- "Croatian Tales" presented at Fiabesque, a fairytale festival in Italy
On January 7th 2006 "Croatian Tales of Long Ago" were presented at the festival Fiabesque in a beautiful medieval city of Peccioli in Tuscany - the true city of fairytales!
More details (+ photos)...
- CD-ROM "Croatian Tales" available in Australia!
- One of the things we arranged in Bologna - our CD-ROM "Croatian Tales, Part One" is distributed in Australia! Our partner "down there" is Intext Book, a company specialized in sales & distribution of bilingual and multilingual books and other publications. The CD will soon be available in some Australian bookstores.
More information and orders:
Intext Book Company Pty Ltd.
Language International Bookshop
825 Glenferrie Road
Hawthorn, VIC 3122 Australia
Phone: (03) 9819 0900
- "Mozart's Magic Flute" in Italian!
The music game "Mozart's Magic Flute" is now available in Italian language. "Il flauto magico" was published by Vivaldi Studio from Milan. They also plan to publish the other two music games from the "Interactive Classics" series - "Alice" and "The Nutcracker".
- "Croatian Tales of Long Ago" to be published in China!
After a long talk, we finally made it!
Our interactive project will be published in China, together with the original book written by Ivana Brlić Mažuranić.
We reached an agreement with China National Economic Audio & Video Publishing Centre and Union Oriental Ltd., both from Beijing, and they will also print children books with the illustrations from the cartoons, and other multimedia products (CD-ROMs, Video CD, DVD).
The interesting fact is that Ivana Brlić Mažuranić was already published in China - in 1957 her fairytale "Stribor's Forest" was included in a fairytale anthology, and in 1970s her novel "Adventures of Brave Apprentice Hlapić" was also translated to Chinese.
- Bologna Children's Book Fair, March 27-30, 2006
We were in Bologna this year! Our base was Croatian National Stand where we presented our international award-winning animation and new media project "Croatian Tales of Long Ago".
We shared the national stand with about 10 other Croatian publishers. For the first time Croatian publishers had an officially organized presentation at the fair, partly financed by the Ministry of Culture and the City of Zagreb, with books, multimedia and illustrations exhibited. The common show was organized by Croatian Association of Publishers and Booksellers, a part of Croatian Chamber of Economy. Special thanks go to Andrea and Kasmir Huseinovic from "Kasmir Promet", who did the most to make this happen! Please visit their website, the children books they do are really great and translated to many languages.
More information about Croatian stand in Bologna, together with the photos, is available here.
Bologna book fair is the largest international event of the industry of children's books, illustrations and media. For more about the fair click here.
- Aleen Stein, "the mama of multimedia", in Zagreb
Our DECro program continued in Zagreb.
On October 25th, 8 PM, at Drama Academy (Akademija dramske umjetnosti, Trg maršala Tita 5) we hosted Aleen Stein, founder of Voyager, Organa, Criterion Collection and many other cool things in multimedia and film.
- The Festival DECro 02 moved to the Adriatic
The second edition of the festival Digital Exchange Croatia - DECro02 happened on the Adriatic coast, in a beautiful historic town of Šibenik in Dalmatia. It was a part of the program of internationally famous Šibenik International Children's Festival.
- New Zealand!
CD-ROM "Croatian Tales of Long Ago, Part One" is now available in New Zealand!
For more information please contact:
Wild Daisies Publications
92 King Street, Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand
tel. +64 (9) 238 -1709, fax. +64 (9) 238-7104
- "Fisherman Plunk" by L. Arcadias screened at Imagimer festival in Brittany, France
The number of festivals where "Croatian Tales" or the cartoons from the project were awarded, selected or presented is now 25.
Festival Imagimer is happening in Saint-Cast le Guildo in Brittany, France, exists since 2001, and the topic of the festival is the sea. Its competition program includes all forms of film - feature, documentaries, animated cartoons and short meter. The festival took place on September 21-25.
Interesting - as a matter of fact an incredible coincidence - is that the program also included the cartoon "Fishes", made by Sabina Hahn and Polina and Mirek Nisenbaum from Studio Mobile in New York. They are also the authors of "Yagor", one of the 8 cartoons from "Croatian Tales" project!
More about the festival on www.festival-imagimer.com (French only, of course!).
- "Croatian Tales of Long Ago" won a prize on Lucca Comics 2004 festival!
We have been doing well in Italy this year!
After Future Web Festival in Bologna, and Cartoon Club Festival in Rimini, we were invited to Lucca Comics&Games, one of the most important cultural events in the neighboring country. "Croatian Tales" won the award there for "il miglior opera multimediale"!
More details (+ photos!)...
- Another festival, this time in the Czech Republic
"Fisherman Plunk and His Wife", an animated film by Laurence Arcadias, was selected for "Anti Film Fest" in Prague, Czech Republic, and screened there on November 13th 2004.
The festival "Anti Film Fest" is organized by Provokator magazine, and the awards go to films made on any media EXCEPT film, that are made without or with a tiny budget. So "Fisherman Plunk" qualifies just right, because Laurence made it mostly by herself in her free time.
All the income of the festival went to charity, to a foundation that fights for human treatment of labor animals.
Congratulations to Laurence!
- Screening in Felini's City!
"Croatian Tales of Long Ago" were shown at the Cartoon Club festival in Rimini, Italy. Our project was selected among 20 other best Flash animations and was presented as a part of a side program. The presentation included screening on the main city square of Felini's city, on July 26th, 2004.
