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The Zagreb festival celebrates a Horror in Animation theme in its 2018 edition.

The author of this year's World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest Zagreb illustration is Stipan Tadić. Tadić is one of the most prominent Croatian painters of the younger generation, has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions all over the world and is a winner of several awards.

His unusual approach in creating the visuals won over the artistic director Daniel Šuljić and the rest of the Festival Council who had unanimously decided that Stipan will be the author of the poster and the trailer for Animafest Zagreb 2018.

This year's festival theme is Horror in Animation and Stipan described his illustration as a profile of a man, an anatomical cross-section of his face: Within the body there is a psychedelic world that has organic and floral forms at the bottom that then grow, transform and pass through various aerial and liquid elements and eventually disperse. Mutation of shapes and transformation from one shape to another is a constant motif on the poster, and the festival trailer too.

Stipan Tadić is the director here, helped by Petra Balekić (drawings),  Luka Hrgović (animation-compositing), and Luka Šipetić- Dino Santaleza (music).

At the time I made the poster I was also working on an psychedelic album cover. It was a black and white frontal silhouette of a man, and I wanted to do the same thing again – but in profile and with colour, inspired by the 16th century Italian artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

The poster is, in a way, a testing ground of a new style. I used to include psychedelic parts, like a dream or a trauma illustrated in my comics a few times before. I've always loved the 1960's, especially late '60s and early '70s, so the style I've been testing is inspired by this aesthetics - Stipan Tadić.

The festival's visual identity is again signed by the Kuna zlatica designer team, continuing their collaboration with Animafest Zagreb since 2014.

The 2018 World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest Zagreb ( short and feature edition) takes place 4 to 9 June 2018.

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