The 25th International Animated Film Workshop was held in the premises of ŠAF, at the Cultural Centre in Čakovec from 24th June to 1st July 2018.
Workshop leaders were Marie Juin from France and Tomáš Danay from Slovakia. The team of 12 children was made up of children from Slovakia accompanied by Tomáš Danay, there were children from Zabok, Zagreb, Sveti Petar Orehovec near Križevci, Varaždin and also 8 members of ŠAF.
The children were divided into 2 groups of their own choice, and worked with one of the workshop leaders. Tomáš Danay and his group worked on the transformation film in the plasticine technique. It was called “Evolution” and each child made up a part of the characters and backgrounds. Each child filmed their part on their own, under a digital camera, after which the leader digitally processed the animations and edited them. In addition to the classical animation of characters and objects, the animation of transformation was performed, whereby one character turns into another, and the green screen technique, in which the characters were animated on a green screen and later in editing cut off from that green background and placed on the appropriate background. The credits were also made by the children. After the animation part was finished, they recorded the sound together and edited it.
The other group worked with Marie Juin. The technique used was a combination of collage, classically drawn animation and computer animation, and the movie itself called “Dreams”. Each child tried to recall a dream and then explain it through speech and animation. The children themselves chose the technique they will use, and the transitions between the frames were made using green screen technology. This film too was made directly under a digital camera, but some frames were scanned. After that, the leader exported the frames and put them together. The children also recorded the sound, each of them told the contents of their dream in short sentences in English or in Croatian, and later in editing, sound was processed and added to the film.
On Friday, 29 June 2018, the children and leaders did not work, and they went on a day trip through Međimurje.
Closing ceremony of the workshop was held on June 30th in the cinema of the Cultural Centre Čakovec. There were around 300 visitors and guests. Besides workshop movies, there was a traditional presentation of the new ŠAF production, 35 minutes of the animation exercises and a few longer movies.