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Animarkt Stop-Motion Forum, 6-10 Oct 2020

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
06 October 2020 - 10 October 2020
Lodz, Poland
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Event Description:

ANIMARKT STOP MOTION FORUM is Poland’s first and Central and Eastern Europe’s prime international event devoted exclusively to stop motion and puppet animation. It is a unique meeting venue of the field’s top artists, craftsmen, producers, distributors, broadcasters, and investors. Its diversified program offers a unique combination of workshop and vocation-oriented elements on the one hand with networking and business-to-business meetings on the other, while the pitching of short puppet animations is a unique opportunity for artists.

The ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum will be held from 6 to 10 October 2020 in Łódź. Apart from the Pitching Competition, the main programme will comprise workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions for students and young specialists (the Masters section), this year revolving around topics related to the making of a stop motion puppet as well as relations between animation makers and producers. The third part of the programme – Business, concentrates on establishing contacts in the industry and recruitment sessions for international animation studios or stop motion projects. This year it will be extended to include a new meeting formula (Match and Meet). Another novelty for the event participants will be a special application My ANIMARKT App which enables to directly arrange networking meetings.

The event received financing from the Culture Promotion Fund of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and from the International Visegrad Fund, and is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

2020 Event Coverage

 Call For Entries:

The ANIMARKT Pitching section is dedicated to short stop-motion animations from around the world at the development stage, no longer than 30 minutes, and 80% completed in the stop-motion technique. The awards include vouchers for production services in Poland or animation equipment, festival distribution or sale of television rights to the finished film.

Since one of the goals of ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum is to support artists from Central and Eastern Europe, entries from Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Germany, Ukraine, Lithuania, and Latvia are treated as priorities.

Finalists qualified for pitching before the presentation can take advantage of consultations regarding script work, production as well as budgeting, project presentation, public speaking, and building the puppet.

Although ANIMARKT Pitching 2020 will be held offline in Łódź, the competition is also open to all stop-motion animation creators who, due to the pandemic, prefer to avoid traveling.  Applicants can make a presentation from their home, and meet with experts online, and prepare for their pitch sessions.

Animarkt Pitching 2020 awards:

  • vouchers worth PLN 60,000 (approx. 13500 EUR) and PLN 40,000 (approx. 9000 EUR) for using the studio and film production facilities – distinctions funded by the Audiovisual Technology Center (CeTA) in Wrocław
  • co-production contribution to the film – funded by the French studio Folimage
  • Dragonframe 4 software (with Bluetooth controller)
  • expert consultation with Marcin Zalewski – regarding the construction of a puppet
  • industry accreditation for Mifa 2021 in Annecy
  • 2-week residence at the Quirino Cristiani Animation Center in Cordoba (Argentina) – funded by APALAB including accommodation and mentoring/devlopment
  • consultancy in scriptwriting, production and art for development stage, and meetings with Argentine producers

Recognized journalist Nancy Denney-Phelps, member of the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA) and juror at many animation film festivals with links to, or Edwina Liard, a French producer from Ikki Films, responsible for example for the success of the animated film "Negative Space" (an Oscar nomination). There will be also a possibility to take part in public speaking exercises with a composer and musician Nik Phelps or discuss scripts with Anna Bielak, a screenwriter and script consultant well known in the Polish animation community.

Your presentation must include:
- Summary page: title, name of the director, producer and co-producers, country, format, target, stage of the project
- List of already solicited partners and the gathered financing sources and budget
- The concept of the project
- The synopsis
- 2-5 stills or concept arts
- Treatment
- Description of the characters
- Needs

The selection committee will choose 15 projects which will be presented on October 9th, 2020 as part of Pitching during the ANIMARKT event.

2020 Workshops 

Check the Animarkt Masters Workshops and Apply

2019 Event Coverage

2019 Programme for ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum

2018 Event Coverage

 2017 Event Coverage

The event is organized by MOMAKIN, which combines the world of animation filmmaking with international production, distribution and promotion. It specializes in stop motion and supports animation projects at every stage of their development: from planning and financing through production to distribution.



Event Dates

  • From 06 October 2020 to 10 October 2020


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