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Ob železnici 8
Maribor, Upravna enota Maribor, 2000

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.



7. StopTrik International Film Festival


It is the seventh time we meet to celebrate the intellectual and aesthetic richness of stop motion animation. The journey starts in Central Europe, but the road leads to Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and other countries of Latin America. A festival viewer is a peculiar kind of a tourist who explores surreal universes, ruled by their inner logic, physics and metaphysics. And yet, every concious receiver of animation art is perfectly aware that animated worlds, seemingly detached from reality, in some subtle and indirect way mirror, comment and interpret their cultural contexts. 

From European perspective, Latin American cultures seem distant, in many ways exotic and unaccessible. General education provides only very basic historical and geographical knowledge about this region. For this reason, a common imagination of Central-East Europeans produces a lot of colourful, yet plain stereotypes about these particular Others − instead of diversity we only perceive blurry landscapes, blended with pop-culture iconography. 7th StopTrik IFF special programmes and additional events instigate the process of recognizing the Other. Through the films and talks, we will map the problems of cultural memory, significance of myths and rituals, representation of traumatic experiences and artistic articulation of subjects such as religious beliefs, colonialism and strategies of resistance, eventually women emancipation. The programmes Latin American Stop Motion are curated as a dialogue: Inner Perspective is a selection, proposed by the Moebius Collective (Cecilia Traslaviña, Juan Camilo González, Lina X. Aguirre, Laura Victoria Delgado), while Outer Perspective was created by the undersigned, with the precious help of dear friends of StopTrik: Pedro Giongo, Diego Akel, Elaine Gordeeff and Sávio Leite, and last but not least, Jair Salvador Flores Alvarez (Mr. Kropka), who also curated an adult-only selection Mexican Midnight Movies. Cecilia Traslaviña, Mr. Kropka and Eliane Gordeeff will introduce animation scenes of Colombia, Brazil and Mexico, while Laura Victoria Delgado, an experimental filmmaker and a philosopher, will run practical workshops of stop motion animation Workshot 2017: Back Wall Echo. Furthermore, on the occasion of 100th anniversary of Argentinian animation, we will rediscover Quirino Cristiani's pioneering work in the field of political cut-out.

As each year, StopTrik IFF has an honour to present the most intriguing contemporary stop motion productions from all around the world and invite StopTrik Audiences, Maribor Students and Lodz Students to choose the winners. International Stop Motion Competition comprises of 26 films from 16 countries, whereas The Borderlands Competition, featuring films that experiment with stop motion and other means of cinematic expression, presents 13 titles from 9 countries. Both programmes will be screened in Maribor and repeated in Lodz thanks to collaboration with O!PLA Festival and Kino Bodo.

StopTrik IFF was created in order to provide art enthusiasts, professionals and authors with the space for direct interactions and exchange of ideas. And so we complement the film programme with lectures, discussions and book presentations. For the purpose of acknowledging the efforts of the cultural organizers from various parts of the world, we emphasize the work and mission of partner festivals: Animasivo (Mexico), Stop Motion Barcelona (Spain) and TAFF Turku Animated Film Festival (Finland). Willing to demonstrate the support for distribution of independent shorts and video art, we invite you to find out the details of the projects: Film Podlasie in Attack! Reloaded (Poland) and PAF Aport (Czech Republic). With a great pleasure and satisfaction, we observe dynamic progress in Slovenian animation. This year both Competition and Panorama programmes present the newest achievements of the local scene. The youngest generation of animation lovers can meet an adorable Koyaa, the protagonist of popular series by Kolja Saksida, while the older ones may attend the presentation of the University of Nova Gorica and get familiar with their unique teaching methods and outstanding results. The film programme and the additional events will be covered by the group of aspiring film critics and journalists, led and mentored by an acclaimed animation writer, Nancy Denney-Phelps.

Let the fiesta begin!

Olga & Michał Bobrowscy



StopTrik IFF in Maribor (2016)

Grand Prix: Moms on Fire, dir. Joanna Rytel, prod. Altofilm AB, Sweden, 2016

Maribor Students Jury ISMC Award: Moms on Fire, dir. Joanna Rytel, prod. Altofilm AB, Sweden, 2016

The Borderlands Award: What Happens to Your Brain When You See a German World Like ...¿, dir. Zora Rux, prod. dffb German Film and Television Academy Berlin, Germany, 2015

Maribor Students Jury Borderlands Award: What Happens to Your Brain When You See a German World Like ...¿, dir. Zora Rux, prod. dffb German Film and Television Academy Berlin, Germany, 2015

Best Stop Motion from ex-Communist Country: Locus, dir. Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi, prod. WJTeam, Poland, 2016

Festival Director Special Mention: Tango, dir. Pedro Giongo, Francisco Gusso, prod. Estudio Tijucas, Brazil, 2015

Programme Director Special Mention: Datum Point/ 水準原点, dir. Ryo Orikasa, Japan, 2015

Piotr Kardas (O!PLA) Special Mention: Tango, dir. Pedro Giongo, Francisco Gusso, prod. Estudio Tijucas, Brazil, 2015

Jiří Neděla (PAF) Special Mention: Heavy as Hill, dir. Emily Neilson, prod. Rhode Island School of Design, USA, 2015

Vullnet Sanaja (Anibar) Special Mention: Mr. Sand, dir. Soetkin Verstegen, prod. Animation Workshops, Denmark/ Belgium, 2016


StopTrik IFF in Łódź (2016)

Łódź Audience Award: Lo Steinway, dir. Massimo Ottoni, prod. Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Italy, 2016

Łódź Students ISMC Award: Look at Me Only, あたしだけをみて, dir. Tomoki Misato, prod. Musashino Arts University, Japan, 2016

Łódź Borderlands Award: ex aequo: Dota, dir. Petra Zlonoga, prod. Kinoklub Zagreb, Croatia, 2016 and Mr. Sand, dir. Soetkin Verstegen, prod. Animation Workshops, Denmark/ Belgium, 2016

Łódź Students Borderlands Award: Hadarim/ םירדה, dir. Shlomi Yosef, prod. Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel, 2016

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

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 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 (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