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Film Inspired by Famous Croatian Artist Wins Prestigious International Award


An animated film inspired by paintings by famous Croatian artist Vasko Lipovac has won a prestigious award.

Cyclists, a comedy spiced with eroticism and summer colours capturing the spirit of a small Mediterranean town inspired by paintings by Vasko Lipovac, has won the Jury Distinction award at the 42nd International Animation Festival in Annecy.

The film, which is written, directed and edited by Veljko Popović also had its premiere at the festival which is the most recognized and renowned animation festivals in the world and was held from 11-16 June 2018.


More than 3000 films from 93 countries applied to the Annecy Festival this year.

‘Ten years ago we debuted at Animafest and Annecy with our short film She Who Measures. Since then, we have met many new friends and fell in love with the world of animated film. This award now comes full-circle and has made these last ten years feel like a dream. I am looking forward to what the next ten years will bring,’ said Popović.


The film’s animators are Goran Stojnić, Chloe Roux, Lucija Bužančić, Sander Joon and Mario Vrandečić, compositing is by Sina Jakelić, Gordan Mihalec and Darko Kokić. Music is by Pablo Pico, Siniša Jakelić and Nikola Džaja, and sound design is by Jean-Baptiste Saint Pol. The producers are Milivoj Popović and Veljko Popović (Lemonade 3D), and co-producers are Patrick Hernandez (Bagan Films) and Lado Skorin (3D2D Animators).

The Annecy Festival is one of the oldest and most prominent animated film festivals attracting thousands of professionals from the world of animation each year. Check out the trailer below.

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