In the Beginning of Time...

Božidar Trkulja

stop animation

year: 2012

format: HD
duration: 10'

production: Bonobostudio
distribution: Bonobostudio

A large threat is menacing the village. The mythical demon Garmah – half squid, half bird – has awoken and brings utmost darkness...


More About the Film

director, script, design: Božidar Trkulja
animation: Dina Rončević
puppets, sets, additional design and animation: Ivana Bošnjak, Thomas Johnson
supervision and editing: Simon Bogojević Narath
music: Vladimir Sokačić, Božidar Trkulja
sound design and mix: Hrvoje Radnić
voices: Marko Dimić, Vladimir Sokačić, Božidar Trkulja, Ivana Vlašić
compositing and special effects: Goran Mitrović
producer: Vanja Andrijević

In the beginning of time, in an African-like village where the people believed in various wonders, the tribe shaman, disturbed by the vision of the mythical monster’s coming, chooses a young warrior who needs to go to the end of the world and find the White Girl, the only one who can help him conquer the demon and defeat eternal darkness.

The journey is uncertain, time is scarce and the village shaman is talkative.

Božidar Trkulja (Zagreb, 1975) has been working as journalist, editor, film critic, comic book critic and columnist since 1997. He has written numerous articles and reviews focusing specially to animated film, his primary field of interest. He also writes music reviews for Croatian weekly and monthly publications. During the last ten years he has made several hundred artworks, held a few notable exhibitions and participated in several art colonies. In the Beginning of Time... is his first film.


  • Best Regional Film Award, Kratkofil Plus 2012
  • Best Film in Balkan Competition, Anibar 2012


Festivals +

Days of Croatian Film (16/04-21/04/2012)
Tabor Film Festival (8/7-14/7/2012)
Kratkofil Plus International Film Festival (18/7-22/7/2012)
Supertoon International Animation Festival (30/7-3/8/2012)
Opuzen Film Festival (18/8-25/8/2012)
Anibar International Animation Festival (22/8-27/8/2012)
Animanima International Animation Festival (6/9-9/9/2012)
KROK International Animated Film Festival (9/9-18/9/2012)
Anifest Rozafa International Festival of Animated Film (25/9-29/9/2012)
Se-Ma-For Film Festival (10/10-13/10/2012)
Banja Luka International Animated Film Festival (23/10-28/10/2012)
Tindirindis International Animated Film Festival (22/10-28/10/2012)
Istanbul Animation Festival (23/11-28/11/2012)
Olympia International Film Festival (1/12-8/12/2012)
Animateka International Animated Film Festival (3/12-12/12/2012)
Be There! Corfu Animation Festival (4/4-7/4/2013)
Golden Kuker International Animation Festival (7/5-12/5/2013)
River Film Festival (28/5-9/6/2013)
Leiden International Short Film Experience (1/6-8/6/2013)
Outbox International Short Film Festival (27/6-30/6//2013)
SICAF Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (23/7-28/7/2013)
Baranja Animation Festival (23/08-24/08/2013)
St.Petersburg International Festival of Debut and Student Films (13/9-20/9/2013)
Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (17/9-22/9/2013)
Tuzla Film Festival (18/9-22/9/2013)
Short Form International Short Film Festival (26/9-29/9/2013)
Primanima World Festival of New Animations (23/10-26/10/2013)
Landshut Short Film Festival (26/3-31/3/2014)
VAFI International Children and Youth Festival (22/4-27/4/2014)
Animafest Zagreb – World Festival of Animated Film (Croatian Stop Motion Programme), (3/6-8/6/2014)
Annecy International Animation Film Festival (Croatian Stop Motion Programme), (9/6-14/6/2014)
Laimjala Short Nights Short Film Festival (31/7-1/8/2014)