NADJA ANDRASEV is a Hungarian animation filmmaker with an MFA from MOME Buda-pest. She is an alumna of Animation Sans Frontiéres and the Open Workshop residency. Her films were screened in competition at numerous festivals and received over fourty awards. The Noise of Licking, her graduation film, premiered at the Cinéfondation Selec-tion in Cannes, winning the Joint Third Prize. Symbiosis, her first professional film, received the Jury Award for Best Animated Short at SXSW. As a director she likes to address personal topics involving obsessions, voyeurism and sex.
KATA GUGIĆ graduated in Fashion Design from the Faculty of Textile Technology, and Animation and New Media from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Her graduation film Cockpera was screened and awarded at numerous film festivals worldwide. She is based in Zagreb where she works in the fields of animation, set design and costume design.
KRSTE GOSPODINOVSKI is a Macedonian director and animator. He studied painting at the National Art Academy – Sofia and he’s currently doing his Ph.D. in cultural studies\animation. He is an Associate Professor and head of the animation department at the University of Audiovisual Arts – Europa Prima – Skopje, and one of the founders of the festival for European short animated films, Flipbook Film Festival in Skopje. His short animated films, Gottlieb (2018) and Snakelet (2020, co-directed with Zharko Ivanov and Kristina Gacova) were screened at over 40 festivals and won several awards.
KATRIN NOVAKOVIĆ has a BA in Film and Video from the Arts Academy of the University of Split and an MA in Animation and New Media from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Since then, she has been making music videos and commissioned films in stop motion and in 2015 she completed an internship at Trikk17-Animationsraum Studios in Hamburg, Germany. She has won several awards for her student films shown all over the world and distributed by Bonobo studio and Zagreb film. She was a jury member at the European festival of animated film Balkanima 2018 and a selector for the World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb 2020. At the Baltic trail residency in Latvia within the EU project “Future DiverCities” she began doing visual performances and since 2019 he has been facilitating stop motion workshops for children and adults.
STJEPAN BARTOLIĆ ŠTEF was born in 1967 in Zagreb. Until 2018, he was a member of the Croatian Society of Film Workers (HDFD), and he is still a member of the Croatian Association of Artists of Applied Arts (ULUPUH) and the Croatian Association of Independent Artists (HZSU). He received an award for illustration in 1996 at the Vinkovci Comics Salon, and in 2003 was the recipient of the SFERA award. Sometimes he goes out on the streets of his city and when people notice him, they shout, “There goes an animator!” Others answer, “That’s an illustrator!”, and others still conclude “That’s a comic book artist!”. But some kid always shows up out of nowehere and shuts them all up: “No, that’s Štef!”
OKOs paintings, wall paintings and installations have been shown in galleries and museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, e-flux in New York, and the European parliament in Brussels. Her mural is a part of the official collection of paintings of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb and so is her interactive video/wall work “Don’t follow the white rabbit” for the permanent collection of the same museum. Her mural work “Equilibrium” is part of the permanent art collection of the seat of Central European Bank in Frankfurt. Simultaneously she also realizes projects in the public space, and her work is embedded within the urban street culture. Born in Yugoslavia, raised in Croatia, she lives between London and Zagreb.
VLADIMIR LUKAŠ (1978) is Macedonian muiltimedia artist and writer based in Skopje. His works include drawings, collages, experimental comics and animation. He has two dogs: Winnie the Pooh and Bugsy Bunny.
BESTIA / Hugo Covarrubias – 0:15:54 – Chile – 2021
A masterfully executed, chilling piece that gives us a haunting ride through the tunnels of a disturbed mind operating in a bleak reality.
STEAKHOUSE / Špela Čadež – 0:09:30 – Slovenia / Germany / France – 2021
Starting with deceptfully serene aesthetics this powerful film takes us to the horrors of living in emotional abuse.
