Visegrad Animation Forum, the biggest market access platform for animated films in Central and Eastern Europe, announces its New Talents 2016. This official selection of animated short films focuses on extraordinary talents whose work promises successful future careers. This compilation will be presented at film markets and selected film festivals.

The purpose of VAF New Talents is to promote the most talented young animation filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe in a given year, draw attention to new talented animators and bring them together with experienced foreign producers.

VAF New Talents 2016 selection:
Beyond, Milan Kopasz (Hungary, 2015)
Composition, Mitja Manček (Slovenia, 2015)
Cowboyland, Dávid Štumpf (Slovakia, 2014)
Fences, Natalia Krawczuk (Poland, 2015)
Happy End, Jan Saska (Czech Republic, 2015)
Mosaic, the Waltz of Spleen, Andrea Guizar (Poland, 2015)
Rivers, Daria Kopiec (Poland, 2014)
Tale, Attila Bertóti (Hungary, 2014)
The More I Know, Marek Náprstek (Czech Republic, 2015)
The Noise of Licking, Nadja Andrasev (Hungary, 2015)
Wolf Games, Jelena Oroz(Croatia, 2015)

The quality of animation from the region of Central and Eastern Europe improves every year. With this in mind, Visegrad Animation Forum created this project as one of the the first of its kind in the region of Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The aim is to make the works from this region noticed beyond the borders of the countries of origin.”, said the VAF chairman, Michal Podhradský.

The New Talents project involves launching a booklet and website with detailed information about films, their creators and contacts for the producers or world rights owners. Its aim is to boost awareness of these films at film fairs, among film distributors, sales agents and festival programme directors.

The film selection will also be screened at selected film festivals around the world so as to reach mainstream audiences. The Visegrad Animation Forum will also closely cooperate on the project with national film centres and domestic professionals from the region. Its primary ambition is year-round promotion and awareness building for animation by young and debuting artists from CEE and assistance with its further development, visibility and distribution.

The Visegrad Animation Forum is held in cooperation with Anifilm (International Festival of Animated Films, Trebon, CZ). The VAF is organized by the ASAF (Association of Czech Animation) in collaboration with SPPA (Polish Animation Producers Association), APAF (Association of Animated Film Producers Slovakia), :D´SAF! (Slovenian Animated Film Association) and MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest). It cooperates with Cartoon Forum and is organised with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

More information about the project and selected films are available
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