Georgian IGI Wins CEE Animation Forum

    IGI by Natia Nikolashvili IGI by Natia Nikolashvili

    PRAGUE: IGI produced by Georgia’s 20 Steps Productions and directed by Natia Nikolashvili won the CEE Animation Forum award for feature films. CEE Animation Forum, the leading pitching, financing and coproduction event focusing on the animation industry in the CEE region, was held online from 6 to 8 October 2020.

    cee animation logoInternational juries selected the winners from 28 animated projects in 4 categories. The winners were announced during an online Award Ceremony.

    The pitching sessions streamed on Facebook had more than 3000 viewers, and on the MeetToMatch platform more than 700 views from 40 different countries. Nearly 300 one-to-one online meetings took place.

    "It’s not been an easy time for film. Many festivals and industry events were cancelled or postponed owing to the coronavirus outbreak. We didn't want to give up the idea of organising the 8th edition of the CEE Animation Forum and therefore we decided to go online. The new format of pre-recorded video pitches showed up as a very good tool for the teams. This kind of presentation woke up the creativity and threw away the stress of speaking in front of an audience. This year, we were especially excited about the high level of quality in the short film category. You can judge for yourself, all pitches are still available on Vimeo," CEE representative Marta Jallageas told FNE.

    The winning projects are:

    Feature Film
    IGI (Georgia)
    Director: Natia Nikolashvili
    Producer: Vladimer Katcharava, 20 Steps Productions

    Series / TV specials
    No Happily Ever After (Czech Republic)
    Directors: Gabriela Plačková, Alžběta Göbelová
    Producer: Mária Móťovská, Helium film,

    Special Mention
    Betti and Lola (Croatia)
    Director: Hana Tintor
    Producer: Drasko Ivezic, Adriatic Animation (www.adriaticanimation.hr)

    Short films
    The Garden of Heart (Hungary)
    Director:Oliver Hegyi
    Producer: Balint Gelley, CUB Animation

    Special Mention
    The Pet Named Stress (Croatia)
    Director: Laura Martinovic
    Producer: Drasko Ivezic, Adriatic Animation

    Paperback VR (Lithuania)
    Director: Robertas Nevecka
    Producer: Giedre Burokaite, Meno avilys

    Baldies (Czech Republic)
    Writer: Eliska Podzimkova
    Producer: Jiri Sadek, COFILM

    CEE Animation Workshop SCHOLARSHIP
    King Wray (Romania, UK)
    Director: Anton Groves, Damian Groves
    Producer: Ana Maria Parvan, Studioset

    Animation Sans Frontieres SCHOLARSHIP
    Face Recognition (Estonia)
    Director: Martinus Klemet
    Producer: Martinus Klemet, Animartinus

    Cartoon Forum 2020 DIRECT SELECTION*


    Daisy and Dot (Hungary)
    Director: Istvan Heim
    Producer: Géza M. Tóth, KEDD Animation Studio

    Cartoon Movie 2021 DIRECT SELECTION

    Animarkt Stop Motion Forum ACCREDITATION
    In Her Face (Portugal)
    Director Margarida Madeira
    Producer: Ana Paula Catarino, BRO Cinema

    Kids Kino Industry ACCREDITATION
    No Happily Ever After