Primanima Jumpstart 2022 is a talent development initiative that offers a "two-in-one" opportunity to participate in a practical workshop and a script development programme that started before the 10th Primanima World Festival of First Animation and continued throughout the year in the form of online and in-person consultations. The unique opportunity for 12 selected talents to take part in the experimental workshop is followed by a practical session in which they are working on the script of their film project with the help of a dramaturg.
The first part of the programme was a four-day, practice-oriented workshop held right before Primanima by experienced tutors and filmmakers from Vienna, Thomas Renoldner, Marzieh Emadi and Sina Saadat . Here the participants created a collaborative animation project, which was presented at the festival in the exhibition space of Major in Budaörs. The participants were also invited to the festival itself, where they had the opportunity to participate in screenings, forums, master classes and the festival's vibrant life. During the second half of the festival week, they could also consult a Hungarian animation filmmaker and dramaturg Árpád Hermán for their own animation film projects and present their individual works in group sessions. The young talents have the opportunity to build strong relationships with each other through the experience and will have 11 more monthly consultations to develop their scripts. Primanima Jumpstart talent development programme is particularly unique in that participants receive long-term support after the practical workshop event.
Our partners are also actively involved in the implementation of Jumpstart 2022. We collaborate with prominent film and animation professional platforms in the Visegrad region. We have received great help from MOMAKIN in Poland, whose team enabled our participants to be invited to the 2022 ANIMARKT Stop Motion Forum, we have collaborated with the CEE Animation Forum, who provided practical guidance on how to apply to their well known event, and we have the chance to work on our partnership with StoryLab in Slovakia, who delegated one of our participants.
All in all, one of our main goal was to provide a wider access to the creators mentored in this programme other animation industry events in the Visegrad region, as well as the chance to join existing and well-established regional networks and promote international cooperation among them.
*have fun *being the audience *personal bonding to the project *all ears!
*expanded cinema *surrealism *experimental *installation
*experimentation *self-reflection *taking risks *all senses – film means image&sound together
Looking at the history of film, and in particular the history of animated films (and even pre-camera moving images), it is clear, that from the very beginning there have been two seemingly contradictory movements, which can be described in different terms – for example, narrative or non-narrative, representational or abstract, traditional or experimental. On the one hand, there are narrative films, which seek to capture the audience by telling a story, and on the other hand, there are films that seek to expand the possibilities of the medium. After a while, these two poles ceased to be clearly separated and began to interact, catalysing each other's development and sometimes even blending or combining elements that had previously been characteristic by the other.
During the Primanima Jumpstart workshop, the tutors focused on a more experimenting approach to filmmaking, encouraging participants to dare to take risks and follow the unexpected.
The workshop began with a joint screening of some of the major works of avant-garde film and experimental animation, an overview of the basic trends and strategies that can be discerned in the works, and a reflection on the influence of other visual arts and the role of sound and music in cinema. The experimental animation workshop was led by Thomas Renoldner, Marzieh Emadi and Sina Saadat in our festival.
The participants eventually formed teams focusing on different concepts with the idea of starting an animation project. The tutors tried to make the young creators realise that animation should not be thought of primarily only as a kind of film, but as "visual art in motion", which can be thought of as an installation in an exhibition setting rather than a cinema screen or a flat screen. During the workshop, one group worked in the exhibition space, while the others made short films together or individually, which were also on view in the space. The experimental animation installation was hosted in the Major in Budaörs, during Primanima.
Primanima has always paid attention to opening up opportunities for young animators not only at the festival but beyond. Every year, the festival is preceded by an international animation workshop dedicated to different techniques, genres or practices. Our partners have been actively involved in the running of the international animation workshop and long-term talent development programme Primanima Jumpstart, which was launched at the 10th Primanima. This year, we collaborated with prominent film and animation professional platforms in the Visegrad region (MOMAKIN, CEE Animation Forum, StoryLab). Thanks to MOMAKIN, several Jumpstarters were able to attend the 2022 Animarkt Stop Motion Forum and take part in the professional events of the Forum. Here is a summary from Zoé Nagy about the Forum.
Thomas Renoldner has tried himself in many different kinds of art forms: drawing, painting, fotography, object art, installation, performance, music. Besides, he is also a master teacher and he is leading a studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Animated film is used by him as a medium to combine the art disciplines he has experimented with. On the 10th of Primanima we were privileged to host his photo exhibition. He was a jury member of the Young Director’s Competition programme, we had the chance to listen to his masterclass and he was also asked to be one of the tutors of the first Primanima Jumpstart programme.