Visegrand Animation Forum: NEW TALENTS 2016

Updated: 09-07-2016 15:06

Project VAF New Talents is intended for alternative promotion of the most talented young animation filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe. Its aim is to present internationally the 11 best films made by students and debuting artists in a given year to a professional audience and for the general public.


The selection of the films focuses on extraordinary talents whose work promises successful future careers. The project counts on the presentation of this compilation at selected European animated film festivals and to draw attention to new talents and bring them together with experienced foreign producers.


New Talents 2016 selection (69'):


02. WOLF GAMES / VUČJE IGRE (Jelena Oroz)

03. FENCES / PŁOTY (Natalia Krawczuk)

04. BEYOND / BEYOND (Milan Kopasz)

05. THE MORE I KNOW / ČÍM VÍC VÍM (Marek Náprstek)



08. TALE / MESE (Attila Bertóti)

09. RIVERS / RZEKI (Daria Kopiec)


11. HAPPY END / HAPPY END (Jan Saska)



01. COWBOYLAND / Kovbojsko, 5’

Slovakia, 2014

Directed by Dávid Štumpf

Screenplay: Dávid Štumpf

Cinematography: Dávid Štumpf

Editing: Dávid Štumpf

Animation: Dávid Štumpf

Colouring: Dávid Štumpf

Producer: Academy of Performing

Arts in Bratislava


According to the law of the Wild West, thieves must be punished. But when the sheriff’s horse breaks and there is no-one to oversee justice, it’s hard to forecast if justice really stays justice.



02. WOLF GAMES / Vučje Igre, 5’

Croatia 2015

Directed by Jelena Oroz

Screenplay: Jelena Oroz

Cinematography: Jelena Oroz

Editing: Jelena Oroz

Sound: Natko Stipaničev

Animation: Jelena Oroz

Colouring: Jelena Oroz

Producer: ALU i Ustanova Zagreb film 2015


Three young wolves are spending late afternoon together. This story reveals how they ended up alone.



03. FENCES / Płoty, 7’

Poland 2015

Directed by Natalia Krawczuk

Screenplay: Natalia Krawczuk

Cinematography: Natala Krawczuk

Editing: Magdalena Chowańska

Sound: Ewa Bousz

Music: Tsering Tobgyal

Animation: Natalia Krawczuk

Producer: Polisch National Film, School in Lodz


A bird in a cage, a toddler in a playpen, two dogs on either side of a fence. Partitions of various sorts accompany our lives from beginning to end. Each of us deals with them in their own way. Does it really make sense to separate ourselves from our neighbours with a wall? The film is a reflection on the role of „fences“ in our lives. Real ones as much as those in our minds.



04. BEYOND / Beyond, 10’

Hungary 2014

Directed by Milan Kopasz

Screenplay: Milan Kopasz

Cinematography: Balazs Varju Toth

Editing: Judiz Czako

Sound: Peter Benjamin Lukacs

Music: Csaba Kalotas

Animation: Milan Kopasz, Vivien Sarkany

Producer: József Fülöp


A black hole is a place in space where the attraction of gravity is so strong that even light cannot escape. Places and situations of unusual attraction also exist on Earth. Some step back, some move closer…



05. THE MORE I KNOW / Čím Víc Vím, 8’

Czech Republic 2015

Directed by Marek Náprstek

Screenplay: Marek Náprstek

Cinematography: Marek Náprstek

Editing: Matěj Pospíšil

Sound: Jana Coufalová

Music: Matěj Důras

Animation: Marek Náprstek

Colouring: Marek Náprstek

Producer: Zuzana Kučerová


A weary old man is preparing to die. Having nothing more to fear, he decides to share the secret of his life with us. While his relatives wait outside the door, eager to get a share of what was once his, he takes us on a journey through his memories. What will be the ultimate truth he chooses to pass on?



