Within a big family of amateur children's filmmaking in Croatia, one of the oldest members is SKOLA ANIMIRANOG FILMA (ANIMATED FILM WORKSHOP) from Cakovec (SAF).
With its specific organizational form (operating outside of the school structure), its working forms, its methods, and its unconventional communication between workshop leader and children, ŠAF anticipates a possible new modality of school education.

At the beginning of their work in SAF, children aged 8 to 12 years, in free creative play, make short animated films - older members sometimes even make more developed
'amateur' films. The purpose of the children's activity in ŠAF is definitely not the education of future professional animators, but the development of serial cognition, imagination, perseverance, and values of cooperation and pride in one's work.

Some basic information about ŠAF:

- SAF was founded February 28th 1975, and from the beginning, Edo Lukman has been its head.
- from 1998 Jasminka Bijelic Ljubic started to work in studio as another instructor
- Over 160 short animated films (more than 4 hours in duration) have been created since 1975.
- More than 600 children have worked at least one year in the studio.
- SAF organized a number of animated film workshops in the schools and for the leaders of children's cinema clubs.
- 18 International animated film workshops have been organized.
- Since 1982 SAF has continuously cooperated with the Zagreb Animated Film Festival
  and has participated in a number of different international projects led by ASIFA.
- SAF has participated at a lot of international workshops (Odense, Annecy), and its leader, Edo Lukman, led over 140 workshop projects in Croatia and USA, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland...
- SAF members and their films were successfully presented at many important festivals of animated films throughout the world and many have received awards and recognition as a result of continuous and significant work.

ishu patel...
Very often, a famous animators visited our studio. Here we see a group of SAF members together with Lin Xiao and A Da from China, Ishu Patel and Grant Munro from Canada and Josko Marusic from Croatia (1986)

by occasion of 20 years anniversary some dear friends came in Cakovec: Bob Gofrey, Borivoj Dovnikovic - Bordo, Darko Vernic - Bundi, Nicole Salomon, Josko Marusic, Rada Sesic...

David Ehrlich did many workshops in Cakovec and helped a lot in sense of developing of this activity inside SAF
- on above photo we see David and group of students who did pixilated film INVASION OF PLASTIC (1984).

SAF studio is located inside Cakovec Cultural Center and is equipped with all necessary technique and space in which group
up to fifteen students can create their animated films.

kids at work

scanning of drawings for an animated film

computer work drawings' coloring in Toon Boom


Edo Lukman was born in Cakovec in 1949. He founded and since 1975 continuously leads the Animated Film School in his hometown, the popular SAF. Young people recognize Edo and the School for taking care of animated film and artistic animation.
Many internationally known animation artist have been working in Cakovec. The SAF takes part in many ASIFA Workshop Group projects and at International Animation festivals.
Each year SAF organizes an International Animated Film Workshop in Cakovec.
Edo Lukman is a well-known author of different workshop models, and he took part in near to 100 workshops home and abroad (Austria, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland and the USA).
He made the animated short "Job Well Done" for Zagreb-film 1989, the animated sequences for the feature "Floki, Don't Give Up!" (2000), animated trailer for the Children Film Festival in Laon (France) and two animated films about problems of trafficking (2004). He was a member of the jury at the Bourg en Bresse Festival (France) in 1992 and 1996, at Zagreb Animated Film Festival in 2002, GOLD FISH Festival in Moscow 2003 and 2005, and ROSHFD Film Festival in Iran (2003). Member of ASIFA since 1982.

edo     Jasminka

Jasminka Bijelic Ljubic was born in Cakovec in1974.
She graduated at Faculty of organization and informatics in Varazdin in the field of application of informatics in film creativity.
Jasminka joined SAF in the year 1998, and since than she took part in all studio activities (films production, pedagogical work , presentations, festivals and workshops).
She participated in realization of several professional films as animator and since 1999. participate at animated film workshop inside Media School.
Her free time occupation is photography and illustration.

Trg Republike 1, 40000 Čakovec, Croatia tel/fax: 385 40 310 458 e-mail: saf@ck.t-com.hr