More information: www.cartoonclub-rimini.com.
- Presentation at "Dust or Magic" 2004 conference in Oxford, UK
The project "Croatian Tales of Long Ago" was presented on "Dust or Magic 2004" conference, which is one of the most prestigious gatherings in the new interactive media field. The conference took place in old and magic Wadham College in Oxford, as a part of Brookes University postgraduate program.
Without any doubt, our presentation was the most exotic thing on the program - almost all other speakers were from English-speaking countries. Thanks to Bob Hughes, the conference organizer, we had a great honor to speak in front of the new media and digital technology elite.
- "Croatian Tales" included in "Toon Art: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning" by Steven Withrow
"Croatian Tales" were presented on two pages as one of the remarking examples of successful cartoon projects made with digital technologies and for the Web. The project is praised as a very cool example of multimedia based on literature in the book that deals with the best achievements of recent digital animation.
The book was published by Watson-Guptill, New York. To learn more about the book or buy it visit its page on Amazon.com.
- Helena Bulaja judge at "The Greatest Story Never Told" festival
Helena Bulaja, editor of the "Croatian Tales" project was one of the judges at "The Greatest Story Never Told" festival. The awards of the festival were announced on a ceremony in San Francisco on March 4, 2004. The festival is specialized in narrative content made with Macromedia Flash MX. It was founded by Nicholas Da Silva, the founder of famous Flash TV.
- Awards for "Croatian Tales" in 2003
The successful tour of the international festivals of the international multimedia project "Croatian Tales of Long Ago" continued also in 2003:
On eDIT | VES 2003 festival that happened for the sixth time in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 28-30, Helena Bulaja, editor of "Croatian Tales of Long Ago", and Ellen McAuslan, author of the interactive piece "Jaglenac & Rutvica", were invited to present this unique project as a part of "Creation&Art" program.
The festival eDIT |VES is focused on digital technologies in film, such as special effects, computer generated image, digital distribution of the moving images etc. Special guest of honor was Peter Greenaway, brilliant British filmmaker, and the creators of special effects in films like Pirates of the Caribbean, Terminator 3, Hulk, Dogville etc.
The main topic of this year's festival was "The Art of Storytelling in the Digital Age". "Croatian Tales" set new standards particularly in the storytelling with Flash technology, and that was the main reason for this invitation.
Here you can see the trailer of the 2003 festival with Helena's interview...
Two Cartoons from "Croatian Tales, Part One" CD-ROM, "Stribor's Forest" by Al Keddie and "How Quest Sought the Truth" by Nathan Jurevicius , were selected in Internet Film category at SICAF 2003 animation festival in Seoul, Korea, one of the biggest and most important animation events in Asia.
On 15th international festival Golden Award of Montreux in Switzerland CD-ROM "Croatian Tales, Part One" won Finalist Award Certificate in Web/Multimedia category. After more than 20 awards and recognitions that the project won for its Web pages and interactive animations available online, this is the first prize for the CD-ROM. Golden Award is one of the leading European festivals in design, TV production and multimedia.
Editors and producers of "Croatian Tales" Helena and Zvonimir Bulaja won Zagreb City Award in 2003.
In Čakovec, a town in northwest Croatia, we won "Nobiliska", a prize from ZEON association for the best publishing project of the year.
Web pages of the project were in competition at Videoformes 2003, international festival of video and new media in Clermont-Ferrand, central France.
After the nomination on the well known SXSW Interactive 2003 festival in Austin, Texas, in Animation / Cartoon category, we were also the finalists on FlashintheCan 2003 in Toronto, in category Story.
We won "Zlatna uljanica" (Golden Oil-lamp), an award given by a jury of "Glas koncila", leading Croatian catholic newspapers, for promoting ethical values in film. The award was given on Croatian Film Festival 2003 in Zagreb.
- Awards in 2002
In December 2002 we won on Netfestival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in category Story.
The cartoon "Neva" by Edgar Beals won honorable mention at New Media Festival in Brudenell, Prince Edward Island, Canada (October 19).
The cartoon "How Quest Sought the Truth" by Nathan Jurevicius was among 9 nominated in "Animation for the Internet" category on the most important animation festival in North America: Ottawa International Animation Festival 2002 (October 2-6, 2002.).
The project was in Net Projects competition on Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, the most important event in digital arts in Europe.
Filmfest in Hamburg (September 25-29, 2002) was giving FlashAward prize for the first time. Two of our cartoons were nominated: "Yagor" by Mirek Nisenbaum in category linear, and "Jaglenac & Rutvica" by Ellen McAuslan in category interactive. The films were shown on big screen in cinema Metropolis in Hamburg.
On Flash in the Can 2002 in Toronto interactive cartoon "How Quest Sought the Truth" was a finalist in category Animation.
We were at the most important animation event in the world - Festival international du film d'animation 2002 in Annecy, France. "Quest" by Nathan Jurevicius and "Stribor's Forest" by Al Keddie were in competition for the best short film for the Internet.
On FlashForward2002 San Francisco the project as a whole won in category Story.
FlashForward is the main festival of Flash multimedia - at the same time the first festival we ever applied to, went there, and won!
The cartoon "Neva" by Ed Beals was one of the five nominated in category Cartoon at the same festival.