World Festival of Animated Film /
6 to 11 June 2022
World Festival of Animated Film / 6 to 11 June 2022
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06-08/06, 09:00-16:00
For participants only

Rise & Shine Catalogue

Rise & Shine 2022 is a new animation pitching lab for young talents, organized as a collaboration between CEE Animation, Animafest Zagreb and Animateka IAFF, aimed for short films in development. Participants will benefit from training their skills and networking, as well as having the opportunity to introduce their project to a wider international professional audience connected to both festivals.


Joanna Quinn discovered animation at Middlesex University London while studying for a BA degree in Graphic Design. Her graduation film Girls Night Out, a brilliantly simple and humorous riposte to machismo and a celebration of uninhibited female sexuality, which introduced audiences to the character of Beryl and kick started Joanna’s animation career by winning 3 major awards at Annecy. The uniquely memorable character of Beryl became the focus for three more films Body Beautiful, Dreams and Desires - Family Ties and most recently Affairs of the Art. The politics of gender and oppression together with Joanna’s obsessive fascination and delight with exploring the eccentricities of the human body, in particular the female form, became the central themes of her work. Her masterpiece is Britannia, a savage indictment of British imperialism. Joanna’s films have won many international awards, including Baftas, Emmys and received 3 Oscar nominations. Joanna is a committed educator and is an Honorary Fellow at the Royal College of Art, London and University of Wales and Honorary Doctor at Middlesex University, London and the University of Wolverhampton. Joanna lectures in major Colleges and Universities throughout the world.

Les Mills studied Fine Art at Cardiff Art College, Goldsmiths College University of London and at Rutgers University in the USA, where he completed a Master’s Degree in fine art and history. His teaching experience is extensive, initially teaching Art and Design but gradually becoming more interested in documentary filmmaking and animation which resulted in him teaching basic animation at Middlesex University, Independent Film Production at Cardiff University and he was the Co-ordinator of Chapter Independent Film Workshop in Cardiff. His teaching experience culminated in him becoming Course Director of the Film School at the University of Wales, Newport. His first creative collaboration with Joanna Quinn was on her Graduation film Girls Night Out at Middlesex and since then the two have worked very closely together forming their company Beryl Productions International in 1988. He wrote and produced the next Beryl film Body Beautiful and produced Wife of Bath one of the Canterbury Tales series, which won a BAFTA, 3 Emmys and received an Oscar nomination. He went on to write and produce 2 more Beryl films Dreams and Desires – Family Ties and Affairs of the Art which have won 80 international awards between them including 2 BAFTA nominations and an Oscar nomination. Les won the Writers Award at the 2022 British Animation Awards. 

Pedro Rivero (Bilbao, 1969) is a screenwriter, director and producer of animated films. He has won two Goya Awards for the short film Birdboy (2012) and the feature film Psiconautas los niños olvidados (Birdboy, the Forgotten Children, 2017), and is author of the first Spanish Flash animation film released in commercial theatres, La crisis carnívora (Animal Crisis, 2008). He was co-screenwriter of the live action feature film The Platform (2019), directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, which was awarded at the Sitges and Toronto festivals and is one of the most watched films in the history of the Netflix platform. He is artistic director of the Bilbao International Animation Community Festival - Animakom Fest, and has participated as a jury member and lecturer at numerous animation film festivals. He was president of the Professional Association of Scriptwriters of the Basque Country between 2002 and 2008 and a member of the Board of Directors since its foundation in 1997. Rivero is author of comics and theatrical texts, he has taught scriptwriting for film at several centres and academies for more than twenty years.

Anna Vášová is a writer, script editor and lecturer as well as an expert on international cooperation. She studied dramaturgy and scriptwriting at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts. Shortly after graduation, she lectured dramaturgy and stage directing at the Academy and wrote scripts – in the beginning for radio and TV. In the late nineties Anna headed the production and distribution arm of Barrandov studios and later became Director of Programs at the Czech Television. She was part of the Czech Television Director’s Advisory Board (2013-19) and of FAMU Creative Board (2017-2020). Anna moved in 1998 to Eurovision/EBU in Geneva. During her 15 years there, she led various program sectors and managed over 50 international co-productions of all genres across 86 national broadcasters from 56 different countries. In 2014 Anna returned to Prague and continued her international work with Visegrad Animation Forum (now CEE Animation), connecting Central and Eastern Europe and helping to build a strong animation industry in the region. She works as a tutor and moderator at industry events (Animateka, ASAF, Central European Project FAMU International) and is an expert for Creative Europe MEDIA. In 2018 she and producer Karolína Davidová set up the animation production company 13ka (13ka.eu).

Matthieu Darras has designed and leads several programs for film and talent development that are active worldwide, notably the First Cut Lab, the Pop Up Film Residency, and the Full Circle Lab. Previously, he founded and directed the European Network of Young Cinema Nisi Masa, wrote for the film magazine Positif, and was artistic director of the TorinoFilmLab. Matthieu worked for major film festivals in Europe: as a programmer for the Cannes Critics’ Week, a consultant for the Venice Film Festival, and a delegate for the San Sebastian Film Festival. He also directed the Bratislava Film Festival.

1. Beresheet, Ala Nunu, Bruno Isaac Grade Caetano, Portugal, Poland
2. A Visualization of a Cut, Claudia Munksgaard Palmqvist, Lana Tankosa Nikolic, Denmark
3. Mr John Daniel, Kinga Syrek, Rafał Sakowski, Poland
4. The Bright Descendant, Tamara Maksimović, Mladen Đukić, Bosnia and Herzegovina
5. Fur, Miha Reja, Kolja Saksida, Slovenia
6. Urosh, Mato Uljarević, Danilo Vujačić, Montenegro
7. Offside, Sander Joon, Aurelia Aasa, Estonia
8. Run, Ina Nikolova, Vessela Dantcheva, Bulgaria
9. Nightbloom, Kata Gugić, Vanja Andrijević, Croatia
10. Opening, Dalija Dozet, Tina Tišljar, Petra Zlonoga, Croatia