The animation industry will be trained in Łódź! Recruitment to StopMoLab has started

    Master workshops, talks, case studies, mentoring and lectures are part of StopMoLab, an international training program for the stop-motion animation industry. 9 months of intensive work and study will be provided by a group of top-class specialists and professionals who are associated with such productions as "Corpse Bride", "My Life as a Zucchini" or "The Red Turtle". StopMoLab is the latest professional education project of the Poland-based company Momakin. Applications can be submitted until March 27 at www.stopmo.pl.

    How does the modern animated film market work? Where are they and how to apply for artistic residencies? What does an eco-friendly film production process look like? These are just a few topics that will be covered during the intensive educational course for beginner stop-motion animation creators. StopMoLab will start in April and will run for 9 months. The program is exclusive with only 25 seats, for 5 people of each profession: animators, puppet makers, production managers, art directors and screenwriters.

    – The project fills the natural gap between the knowledge gained in art schools and the realities of functioning in the contemporary animation industry. – says Paulina Zacharek from Momakin, the creator of StopMoLab project – It gives participants a few additional months to recognize and find their path in the industry.

    SKILLS, BUSINESS and GO GREEN are three keywords and, at the same time, modules to which the program is subordinated. Improving your skills, discovering new trends, business models and the topic of pro-ecological activities are the most important directions in the development of the animation industry. The course has been created and will be conducted by specialists and professionals working daily in the production of stop-motion animation. The program board includes such masters as Francesca Berlingieri Maxwell (known, among others, from "Corpse Bride", "ParaNorman" or "Fantastic Mr. Fox"), Denis Walgenwitz (associated with such productions as Oscar-nominated "Red Turtle", "My Life as a Zucchini" or "Despicable Me"), Angela Poshet (working on such films as "Isle of Dogs" or Oscar-nominated "Frankenweenie") or Tim Allen and Magdalena Bieszczak (both currently working on the production of "Pinocchio" directed by Guillermo del Toro). StopMoLab is a whole lot of hours of mentoring meetings, lectures, case studies, master workshops and lectures. The course will be conducted online and offline in Lodz through an extensive online platform.

    – In Łódź, in a place associated with animation for years, where Oscar-winning productions of "Peter and the Wolf" or "Tango" were created, we will meet twice – says Paulina Zacharek – once in July and the second time during the ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum.

    Recruitment to StopMoLab has two stages, in the first stage the candidate's application will be assessed by a specialist on behalf of the profession and industry representative in the field of business development, and the second step will be an online interview. Participation is paid in the amount of EUR 500 for the entire course. More information about the project and the registration form can be found at www.stopmo.pl. StopMoLab is co-financed by the European Union from the Creative Europe Media program.

    The event is organised by MOMAKIN, a company connecting the world of animated filmmakers with the international production, distribution and promotion market, which specialises in stop motion projects. It supports animation projects at every stage of their development: from planning and financing, through production, to distribution. It deals with the education and professional education of the film industry.