- AWARDED FILMS FOR 2021
12 IAFF “GOLDEN KUKER SOFIA”
26 – 30.05.2021
Grand Prix “Golden Kuker” for Best animated film - SHOOOM'S ODYSSEY, director Julien Bisaro, France, Belgium, Germany, Swiss
Special award for the best Bulgarian film in the name of "Proiko Proikov” – MARMALADE, director Radostina Neykova, Bulgaria
Best Super short animated film award (about 1 min) – Banned, director Benoit Bargeton, France
Best Short animated film award (up to 10 min) - THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT, director Mole Hill, United Kingdom
Best Short animated film award (from 10 to 45 min) - DRY SEA, director Bart Bossaert, Yves Bex, Belgium
Best Feature animated film award (over 45 min) - NO AWARD GIVEN
Best Student animated film award – LES CHAUSSURES DE LOUIS (LOUIS’ SHOES) directors Marion Philippe, Kaye Leung, Theo Jasmin, and Jean Geraud Blanc / France
Best Short film made for kids award - URSA – THE SONG OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, director Natalia Malykhina, Norway
Best Episode from TV series – PATCHWORK TIGER, director Angela Steffen, Germany
Best Animated eco film - SAD BEAUTY, director Arjan Brentjes, Netherlands
Best Music video award – Nunca Hubiera, director Daniel Moreno, Spain
Best Animated аdvertisement film - BASIC SELF-DISTURBANCES, director Julian Nazario Vargas, Norway
Special Mention Sertificate for animated short film ( up to 10 min.) – Cradle, director Paul Muresan, Romania
Special Mention Sertificate for Student animated film – Psychophonic, director Aline Romero, Spain
Prize of Festival Director - QUARANTINE, director Dimitar Dimitrov, Bulgaria
Prize of Festival Director - MISHOU, director Milen Vitanov, Bulgaria
Prize of Festival Director - Pygmalion Infection, director M.E. Fard – Arash, Bulgaria
- ARTICLE BY BLAGOY D. IVANOV, MEMBER OF JURY 2021
GOLDEN KUKER - SOFIA 2021
by Blagoy D. Ivanov on 2021-06-01
The 12th edition of the Golden Kuker - Sofia International Animation Film Festival was held in Sofia from May 26 to 30 this year. The event, which in the last decade is among the most curious and enriching cultural events in the country, this time took place in the hall of NATFA "Krastyo Sarafov" and was accompanied by several additional bonuses to the competition program. Alas, due to the situation with COVID-19, the organizers, participants and guests did not have the opportunity to meet artists and guests from abroad, as is the tradition in general, but this did not prevent the good mood or the active presence of local fans. of animation art... ARTICLE
- CHILDREN'S MORNING CINEMA CLUB - ANIMATION IS MAGIC
Dear children, parents and fans of animation!
The INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ANIMATED FILM "GOLDEN MUCKER - SOFIA" and cinema ARENA would love to announce "CHILDREN'S MORNING CINEMA CLUB - ANIMATION IS MAGIC"!
Every Saturday and Sunday from 11.00, until the end of June next year (2021), in the ARENA cinemas you will have the opportunity to watch short animations and full-length cartoons. "Children's Morning Movie Club" has a special price - two people for only 5 leva!
AND WHEN THE COVID SITUATION IS HANDLED, WE HAVE PREPARED FUN ANIMATION CHILDREN'S WORKSHOPS FOR YOU!
THE HEROES OF OUR MOVIES greet you and wish you to be healthy and happy! We are expecting you! All Arena cinemas in the country operate in compliance with sanitary measures and regulations related to COVID-19.
Follow the program on the website and at the pay desk of ARENA cinema and on the website of the Golden Kuker Festival - Sofia.
