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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.


Premiere: This Magnificent Cake!

This Magnificent Cake!

Sunday, 7. 10. 2018

17:00 Premiere: This Magnificent Cake! Salon of Applied Arts

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This Magnificent Cake! / Ta veličastna pogača! / Ce Magnifique Gâteau !

Marc James Roels & Emma De Swaef (Beast Animation, Vivement Lundi !)

2018, FRA/BEL, 44'

An anthology film set in colonial Africa in the late 19th century telling the stories of 5 different characters: a troubled king, a middle-aged Pygmy working in a luxury hotel, a failed businessman on an expedition, a lost porter and a young army deserter.


Jan Decleir (Le Roi)

Gaston Motambo (Ota)

Wim Willaert (Van Molle)

Goua Grovogui (Bolenge ‘Le Porteur Perdu’)

Sébastien Dewaele (Pierre)

Angelo Tijssens (Louis)


Animation: Elodie Poncon, Patricia Sourdès, Iris Alexandre, Mirjam Plettinx, Andreas De Ridder

Sound Design: Bram Meindersma

First AD: Dorien Schetz

Editing: Marc James Roels & Emma De Swaef

Photography- DOP: Marc James Roels

Art Direction: Marc James Roels & Emma De Swaef

Character Design: Emma De Swaef

Chef Déco: Jean-Marc Ogier


Technique: Stop-motion animation (puppets)


Screening history:

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2018 (world première)

Animafest Zagreb 2018 (Grand Prix)

Annecy 2018 (Prix André Martin)

Curtas Vila Do Conde 2018 (Audience Award)

Guanajuato Mexico 2018 (official selection)

Anima Mundi 2018 (official selection)

TIFF Toronto 2018 (official selection ‘Short Cuts’)

 Directors bio


Marc James Roels is a live-action director, making award winning shorts ‘Mompelaar’ in 2007 and ‘A Gentle Creature’ in 2010.

Emma De Swaef specializes in stop-motion and doll-making, her preferred working materials include wool, felt and textile.

Together they made the short film ‘Oh Willy…’ in 2012, a stop-motion short that won 80 international awards including the Cartoon d’Or for best European short, and a Cézar nomination. They are based in Antwerp, Belgium and ‘Ce Magnifique Gâteau !’ is their latest production.


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