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Discover the line-up of the 29th World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest Zagreb.

The central event of the rich Animafest Zagreb 2019 Children and Youth Programme is the Films for Children Competition, an international selection of 36 films from 24 countries worldwide.

Established names are here, one of which is Regina Pessoa  with her new film Uncle Thomas, Accounting for The Days. From the filmmaker’s childhood memories, this movie pays a tribute to her uncle Thomas, a humble but a little bit eccentric man, who had a simple and ordinary life.

The Slovenian film series sensation Koyaa by Kolja Saksida comes with a new episode, Koyaa -Elusive Paper of the stop-motion series.

Outdoors, Koyaa wants to paint some watercolours while Mr Raven is crafting a cardboard birdhouse. Koyaa grabs his brush to start painting but the canvas starts folding all by itself – once, twice ... – flying off as a paper airplane. He tries grabbing it as it shifts into a jumpy frog, then a ship and soon a butterfly ... Koyaa realizes he'll need a special plan to outsmart the tricky paper sheet.

A 3-country co-production, Martin Smatana's stop-motion The Kite competes,  along with the mixed-media effort by Nara Normande, Guaxama (France, Brazil / 2018)

The full line-up:

 
FILMS FOR CHILDREN COMPETITION


FILMS FOR CHILDREN COMPETITION 1 (AGE 4 – 7)

  • CLAYPET, Yasuko Abe (Japan / 2019)
  • HIRO&HANA FAVORITE OF A SEA OTTER, Ayako Kishi (Japan / 2018)
  • KNOCK KNOCK, Ivana Guljašević (Croatia / 2018)
  • KOYAA - ELUSIVE PAPER, Kolja Saksida (Slovenia / 2019)
  • MORNING, Reyhane Kavosh (Iran / 2019)
  • ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH, Radoslava Lacková (Czech Republic / 2018)
  • POLAR OPPOSITES, Diana Wey (United Kingdom / 2018)
  • SHEEP, Julia Ocker (Germany / 2018)
  • TOOFA & POOFA, Denis Alenti (Croatia / 2018)


 FILMS FOR CHILDREN COMPETITION 2 (AGE 7 – 10)

  • A TIGER WITH NO STRIPES, Raul ‘Robin’ Morales Reyes (France, Switzerland / 2018)
  • COEUR FONDANT, Benoît Chieux (France / 2019)
  • GROW, Febby Yauwanita (Singapore / 2018)
  • I’M THE STRONGEST, Arnaud Demuynck, Anais Sorrentino (France, Belgium / 2018)
  • MATILDA, Irène Iborra Rizo, Eduard Puertas Anfruns (France, Spain, Belgium / 2018)
  • MURI THE CAT – LUNCHTIME, Jernej Žmitek (Slovenia / 2018)
  • SMALL SPARK, Julie Rembauville, Nicolas Bianco-Levrin (France / 2018)
  • VITELLO GETS A YUCKY GIRLFRIEND, Dorte Bengtson (Denmark, United Kingdom / 2018)

 
FILMS FOR CHILDREN COMPETITION 3 (AGE 10 – 14)
 

  • A FLOWERING TREE, Meera Krishnamurthy (India / 2018)
  • ATHLETICUS: SALLE D'ENTRAINEMENT, Nicolas Deveaux (France / 2018)
  • BALLAD OF PIPE AND NECKLACE, Martin Babić (Croatia / 2018)
  • BIG WOLF & LITTLE WOLF, Remi Durin (France, Belgium / 2018)
  • DISCREET WATER, Etienne Baillieu (France / 2018)
  • DREAMER, Olga Okolelova (Canada / 2018)
  • THE DIARY OF A CHIVA BUS, Nikolay Moustakov (Colombia, Bulgaria / 2019)
  • THE KITE, Martin Smatana (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland / 2019)  
  • THE WITCH, Anna Němečková (Czech Republic / 2018)
  • WELCOME, Laura Stewart (Canada / 2018)

FILMS FOR CHILDREN COMPETITION 4 (AGE 14+)
 

  • ABOVE ALL, Lisa Klemenz (France / 2018)
  • FINE DUST, Alessandra Boatto, Gloria Cianci, Sofia Zanonato (Italy / 2018)
  • GOOD HEART, Evgeniya Jirkova (Russia / 2018)
  • GUAXUMA, Nara Normande (France, Brazil / 2018)
  • SWEET NIGHT, Lia Bertels (Belgium / 2018)
  • THE FOX AND THE BIRD, Sam and Fred Guillaume (Switzerland / 2018)
  • UNCLE THOMAS, ACCOUNTING FOR THE DAYS, Regina Pessoa (Portugal, Canada, France / 2019)
  • WINGS OF AN EAGLE: BILLY MILLS, Ryan Murdock (Spain, United States / 2019)
  • WOLF PATHS, Vojtěch Dočkal, Noemi Valentíny (Czech Republic / 2018)

The films were selected by the Slovenian media psychologist Martina Peštaj, the editor of Children and Youth Programming at Radio Television Slovenia, who categorised the entries according to their suitability into four age groups (4-7, 7-10, 10-14 and 14+).

The 29th World Festival of Animated Film - Zagreb takes place 3-8 June 2019.

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