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Zagreb Film Festival
07 - 11 October 2003

Zvonimirova 54
10000 Zagreb

385 1 464 77 00
385 1 464 75 87

October 8, 9 and 10, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
MM Centar

The workshop will be led by Glyn Thomas from North Carolina, a Flash developer with a focus on games and 3D effects (

  • Day 1 - Programming Interactivity
  • Day 2 - Programming Games
  • Day 3 - Programming 3D

October 8 and 9, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
MM Centar

This panel will be led by well-known animators who contributed to the international project "Croatian Tales" produced by Bulaja naklada (, that consists of eight animated/interactive stories, games and cartoons inspired by the famous fairytale book written in 1916 by Ivana Brlic Ma˛uranic, who was called "Slavic Tolkien" and "Croatian Andersen", and was a candidate for the Nobel's Prize. The whole project was made in Macromedia Flash. The project editor in chief, Helena Bulaja, gathered together seven teams of animators, illustrators, musicians, actors, translators, programmers etc. from different parts of the world and different traditions: from the US, Canada, Scotland, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Russia, France etc, and the eight team was formed in Croatia. The result was an exciting adventure, because artists from different backgrounds, who were not familiar with Ma˛uranic's work and Croatia at all, and who never met each other in 'real' life before, made completely new interpretations of those beautiful fairytales. "Croatian Tales" project was awarded on many international festivals (FlashForward, FlashintheCan, Net Festival Rio de Janeiro, Annecy, Ottawa, Montreux, Seoul...)

Three one-hour panels will focus on different ways of using computers in the process of creating animation. Differences and similarities in animation made with classic and digital technologies, the impact of computers on modern animation aesthetic, using Flash for creating interactivity and animation, same problems - different approaches, these are some of the topics that these presentations and panels will try to address.

October 8th, 10-11 AM

  • Laurence Arcadias, France / USA - ( author of the animated film "Fisherman Plunk and His Wife"

October 9th, 10-11 AM
  • Ellen McAuslan, UK ( - author of the interactive story "Brother Jaglenac and sister Rutvica"

October 10th, 10-11 AM
October 8, 11:00-12:00 AM
MM Centar


  • Michael Bates, Australia

Michael's film "The Projectionists" will screen at ZFF opening. The topic of his panel, that has the same as one of his recent films, is an exploration and illustration of the live-action animation technique called Pixilation. This fascinating and rare in-camera technique was pioneered by Norman McLaren in 1952, and illuminated by filmmakers such as Alex Proyas, The Bolex Brothers and Michael Bates himself.

October 9, 11:00-12:00 AM
MM Centar


Digital technology also revolutionized the creation of music. What was previously possible only with expensive equipment, now anyone with enough talent and impulse can do at home. Is this really so?

Two composers from diametrically opposed fields: the classic composer of film music Christian Biegai from Berlin, Germany, who during his career had an opportunity to work with famous composer Michael Nyman and who is the composer for the animated story "Reygoch" in "Croatian Tales" project, and Zvonimir Dusper, one of the most famous Croatian DJs, composer and producer of electronic music, organizer of Kontrapunkt Music Festival in Zagreb.

MM Centar
October 10, 11:00-12:00 AM


This panel will focus on vector graphics, vector illustration software, demands for such work in Croatian and foreign markets. Ratko Gregor Jagodic will speak about the situation with Web design in Croatia, and about the question is it possible - and how - to make a living with Web design here. He will also present his "Kiosk Dizajn studio".


October 8, 5:00 PM
MM Centar

Moderators: Jurica Pavicic and Helena Bulaja
Panelists: Laurence Arcadias, Sabina Hahn, Ellen McAuslan, Christian Biegai, Petar Grimani

The will afternoon will show the round table with all the editors and animators from "Croatian Tales" project that will be present at the festival. The discussion will be moderated by Jurica Pavicic, film critic from the leading Croatian daily newspaper 'Jutarnji list', and Helena Bulaja, the project producer. The issues discussed will include international co-productions and multicultural multimedia content creation experience on the Internet, the idea of digital book, advantages of using the Internet in creative teamwork etc.

There will also be the premiere showing of new films from "Croatian Tales" project - "Fisherman Plunk", directed by Laurence Arcadias, and "Yagor", made by Mirek Nisenbaum and Sbina Hahn from the New York-based studio ArtByMobile.

October 9, 4:00 PM
MM Centar

Panelist: Rolf Krämer, Germany

Rolf will present eDIT | VES festival (The European Festival for Production and Visual Effects). He is the festival program director. This year's festival was held in Frankfurt from September 28-30 for the 6th time, and gathered together professionals in VFX, CGI, digital film distribution, TV production, computer games, Web design etc. The central focus of all the events this year was " The Art of Storytelling in the Digital Age".

October 9, 5:30 PM
MM Centar

Panelist: Nicholas da Silva, USA

On the first day of afternoon presentations, Nicholas da Silva, founder and spiritus movens of the famous Flash animation community site "I Want My FlashTV" ( will discuss the Interent as a medium for distribution and showcasing of animation, the future of Flash animations and sites of this kind, his plans about founding new TV network for showing independent animation production and other topics. Da Silva will also present the 10 best animated films made in Flash from his "FlashTV" Web site.

October 10, 4:00 PM
MM Centar

Panelists: Vinko Pelicaric i Mile Modic, Hrvatska

Finally, the third day is reserved for local brainpower, one of the few examples of international success in this field in Croatia. Flash masters Vinko Pelicaric and Mile Modic from studio Rootylicious based in Split, Croatia (, winners of a number of international recognitions (FlashForward finalists, three times Favourite Website Award etc.) will speak about their experience of working for clients from abroad, mostly from the music industry and entertainment (Plot Dev, Bad Boy Records, Puf Daddy and others).

JOSHUA DAVIS: "FLOW and Dynamic Abstraction"
October 10, 5:00 PM
Kino SC

Panelist:Joshua Davis, USA

"Fundamentally, art/design has been taught as very static process - executing style/method and arriving at an end result.

In my own work, the end result is never static; every composition generated by the programs I write is unique to itself, like a snowflake, making room for as many anomalies as possible. I program the "brushes," the "paints," the "strokes," the rules and the boundaries. However it is the machine that creates the composition; the programs draw themselves. I am in a constant state of surprise and discovery - because the program may structure compositions that I may never have thought of to execute or take me hours to create manually."

Joshua Davis will be presenting the "Flow / Dynamic Abstraction" Lectures as well as showcasing Information and demos on his studios "VVS.1" and "VVS.2" software (Vector Video Suite) which processes video with custom vectors (see "projects", "broadcast" for details).

At the end of the program there will be a prize contest with gifts from our sponsors, for all who attended and filled the form at the venue. The main prize is new version of Macromedia Flash MX 2004, a gift from Finder, authorized Macromedia dealer in Croatia ( Prizes will be given only to those who are present at the drawing, so this is another reason not to miss Joshua Davis' presentation! propustite prezentaciju Joshue Davisa!

The premiere issue of the festival Digital Exchange Croatia is completely open for the public, and admittance to all events is free. The festival will be held on October 8-10, in MM Centar, Studentski Centar, Zagreb, Savska 25.

More information about the Zagreb Film Festival is available on the festival Web (, and about Digital Exchange Croatia on the official Website of the event (, e-mail address, and on phone numbers 0800-285252 (toll free) or +385-1-485-1170.


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