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CEE Animation Forum 2021

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
26 April 2021 - 06 May 2021
Liberec, Czech Republic
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Submission deadline
Submission/Registration Fee

Event Description

CEE Animation is an umbrella of regional activities for promotion and development of the animation and its talents in more than 20 countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The objective of CEE Animation is to raise the competencies of professionals and give them equal access to financing and the markets as their Western peers, by fostering co-production and sustainable business models.

2021  Event Coverage

Industry Programme

Projects Selected

Juries Announced

7 Animation Features: A Closer Look

2020 Event Coverage  


Selected Projects


Short Films pitching competition:
Wendy Griffiths (Dark Prince, CEO & Producer, United Kingdom), Karsten Matern (Balance Film GmbH, Production Manager, Germany), Anna Zača (Latvian Animation Association, Riga International Film Festival, Head of Association, Curator of Baltic Animation Meet-Up and SHORT RIGA at RIGA IFF, Latvia)

Series / TV Specials pitching competition:
Stefan Pfaffle (KiKA – Der Kinderkanal von ARD und ZDF, Deputy Head of Fiction & Co-Production, Germany)
Michaela Sabolcakova (RTVS – Radio and Television of Slovakia, Programme Editor & Buyer, Slovakia)
Nils Stokke (Spark, Producer & CEO, Norway) Feature Films pitching competition: Annemie Degryse (Lunanime / Lumiere Group, Co-owner & Producer,
Belgium), Jakub Karwowski (LETKO, Producer, Poland), Esben Toft Jakobsen (Animation Director & Writer, Denmark)

VR pitching competition:
Milivoj Popovic (Prime Render Studios, Director & Producer, Croatia), Veljko Popovic (Prime Render Studios, Director & Owner, Croatia), Manu Weiss (Freelance, XR Producer &amCurator, Switzerland)

  • For details on the year-round CEE Animation Workshop, look here

2019 CEE Coverage

2019 CEE Jury

The jury for Short Films pitching competition: Olivier Catherin, Laurent Crouzeix , Jamie Kezlarian Bolio, Damien Megherbi, Jelena Popović, Enrico Vannucci
The jury for Series / TV Specials pitching competitionCaterina De Mata, Maciej Jakubczyk, Manuela Lumb, Halka Marčeková, Emmanuèle Pétry-Sirvin
The jury for Feature Films pitching competition: Anca Damian, Mats Grorud, Alexis Hofmann, Marcin Luczaj, Marie-Pierre Valle


The tutors for Short Films pitching preparation: Zsuzsanna Kreif, Philip LaZebnik,  Phil Parker
The tutors for Series / TV Specials pitching preparation: Agnes Bizzaro, Anna Vášová There no tutors in the feature film section.

2018 Event Coverage

2017 Event Coverage (Visegrad Animation Forum)

2016-2015 Event Coverage:

Call for Entries (Archive)

The main focus remains on the two most important Forum activities: the pitching of animated projects in development and 1:1 industry meetings. 

This year we have decided to expand our focus and add a section for the category of Rising stars – student films. Due to the success of our traditional CEE Talents selection for young authors, we strongly believe that the emerging new talents from the region need to be supported and showcased in their own section as well. We want to provide them with the opportunity to present their work.

Submissions are open to animated projects in development (at least 50% of the film under consideration is executed using animation film technology or takes the form of multimedia audio-visual work with emphasis on the graphical aspect)


  • Short Films (maximum length of 20 minutes; all stages of development except for concept stage)
  • TV Series and Specials (web and TV series of any format and single films, minimum length of 20 minutes; all stages of development except for concept stage)
  • Feature Films (minimum length of 60 minutes; in concept, in development or in production) XR immersive media (VR, AR, 360 and other immersive formats; in development or in production)
  • Rising stars (student short films, maximum length of 20 minutes, all stages of development except for concept stage)

Who can Submit a Project

  •  producers or other project rights-holders can submit projects.
  • In the Rising stars category, entries can be submitted by the university or by the student.
  • The producer and director of the submitted project must be citizens of the EU or of countries listed below */ (CEE Animation is supporte d by European funds and must conform to their regulations).

If the CEE Animation Forum will be an onsite event, both producer and director will have to present the project in person.

Participation Fees
There is no registration fee for submitting your application. Upon selection of the project, fees apply


  • CEE Animation financial awards
  • Audience award
  • Partner awards – free scholarships to various training programmes, direct selection to established pitching and B2B events

European countries specification

  • EU member states (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden),
  • Acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidate countries taking advantage of pre-entry strategies corresponding with general principles and conditions for participation of these countries in programmes of the Union stipulated in respective general agreements and decisions of the Council on association or similar agreements (Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo),
  • ESVO countries that are members of the EEA, in accordance with regulations of Agreement on EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland),
  • Swiss confederation on the base of a bilateral agreement that will be closed,
  • Countries within European region complying with procedures set by these countries following general agreements and their participation in EU programmes (Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine).

In projects where one or more authors are not EU citizens, assessment will be made whether the work meets the EU criteria. In case EU regulations are not met, the project will be refused.



Event Dates

  • From 26 April 2021 to 06 May 2021

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