The Raft

Marko Meštrović

2D animation

year: 2021

format: DCP, HD
duration: 13'46"

production: Kreativni sindikat
distribution: Bonobostudio

If a global catastrophe is a state of mind, then music is the raft.


More About the Film

The water reached up to our necks, and very soon, over our heads. The mountains became islands and the islands became hills in the darkness of the deep. The palms became sea anemones and the sea anemones remained what they were. The Wall Street was still full of sharks. Venice floated a while longer, and then… If a global catastrophe is a state of mind, then music is the raft.

Directing, story, drawing: Marko Meštrović
Script: Božidar Trkulja, Marko Meštrović
Director of photography: Darko Drinovac
Animation: David Lovrić, Marko Meštrović
Colouring: Martina Meštrović
In-betweens: Draško Ivezić
Editing: Iva Kraljević, Marko Meštrović
Post-production: Iva Kraljević, Ivan Ladović
Sound design: Marko First
Music: Cinkuši
Cast: Nebojsa Stijačić, Boris Greiner, Stanislav Habjan
Voices: Ivi First, Boris Greiner, Stanislav Habjan
Executive producers: Mia Bučević, Sara Jakupec, Marijana Veljović
Producer: Igor Grubić

Marko Meštrović (Stuttgart, 1972) graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. He has been making animated films since 2000. His films were screened at some of the most important film festivals (Locarno, Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, Ottawa, Edinburgh, Sarajevo) and received many awards. He plays drums in the world music band Cinkuši.

The Raft (2021), Trip (2017), Levitation (2014), Why Elephants? (2012), No Sleep Won't Kill You (2010), Note (2008), Silencium (2006), Gipsy Song (2004)


  • Grand Prix, Supertoon International Animation and Comics Festival 2021
  • Oktavijan Award for the Best Animated Film in 2021


Animafest Zagreb (7/6-12/6/2021)
Mediterranean Film Festival Split (17/6-26/6/2021)
Tabor Film Festival (8/7-11/7/2021)
​Supertoon International Animation and Comics Festival (19/7-23/7/2021)
Anibar International Animation Festival (23/7-30/7/2021)
Countryside Animafest Cyprus (11/8-14/8/2021)
Flipbook Film Festival (12/8-15/8/2021)
Croatian Film Days (12/9-16/9/2021)
SICAF - Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (1/10-4/10/2021) 
Balkanima European Animated Film Festival (5/10-10/10/2021) 
FILMETS Badalona Film Festival (22/10-31/10/2021)
Banjaluka International Animated Film Festival (24/10-28/10/2021) 
Thessaloniki International Film Festival (4/11-14/11/2021)
Cinanima International Animated Film Festival (8/11-14/11/2021) 
Animateka International Animated Film Festival (26/11-5/12/2021)
Paris International Animation Film Festival (19/1-23/1/2022)
Cardiff Animation Festival (7/4-10/4/2022)
SEEFest South East European Film Festival Los Angeles (27/4-4/5/2022)
Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (30/4-9/5/2022)
Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (3/5-8/5/2022) 
Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival (18/8-28/8/2022) 
Filmfest Sundsvall (28/9-2/10/2022)
Linz International Short Film Festival (4/10-8/10/2022) 
Videomedeja International Video Festival (7/10-9/10/2022) 
Animaphix International Animated Film Festival (12/10-16/10/2022)
Film front International Short Film Festival (27/10-30/10/2022) 
Still Voices Short Film Festival (9/11-13/11/2022) 
ICONA Ionian Contemporary Animation Festival (1/12-4/12/2022) 
UNDER_the_RADAR Festival, Vienna (17/4-23/4/2023)
Tindirindis International Animation Film Festival (30/11-3/12/2023)