Awarding of prizes on Friday marked the end of AniFest’s professional section whose aim is to support students, young professionals and producers from the Visegrad region; this section took place on 25-27 April.
The winner of the second year of the Viserad Exchange Forum organized within AniFest is the animated film project “The Dressmaker”; the author, Inma Carpe, was awarded a prize connected with a sum of EUR 1,000 for film development.
The second prize provided by the company Toon Boom – licence for Storyboard programme – was awarded to the project by Fruzsina Gaal “Inner Us”.
This festival platform presenting school works, talents and film projects also organizes a competition of school films of nine Visegrad schools – the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (VŠUP), Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (VŠMU), Jan Matejko Academy ofFine Arts in Krakow, Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, PWSFTViT in Łódź, Hollarka, MOME in Budapest, Film School in Zlín and Tomas Bata University in Zlín (UTB).
The award for the best film of the Visegrad school competition went to “Nesejdeš z cesty!” (You Shall Not Leave the Way) by a young author from the UTB in Zlín, Veronika Szemlová.
Special mention and a licence for the Toon Boon Harmony PRO programme were awarded to Peter Budínský from Bratislava for his movie “TWINs”. The prizes from the animation software company Toon Boom were a novelty at this year’s AniFest.
The company New Europe Film Sales awarded its own prize too; the representatives of this company, Jan Naszewski and Anja Šošič, has chosen the movie “Leaves” by Agnieszka Borowa from Łódź.
“Final Call” by Sara Barbas was awarded a Special Mention.
The second year of the Visegrad Forum took place with the support of the Visegrad Fund as well as of other partners, such as Toon Boom and New Europe Film Sales. A great number of students from the different schools, as well as international producers took part in it. One of the highlights was the presentation of Czech studios for professionals from abroad, but also the encounter of professionals (including Dániel Deák from the Daazo.com team) teachers and professors at a round table discussing the issue of education in animation.