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CEE Animation Forum, 6-8 Oct 2020

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
31 January 2018
Liberec, Czech Republic
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Submission deadline
Submission/Registration Fee

Event Description

CEE Animation is an umbrella of regional activities for promotion and development of the animation and its talents in more than 20 countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The objective of CEE Animation is to raise the competencies of professionals and give them equal access to financing and the markets as their Western peers, by fostering co-production and sustainable business models.

2020 Event Coverage

Due to the pandemic, CEE Animation, international platform for film professional not only from Central and Eastern Europe will be taking place online. The core of the event will traditionally be the CEE Animation Forum, a competition of animated projects in development. Classic categories of short film, series/TV Special and feature film will newly be complemented by a category for VR projects. Even though the event will be held online, film professionals visiting Anifilm will be able to watch the pitching of all categories live in the festival centre in Chateau Liberec. The event will be screened on Tuesday 6th October and Wednesday 7th October in the morning. 

Selected Projects


Tuesday Oct 6
10:00 – 11:15 | Opening & Pitching Category Short Films
11:30 – 13:00 | Pitching Category Series / TV Specials
14:00 – 21:00 | 1:1 meetings
Wednesday Oct 7
10:00 – 11:00 | Pitching Category Feature Films
11:30 – 12:00 | Pitching Category VR
Jury members

14:00 – 21:00 | 1:1 meetings
Thursday Oct 8
10:00 – 14:00 | 1:1 meetings
14:00 – 14:30 | Award Ceremony
14:30 – 15:40 | Screening CEE Animation Talents
16:00 – 21:00 | 1:1 meetings
18:00 – 19:00 | CEE Animation Forum Closing


Short Films pitching competition:
Wendy Griffiths (Dark Prince, CEO & Producer, United Kingdom), Karsten Matern (Balance Film GmbH, Production Manager, Germany), Anna Zača (Latvian Animation Association, Riga International Film Festival, Head of Association, Curator of Baltic Animation Meet-Up and SHORT RIGA at RIGA IFF, Latvia)

Series / TV Specials pitching competition:
Stefan Pfaffle (KiKA – Der Kinderkanal von ARD und ZDF, Deputy Head of Fiction & Co-Production, Germany)
Michaela Sabolcakova (RTVS – Radio and Television of Slovakia, Programme Editor & Buyer, Slovakia)
Nils Stokke (Spark, Producer & CEO, Norway) Feature Films pitching competition: Annemie Degryse (Lunanime / Lumiere Group, Co-owner & Producer,
Belgium), Jakub Karwowski (LETKO, Producer, Poland), Esben Toft Jakobsen (Animation Director & Writer, Denmark)

VR pitching competition:
Milivoj Popovic (Prime Render Studios, Director & Producer, Croatia), Veljko Popovic (Prime Render Studios, Director & Owner, Croatia), Manu Weiss (Freelance, XR Producer &amCurator, Switzerland)

2019 CEE Coverage

2019 CEE Jury

The jury for Short Films pitching competition: Olivier Catherin, Laurent Crouzeix , Jamie Kezlarian Bolio, Damien Megherbi, Jelena Popović, Enrico Vannucci
The jury for Series / TV Specials pitching competitionCaterina De Mata, Maciej Jakubczyk, Manuela Lumb, Halka Marčeková, Emmanuèle Pétry-Sirvin
The jury for Feature Films pitching competition: Anca Damian, Mats Grorud, Alexis Hofmann, Marcin Luczaj, Marie-Pierre Valle


The tutors for Short Films pitching preparation: Zsuzsanna Kreif, Philip LaZebnik,  Phil Parker
The tutors for Series / TV Specials pitching preparation: Agnes Bizzaro, Anna Vášová There no tutors in the feature film section.

2018 Event Coverage

2017 Event Coverage (Visegrad Animation Forum)

2016-2015 Event Coverage:

2020 Call For Entries  (Archive)

CEE Animation Forum (5–8 May, Liberec, Czech Republic) is a co-production pitching, B2B and networking event with the intention to boost the projects´ international circulation potential, visibility and their access to a wider European market. For its 2020 edition, the organisers have expanded the number of categories open to animated projects in development. . *An animated project is a project in which at least 50% of the film under consideration is executed using animation film technology or takes the form of multimedia audio-visual work with emphasis on the graphical aspect.


  • Short Films – maximum length 20 minutes; all stages of development except for concept stage
  • Series and TV Specials – web and TV series of any format and single films, minimum length 20 minutes; all stages of development except for concept stage
  • Feature Films – minimum length 60 minutes; in development or in production
  • VR Immersive Media – VR, AR, 360 and other immersive formats; in development or in productionWHO CAN SUBMIT A PROJECT

Only producers or other project rights holders can submit projects. The producer and director of the submitted project must be citizens of the EU or of the countries listed below */ (CEE Animation is supported by European funds and must conform to their regulations).
Both, producer and director must present the project in person at the CEE Animation Forum held 5 – 8 May 2020 in Liberec (Czech Republic).


There is no registration fee for submitting your application. Upon selection of the project fees apply as it follows:

  • Category SHORT FILMS / VR fee: 50 EUR per project
  • Category SERIES/ TV SPECIALS and FEATURE FILMS fee: 150 EUR per project

The fee includes accommodation (twin room) for 2 participants for max. 3 nights, 2 accreditations for CEE Animation Forum 2020 and the International Festival of Animated Films Anifilm 2020 and the transport Prague – Liberec – Prague (if needed). 

*/ list of eligible countries:

  • EU member states (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom),
  • Acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidate countries taking advantage of pre-entry strategies corresponding with general principles and conditions for participation of these countries in programmes of the Union stipulated in respective general agreements and decisions of the Council on association or similar agreements (Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo),
  • ESVO countries that are members of the EEA, in accordance with regulations of Agreement on EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland),
  • Swiss confederation on the base of a bilateral agreement that will be closed,
  • Countries within European region complying with procedures set by these countries following general agreements and their participation in EU programmes (Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine).

In projects where one or more authors are not EU citizens, the assessment whether the work meets EU criteria will be made. In case EU regulations are not met, the project will be refused.

In addition to the main pitching competition, the three-day programme offers a number of presentations, debates, networking opportunities, 1:1 meetings and screenings. At the Forum, animation professionals can acquire skills and know-how from other experts from the field as well as useful contacts that will contribute to making their animated project a success.

CEE Animation Forum takes place during the Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films, Liberec, Czech Republic). CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from Slovenia (DSAF, Slovene Animated Film Association), Czech Republic (ASAF, Association of Czech Animation), Hungary (HAPA, Hungarian Animation Producers Association), Poland (SPPA, Polish Animation Producers Association) and Slovakia (APAF, Slovak Association of Animated Film Producers).



Event Dates

  • From 06 October 2020 to 08 October 2020

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