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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.


Trik Show

TRIK SHOW: Panel Discussion

Ask 'How' Not 'Why'


“Trik Show” is a special panel where stop motion authors share their making-offs or work-in-progress and by those examples explain their craft and artistic as well as intellectual choices. “Trik Show” videos, provided by the authors, are distributed on Festival's website, YouTube channel and Facebook profile. The event is public and all the enthusiasts of stop motion animation are welcome to come by, ask questions, discover the secrets, unique patents and brilliant solutions to specific problems of the animators. The live discussion in Maribor will be attended by Diego Akel (Brazil), Ana Nedeljković and Nikola Majdak Jr. (Serbia), Ivana Bošnjak and Thomas Johnson (Croatia), and Denis Fras, Stevan Čukalac, and Žoel Kastelic.

StopTrik IFF was brought to life in order to stimulate the community of artists and admirers of stop motion animation. This community is larger and more vital than any animated film festival could ever gather, invite and host. Its core is elusive; it develops rapidly, looks for new trends and forgotten inspiration in a fast-pacing mode. The community of stop motion buffs lives in the Internet, circulates between blogs and forums, find its voices on different social network groups, profiles and fan pages. A film festival is a place of meeting, ongoing exchange and discussion. "Trik Show" transmits the atmosphere of creative encounter into the network and we truly hope it will meet with your interest and engagement. The videos should be commented on, examined and discussed just as it was live master class or Q&A!



It is very simple. You can send to us ( via wetransfer, dropbox, googledrive or other on-line channel short video (3 – 5 minutes) where you demonstrate your unique approach to stop motion animation (your own personal way of dealing with material and techique). We consider "stop motion" to be animation of puppets, clay, loose materials, objects, pixilation and traditional cut-out. The most intriguing, witty and skillful videos will be published on StopTrik IFF youtube channel and website as well as promoted through our facebook profile. They will be also presented on panel discussion dedicated to art of animated craftmanship held on StopTrik IFF in Maribor.


Winner of StopTrik 2013 reveals the secrets behind "Sleight of Hand"!

SLEIGHT OF HAND, dir: MICHAEL CUSACK, prod: Anifex// Australia// 2013,


Welcome to the artistic world of Kamila & Mirek Sosnowscy, authors of "Vanitas".

VANITAS, dir. & prod. Kamila & Mirek Sosnowscy, 2014, POL, 7’10’’,


Disturbing images through shattered glass.
SIMULACRA, dir. Ivana Bošnjak, Thomas Johnson, prod. Bonobostudio, 2014, HRV, 8’40’’, Grand Prix 4th StopTrik IFF Maribor


Impressive mass scenes in a low-budget puppet film!

IMPERIUM VACUI, dir. Massimo Ottoni, Linda Kelvink, prod. Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Scuola Nazionale di Cinema, 2013, ITA, 5’40’’

4. StopTrik IFF Bielsko-Biała Grand Prix


In fact simple stories of Koyaa are truly elaborated pieces!

Koyaa – Flower, dir. Kolja Saksida, prod. ZVVIKS, 2013, SLO, 3'35''


Spectacular and innovative new technique of stop motion animation

THE BIGGER PICTURE, dir. Daisy Jacobs, prod. National Film and Television School, 2014, UK, 7'45'', StopTrik IFF Maribor Special Mention


Claymation poetry.

FLUXOS, dir. Diego Akel, prod. Akel Estúdio, 2014, BRA, 2'42''


Cut & Suture.

NASCENT, dir. Jerrold Chong, prod. California Institute of the Arts, 2014, USA, SGP, 4’20’’


You can find out about the secrets of Piusa Cave sand, home-made inventions such as vacuum cleaner made from children utensils that allows perfection in loose material animation as well as ways to get Belarusian filmmakers to Canada.


PILOTS ON THE WAY HOME / LENDURID KODUTEEL, dir. Olga and Priit Pärn, prod. Eesti Joonisfilm, National Film Board of Canada, 2014

Eesti Joonisfilm Youtube channel...



"The Lost Mariner" is a story of a complete confusion, yet the record of work-in-progress presented by Tess Martin reveals authorial practice of being in full control over filmmaking process. Experimentation is based on several concrete filmmaking skills and acceptance of routine.


THE LOST MARINER, dir. Tess Martin, prod. Warren Etheredge, 2014, The Netherladns

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We met with Alex Morelli on StopTrik 2014. One year later Alex came back to Maribor and presented the work made for Bellaria FF that reveals author's development in embracing the animation film language, means of cinematic expression and curiosity in metaphors. 

Alex Morelli: