29.6. - 3.7.2016

Balkan Now: Serbia

Station Žilina Záriečie: S1
Duration 71:28

For Serbian animation the post year 2000 period was marked by several important events. In 2005, the pioneer of Serbian animation Nikola Majdak initiated Balkanima – the European animated film festival. In 2006 this was followed by animation as a subject being introduced at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, upon the initiative of animator and professor Ratko Ćirić. Animanima, another international animation festival, started in Čačak in 2007, a year that also saw the completion of Aleksa Gajić’s Technotise: Edith & I, the first Serbian full feature animated film. Professor Ćirić introduced another faculty course, Digital Animation, to the department for inter-disciplinary doctorate studies at the Belgrade University of Arts, which was followed by setting up Fesa in 2012, the students’ festival of animation. The diversity of thematic and poetic approaches of graduation and doctorate films, as well as the first studio and independently-produced films of the new authors significantly enriched the national animation scene. New animators are daring, open-minded, inquisitive, unwavering, witty, and orginal. Resolute in overcoming the establishment’s inconsistent support, such animators move on to mark their own epoch.


directed by Nikola Vulović

year: 2006
country: RS
duration: 03:03
A music clip for the Belgrade band Intruder, nominated for an MTV Award in 2007. The clip was filled by inserts from the 30-minute long animated film The Janitor, the first Serbian manga animated film.

Leftovers / Ostaci

directed by Igor Ćorić

year: 2006
country: RS
duration: 06:03
Life always continues on the leftovers of former lives.

Spitted By a Kiss / Zapljunut poljupcem

directed by Miloš Tomić

year: 2007
country: RS
duration: 11:13
An obsessive story about a young man who lives on the street, literally, slides on concrete, falls in love with the girls passing by, and hangs out in the world of street junk.

The Mountain Wreath / Gorski vijenac

directed by Lazar Bodroža

year: 2008
country: RS
duration: 05:46
Stylized combination of a live-action and animated film. A modern minimalistic approach is used to present an epic masterpiece of classical literature.

Tavern / Kafana

directed by Mina Cvetinović

year: 2008
country: RS
duration: 02:00
Question: What do men do in a pub? Answer: Nothing.

Monuments / Spomenici

directed by Iva Ćirić

year: 2010
country: RS
duration: 03:45
The film was inspired by Iva’s grandfather’s expressive woodcut prints from the early 1960s that illustrated Second World War poems.

Life In A Frame / Život u ramu

directed by Marica Kicušić

year: 2011
country: RS
duration: 03:52
Delicate, both graphism and story, expressed in the rarely used technique of sand animation.

The Mirror / Ogledalo

directed by Ivan Stojković

year: 2011
country: RS
duration: 01:30
Lyrical burlesque about a gentleman and his alter ego, created in a traditional cartoon-movie manner.

5 Minutes Each / Pet minuta svaki

directed by Vojin Vasović

year: 2011
country: RS
duration: 09:40
A metaphorical story about the constant struggle of an artist to reach those five minutes of limelight.

The Haircut Undo

directed by Vuk Spasojević

year: 2012
country: RS
duration: 01:45
In grief over getting his hair cut, the customer decides to take ”the haircut undo” to live another day with his long hair, mustache and beard.


directed by Ana Nedeljković, Nikola Majdak jr.

year: 2013
country: RS
duration: 07:17
The rabbits are blissfully happy. Nothing awful can happen, because they are top of the evolutionary tree: they have no brains. The rabbits live in the ruins of Rabbitland – the perfect democracy. Every day its inhabitants go out to vote. And every day they vote the same. At Fest Anča 2013, the film was awarded a Special Mention by jury member Ulrich Wegenast.

Rise And Fall Of Art / Uspon i pad umetnosti

directed by Aleksa Gajić

year: 2013
country: RS
duration: 05:04
A funny and weird story about the art of surviving.


directed by Rastko Kukić

year: 2015
country: RS
duration: 06:58
A critical and surreal insight into the consumerism of modern society.

India / Indija

directed by Petar Stamenkovic

year: 2015
country: RS
duration: 03:32
Music clip for The Rubber Soul Project band from Belgrade, whose music is inspired by the music of The Beatles.