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This program is an introduction to historically important short films and filmmakers, gloriously known as the “Zagreb school of animated films”. From the end of 50s to the beginning of 80s, films from Zagreb studio were among the most interesting ones in the world of animation. Due to time limitations, this program offers an incomplete overview and I do invite you to look for further masterpieces.
Starting in Disney style (Big meeting, 1951.) and very soon abandoning it completely to bring great innovations to the art form, Vukotić, Kostelac, Mimica, Kristl and the others were exploring what soon became the trademark of Zagreb authors – limited animation, flat and abstract space treatment, stories about a small man living alienated from the society.
The term “Zagreb school of animation” was given by French journalists George Sadoul and Andre Martin at the Film Festival in Cannes in 1958., where a program of films from Zagreb Film (smuggled to the festival in a private car) enjoyed it’s international presentation and was an instant sensation. With a win of an Oscar for Vukotić’s Surogat (Ersatz) in 1962 (the first non-American animation Oscar in history and the only Oscar any Croatian film ever won) the animation from Zagreb reached another one of its peaks.
This program is presented by Daniel Suljic, the director of Animafest Zagreb