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


5 – 6 JUNE 2018

Balassi I, Augusta Cesarca 10, Zagreb

TUESDAY – WEDNESDAY: 10:00 – 17:00 h

In English, open to public.

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 fifth Symposium for Contemporary Animation Animafest Scanner V aims 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-six-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 is the recipient of the Animafest Zagreb Award for Outstanding Contributions to Animation Studies for 2018 Paul Wells, UK. He is an internationally established scholar and screenwriter, director of the Animation Academy at Loughborough University UK and chair of the Association of British Animation Collections (ABAC). Having published widely in animation and film studies with books like Understanding Animation and Re-Imagining Animation, he is also editor of the journal Animation Practice, Process & Production.

The speakers will focus on the following subjects: Animation and Sports, Characters in Animation, Animating Horror, Animation at Large. Historical and current trends, numerous perspectives, new findings in the fast-growing field of animation studies, paired with exciting speakers – all this and more awaits you at the Animafest Scanner symposium, in the context of screenings and other events organised by Animafest 2018.

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

Mag. art. Daniel Šuljić, World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb
Dr. phil. Franziska Bruckner, ASIFA Austria / AG Animation Vienna / St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences
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

City of Zagreb, Zagreb Tourist Board, Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC), Institut Balassi Zagreb, Austrian Cultural Forum in Zagreb, AG Animation of the Society for Media Studies (GfM), Webster Vienna Private University, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences


Tuesday 05 June 2018

10:00 – Welcome & Introduction

10:30 – 11:15
KEYNOTE: Paul Wells (Animation Academy, Loughborough University, UK)


Moderation: Nikica Gilić

11:20 – 11:50
Aesthetic, Affective, and Explanatory Functions of Animated Images in Sports Broadcasts: Erwin Feyersinger (University of Tübingen, Germany)

11:55 – 12:25
On Friendship and Competition: Use of Sport in Communist Animated Propaganda
Olga Bobrowska, Michał Bobrowski (Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland)


Moderation: Hrvoje Turković

14:30 – 15:00
Meena, a Girl from My Village: 20 Years of Animated Social Change in South Asia
Naima Alam (University of Tübingen, Germany)

15:05 – 15:35
Defining and Cataloguing Synthespian Performances in Film
Jason Kennedy (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand)

15:50 – 16:20
Living Abstract Line: Contemporary Positions Concerning the Line as a Performer in Artistic Animation
Sabrina Kainz (University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Vienna, Austria)

16:25 – 16:55
(Un)masking the Human Condition: Nature and Stylistics of ‘Character Animation’ in Igor Kovalyov’s Films
Mikhail Gurevich (independent scholar, USA)

Wednesday 06 June 2018

10:15 – Introduction


Moderation: Holger Lang

10:30 – 11:00
Into the Dark: Animation and Horror
Nag Vladermersky (London International Animation Festival, UK)

11:05 – 11:35
Fantasia’s “Night on Bald Mountain”: Fantastic Horror in Disney’s Early Long-feature Animations
Jorgelina Orfila (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USA)

11:50 – 12:20
The Chamber Escapes – Horror as a Matter of Light and Space
Martina Tritthart (University of Applied Sciences FH Burgenland and University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum, Vienna, Austria)

12:25 – 12:55
The Phenomenological Experience of Post-Newtonian Physics through Experimental Animation and the Uncanny
Ana Carolina Estarita Guerrero (University of Southern California, USA)

12:45 – 13:15
Thinking Across Frames – Temporally Extended Consciousness and the Process of Animation
Andy Buchanan


Moderation: Franziska Bruckner

14:30 – 15:00
The Mesmerizing Loop: The Rare Case of Tom Winkler’s Animated GIFs
Francisco Ortega-Grimaldo (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USA)

15:05 – 15:35
Immersive Stories: Hand-drawn Aesthetics in the Hyper-digital 360° World
Millie Young (Mahidol University International College, Thailand)

15:50 – 16:20
Phidias the Animator. Movement Analysis in the Parthenon’s Frieze
Georges Sifianos (ENSAD Paris, France)

16:25 – 16:55
The Context and Development of Animated Documentaries, the Cornerstones of Modern Animation in Sweden
Midhat Ajanović (University West, Trollhättan, Sweden)