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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.

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Opening Night

Opening films

100 years of animation industry in Latin America

Today virtually forgotten, film pioneer Quirino Cristiani discovered the craft of animation on his own, far from the experimental artists of Europe or the commercial constraints and glamour of Hollywood. "El Apóstol" opened in a cinema in Buenos Aires in 1917. Premiered in 1931, "Peludópolis", another satire on the president Yrigoyen, was the result of a troubled process of story changes due to the dramatic 1930 military coup by the first Argentinian dictator, general Felix Uriburu. Both films vanished in the fires ...

Gabriele Zucchelli, an Italian filmmaker and enthusiast of early cinema, pursued the mystery of Cristiani's lost films and thanks to his courtesy it is possible today to admire these pioneering political cut-outs as preserved in rediscovered footage: "La Liga" (1919) and "Visit [Making of Peludópolis]" (1931). 

To find more about Quirino Cristiani's life and work and development of animation in Argentina, do not hesitate to watch Mr. Zucchelli's documentary "Qurino Cristiani. The Mystery of the First Animated Movies" (Sunday@StopTrik) and visit

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Down to the Bone/ Do kosti/ Hasta los huesos

René Castillo (IMCINE)
2001, MEX, 10'

A dead man follows the path from his burial site to the underworld. He refuses his status until he embraces his own death.