- AWARDED FILMS FOR 2020
11 IAFF “GOLDEN KUKER SOFIA”
01 – 06.09.2020
Grand Prix “Golden Kuker” for Best animated film - Freeze Frame , director Soetkin Verstegen, Belgium
Special award for the best Bulgarian film in the name of "Proiko Proikov” - Paper Kite , director Assia Kovanova, Bulgaria
Best Super short animated film award (about 1 min) - Mourning Murder, director Liam Fahy, Ireland
Best Short animated film award (up to 10 min) - Dreams into Drawing, director Koji Yamamura, Japan
Special Mention Sertificate for animated short film ( up to 10 min.) - Freedom is mine, director Mahmoud Salameh, France
Best Short animated film award (from 10 to 45 min) - AT FIRST SIGHT, director Sjaak Rood, Netherlands
Best Feature animated film award (over 45 min) - Alice-Miranda Friends Forever, Jo Boag, Australia
Best Student animated film award - No smoking in a train, directors Shoora Vatman , Kseniia Vasileva , Julia Franke , Natalia Vorotnikova, Russia
Best Short film made for kids award - The Witch & the Baby, director Evgenia Golubeva, Russia
Special Mention Sertificate for short film made for kids - Good Wolf, Natalia Darvina, Belarus
Best Episode from TV series - The Orange Moo-Cow, The Restless Hero, director Koneva Mariya, Russia
Best Animated eco film - Aquastory, director Marina Lobo,Portugal
Best Music video award - Bathwell in Clerkintime, director Alex Budovsky, USA
Best Animated аdvertisement film - A dog by your side, director Selina Wagner, GB
Prize of Festival Director - Compote Collective Ltd – Vessela Dantcheva, Mark & Verse project 2
- AWARDED FILMS FOR 2019
10 IAFF “GOLDEN KUKER SOFIA”
07 – 12.05.2019
Grand Prix “Golden Kuker” for Best animated film - The Stolen Princess, director Oleh Malamuzh, Ukraine
Special award for Bulgarian film “Proyko Proykov” - Butterfly & Mouse, director Mira Yankova, Bulgaria
Best Super short animated film award (about 1 min) - Consequences, director Rajesh Raveendran Suseela, United Arab Emirates
Best Short animated film award (up to 10 min) - Happiness, director Dimitar Dimitrov-Animiter, Bulgaria
Special Mention Sertificate for animated short film ( up to 10 min.) - How animated films are made, director Dennis Sisterson, United Kingdom
Best Short animated film award (from 10 to 45 min) - The Masque of Blackness, director Epoh Beech, United Kingdom
Best Feature animated film award (over 45 min) - n/a
Best Student animated film award - Like an Elephant in a China Shop, directors Louise Chevrier, Luka Fischer, Rodolphe Groshens, Marie Guillon, Estelle Martinez, Benoit Paillard, Lisa Rasasombat, France
Best Short film made for kids award - Am I a wolf?, director Amir Houshang Moein, Iran
Best Episode from TV series - The Golden Apple – pilot episode, director Dimitar Petrov, Bulgaria
Best Animated eco film - October 28, directorTiagoAlbuquerque, Portugal
Best Music video award - Nebula, director Marcin Nowrotek, Poland
Prize of Festival Director - Robot will protect you, director Nicola Piovesan, Estonia
- AWARDED FILMS FOR 2018
9 IAFF “GOLDEN KUKER SOFIA”
07 – 13.05.2018
- Grand Prix “Golden Kuker” for Best animated film to Paulina Ziolkowska for the film “Oh, Mother!”, Poland, 2017
- Special award “Proyko Proykov” to Roza Kolchagova for the film “Grandmother”, Bulgaria, 2017
Special mention to Anna Haralampieva for the film “The Sibyls’ Brawl”, Bulgaria, 2016
- Best Super short animated film award (about 1 min) to Amin Haghshenas for the film „ОВС Number 05”, Iran, 2017
Special mention to Elene Sebiskveradze for the film “A Little Beetle ”, Georgia, 2017
- Best Short animated film award (up to 10 min) to Svetlana Andrianova for the film “Two Trams”, Russia, 2016
Special mention to Natia Nikolashvili for the film “Li.Le”, Georgia, 2017
- Best Short animated film award (from 10 to 45 min) to Radostina Neykova for the film “Ugly Fairy Tale”, Bulgaria, 2017
Special mention to Sofía Carrillo for the film “Cerulia”, Mexico, 2017
- Best Feature animated film award (over 45 min) – n/a
- Best Student animated film award to Bianca Caderas, Isabella Luu and Kerstin Zemp for the film “Living Like Heta”, Switzerland, 2017
Special mention to Manon Goyon, Rebecca Essler, Baptiste Devant for the film “32 Anodontia Street”, France, 2017
- Best Short film made for kids award to Kiril Kravchenko for the film “The Most Terrifying Friend”, Russia, 2017