06. COMPOSITION / Kompozicija, 4’

Slovenia 2015

Directed by Mitja Manček

Screenplay: Mitja Manček

Cinematography: Mitja Manček

Editing: Borko Radešček

Sound: Mitja Manček

Music: Mitja Manček

Animation: Mitja Manček

Producer: Mitja Manček


Two audiovisual and film basics – sound and image – are created by the same lines engraved directly on primary audiovisual medium – film track – in order to trigger the most harmonic relationship possible between them. In this film you can see the sound and hear the image. The strong connection between certain tones and certain rhythms can also be defined.



07. MOSAIC, THE WALTZ OF SPLEEN / Mozaika, Walc Śledziony, 4’

Poland 2015

Directed by Andrea Guizar

Screenplay: Andrea Guizar

Cinematography: Andrea Guizar

Editing: Andrea Guizar

Music: Maria Czechowska

Animation: Andrea Guizar

Producer: Polish National Film

School in Lodz


A big ship on the high seas. Nine colorful characters are engaged in mysterious coordinated work that we can term „the waltz of spleen”. A tragic comedy where visceras and sublime sentiments meet in the very same place.



08. TALE / Mese, 8’

Hungary 2014

Directed by Attila Bertóti

Screenplay: Attila Bertoti based on

a short story by Daniil Kharms

Editing: Judit Czakó

Sound: Rudolf Várhegyi, Zoltán Vadon

Music: Máté Hámori

Animation: Attila Bertóti, Péter Vácz, Nándor Bera, Márk Juhász, Virág Kiss, Mátyás Kungl, Soma Sebesvári

Colouring: Zsuzsanna Bányai, Csaba

Czékmán, Boróka Csibi, Vivien Sárkány, Ágnes Győrfi, Zoltán Koska, Iván Tamás

Producer: József Fülöp


Animated short about Vanya, Lenochka, the king, the queen, the robber, the guards, the horse, the blacksmith, the fire chief and his wife, based on a short story by Daniil Kharms.



09. RIVERS / Rzeki, 3’

Poland 2014

Directed by Daria Kopiec

Screenplay: Daria Kopiec

Cinematography: Jaroslaw Bedyk,

Maciek Bedyk, Daria Kopiec

Editing: Monika Sirojc

Sound: Agata Chodyra

Music: Ola Bilinska

Animation: Adam Wyrwas

Producer: Malgorzata Czyzewska (Fundacja Pogranicze)


Time and the passing of time represent the main themes of Rivers – an animated film based on Czeslaw Milosz’s poem. I look for traces on his body – starting from the umbilical cord, continuing with fingerprints, and ending with facial wrinkles. The inseparable attribute of the main character is his suitcase – which becomes his cradle, raft and house. His surrounding world is also carnal: river is palms, earth is a woman, rain is tears. This is the world through which the character travels.



10. THE NOISE OF LICKING / A Nyalintás Nesze, 9’

Hungary 2015

Directed by Nadja Andrasev

Screenplay: Nadja Andrasev

Editing: Judit Czako

Sound: Peter Benjamin Lukacs

Music: 12Z, Balint Szabo, Marci Kristof

Animation: Zoltan Koska, Zsuzsanna Kreif, Andras Menrath, Maja Szakadat,

Soma Sebesvari, Zeno Mira

Colouring: Julia Farkas, Zeno Mira, Zsofi Pint, Anna Tokes

Producer: József Fülöp


A woman is scrutinized every day by the neighbor’s cat as she takes care of her exotic plants. This perverted ritual comes to an end when the cat disappears. Next spring a peculiar stranger pays her a visit.



11. HAPPY END / Happy End, 6’

Czech Republic 2015

Directed by Jan Saska

Screenplay: Jan Saska

Cinematography: Jan Saska

Editing: Jan Saska

Sound: Jiří Gráf

Music: Franc Mihelič, Alkehol, Jiří Saska,

Martin Klusák, Michal Pavlíček, Michael Kocáb

Animation: Jan Saska

Colouring: Jan Saska

Producer: FAMU, Ondřej Šejnoha


A black comedy about death with a happy ending. A splendid chain of unlikely encounters. Hunters, a tractor driver, a disco boy, and a corpse.



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