Business consultations, meetings with masters or representatives of prominent production studios and pitching competitions with prizes allowing winners to make their own movie. ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum – one of the most important events in the animation industry in the world started in Łódź.

    ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum is the only industry event in the world that integrates the stop motion community. It is the forum where business relationships and international cooperation are established, whereas young creators have an extraordinary opportunity to present their projects to their idols. This is where movies acclaimed by both critics and the audience begin their journey.

    ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum is a place that has become a connection between novice creators and the stars of the animation industry. It is here that many artists took their first steps and now celebrate international success. For example, Michał Łubiński, who presented his short animation "Astra" for the first time in 2017, and now delights critics and festival audiences in Poland and abroad, Agnieszka Kowalewska-Skowron, founder of the forum explains.

    ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum 2022 is full of meetings, consultations, talks, panels and workshops. The rich program consists of three main sections: MASTERS, PITCHING and BUSINESS. This year, the Masters section is dominated by discussion panels devoted to the green production of stop motion animation, the market for distribution of animation after the pandemic and the position of women in the animation industry. Among the interviewees, the most famous names in the industry - Birgit Heidsiek, founder of the European Center for Sustainable Development of the Media World; Czech director Michaela Mihalyi or Daria Kashcheeva, whose animation "Daughter" presented at ANIMARKT Pitching in 2016, was nominated for an Oscar.

    The BUSINESS section, which facilitates networking meetings with the participation of the most influential people in the industry, have a special spot in the program. Traditionally, there are also industry breakfast meetings, fast forms, 15-minute Match&Meet and Meet Your Partner meetings, which are networking meetings with producers.

    Pitching, which is a competition section of ANIMARKT, always evokes the biggest emotions. It provides artists with an opportunity to present their projects to a group of experts from the world animation industry, gain partners and win prizes that will make it easier for creators to produce their movie. This year, 15 short projects will compete for the amount of PLN 60,000 in the form of an in-kind co-production contribution funded by the Audiovisual Technology Center, a professional accreditation for MIFA 2023, prizes funded by APA Lab or Animond as well as Dragonframe 5 software. Radiator IP Sales Distribution will provide advisory services in the field of international distribution for a selected project. For the very first time, the best feature films and TV series that will compete at ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum for qualified for Kids Kino Industry 2023, a professional accreditation for MIFA 2023 in Annecy, an Animond award as well as Dragonframe 5 software.

    ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum is co-financed from the funds of the International Visegrad Fund, by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and co-finances by the Polish Film Institute. Creative Europe Desk Poland is a partner of the event. Main partners of ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum 2022 are EC1 Łódź – the City of Culture and Łódź Film Commission as well as the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź.

    The event is organized by MOMAKIN, a company connecting the world of animated film makers with the international production, distribution and promotion market and specializing in stop motion projects. It supports animation projects at each stage of their creation: from planning and financing to production and distribution. It is involved in educating and professionalizing the film industry.