In 2010, International Animated Film Workshop was organized from June 20st to 27th in the premises of SAF studio and Cakovec Cultural center and was also a place to celebrate 35 years anniversary of SAF studio.
In this sense, the workshop leaders (An Vrombaut from Great Britain and Isabelle Favez from Switzerland), together with 23 young students coming from several parts in Croatia, from Germany and Great Britain, developed and created two short animated films, using visual elements from anniversary poster. Films were made in technique of drawings on paper animation (HAPPY HAT TALES) and cut-out animation (THE MYSTERIOUS MOUSTACHE) – both approximately 3 minutes in duration.
Realized films were shown on the last day of the workshop , at special screening which was organized in Cultural center hall, together with choice of films realized by An Vrombaut and Isabelle Favez.
During a week of the workshop, the exhibition of illustrations made by An Vrombaut was organized in exhibition hall of Cakovec Cultural center.
Besides serious work on film making, all participants spent one day in sightseeing of Medimurje region around river Mura and enjoyed relaxing time in St. martin spa.
An Vrombaut was born in Belgium in 1967. She studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent and gained an MA in animation at the Royal College of Art in London. Her graduation film, LITTLE WOLF (1992), won numerous international awards including Best First Film at Annecy 1993 and a Silver Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival. A second short, WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE A TIGER (1996), was funded by the Mercedes-Benz Art Foundation and selected for the Berlin Film Festival.
From 1998 onwards An created and directed 64 Zoo Lane (a Millimages / Zoo Lane Productions co-production), animated TV series for children. 64 Zoo Lane was nominated for a BAFTA in 2000 and won the Best Pre-school Category at the British Animation Awards in 2002. A third series was completed in 2009.www.vrombaut.co.uk
An has written and illustrated 14 picture books, published by Hodder Children’s Books and Oxford University press. These include: six 64 Zoo Lane stories, Smile, Crocodile, Smile (winner at the 2004 Nottingham Children’s book awards) and her latest title The Dragon Festival.
An is currently working on a new animated TV series, Florrie’s Dragons, produced by Wish Films in the UK and South African animation company Clockwork Zoo. She also has a short film, The Tie, in development.
An regularly visits schools and festivals accompanied by a bubble-blowing dragon, a crocodile-sized toothbrush and a box full of mini-zoetropes, to talk about her work and conduct workshops with young children
In 2002 she directed The Acrobats, followed by Circuit marine, which she made at the Folimage studio in Valence as part of their Artists in Residence program. Produced by Swiss Effects, her 2006 film Tarte aux pommes was rewarded at the Krok festival as well as others in Zagreb, Hiroshima, Riga and Tehran.
Her latest short, Mixed Bag, in competition at Annecy 2009, was made in Zurich.