Jury – Julian Gallese

Screening time: 1 h 30 min

Films in this screening:

Jury 3:

Julian Gallese

Costa Rica, Canada, UK, Japan, 2014-2022. 01 hour 30 minutes.

Julian Gallese 

Julian (1992) is an artist from San José, Costa Rica. In 2014, after several shows in his hometown, Julian attended the Vancouver Film School to study traditional animation. Since then, Julian has made several independent short films that have been shown in festivals and galleries around the world. In 2018, Julian attended the Royal College of Art in London. He currently lives and works in London.


Julian is present at the screening. He will talk about his work throughout the years and will answer the questions from the audience.


FIlms in this screening:

Menagerie | 2014 | Canada, Costa Rica | Duration: 03:28

Untitled | 2014 | Canada, Costa Rica | 01:20

Today’s Conversation (music video) | 2015 | Costa Rica | 03:08

North | 2016 | Canada | 01:24

Binbows | 2016 | Costa Rica | 01:01

Cococo | 2017 | Costa Rica | 07:07

Cow Palace | 2018 | Costa Rica | 02:26

Banana Bread (360 video) | 2018 | Canada | 01:37

Julia | 2018 | UK | 02:24

Soft serve | 2018 | UK | 00:22

Don’t buy milk | 2019 | UK | 04:12

角銅真実 – Lullaby | 2019 | Japan | 04:00

Thank You | 2020 | UK | 07:30

Dance II | 2020 | Germany, Costa Rica | 05:20

Umweg | 2021 | Germany, Costa Rica | 03:18

Total screening and discussion time: 1h 30min

Jury – Renata Gąsiorowska, Lucija Mrzljak

Screening time: 1 h

Films in this screening:

Jury 2:

Jury 2: Renata Gąsiorowska, Lucija Mrzljak

Poland, Estonia, Ireland, 2012 - 2020. 60 minutes.

Renata Gąsiorowska (1991)

Animator and cartoonist from Kraków, Poland, Renata is a graduate of the Animation Department of the Polish Film School in Łódź. She has made five short films, a few animated music videos and several short comics published around the world. Renata’s school film, Pussy won a lot of awards. Her newest short film Home in a shell was produced for HBO Poland as a part of “At Home” anthology. Renata is currently living and working in Wrocław.

Lucija Mrzljak (1990)

Lucija Mrzljak is a Croatian animation film director and illustrator based in Tallinn, Estonia. She studied at fine art academies in Zagreb, Krakow, Prague and Tallinn. In 2016 she completed her MA studies in animation at the Estonian Academy of Fine Arts as a student of Priit and Olga Pärn. Her student films Shuma and Kut were screened and awarded at numerous film festivals around the world. 

Since 2016 she co-directed several animated short animated films with the Estonian director Morten Tšinakov in Eesti Joonisfilm studio in Tallinn and Adriatic Animation studio in Zagreb: Demonstration Of Brilliance In Four Acts (2017), The Stork (2020), Eva (2022). 

In 2019 Lucija collaborated with Oscar winning musician Glen Hansard, directing an animated music video The Closing door, which won the prestigious Oktavijan award in Croatia. Besides animation Lucija is a passionate illustrator, she started as a caricaturist in political magazines like Le Monde Diplomatique and Newsweek and later she started to frequently publish her drawings in the legendary Estonian children’s magazine Täheke. She illustrated several books for children in collaboration with Estonian and Croatian authors and has exhibited illustrations at numerous group exhibitions throughout Europe and Russia.

Lucija lives and works in Tallinn as a director, illustrator and as a guest teacher at the Estonian Academy of Fine Arts.


The screening showcases films from both Renata and Lucija. Both directors will be present at the screening to answer the questions from the audience after the screening.


Films at the screening:

Pussy | 2016 | Poland | Director: Renata Gąsiorowska | 08:00

A young girl spends the evening alone at home. She decides to have some sweet solo pleasure session, but not everything goes according to plan.

