The competition for the best project in development in the categories of short films and TV series takes place at the International Festival of Animated Films on 4 May and 5 May in Třeboň. The pre-selection committee composed by professionals from five countries organizing the VAF decided due to the high quality of the submissions to increase the number of projects going to the pitching competition. From less than a hundred projects entered into the main competition 13 short films and 12 TV series.
The pitching sessions will be preceded by workshops led by expert tutors to discuss or fine – tune the strengths and weaknesses of all projects as well as best pitching strategies. After the pitch, each participating project team will have meetings with members of the jury (experienced film professionals and/or film and TV executives).
Participants of the short films competition:
The Tutors for Short Films pitching preparation:
József Fülöp is a rector of MOME, Head of Animation Department and animation artist. He has lead the development of the program and the corporate image of different television channels and animation studios, like Minimax, Varga Studio, Studio Baestarts. Designer of characters for animation series and illustrator for international magazines. Oversees the
international training programs and produce MOM A’s diploma films.
Philip LaZebnik has written numerous television episodes and motion picture screenplays in Los Angeles and Europe, but he is primarily known for his animated features at Disney and DreamWorks. His screenwriting credits include Disney’s Pocahontas and Mulan, and DreamWorks’ Prince of Egypt and The Legend of El Dorado.
Thom Palmen is a festival director, short film producer and distributer working in Baltic countries and at the European level. With the AIR Productions company he received the International Competition Grand Prix at the 45th Tampere Film Festival for the Latvian fiction film, Castratus Kuilis (2014), directed by brothers Raitis and Lauris Abele.
Phil Parker is a co-founder of www.bcre8ive.eu, a multiplatform online development company, and is one of Europe’s leading development consultants – productions include Wallace and Gromit – Curse of the Were Rabbit and Terry Prachett’s Hogfather.
Jean-Luc Slock is a founder of the Camera-etc animation studio. He was also the general secretary of the Asifa Workshop Group, a journalist at the Annecy Festival, a jury member in several international animation festivals and for a while taught animation. Since 2005 has produced a number of animation films such as Orgesticulanismus by Mathieu Labaye and Hair by Delphine Hermans.
The tutors for TV series pitching preparation:
Agnes Bizzaro works as a consultant for European broadcasters and producers. She started her career in TV production in France and then moved to the public channel France 2 where she was responsible for the coproduction of animation series. She then worked for the channel M6 in the fiction department. She is now also content coordinator for Cartoon Springboard.
Mike Robinson was one of the founder members of the British Animation Training Scheme (BATS); he is a moderator for both Cartoon Forum and Cartoon Movie; he chairs and participates at Cartoon Cine, Cartoon Finance and Cartoon Training for Trainers.