PRODUCTION: Serbia and Canada Partner on Twice Upon a Time

    Twice Upon a Time by Vojin Vasovic, Milorad Kocic Twice Upon a Time by Vojin Vasovic, Milorad Kocic

    TREBON: Serbian/Canadian producer/director Vojin Vasovic and Serbian producer Milorad Kocic presented the family animated film in development Twice Upon a Time at the CEE Animation Forum on 8 May 2019, taking place during the Anifilm Festival, running through 12 May in the Czech Republic.

    The project won both the Audience Award and participation in Character Design Lab in the ANOMALIA development incubator led by Geefwee Boedoe (Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, Oscar nominee) in Litomysl (CZ). 

    The film has a budget of 4.5 m EUR. It has received 60,000 EUR from Creative Europe MEDIA, 20,000 EUR from Film Centre Serbia for development, and a combined 60,000 EUR from Canada Council, Toronto Art Council and Ontario Art Council. The project was developed at the CEE Animation Workshop and selected as a “wild card” addition for the CEE Animation Forum pitching.

    The story has a fairytale setting with a spoiled 9-year-old Princess Nika trying to help her father Poet King to defeat his archenemy Warrior King. However, the two kings are actually one man. The story involves a fake dragon and the princess running away from home before she finally helps her father confront his split personality and return order to his kingdom.

    The director previously created a short film of the same title to develop the split personality concept.

    The film is in the middle of the development stage, with fourth draft of the script in progress. The producers are seeking to fill creative slots and find other coproducers.

    Production Information:

    To Blink Animation (Serbia) 
    To Blink Studio (Canada)

    Produced by Vojin Vasovic, Milorad Kocic
    Art director, character design: Nikola Stepkovic
    Animation: Vojin Vasovic, Snezana Cubrilovic, Nikola Stepkovic, Mladen Nikolic
    Original score: Vladimir Kerkez