- Best Episode from TV series award to Szilvia Fabók, Tama Mikori for the film “Kippkopp in the grass”, Hungary, 2017
- Best Animated eco film award to Marzieh Abrarpaydar for the film “Pet Man”, Iran, 2016
- Best Music video award to Pablo Lozano for the clip “Tamara Qaddoumi – Flowers Will Rot”, Lebannon, 2017
- Best Animated advertisement film award to Moth Studio for the clip “Woodland Trust – The Guardian”, UK, 2017
- AWARDED FILMS FOR 2017
8 IAFF “GOLDEN KUKER SOFIA”
01 – 07.05.2017
AWARDSGrand Prix “Golden Kuker” for Best animated film to Natalia Chernysheva from Russia for the film ''Spider Web''
Special award “Proyko Proykov” to Vessela Dantcheva and Ivan Bogdanov from Bulgaria for the film ''Travelling Country''
Best Super short animated film award (about 1 min) to Amir Vahedi from Iran for the film "The Belief"
Special mention for Super short animated film (about 1 min) to Alma Weber from Germany for the film ''Pink Cuts Pink''
Best Short animated film award (up to 10 min) to Florian Grolig from Germany for the film "In The Distance''
Special mention for Short animated film (up to 10 min) to George Wu from the United Kingdom for the film ''Chickens''
Best Short animated film award (from 10 to 45 min) to Dahee Jeong from France for the film ''The Empty''
Special mention for Feature animated film (over 45 min) to Sotir Gelev from Bulgaria for the film ''Zoetrope''
Best Short film made for kids award to Dina Velikovskaya from Russia for the film "KUKUSCHKA"
Best Episode from TV series to Juan Pablo Zaramella from France for the film ''The Tiniest Man in the World''
Best Music video award to Andrej Kolencik from Slovakia for the film ''In the Open Field''
Special mention for Music video to Atsushi Makino from Japan for the film ''Re:verb''
Best Animated eco film to Yavor Kalachev from Bulgaria for the film ''The Cleanest Sea''
Best Animated advertisement film to Melina-Elina Bondakova from Bulgaria for the film ''Hear''
- ФЕСТИВАЛ ЗЛАТЕН КУКЕР - СОФИЯ 8
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Откриването и закриването ще бъдат в СИТИ МАРК АРТ ЦЕНТЪР, като от 19:00 ще направим карнавално шествие. а от 20:00 ще започне ОФИЦИАЛНА ЦЕРЕМОНИЯ ПО ОТКРИВАНЕ / КОКТЕЙЛ (01.05.2017) и ОФИЦИАЛНО ЗАКРИВАНЕ, ВРЪЧВАНЕ НА НАГРАДИТЕ / КОКТЕЙЛ (06.05.2017)
- AWARDED FILMS FOR 2016
7 IAFF “GOLDEN KUKER SOFIA”
09.05.2016 – 15.05.2016
The GRAND PRIX “Golden Kuker” is awarded to: – Bear story – Directed by Gabriel Osorio – Chile
Special prize statuette “Pryko Proykov” is awarded to: – The Orchestra – Directed by Mikey Hill- Australia
Prize for the Best Supper short animated film:. – Jazz Orgie- Directed by Irina Rubina – Germany
Prize for the Best Short animated film, up to 10 minutes: – Benches No. 0458 – Directed by van Maximov – Russia
Prize for the Best Short animated film, from 10 to 45 minutes: – Piano - Directed by Kaspar Jansis – Estonia
Dimploma for the Short animated film, from 10 to 45 minutes:– Before Love - Directed by / Igor Kovalyov – Russia
Prize for the Best Feature animated film: – Psiconautas, the forgotten children - Directed by Alberto Vazquez ; Pedro Rivero - Spain
Prize for the Best Episode from TV-series: – I have dreamed of you so much – Directed by Ema Vakarelova – France
Prize for the Best Student animated film:– First snow – Directed by Lenka Ivancikova – Czechia
Dimploma for the Student animated film: – My seashell memory – Directed by Yanlai Chen – United Kingdom
Prize for the Best Short film made for kids:– Grumpy does repairs – Directed by Radostina Neykova ; Sofia Ilieva – Bulgaria
Dimploma for the Short film made for kids: – Spring in Autumn – Directed by Tatiana Koublitskaja - Belarus
Prize for the Best animated Eco film:– The Ballad of the homeless – Directed by Monica Manganelli – Italy
Prize for the Best animated music video: – The Eye of the storm – Directed by Masanobu Hiraoka – Japan
Animated Advertisement Film – SGCH – Morgan’s story – Directed by Stefan Wernik – Australia
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- AWARDED FILMS FOR 2015
VI IAFF “GOLDEN KUKER SOFIA”
4.05.2015 – 10.05.2015
Festival Director's award: “TSUNAMI” , Directed by Sofie Kampmark , Denmark
Prize for the Best animated music video: “IF WE HAD ONLY TRIED”. Directed by Reinhold Bidner , Austria.
