• Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus by Dalibor Baric: Review

    Review for the Croatian animation feature The Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus by Croatian animation filmmaker Dalibor Barić.

  • Cyclists by Veljko Popović

    Veljko Popovic's 3D animation short Cyclists is presented online.

  • Veljko Popović and Milivoj Popović Do VR Dislocation

    A VR animation project on immigration and displacement. More info on the  Dislocation project by Veljko Popovic and Milivoj Popovic.

  • Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus: Interview with Dalibor Baric

    The new animation feature film by Croatian artist and filmmaker Dalibor Barić

  • Chris the Swiss by Anja Kofmel Comes to VOD

    The Swiss-Croatian documentary animation feature Chris the Swiss by Anja Kofmel is now online (VOD).

  • Imbued Life: Lockdown Interview with Ivana Bošnjak and Thomas Johnson

    In his series of lockdown interviews, Joseph Norman talks to Croatian/British animation artists Ivana Bošnjak and Thomas Johnson of the acclaimed short Imbued Life.

  • Vatroslav Mimica Dies: A Short Reappraisal

    One of the founders of Zagreb School of Animation, Vatroslav Mimica died 15 Feb 2020.

  • One of Many by Petra Zlonoga

    Petra Zlonoga premieres her 2D animation short One of Many at Zippy Frames.

  • Two For Two by Jelena Oroz

    Jelena Oroz premieres her acclaimed animation short Two For Two at Zippy Frames.

  • Transparency by Daniel Šuljić

    A day in a life pencil tale. Watch Transparency by Daniel Šuljić.

  • Planemo by Veljko Popović

    Our film review for the 3D computer animation short Planemo by Croatian director Veljko Popović.

  • When Zlatko Bourek's Storyboard Was Exhibited at MOMA

    The Croatian animator who died 14 May 2018, and one of the members of the Zagreb School, was part of a storyboard exhibition at MOMA New York in 1968.

  • Animafest Zagreb Celebrates Horror

    7 programmes of short films, features and exhibitions on horror and animation in the 2018 Croatian festival lineup.

  • 8 Animated Features for Animafest Zagreb 2018

    Wes Anderson, Emma De Swaef, Captain Morten and the Spider Queen in the 2018 Zagreb Festival lineup.

  • Corner /Kut by Lucija Mrzljak

    Human relationships are too constrained within the corner. Watch the sparkling Kut (Corner) by Croatian/ Estonian artist Lucija Mrzljak.

  • Animafest Zagreb Poster and Trailer Signed by Stipan Tadić

    The Zagreb festival celebrates a Horror in Animation theme in its 2018 edition.

  • Croatia: 2017 Animation Data

    Information on 2017 Croatian animation, provided by Creative Europe Media Desk Croatia.

    Official name of country:

    Republic of Croatia


    4.3 million

    Gross domestic product (GDP):

    48.3 million €


    Official name:



    Chief executive:

    Croatian Audiovisual Centre

    Nova Ves 18

    Daniel Rafaelić

    Public funding available in €:


    Percentage of public funding dedicated to animation:

    8.5% (development and production)

    Average production budget in €:

    2016: 281,628 € (including minority co-productions) or 448,802 € (without minority co-productions)

    - For short animated film:

    2016: 33,841 € (including minority co-productions) or 35,848 €(without minority co-productions)

    - For feature animated film:

    The Criquet and the Antoinnette: received an approximate figure of 526,316 €; however it was never made (year of reference: 2012)

    - For episode of animated TV series:


    Tax incentives:


    Tax incentives percentage:


    Regional funds for animation:


    Available scholarships for animated film professionals:



    Official name:



    Commissioning editor responsible for animation:

    HRT/Croatian Radio Television

    Prisavlje 3

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    Funding dedicated to acquisition of animated content from CEE countries in the last 5 years:


    Funding dedicated to production of local animated content in the last 5 years:


    Number of minutes produced in the last 5 years:



    Admissions in cinemas in 2016:

    4.29 million (147,705 Croatian films)

    Number of screens:

    154 screens (140 digital screens)

    Average ticket price in €:

    3.8 €

    Internet penetration rate:



    Number of feature animated films produced in the past 10 years:


    CAVC (Croatian Audiovisual Centre) is one of rare public funds in the region that provides minority support for short films (including animation).

    Addiotionally, the support for script development and project development is also available for animation projects.

    - Number of 100% national films:


    - Number of minority co-productions:


    - Number of majority co-productions:


    Number of short animated films produced in past 5 years:


    - Number of 100% national films:


    - Number of minority co-productions:


    - Number of majority co-productions:


    Number of TV series episodes produced in past 5 years:

    13 TV series episodes were supported for their development 


    Number of animation schools:

    Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb, Department of Animation and New Media

    Number of animation companies:

    31 (some are more active than others. Some production companies registered for animation, thus, here are taken into consideration)

    Association of animated film:




    Number of animation film festivals:

    Animafest Zagreb

    Festival webpages:


    Short presentation of the history of animation in maximum 500 characters (for example main awards and authors, important milestones, trends, etc.):


    Croatia is famous for its tradition in animation related to Zagreb school of animated films- an animation film studio located in Zagreb (in 1956), Croatia and is a part of the Zagreb Film company.

    The first major success was a Grand Prix award in Venice for the animated short Samac (Lonely guy) by Vatroslav Mimica, and their greatest work so far is an Oscar-winning animated short Surogat by Dušan Vukotić in 1962.

    The new generation of animators specializes in computer animated films, yet their style is as innovative and groundbreaking as that of their illustrious predecessors. Simon Bogojević Narath (Morana - Annecy competition, Flower of Battle - Balkanima official selection)  and Veljko Popović (She who measures - FIPRESCI award in Annecy 2008, May Way - Cartoon East Award 2010, Götteborg,  Dove Sei Amore Mio - Clermont Ferrand offical competition 2011, Planemo un 2016), two highly influential figures in this new wave of Croatian animation explore new approaches to animation. In addition, it is important to highlight some other names: Michaela Müller (Miramare - Sarajevo FF 2009, Animateka), Matija Pisačić, Marko Meštrović (No Sleep Won't Kill You - Annecy 2010 -official competition, Sarajevo FF, Ottawa), Marko Dješka, Draško Ivezić, Daniel Šuljić. Among many it is important to highlight screenings, official selections at Animafest Zagreb and Animateka, supported by MEDIA.

    The most recent success story - 2017 (Croatian minority co-production) - Hedhogehog's Home coproduced between Canada and Croatia (Bonobo Studio) directed by Eva Cvijanović and being selected at Generation Next - this year's Berlinale.



    Data provided by: Creative Europe MEDIA DESK Croatia



  • Croatia by Daniel Šuljić

    Daniel Šuljić, filmmaker and artistic director of the World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest  Zagreb, explores the contemporary Croatian animation scene.

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    A very daring hedgehog is waiting for your attention. Interview with Eva Cvijanović, director of the awarded stop-motion short, Hedgehog's Home.

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