Cyclists

Veljko Popović

2D animation

year: 2018

format: DCP
duration: 7'20"

production: Lemonade 3D / Krupni kadar, Bagan Films, 3D2D Animatori
distribution: Bonobostudio

Countries of production: Croatia, France / Based on the artwork by Vasko Lipovac

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More about the film

The cycling season is nearing its grand finale. During the final race, the two men in the lead are competing for more than the Grand Trophy; they are fighting for the affection of a lady and fulfilment of their erotic fantasies. Meanwhile, the small port town prepares for the arrival of a large ocean liner and its dashing captain.

Inspired by the art of Vasko Lipovac, Veljko Popović created an animated short marked by unique aesthetics. Painted in vivid colours of summer and with a dash of the erotic, its is a comedy that captures the spirit of a small Mediterranean town.

Script, director, editor: Veljko Popović
Animators: Goran Stojnić, Chloe Roux, Lucija Bužančić, Sander Joon, Mario Vrandečić
Music: Pablo Pico, Siniša Jakelić, Nikola Džaja
Sound design: Jean-Baptiste Saint Pol
Producers: Milivoj Popović, Veljko Popović (Lemonade 3D), Patrick Hernandez (Bagan Films)
Co-producer: Lado Skorin (3D2D Animatori)

Veljko Popović (1979) graduated in 2003 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Department of Painting. In 1998, he started working with computer graphics. He co-founded Lemonade3d, a CG and animation studio. Since 2012, he has been a tenured Professor at the Arts Academy in Split, where he teaches animation. His films have been screened and awarded at numerous festivals worldwide, including Annecy, Animafest Zagreb, Clermont-Ferrand, Aspen, Hiroshima, Leeds, Stuttgart, etc. He has been a jury member at many film festivals.

Filmography
Cyclists (2018), Planemo (2016), Father (2012, co-director), Dove sei, amor mio (2011), My Way (2010, co-director), She Who Measures (2008)

Awards

  • Best Croatian Film Award, Animafest Zagreb 2018
  • Best Croatian Short Film Award, Mediterranean Film Festival Split 2018
  • Jury Distinction, Annecy International Animation Festival 2018

Festivals

Animafest Zagreb - World Festival of Animated Film (4/6-9/6/2018)
Mediterranean Film Festival Split (7/6-16/6/2018)
Annecy International Animation Festival (11/6-16/6/2018)
Croatian Film Days (16/6-20/6/2018)
Diversions International Short Film Festival (25/6-1/7/2018)
Tabor Film Festival (5/7-8/7/2018)
Animaphix International Animated Festival (18/7-22/7/2018)
Countryside Animafest Cyprus (19/7-21/7/2018)
Supertoon International Animation Festival (22/7-27/7/2018)
Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (24/7-29/7/2018)
Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Japan (23/8-27/8/2018)

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