Symposium for contemporary animation studies at the World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb


7 – 8 JUNE 2016


As the worldwide Animation Studies are rapidly growing and evolving in recent years, catching up with the increasing field of animated films, Animafest Scanner symposium is again at the frontline of the discourse and the interaction of theoretical and practical approaches to animation. The third edition of the Symposium for Contemporary Animation Animafest Scanner III aims again to create synergy of theoretical and practical discourses, and stimulate exchange between filmmakers and scholars.

The symposium is held in association with the World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb. Over the course of its forty-four-year history, the festival has given a stage to different animation forms and formats in competition and non-competition environments, presenting a worldwide selection of auteur, experimental and mainstream animated films in various programs.

This year´s keynote speaker Marcin Giżycki is the recipient of the Animafest Zagreb Award for Outstanding Contributions to Animation Studies 2016, the only honor of its kind in the world of animation festivals. Giżycki is an art and film historian, critic, filmmaker, professor at Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw, Poland, Senior Lecturer at Rhode Island School of Design and Artistic Director of “Animator” International Animated Film Festival in Poznan, Poland. In his keynote he will reflect about his personal journey within the history of Animation Since 1980.

The presentations of the symposium are grouped in five topics that all relate to theprogram of Animafest Zagreb:

Animation Awards is discussing the true value of awards for animated films and filmmakers, the tangible and the non-material value, its relevance and impact. Including international and national perspectives the focus is on the selection processes and hidden motivations in potentially self-serving systems as well as the stylistic and financial impact e.g. from the Academy Award on filmmakers and even whole nations.

Animation in the Raw explores films and the work of filmmakers that are consciously operating against so-called “rules of good filmmaking” in animation. This includes the analysis of reasons to choose technical and conceptual approaches that are traditionally considered “poorly animated”; creative decisions that accept and utilize techniques in different, non-conventional, often considered dilettantish, ragged or simply “wrong” ways.

Zagreb School of Animation reflects on the history, aesthetics and concepts of style and story structures in films associated with the Zagreb School of Animation. The papers emphasizes new perspectives of these well known films like the role of music, the theoretical influences and the creation of spaces within the often minimalistic backgrounds.

Currents and Trends in Contemporary Animation focus again on topics related to recent developments, trends and new concepts in animation filmmaking as well as film analysis and animation theory.

Animation and Games presents the overlapping, enhancing and strongly connecting field of animation and gaming. This convergence in animated media is spilling over the limits of artistic, commercial and scientific work; traditional forms, techniques and aesthetics merge into new hybrids, expressions and channels like generative animation, animated interactive spaces and virtual reality.

During the two-day Animafest Scanner III – Symposium for Contemporary Animation Studies the ideas and thoughts about these topics and more will be exchanged with festival guests, filmmakers, organizers of other festivals, producers, professionals, and scholars.

Mag. art. Daniel Šuljić, World festival of Animated film – Animafest Zagreb
Mag. phil. mag. art. Franziska Bruckner, ASIFA – Austria / AG Animation Vienna
Dr. sc. Nikica Gilić, Assoc. Prof., Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb
Prof. Holger Lang, Webster Vienna Private University
Prof. Dr. Hrvoje Turković, Prof. in retirement, Academy of Dramatic Arts, University of Zagreb

World Festival of Animated Film –Animafest Zagreb, ASIFA Austria, Hulahop Film & Art Production

City of Zagreb, Zagreb Tourist Board, Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC), Austrian Cultural Forum in Zagreb, AG Animation of the Society for Media Studies (GfM), Webster Vienna Private University, Zagreb Dance Centre (ZPC)


Tuesday 07. Juni 2016

9:30 – Welcome & Introduction

10:00 – 10:45
KEYNOTE: Marcin Giżycki

PANEL 1: Animation Awards

Moderation: Nikica Gilić

10:50 – 11:20
Secrets of Oscar-winning Animation: An Analysis of Father and Daughter by Michael Dudok de Wit
Olivier Cotte (Independent Scholar, Penninghen)

How the Canon was Tempered: Classic Chinese Animation in the Mirror of Festival Circuit
Olga Bobrowska (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)

„Oscar Anxiety“ Russian Style: The Case of Konstantin Bronzit and Beyond
Mikhail Gurevich (Independent Scholar, Chicago)

The Zagreb School and the Academy Awards
Giannalberto Bendazzi (Independent Scholar, Genoa)

PANEL 2: Animation in the Raw

Moderation: Holger Lang

The Image at a Turning Point: Correcting the Perspective on Joseph Plateau
Edwin Carels (School of Arts KASK/HoGent)

Raw Animation as a Battlefield of Non-Art and Anti-Art
Kristina Marić (Independent Scholar, Osijek)

Subversive Machinery. DIY Philosophy in Films of Julian Antonisz
Michał Bobrowski (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)

What Rules? The Independent Spirit of the Pacific Northwest of the USA
Tess Martin (Independent Scholar, Rotterdam)

Wednesday 08. Juni 2016

10:00 – Introduction

PANEL 3: Zagreb School of Animation

Moderation: Hrvoje Turković

The Importance of Ranko Munitić’s Work on Zagreb School of Animation within the History of Animation Studies in Former Yugoslavia
Andrijana Ružić (Independent Scholar, Milan)

Animation Experienced through Music: Tomislav Simović and Zagreb School of Animation
Irena Paulus (Independent Scholar, Zagreb)

“Proxy Space” à la Zagreb. On the Minimalistic Approach in Creating Symbolic Space in Animated Films Made by the Zagreb School Animators of the “Golden Age”
Midhat Ajanović Ajan (University West, Trollhättan)

PANEL 4: Currents and Trends

Moderation: Franziska Bruckner

Creative Expression of Movement: Synthesis versus Mimesis of Motion in a Series of Animated Films
Tania de León Yong (UNAM – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City), Carmen Lloret Ferándiz (Universitat Politècnica de València)

At the Edge of Uncanny Valley: Facial Animation and Rapid Prototyping
Burcu Kartal (Ipek University, Ankara)

PANEL 5: Animation and Games

Moderation: Franziska Bruckner

Techniques and Styles of Animation in Videogames
Ilija Barišić (Independent Scholar, Zagreb)

The Choice of Hetero-geneity: Generative Artistic Animation and Re-evolution of Games
Chunning Guo (Art School, Renmin University of China, Beijing)

Animating Interactive Spaces
Jürgen Hagler, Jeremiah Diephuis (University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg)

Concepts of Space and Animation in the Context of Computer Games and Virtual Reality
Vladimir Rismondo (University of J.J. Strossmayer, Osijek)