Eastern Europe

When political customs relaxed and stylistic research was allowed, the state-funding system revealed unexpected good qualities. In different ways from nation to nation, the State became a patron of auteur animation.

There was a rationale. Culture and sports had become the two main areas of dialogue and confrontation between the two blocs. An Olympic medal or a festival Grand Prix was a mock victory in a mock battle. In Eastern Europe, a festival prize also meant an ace in the hole for the studio director, when it came to asking his Ministry for funding. Even so, complete creative freedom was never granted. Several films were not released because of their alleged ideological danger, and the expression ‘Aesopian approach’ (meaning ...

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