Prize for the Best animated Eco film: “ТHE BLACK ISLAND” Directed by Nino Christen , Switzerland
Prize for the Best Episode from TV-series: “PIGLET BABYSITTER”, Directed by Natalya Berezovaya , Russia
Prize for the Best Short film made for kids: “PIK PIK PIK”, Directed by Dmitry Vysotskiy, Russia
Prize for the Best Student animated film: “TUSK”, Directed by Rory Waudby-Tolley, United Kingdom
Prize for the Best Supper short animated film: “I AM”, Directed by Magdalena Pilecka, Poland
Prize for the Best Short animated film, up to 10 minutes: “AUBADE”, Directed by Mauro Carraro, Switzerland
Prize for the Best Short animated film, from 10 to 45 minutes: “GUIDA”, Directed by Rosana Urbes, Brazil
Prize for the Best Feature animated film: “ THE BOY AND THE WORLD”, Directed by Ale Abreu, Brazil
Prize for the “100 years Bulgarian cinema & 100 years Bulgarian animated films”: “TOUCH AND VERSE”, produced by Compote Collective, and directed by: Dmitry Yagodin, Asparuh Petrov, Ivan Bogdanov, Milen Vitanov, Boris Despodov, Boris Pramatarov , Bulgaria
Special prize statuette “Pryko Proykov” is awarded to: “THE DAY OF THE BLEEDING GUMS”, Directed by Dimitar Dimitrov , Bulgaria
The GRAND PRIX “Golden Kuker” is awarded to: “WE CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT COSMOS”, Directed by Konstantin Bronzit, Russia
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The prize is part of the project "Europe for the festivals - Festivals in Europe", initiated by the European Commission, developed jointly with the European Festival Association (EFA)
- ARTICLE BY CHAIRMAN OF THE SELECTION COMMITTEE NANCY DENNEY-PHELPS
This year, with great pride and enjoyment for the Festival's organizers was the presence of one of the most respected film critic in the world - Nancy Denney-Phelps, as a member of the Selection Committee.
Here you can find a link to the Nancy's article about "Golden Kuker - Sofia, '' 2015, which she published in Brussels edition for Art & Culture and in your blog monitored with interest by the film circles worldwide. ARTICLE
- ARTICLE BY PROFESSOR DR NADEZHDA MARINCHEVSKA ABOUT GOLDEN KUKER- SOFIA 2015
THE INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL GOLDEN KUKER- SOFIA 2015
The sixth International Animation Film Festival "Golden Kuker – Sofia“ was held in a new location - the Museum of Sofia (in the building of the former Central bath) and the Cinema House. In those seven days were included competitive and information programs, retrospectives, tributes and the traditional for the festival Children's Day. There were also meetings between students from the UK and Taiwan with students from the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts “Krastyo Sarafov” , who have given promise of bilateral cooperation between educational institutions. Meanwhile there were workshops, exhibitions, presentation of the project for the new Bulgarian animated series "The Golden Apple" etc.
The competition program was rich and diverse and the fight for prizes - controversial. The level of the films this year was very high. The audience of Sofia saw an assortment of selected works that give an idea about the current development of world animation. Indicative for that the festivals in Bulgaria are becoming more popular among the most famous artists from all over the globe, is the fact that almost month and a half before the festival in Annecy, considered the law-maker in animation film, we saw in advance dozen films from the French forum. Bulgarian professionals and connoisseurs more and more often are able to watch in our country the vanguard of world animation now.
For the last years the festival “Golden Kuker” has been making efforts to attract more audience. Winning strategy in this direction is the inclusion of more feature films, since it is known that this is what fills the halls. The competition had 8 full-length films and the prize went to “The Boy And The World”, by the Brazilian Ale Abreu, which came in Sofia with an impressive list of international awards. The artwork looks like a children's film, painted in a minimalist style. Gradually, however, the viewer is drawn into an incredible area of colors, stylized forms and sharply changing perspectives mounted in a precise rhythm. The little hero embarks on a journey across Brazil in search of his departed father. This kind of roadmovie animation shows a kaleidoscopic picture of life in the country, marking the sharpest contrasts in the exotic for us world. The simple ritual of harvest or picking cotton, together with folk festival, creates a true pageant of colors. Nature with its grass, flowers, ponds and rivers bears the imprint of the color simplicity of children album. The city, on the contrary, is threatening, mechanized, overcrowded, inhumane, designed in dark red and black tones and claustrophobic spaces. In it we see the kingdom of landfills - despondent shelter for human beings and soulless overmechanized factories, ports and high-tech cranes, resembling scary dinosaurs. The film doesn’t have a happy ending. Perhaps it is too sociological in their messages, but this is compensated by the incredible poetic world created by Abreu with frugal means and meanwhile hidden, implicit effects in the creation of three-dimensional space.
