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StopTrik International Film Festival is dedicated to stop motion techniques of hand-made, spatial animation as puppet film, claymation, object or photography manipulation, animation of loose materials (such as salt, sand etc), pixilation, traditional cut-out and many more. The list of sub-genres could be complemented with such exceptional techniques as animation of lights, fire, yarns, threads. Artists' imagination is limitless and so we can be neither orthodox nor strict while defining the term "stop motion". The ultimate goal of this unique annual gathering is to admire and celebrate artistry of hand-made, spatial animation together with all the other drifters of the surreal, absurd or merry highways who are ready to pursue frame by frame illusion.


StopTrik IFF was born in the alternative culture center Pekarna in Maribor. From its very beginnings the festival has been a grassroots initiative that aims for international collaboration and cultivates openness for the novelties and appreciation for the tradition as well as focuses on alternative modes of culture production and perception. StopTrik IFF remains successful in avoiding nuisances of typical mainstream events as it is a consciously and deliberately not hierarcharized, red-carpet free festival. The organizers and all StopTrik IFF attendees are welcome to enjoy spirit of equality and stirring lack of barriers in chilled atmosphere.


Cross-sectoral collaboration enables effective festival organization between Slovenian and Polish non-governmental associations and foundations as well as public institutions. The organizers of StopTrik IFF believe in networking and exchange of proper practices and consequently they are open for collaboration proposals. Throughout the year StopTrik IFF organizes presentations of "Best of StopTrik" on different film festivals and cultural events, hosts screenings of quality and intriguing film programme in festival locations and promotes Slovenian and Polish animation abroad.



StopTrik IFF in Maribor (2012)


Grand Prix: The Chronicle of Oldřich S./ Kronika Oldřicha S., dir: Rudolf Šmíd, prod: AniFest, Czech Republic, 2011

Best Slavic Stop Motion: The Last Bus/ Posledný autobus, dir: Ivana Laučiková, Martin Snopek, prod: Feel Me Film, Slovakia, 2011

Festival Director Special Mention: Triangle Affair/ Kolmnurga afäär, dir: Andres Tenusaar, prod: OÜ Nukufilm, Estonia, 2010

Programme Director Special Mention: Mouth Wide Open, Ears Shut Tight/ Bepe Paur Veoznaim Atzumot, dir: Tom Madar, Emlly Noy, prod: Sapir College, Israel, 2012

Igor Prassel (Animateka) Special Mention: Blanche Fraise, dir & prod: Frédérick Tremblay, Canada, 2011

Piotr Kardas (O!PLA) Special Mention: Vertige, dir: Christophe Gautry, Mathieu Brisebras, prod: Les Films du Nord, France/ Belgium, 2012


StopTrik IFF in Niepołomice (2013)


Grand Prix: Sleight of Hand, dir: Michael Cusack, prod: Anifex, Australia, 2013

The Borderlands Award: Betty's Blues, dir: Remi Vandenitte, prod: Films du Nord, France, 2013

Best Slavic Stop Motion: Boles, dir: Špela Čadež, prod: No History, Slovenia, 2013

Festival Director Special Mention: We Either Meet in this World.../ Sehen wir uns nicht in dieser Welt…, dir: Daniel Hőpfner, prod: Phaenomenfilm, Germany, 2012

Programme Director Special Mention: The Back Room, dir & prod: Mike Kren, Mirjam Baker, Austria, 2011

Piotr Kardas (O!PLA) Special Mention: Fly Mill/ Kärbeste veski, dir: Anu-Laura Tuttelberg, prod: Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia, 2012


StopTrik IFF in Maribor (2014)


Grand Prix:  Simulacra, dir. Ivana Bošnjak, Thomas Johnson, prod: Bonobostudio, Croatia, 2014

The Borderlands Award: Fongopolis, dir. Joanna Kożuch, prod: feelmefilm, Slovakia, 2014

Best Slavic Stop Motion: Katachi, dir. Kijek/Adamski, Poland/Japan, prod: AB FilmProd. for P-Vine Inc., 2013

Festival Director Special Mention: Rabbitland, dir. Ana Nedeljković, Nikola Majdak Jr., prod: Bas Celik, Serbia, 2013

Programme Director Special Mention: Recycled, dir. Lei Lei, China, 2013

Piotr Kardas (O!PLA) Special Mention: The Bigger Picture, dir. Daisy Jacobs, prod: NFTS, UK, 2014

Ivan Klepac (Supertoon) Special Mention: Marilyn Myller, dir. Mikey Please, prod: Hornet/ Blink Industries/ Parabella Studios, UK, 2013

Nenad Laktašić (Supertoon) Special Mention: Canis, dir. Marc Riba, Ana Solanas, prod: I+G Stop Motion, Spain, 2013


StopTrik IFF in Niepołomice (2014)


Grand Prix: Pommes Frittes, dir. Balder Westein, prod: il Luster Films, The Netherlands, 2013

The Borderlands Award: Papa, dir. Girlin-Bassovskaja, prod: OÜ Nukufilm, Estonia, 2014


StopTrik IFF in Bielsko-Biała (2014)


Grand Prix: Imperium vacui, dir. Linda Kelvink, Massimo Ottoni, prod: Centro Sperimentale di  Cinematografia - Scuola Nazionale di Cinema, Italy, 2013

The Borderlands Award: Fongopolis, dir. Joanna Kożuch, prod: feelmefilm, Slovakia, 2014


StopTrik IFF in Maribor (2015)


Grand Prix: Edmond, dir. Nina Gantz, prod: NFTS, UK, 2015

The Borderlands Award: ex aquo 4 Min 15 in the Developer, dir. Moïa Jobin-Paré, Canada, 2015 & Misfit Lil' Sparrow, dir. Yuriko Noda, prod: Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, 2015

Best Stop Motion from Behind the Iron Curtain: The Master, dir. Riho Unt, prod: OÜ Nukufilm Estonia, 2014

Festival Director Special Mention: Spider's Anatomy, dir. Vojtech Kiss, prod: Nutprodukce, Czech Republic, 2015

Programme Director Special Mention: Eye(Fold)Fish, dir. Valentin Henning, Germany, 2013

Julia Kogol (Cinema Perpetuum Mobile) Special Mention: Missing One Player, dir. Lei Lei, China, 2015

Slave Lukarov (Supertoon) Special Mention: Automatic Fitness, dir. Alejandra Tomei, Alberto Couceiro, prod: Animas-Film, Germany, 2015