World Festival of Animated Film /
3 to 8 June 2024
World Festival of Animated Film / 3 to 8 June 2024
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06-07/06 THU-FRI 09:00-17:15 KIC
08/06 SAT 09:00-17:00 KIC
For participants only.

Rise & Shine is a project development and pitching lab for first and second-time professional filmmakers with their short films (up to 20 minutes) divided into three parts and organized by Animafest Zagreb and Animateka IAFF in collaboration with CEE Animation in three moduls: focus on script, project follow-up, focus on pitch.


1. Margareth, Vivien Hárshegyi, Bella Szederkényi, Hungary
2. Ant, Jonatan Schwenk, Germany
3. The Molpire, Marek Čermák, Karolína Fránková, Czechia
4. Hungry Heart, Nikolina Žabčić, Andrijana Vidaček, Croatia
5. Telegrams to the Tree
, Julia Benedyktowicz, Grzegorz Waclavek, Poland
6. Mrs. Monster
, Sofiya Kruglikova, Maja Zupanc, Slovenia
7. Of Words and Waves
, Valène De Valck, Bastien Martin, Belgium
8. Countergrowth
, Mackenzie Fincham, Peter Lindhout, The Netherlands
9. Foolish Fish Fable
, Yiyang Sun, ChiaHui Lei, China/Estonia
10. The Shoebox
, Cristina Pîrvu, Helga Fodorean, Susana António, Romania/Portugal
11. The Dog
, Mariia Ozirna, Oleksandra Kostina, Ukraine

Michael Dudok de Wit (1953) was born and educated in the Netherlands. After school he studied etching in Geneva, and animation at Farnham, England, where he made his first film The Interview. After animating for a year in Barcelona he settled in London in 1980. Working free-lance with different studios, in particular with the production company Richard Purdum Productions, he directed and animated many award winning commercials for television and cinema.In 1992 he created his short Tom Sweep, followed by The Monk and the Fish which was made at the studio Folimage, France. This film was nominated for an Oscar and it won a César. His best known short film Father and Daughter won the Grand Prix in Annecy, an Oscar and a BAFTA award. In 2004 he completed his short film The Aroma of Tea and he has recently written and directed the feature film The Red Turtle in France with Prima Linea Productions. The Red Turtle was a Wild Bunch - Studio Ghibli coproduction. It was nominated for an Oscar (2017) and it has won the Special Prize at Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2016, as well as numerous other international awards.Michael also illustrates books and gives masterclasses on animation, creativity and related subjects at art colleges and universities in the UK and abroad.

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 started as a script executive for the Czech TV. She also lectured at the Academy of Performing Arts and wrote scripts for the theatre/TV/radio. Later she headed the production arm of Barrandov Studios and became the Director of Programmes at Czech TV. From there, she moved for 15 years to Eurovision in Geneva, where she coordinated over 50 co-productions across 86 TVs in 56 countries. After her return to Prague in 2015, Anna became a member of the Czech TV Director’s Advisory board, led two sectors at the Visegrad Animation Forum and served as member of the FAMU Artistic Board. She also returned to independent scriptwriting, script-advising and tutoring. In 2018 Anna set up an animation production company 13ka (13ka.eu) together with a fresh producer Karolina Davidova. Since then, Anna works there as a producer, scriptwriter and script editor. Her latest published work is The Websters Movie (2022, dir. Katarina Kerekesova), where Anna acted as a writer and producer. She occasionally lectures at FAMU, works as an expert for MEDIA programme, and participates at festivals and workshops as a tutor or a jury member.