HIDE / Daniel Gray – 0:11:00 – France / Hungary / Canada – 2020
An impressive technique that visualizes the scaresome reality of the lives we spend hiding in our little cabinets, hiding from anything essential, practically hiding from ourselves.
BLACK SLIDE / Uri Lotan – 0:11:12 – Israel – 2021
SLOUCH / Michael Bohnenstingl – 0:17:54 – Germany – 2022
This complete author gives a heartwarming view to the classic rock star saga, while brilliantly telling the story of the internal struggles that accompany the creative process and major life crossroads.
GIRL IN THE WATER / Shi-Rou Huang – 0:07:20 – Taiwan – 2021
Poetic, flowing pastels and luring sound design take us on a journey around scars, cracks and the female body intertwined with melancholic memories.
KRAK / Stan Lievens – 0:05:18 – Belgium – 2021
This film lets us peek through the cracks of a bizarre reality into a world of introspections that make us laugh as well as ask existential questions about self worth and fruit.
HOW MANY – MATHIEU BOOGAERTS / Bianca Scali – 0:02:55 – Germany – 2021
A playfully performed blueprint of the exeptance of painful emotional states.
PAMPHLETS – SQUID / Raman Djafari – 0:08:13 – Germany – 2021
A demonically sweet bite into everyday bitterness.
HER – POPPY / Chris Ullens – 0:03:44 – United Kingdom – 2021
A memorable depiction of a dystopia that perfectly encapsulates the vibe of the music.
L’ENFANT ET L’OIE / Jade Chastan, Alice Failla, Jérôme Ginesta, Justine Hermetz, Sophie Lafleur, Vincent Lenne – 0:07:52 – France – 2021
THEO THE WATER TOWER / Desai Jaimeen – 0:08:35 – France / Switzerland – 2021
DIARY OF DREAMING AND PHILOSOPHIZING / author Irena Jukić Pranjić
Legs will surprise you, but Irena has been in love with Zagora since she was very young. Everyone still remembers how she drew hearts pierced by an arrow on the school desks with the words Irena + Zagor written on them. She filled the entire book, from the first to the last page, with her name as it really will be – Irena Jukić Pranjić Te Nej, woman with an axe. Jealousy, she wiped her mustache with a mustachioed chiki concealer on the comic pages and dreamed, imagined and fantasized that she would one day marry a Zagor. And who would have known or said that Irena would receive the top prize in the comics album category for her dreaming, fantasizing and philosophizing.
STRIP-PREFIKS #2 / editors Saša Paprić, Mihaela Erceg, Korina Hunjak, Marko Dješka
Dear God, what a magnificent battle it was! In that, small in number, but therefore sharp and angry competition of comic magazines, the means and tactics were not chosen in order to reach the prize. The most skilled in that epic battle on all fronts was STRIP-PREFIKS, to whom we are awarding an award on this occasion, and whose author you can read in the other two magazines anyway.
MONSTERS: BEHIND THE SCENES / author Alan Jennings
Are people monsters or monsters are people too is a question that has plagued both people and monsters since time immemorial. Back then, while the world was still black and white, it seemed that the answer was simple, but don’t lie down, then Alan Jennings came along and added color to further complicate the issue. Because of this brave innovation, the jury awarded him the top prize in the fanzine category for the album MONSTERS: BEHIND THE SCENES.
FLIT / author Dušan Gačić
Someone drinks, someone swears, and someone pulls a knife for God’s sake. This author likes to drop bombs. In addition, in the body of this 65-year-old guy, the heart beats and the desire is as if it were 15 years old. With a bomb. Which he likes to throw around. From the above, you already understood why Dusan Gacic received a special award for his work in the fanzine category.
THE MAJDAN GARAGE 3 / author Vinko Barić
Man. Character. Legend. And that alone would be enough to give him and his fanzine an award. But Vinko Barić also draws comics, humane, artistic and legendary, which he then puts in the fanzine with some other comics. And that’s it.