Luke and Lotta | 2012 | Poland | Director: Renata Gąsiorowska | 09:00

A short story about the cone-girl Lotta nad the pear-boy Luke who go for a date. They live in a world where your shape depends of your personality. Pointy, brisk Lotta and round, slow Luke obviously don’t fit to each other but they try to do their best.

Home in a Shell | 2020 | Poland | Director: Renata Gąsiorowska | 06:00

Film that reveals how much more we have locked ourselves down in our bubbles, even though we have so many ways to communicate remotely. On my relations with the media I gorge on, or specifically on relations with one channel of a streaming platform that I watch non-stop and on how I am slowly morphing into a domestic animal.

Corner | 2016 | Estonia | Director: Lucija Mrzljak | 2:05

Life is difficult in the corner, in the point where three lines meet. Everything is geometrically relative when laws of perspective and gravity start playing tricks.

Shuma | 2016 | Estonia | Director: Lucija Mrzljak | 5:06

The Closing Door | 2019 | Estonia, Ireland | Director: Lucija Mrzljak | 04:29

The Stork | 2020 | Estonia | Directors: Lucija Mrzljak, Morten Tšinakov |15:51

While smoking on the balcony, the citizen Stork is struck by a moment of clarity, in which he realises that he is not a person, but rather a bird. At the same time, a Man and Woman are eating lunch. When a cuckoo jumps out of the clock, the man leaves the apartment in a hurry. The woman and the Stork meet…

Jury – Daniel Šuljić

Screening time: 1 h

Films in this screening:

Jury 1:

Daniel Šuljić

Croatia, Germany, Austria, 1993 - 2018. 60 minutes.

Daniel Šuljić 

Daniel Šuljić (1971) is an animation film director and a musician. Born in Zagreb, from 1992 to 2010 he lived in Vienna, and from 2010 on he has been living and working in both cities. Daniel studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, and from 1992 to 1998 painting and animation at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Masterclass C. L. Attersee, from where he graduated. Between 2005 – 2008 Daniel was a lecturer of classical animation at the Institute for Media Design at the University of Art and Design in Linz. In 2006 he was given the title of honorary professor at Jilin College of the Arts Animation School in Changchun, China. From 2010 to 2012 Daniel served as an artistic consultant for animated film at the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, and from 2013 to 2017 he was a member of the artistic council for film in the City of Zagreb.

Daniels’ films Evening Star (1993), Leckdonalds (1995), The Cake (1997), Sun, Salt and Sea (1997), Ich kann es mir sehr gut vorstellen (I Can Imagine It Very Well, 2004), Kurzes Leben (Short Life, 2007, co-dir. Johanna Freise), Transparency (2015) and From Under Which Rock Did They Crawl Out (2018) were shown at several hundred international and national film festivals, as well as on different TV channels across Europe and earned numerous international awards. Daniel is a member of festival juries and had several retrospectives (Anifilm Trebon, Monstra Lisabon, ITFS Stuttgart).

Since 2018 Daniel is an assistant professor at the Department of Animation and New Media, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb and the Croatian ambassador of the European Animation Awards. Since 2011 he has been the artistic director of the World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb.

The screening at TAFF showcases the diverse array of films and a music video from Daniel’s career between the years 1993 and 2018.

There is a possibility to discuss the films and ask questions from the director afterwards, as Daniel will be present at the screening.


Evening Star | 1993 | Austria | 04:00

Leckdonalds | 1995 | Austria |  03:00

Highway 59 – music video for Gone Bald | 1996 | Austria | 02:30

Sun, Salt and Sea | 1997 | Austria | 04:50

The Cake | 1997 | Croatia | 07:50

A Film With a Girl | 2000 | Croatia |  08:30

I Can Imagine It Very Well | 2003 | Austria | 03:50

Short Life |  2007 | Germany, Austria | Co-director: Johanna Freise | 09:03

In Chains | 2011 | Croatia | 06:25

Transparency | 2015 | Croatia | 05:52

From Under Which Rock Did They Crawl Out | 2018 | Croatia | 05:30