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


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.

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


  • Best Croatian Film Award, Animafest Zagreb 2018
  • Best Croatian Short Film Award, Mediterranean Film Festival Split 2018
  • Jury Distinction, Annecy International Animation Festival 2018
  • Oktavijan Award for the Best Animated Film, Croatian Film Days 2018
  • Diploma of the Jury, Insomnia International Animation Film Festival 2018


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)
Insomnia International Animation Film Festival (19/7-23/7/2018)
Guanajuato International Film Festival (20/7-29/7/2018)
Supertoon International Animation Festival (22/7-27/7/2018)
Motovun Film Festival (24/7-28/7/2018)
Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (24/7-29/7/2018)
Animix Tel Aviv Animation Festival (7/8-11/8/2018)
Anibar International Animation Festival (13/8-19/8/2018)
Films Like No Others, Bol (16/8-19/8/2018)
Imaginaria International Animation Festival (21/8-25/8/2018)
Hiroshima International Animation Festival (23/8-27/8/2018)
Turku Animated Film Festival (29/8-2/9/2018)
Videomedeja International Video Festival (31/8-2/9/2018)
Animanima International Animation Festival (4/9-8/9/2018)
Linoleum International Festival of Contemporary Animation & Media-art (6/9-9/9/2018)
Varna World Festival of Animated Film (12/9-16/9/2018)
Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy (20/9-30/9/2018)
Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (25/9-30/9/2018)
Ottawa International Animation Festival (26/9-30/9/2018)
KROK International Animated Film Festival (30/9-7/10/2018)
Tofuzi International Festival of Animated Films (1/10-6/10/2018)
Animatou International Animation Film Festival (5/10-13/10/2018)
Sedicicorto International Film Festival (5/10-14/10/2018)
Taichung International Animation Festival (11/10-16/10/2018)
Bucheon International Animation Festival (19/10-23/10/2018)
Wiesbaden International Weekend of Animation (1/11-4/11/2018)