Symposium for Contemporary Animation Studies

Animafest Scanner VII

29 – 30 September

&TD, Savska cesta 25

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 sixth edition of the Symposium for Contemporary Animation Animafest Scanner VII 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-seven-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 2020, Canadian animation researcher and the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), Chris Robinson.
Chris Robinson is one of the stylistically most original and most pro- vocative experts in the history of this area. He made a name for himself with a unique and eclectic magazine column Animation Pimp, which became a book of the same name (the column was later renamed into Cheer and Loathing in Animation). Equally successfully mastering different methods and styles in critical and scholarly approach, this animation researcher and populariser very successfully covers a very broad range of Canadian and global subject matters in his books Estonian Animation: Between Genius and Utter Illiteracy, 2003; Unsung Heroes of Animation, 2006; Canadian Animation: Looking for a Place to Happen, 2008; Ballad of a Thin Man: In Search of Ryan Larkin, 2008; Animators Unearthed, 2010; and Japanese Animation: Time out of Mind, 2010, nevertheless remaining one of the most famous animation critics and journalists, both in print and online media, and one who keeps making new discoveries and offering fresh insights into canonical topics.
The speakers will focus on the following subjects: Animation in the World of Chaos, Women in Animation, Animation and poetry.

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 VII symposium, in the context of screenings and other events organised by Animafest 2020.

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 University
Prof. Dr. Hrvoje Turković, Prof. in retirement, Academy of Dramatic Arts, University of Zagreb
Andrijana Ružić, Independent Scholar, Università Statale di Milano

City of Zagreb, Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) Croatian Film Directors’ Guild (DHFR), Austrian Cultural Forum in Zagreb, AG Animation of the Society for Media Studies (GfM), St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences


Tuesday 29 September 2020

10:00 – Welcome & Introduction


10:10 – 10:40
Animated Anxieties: Apocalypse as Both Warning and Desire –
Jack McGrath,(The University of Newcastle, Australia)

10:45 – 11:15
Protest, Panic and Pandemic:Animated Abstraction and Meaning in Hong Kong’s Age of Chaos –
Max Hattler (City University of Hong Kong)

11:20 – 11:50
City of Pirates and the Social Chaos –
Eliane M. Gordeeff (Quadro Vermelho Produções/CIEBA-FBAUL/ Veiga de Almeida University, Almada, Portugal)


12:05 – 12:35
When We Look Closer, We See Chaos: Contemporary Animation and Microscopic Vitality –
Vera Schamal (Department of Film Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland)

12:40 – 13:10
Cinema Emek, Cinema Labour, Cinema Travail: The Revitalization of Istanbul’s Urban Past and the Emek Theatre as a Lieu de Mémoire –
Cansu van Gageldonk (Kaboom Animation Festival / Bread University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen, Netherlands)

13:15 – 13:45
Viral Animation: Memes May Be Taking Control of Your Phone –
João Paulo Schlittler (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)


15:00 – 16:00
Heavy Like the World – Did Animation Stop Being Funny? –
Chris Robinson (Animafest Award for Outstanding Contribution to Animation Studies)

Wednesday 30 September 2020

10:00 – Introduction


10:05 – 10:35
Emerging History – Trailblazing Women of Our Animated Past –
Mindy Johnson (CalArts / AMPAS California, USA)

10:40 – 11:10
The Polish Animation Tradition Updated: Some Reconfigurations from a Female and Feminist Perspective
Miriam Harris (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand)

11:15 – 11:45
Are Animated Adult Sitcoms Stuck in the Fifties? –
Sarah Ann Kennedy Parr (University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)


12:00 – 12:30
Women in Balkan Animation –
Mina Sablić Papajić (MA in Cultural Studies, Belgrade, Serbia)

12:35 – 13:05
Gender, Labour and Historiography: Rethinking Women’s Contribution to the History of Animation –
Bella Honess Roe (University of Surrey, Guildford, UK)



13:50 – 14:20
A “Blind” or “Tactile” Animation Approach –
Georges Sifianos (ENSAD, Paris, France)

14:25 – 14:55
Dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini. Readings, Stylistic References and Poetics of Italian Animation Authors –
Paola Bristot (Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, Italy)

15:00 – 15:30
Expanding on Borrowed Words: The Animator as Author in Animated Poetry-Film –
Georg Diederik Grobler (Fopspeen Moving Pictures / University of South Africa, Pretoria, SA)

15:35 – 16:05
Animated Textology: Strategies of Reading in A. Khrzhanovsky’s Films on Pushkin and Beyond –
Mikhail Gurevich (Independent scholar, Evanston, IL, USA)