Children’s movies, which are also a bet on higher viewer attendance this year have shown very high quality. Therein, the Russian animation school is traditionally presented with strong and interesting works. The award for best children's film was given to the charming "Pik Pik Pik" by Dmitry Vysotskiy for amazing synchronicity between music and image in the history of the Battle of the longtime enemies (Woodpecker and ants) against the woodcutter who threatens their home. Tight rhythmic animation by the music of Delibes is an achievement that should not be passed by since it simultaneously raises environmental problems, but the film presents it in an entertaining way for children.
Contender for the prize was the poetic debut of Olesya Shchukina "The Elephant and The Bicycle" (France) - stylized piece of the discrepancy between advertised goods and reality, as well as finding a friend. Sadly lyrical tone of the film and unusually expressive characters convey the nuances of the emotions of a sympathetic but excessively huge elephant, who works as a city duster. And the love of the donkey from the zoo with the female giraffe is the basis of "She-Giraffe" by Anastasiya Sokolova (Russia) - a film about dreams and their fulfillment, realized with different drawing style in day’s and night’s scenes.
The Award in the category of Episode from tv logically went again to the children's film - "Piglet Babysitter" by Natalya Berezovaya (Russia). Pure entertainment from the merry havoc of those little ruffians - this time they are pigs in the farmyard - illustrated with hilarious characters and an absurd behind cadre commentary.
In the category "Eco-film" was been awarded "The Black Island" by Nino Christen (Switzerland). It deals with the disclosure of definitive link between corruption and deforestation in stylish black and white graphics. The student film award went to "Tusk" by Rory Uodbi-Toli (UK) – gloomy story about defrosted mammoth who should "integrate" into civilization. The result is unfortunate – from the boredom of his job as a janitor in a museum, to the sessions at the psychoanalyst and haters in the social networks.
As always, the student program was interesting, fresh and various. "Alda" by Ana Cardoso, Liliana Sobreiro, Filipe Fonseca and Luis Catania (Portugal) is a watercolor reflection of the life of an abandoned elderly woman whose village will soon be flooded by the dam lake. "Pollock" by Henry Dunbar (UK) is an ironic caricature look at Jackson Pollock and abstract art and the clay animation of "Hot snow" by Ira Elshansky (Israel) is dedicated to conflict between generations, but also to forgiveness and understanding. Here I would especially like to note the presence of Eleonora Asparuhova who lives and teaches in Britain, with her artistically painted in black and white animation based on "Song of the man" by Vaptsarov. That was the only Bulgarian presence in the student program (though the production is English), which is surprising because in previous editions of the festival the activity of our young animators was quite noticeable.
In the competition The GRAND PRIX “Golden Kuker” went to the nominee for "Oscar" Konstantin Bronzit and his "We can’t live without cosmos" (Russia). In a brief but unusual way the master creates a parable about friendship and dream. The film includes many bizarre cartoon provocations, changes in space, in time, in cosmos, on land, at home ... plot twists are on the one hand, a parody of the Russian way to create a space program, but on the other - they keep the faith in affection between human beings and their relationship in the afterlife.
In the category from 10 to 45 minutes, Brazil was awarded: “Guida” by Rosana Urbes (Brazil) - a film realized with incredible whirlwindly watercolor-pencil drawing, which brings us back to the artistic sound of total animation with the abundance of movements, foreshortening and strokes. In short films up to 10 minutes “Aubade” by Mauro Carraro (Switzerland) took the prize for its lovely violoncello impression on the background of the rising sun over the lake. In this category, however, there was a strong competition and I must mention the very “filmmaking” and beautifully drawn film by Paulo D’Alva - "Carrotrope" (Portugal), as well as the tastefull graphics of "The Wait of May" by Simone Massi (Italy). Surprise was "Mr. Violet" by Abbas Jalali Yekta and Mohammad Hossein Azam Pour (Iran), where a naive love story is painted on real coffee cups.
