. Milk and honey. Cocoa and hell. Everyone pets their own bunny. The feeling is lovely. Vanilla cake… A moody portrayal of the moment we stop loving others and fall in love with our fantasies. If we cannot understand each other, maybe our avatars can find a common language? But whatever lies below the surface should stay that way.
Jelena Oroz shows the highly personal subject of a crumbling emotional relationship through simplified characters and unified backgrounds, placing the emphasis on the story itself, creating a gradual build-up of the unpleasant feeling that arises between two people whose lives are starting to diverge.
scriptwriter, director, design: Jelena Oroz
animation: David Lovrić
additional animation and compositing: Jelena Oroz
colouring: Jelena Oroz, Leona Kadijević
editing: Iva Kraljević
music and sound design: Dinko Klobučar, David Lovrić
producer: Vanja Andrijević
Dokument Parakozmik (19′) Ladislav Knežević
“For the intense and unsettling, as well as exciting, experiential journey straddling the thin line between known and unknown dimensions.”
About the Film
Gravitational waves are passing through every existing dimension, even the almost undetectable ones. The scientific experiment, in its basic utilitarian nature, is aimed at the understanding of the multidimensional structure of things and has the potential for an uncanny experience. The device has successfully detected the unknown dimension at an infinitesimal scale and set up the parameters for magnification and tracking of all the activities in the ambient of non-place visible to us. By its typology, the universal architecture of non-place is optimised for documenting the unknowable and determining the topology of the unexpected. The film follows the course of the intense activities of the entities present in the N dimension that generate a sort of beyond-human experience.
This hyperrealistic representation of the relationship between the perception of reality and the objective representation of otherworldly reality uses rhythm and sound to break down the borders between that which is real to us and the surreal.
format: Color / DCP
duration: 19 ‘
scriptwriter, director, photography: Vladislav Knežević
editing: Vladislav Knežević, Mario Kalogjera
animation, compositing, stereography: Mario Kalogjera
3D modeling and object animation: Pavao Stanojević
sound design: Hrvoje Pelicarić
video sequence: Lutvo Mekić
device construction and design: David Peroš Bonnot
cello: Elena Kryvoshei
music and sound design: Vladislav Knežević, Hrvoje Pelicarić
voice: Richard Edgeler
Jedan od mnogih / One of Many (5’25”) Petra Zlonoga
“For the visually and thematically refined approach to depicting the position of the individual in the world that surrounds and defines us.”
About the Film
Word, drawing and sound carry us through their interplay. By presenting the world of one character, they introduce us into a personal but also very universal human quest for meaning.
I am one. One of many.
One of everyone yet the only one.”
What is it that I am looking for, that always seems out of reach?
Through film spatial imagination enriched with symbols, the drawings get discovered and “recognized”, while words and sound are meaningfully speaking of an infinite nature. They poetically express the thoughts and visualizations of Petra’s world; contemplative images of the personal and cosmic understanding of the life cycle, where each end represents a new beginning.
format: HD, DCP
scriptwriter, director, designer: Petra Zlonogaanimation: Petra Zlonoga, Mia Murat
music and sound design: Hrvoje Nikšić
editing: Miro Manojlović, Petra Zlonogavoice: Maja Posavecproducer: Vanja Andrijević
Bobo (14’4″) Andrej Rehak
Best Film for Children, as voted by the audience
About the Film
Bobo is a simple form of a children’s tale with a universal message speaks to all generations regardless of cultural, religious, political, national, ethnic or other contexts. The story of a little boy deals with the universal problem of fitting in. It is a story about a journey between two similar and infinitely different worlds within the same universe, a story of a journey from the world of misconception to a world of knowledge, from a world of inhibition to a world of fearless freedom, from a world of fictitious unhappiness to an imaginary world of happiness.
The film stands out for its precise and detailed development process of the mathematical construction of three-dimensional objects and background, creating an atmosphere that is an exceptional supplement to the narrative trajectory of the film towards the vastness of space.
format: 16:9, Color, Stereo
producers: Vinko Brešan, Matija Pisačić, Krešimir Zimonić
story, script and design, animation, rending, compositing, editing: Andrej Rehak
music: Anita Andreis
sound design and dubbing: Damir Rončević
sound adviser: Richard Edgeler
tehnical assistant: Tomislav Kaučić
artistic adviser: Simon Bogojević Narath
executive producer: Andrijana Vidaček
production: Ustanova Zagreb film
Flimflam (8′) Marko Belić
The Best Student Film Award
“For the youthful and narratively innovative take on the classic story about the desire to belong.”
About the Film
Flimflam is a story about an encounter between two individuals in an imaginary world – the Puppeteer and the Creature. The Puppeteer bides his time on his planet, longing for company. When a guest finally arrives, the Puppeteer expresses his happiness in many ways. Despite being suspicious of his pandering, the guest is curious to know what lies behind the friendly face.
Veiled in hazy brown hues, Flimflam immerses us into a narratively and visually curious world, complemented by the traces of SF iconography and comic-style framing.
2D computer animatio
format: 16 x 9
scriptwriter, director, editing: Marko Belić
animation: Marko Belić, Lucija Bužančić, Katarina Jukić
colloring: Marko Belić
compositing: Marko Belić
music and sound design: Ivor Plužarić, Gordan Tomić
The Puppeteer Song (Lutkareva pjesma), Marijana – Vlaho Paljetak (V Paljetak/ S. Šišić) Edison Belly Electron, Zagreb, 1936
mentor: Darko Kreč
producers: Vinko Brešan, Aleksandar Batistta Ilić
production: Ustanova Zagreb film / ALU (The Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb)
distribution: Ustanova Zagreb film