21st International Animated Film Workshop was held from 22nd June till 29th June. Guests came from USA (John Morisson, Jennifer Potter, Sarah Klein, David Kwan, Natalie Potter, Ta’Naejah Reed), Slovakia, Poland, Sweden, Krapinske Toplice, Zaprešić, Zlatar, Zagreb, Oroslavje, Belica and Čakovec. In a short visit we had H.E. Michèle Boccoz, the ambassador of the French Republic in Zagreb and her husband, as well as the mayor of Čakovec Stjepan Kovač and county mayor of Međimurje Matija Posavec.
Pixilation and stop-motion workshop was led by Boris Šima and Joanna Kozuch from Slovakia and Poland. Children learn how to bring the objects alive and how to animate the people to behave like puppets by the technique of pixilation. They were divided in groups and made 4 storyboards with scenes which were shoot with the help of the leaders. Children drew, made objects from the paper and prepared the objects. Four short movies were made: “Luda matura”, “Recikliranje”, “Na pučini” and “Gool!”. Animations were shot in unfinished new ŠAF space and the Zrinski Park. Children were taken care of by a teacher from Zlatar, Nevenka Susljek.
In a little bit of a different atmosphere, children had a chance to work with experienced producer and musician from Sweden, Uzi Geffenblad. They explored the secrets of the cut-out animation. Although it seemed like everybody knows everything about it, the leader showed them, using simple examples, how many possibilities there are in this “flat” and seemingly limited technique. Children made a three-minute movie named “Thinking”.
Besides this regular program of workshops, on 26th June John Morisson, a guest from San Francisco, held a lecture about film critics for young people. Mr. Morisson entertained the audience with his remarkable history, showed parts of his favourite movies and revealed small tricks about writing a good film critic.
Friday was reserved for an excursion, on the river Mura and  St. Martin spa.
Films from the workshop, as well as the films from this year’s leaders (“Catch him!”, “Apricots”) were shown at the closing ceremony which was held on 28th June in the Cultural Centre cinema. Mr. John Morisson was awarded by ŠAF for the ten years of cooperation and promotion of Čakovec, its children’s creativity and ŠAF in the United States.
Through the whole 21st IFR, there was an exhibition by Boris Šima with the excerpts from his movie “Catch him!”. The exhibition will be shown again from 11th August and will stay on until September.

Borna Benčić, Uzi Geffenblad and Jurja Jakobifr14_05ifr14_06

  • uzi11Uzi is a musician, composer, screenwriter, director and producer. He has also been studying Psychology and Children’s Culture at the Stockholm University.
    In the early 80s, he worked as a classical French horn player in orchestras and theatres. Since 1988 he is working in films, and since 1991 mainly in animation. Uzi has also worked as a sound engineer in film and radio productions.

  • joanna kozuchBorn 25 May 1977 in Maków Podhalański, Poland.
    Director, designer and animator. Joanna studied at Fine Arts Academy in Poznan (PL) and University of Silesia in Katowice (PL), later finishing her PhD studies at Film and TV Faculty of Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (SK).


  • boris simaBorn 1977 in Nitra, Slovakia.
    From 1996 to 1998 studied animated films at the Film School in Zlin (Czech Republic), and from 1998 to 2003 at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava, at the Department of Animated Film.