The Bulgarian participation seemed to delight us most. Our animations represented at the festival didn’t draw back to the world leaders and a special prize "Proiko Proykov" went to Dimitar Dimitrov and "The Day of bleeding gums" - an interesting experiment, painted on a smartphone. The film is based on a story by Dilian Elenkov and the behind cadre commentary is a reflection on the artist, on the meaning (or lack of it) of creative work, on selling, on the creative crisis. Dimitar Dimitrov has visualized this material with a lot of imagination, rich metamorphoses and transformations, which to show instability in the world, the lack of firm support, the sinking of inspiration into nullity. Dark background and bright thin mark contribute to the overall feeling that the world is a black hole in which only for an instant moment the mortal human beings appear. The film already has numerous international awards.
This year the jury was tempted to give an special prize called "100 years Bulgarian cinema and 100 years Bulgarian animated films".Few Bulgarians know that not only live-action films, but also the animation have reasons to celebrate centennial anniversary. Most of the filmmakers remember the noisy celebrations during socialism on the occasion of "40-th anniversary" of Bulgarian animation ... It was the beginning of a myth, which marked only the date of the administrative act setting up a department for drawed and puppet films to Cinematography, the nationalized in 1948. This version of "birth" of our animation fully crosses out not only the attempts of Stoyan Venev and Vasil Bakardjiev, Alexander Denkov and Dimitar Todorov- Zharava from the 30s and 40s, but completely ignores Raiko Alexiev. A short note in the newspaper "People's rights" reports that a charity screening "for the first time will present Bulgarian cartoon film made by Raiko Alexiev on 15. XII. 1915."  So, in the same year in which "Balgaran Is Gallant" occurs ,the audience of Sofia has seen the film of our distinguished artist cartoonist. The reward of these centennial anniversary events went to "Compote Collective" for the collective project "Touch and verse ". The separate parts of the project are actually independent films: "A Petty Morning Crime" by Asparuh Petrov, "Natural Novel in 8 chapters" by Milen Vitanov, "Odeon" by Boris Despodov "Milkmaid" by Ivan Bogdanov, "100% Mood" by Dmitry Yagodin, "Postindustial" by Boris Pramatarov. The unifying factor here is that the authors’ visual interpretations of contemporary Bulgarian poetry, but realized with different styles and approaches ranging between surrealism, black grotesque and "reality". It should be noted that this project is not another of the films-omnibuses. "Compote Collective" for the first time in a long time (in fact from the closure of Animation Studio "Sofia") creates a creative environment where authors can interact and compete with one another. This definitely gives artistic results - "Postindastrial" this year was selected in the fiercely contested competition in Annecy, and "Anna Blume" by Vesela Dancheva in one of panoramas.
Festival "Golden Kuker Sofia" already has won prestige. World famous authors show movies in its halls. The organizers make continuous efforts to attract more audience, but in this respect the lost reflexes for short animation films still have to be overcome. However, the festival continued - with children's festival of Vitosha on 1st June, and visited several cities.
P.S. "We can’t live without cosmos" by Konstantin Bronzit (Russia), who received the "Golden Kuker" in Sofia in May, was honored with the the Annecy Cristal for best short film. Two more films from the Sofia Festival were marked in Annecy: “Guida” by Rosana Urbes (Brazil), who took the award in the category 10 to 45 min., has been received the award "Jean-Luc Xiberras"for debut and “The Master” by Riho Unt(Estonia) - Special Jury Award.
newspaper, " People's rights ", num. 283 of 12.ХІІ.1915 г
- RESULTS OF COMPETITION ON THE OCCASION OF 80 YEARS OF NATURAL PARK ''VITOSHA"
THE WINNERS :
First prize: Vitosha [Yuri Sekoulov and Evgenia Spassova]
Second prize: 80 years Vitosha [Mikhail Popov]
Third prize: Inaestimabilis [Valentin Tonev Atanasov]
Films participated in the competition:
1. 80 years Vitosha [Mikhail Popov]
2. 80 years Vitosha [Yanko Popov and Margarita Gaydarova]
3. 80 years Vitosha Mountain [Veni Zamfirova]
4. 80 years memories [Lyubomir Kalev]
5. Inaestimabilis [Valentin Tonev Atanasov]
6. Infinity [Boryana Vladimirova Stratieva and Kossara Aleksandrova Georgieva]
7. Have you been [Milena Simeonova]
8. Vitosha [Nadezhda Ilieva Arsova]
9. Vitosha [Peter Daskalov]
10. Vitosha [Yuri Sekoulov]
11. Vitosha [Yuri Sekoulov and Evgenia Spassova]
12. Magic moments [Daniela Karaivanova]
13. Forest [Christina Kamenova and Hope Katsarova]
14. Love [Boryana Vladimirova Stratieva and Kossara Aleksandrova Georgieva]
15. Park Vitosha [Maria Peteva]
16. Park Vitosha colors [Stilyana Dineva]
17. Vitosha Nature Park [Iskra Popova]
18. The heart of Sofia [Boryana Vladimirova Stratieva and Kossara Aleksandrova Georgieva]
Congratulations to the winners!
- COURSE FOR DIGITAL 2D ANIMATION
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Anime Studio is specialized software for digital 2D animation, built on the principles of the 3D animation - bone system, automatic tuiting, easy timing correction. It has also features that are absent from similar programs for digital 2D animation as Toom Boom and Flash, exactly a morphing and action features that provides a significant opportunities to create a library of movements and conditions that can be mixed with each other. Incredibly powerful and convenient program for independent author films and TV commercial productions.
WHEN: The course will be weekend lasted for one month. Depending on the number of registered groups will be formed, with the first training will start on 04.10.2014 г.
Total hours: 36 hours
- Module I: 16 hours
- Module II: 20 hours
Certificate: Yes (for the completed two modules)
- First module regular price: 120 lv / members of BAICAA -10% / students: 80 lv
- Second module (advanced): 160 lv regular price;/ members of BAICAA -10% / - for students 110 lv
Short description of the course content by modules
Program for Module I: Basic menus and program functions
(short description) - principles and techniques of painting in Anime Studio
- Digital forms and styles of Rulers
- Construction of typecasting
- Bone - bone types and kinematics
- Construction of typecasting with bones
- Animation - techniques of animation
- Audio and lipsing / program
- View and camera movement
- Export file types from ASA
- 3D options INPORT and export 3D files
- Animation and planning stage in ASA
Program for Module II: /Anime Studio 9.5 / 10/
Types of lines and doing their own brushes
Import drawings with digitization
Types of gradient for shapes and lines in ASP
Interpolation types and timing adjustment
Switch - frame by frame technique
Morphing between different states and units
Preparation of libraries for use with the movements with
Classic animation in Anime Studio - what and how?
Rotation of the head and typecasting in space and morphing
Cycles with internal cycles - Control of the movement
Riging of characters made ??up of images
Riging of vector typecasting
Right and inverse kinematics
Smart bones and their application
Lazy bones /Anime Studio 10.01/
3D in Anime Studio
Making and animating vector typecasting in anime studio and its
converting into 3D
Texturing of 3D objects
Bones and 3D objects
Particles and their settings
Panoramas and cameras
Planning and animating a scene in Anime Studio
Anime studio and online games
Dynamics and physics in Anime Studio for manga animation and comics
Here you can see some of the skills that you will gain after finishing the full course: HTTPS :/ / WWW.YOUTUBE.COM / WATCH? V = TKMPHMNM-3I
Everyone who want to join the course is required to send to the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org their names and specify in which modules are interested in.
We are expecting you!
- FILM COMPETITION FOR NATURE PARK "VITOSHA"
FILM COMPETITION FOR NATURE PARK "VITOSHA"
We have the please to invite you to join an amazing contest that is arranged on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Nature Park "Vitosha" from the International Animation Film Festival "Golden Kuker Sofia."
The challenge is to create a short animated film (to one minute) on the theme "80 years Nature Park Vitosha".
The deadline for the contest is August 25, 2014
Everyone can send their movies at: email@example.com
Prizes for the winners are:
- First Prize: 1 500 lv
- Second Prize: 1 000 lv
- Third Prize: 700 lv
More information about Nature Park "Vitosha" you can find on adress:
We are expecting your films!
- AWARDED FILMS FOR 2014
WINNERS OF 5-TH INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL GOLDEN KUKER- SOFIA
- GRAND PRIX GOLDEN KUKER - Crulic - The Path to Beyond / Anca Damian / Romania MORE...
- SPECIAL АWARD “PROIKO PROIKOV” for Best Comedy film - Frabbits / Charlie Kothe / United States MORE...
- BEST ANIMATED SUPER SHORT FILM (about 1 min) - What’s your secret of long life? / Eszter Jánka / Hungary MORE...
- BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM (up to 10 min) - Fallin’ Floyd / Albert ‘t Hooft; Paco Vink / Netherlands MORE...
- BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM (10 – 45 min) - Toto / Zbigniew Czapla / Poland MORE...
- BEST ANIMATED STUDENT FILM - My strange Grandfather / Dina Velikovskaya / Russia MORE...
- BEST ANIMATED ECO FILM - Vigia / Marcel Barelli / Switzerland MORE...
- BEST ANIMATED MUSIC FILM - Giving me a chance / Nacho Rodríguez / Spain MORE...
- BEST ANIMATED KIDS’ FILM - L’ami / Christophe Defaye, Olivier Defaye/ Japan MORE...
- TV SERIES BEST FILM - Old Folk`s Tales: Chapter 3 / Carlos Smith, Marcelo Dematei / Colombia MORE...
- THE BEST BULGARIAN ANIMATED FILM - Portals / Simeon Sokerov / Bulgaria MORE...
- THE PARTICIPATION OF ‘’GOLDEN KUKER – SOFIA” IN GEORGIA
THE PARTICIPATION OF ‘’GOLDEN KUKER – SOFIA” IN GEORGIA
The International Animation Festival "GOLDEN KUKER-Sofia" has shown the awarded films and the best of it's 4 editions during the International Animation Festival "Nikozi" in Georgia.
- ‘’GOLDEN KUKER – SOFIA” IN PLOVDIV
"GOLDEN KUKER-SOFIA" GUEST OF CULTURAL CENTER "TRAKART" - PLOVDIV OF 25, 26 AND 27 OCTOBER
In three consecutive days was shown the best of the International Animation Film Festival "Golden Kuker" for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 - "Animation laughter", "Love and more."
Cartoons for all ages!
On 26 and 27 of October, from 11am / weekends / :
the "Kids Morning" Club screenings the cartoons from the kids favorite songs and karaoke!
October 25 / Friday / :
5 PM:" Animation laughter " / screening of cartoons for adults / ;
7 PM: "Love and something else " / screening of cartoons for adults / ;
October 26 / Saturday / :
From 11AM : Celebration of the children of the city with a screening of cartoons Bulgarian favorite children's songs with karaoke, quizzes and prizes;
From 5 PM: The best from the GOLDEN KUKER 2010 / Prize winners - for adults / ;
From 7 PM: The best from the GOLDEN KUKER 2011 / Prize winners - for adults / ;
October 27 / Sunday / :
From 11AM: Celebration of the kids from the city with a screening of animated films from around the world ;
From 5 PM: The best from the GOLDEN KUKER 2012 / Prize winners - for adults / ;
From 7 PM: The best from the GOLDEN KUKER 2013 / Prize winners - for adults / .
Treats and prizes from " Zayo Bayo " and sweet shop " Nedelq "!
- AWARDS 2013
WINNERS OF 4-TH INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL GOLDEN KUKER- SOFIA
- GRAND PRIX GOLDEN KUKER – “Snowflake” by Natalia Chernysheva (Russia) VIDEO
- SPECIAL АWARD “PROIKO PROIKOV” – for best Music Video – The Jury did not grand awards for the best film. However the Jury gives two Special Mention Certificate to Andrei Tokidang (Belorussia) and his film “City” VIDEO and Sonja Rohleder (Germany) and her film “Kolumbus” VIDEO
- BEST ANIMATED SUPER SHORT FILM (about 1 min) goes to Simone Massi (Italy) for “Softly, Flows” VIDEO
- BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM (up to 10 min) – the award goes to “International Father’s Day” by Edmunds Jansons (Latvia) VIDEO DEO The Jury is impressed by the PLANKTOON’S STUDIO (France) for the film “Reflection” and awards them with Special Mention Certificate. GALLERY
- BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM (10 – 45 min) – The winner for the best animated shorts (10 – 45 min) is “Oh Willy... ” by Emma De Swaef, Director And Andreas De Ridder, Animator, Alice Tambellini, Animator, Steven De Beul, Animator (Belgium, France, Netherlands, Luxembourg) VIDEO
- BEST ANIMATED STUDENT FILM – goes to “Nyosha” by Liran Kapel (Israel) VIDEO
- BEST ANIMATED ECO FILM – was not awarded
- BEST ANIMATED KIDS’ FILM – The Jury awarded “Snowflake” by Natalia Chernysheva (Russia) VIDEO
- TV SERIES BEST FILM – was not awarded
- THE BEST BULGARIAN ANIMATED FILM – award goes to “Last Autumn” by Sofiya Ilieva, Georgi Merdzhanov, Emilian Gatsov, Stoyan Tenev. BLOG