Zagreb Film company for the production of animated films was founded in 1953. The multitude of genres and different styles from that time made Georges Sadoul, a French theoretician, critic and film historian, to coin the name Zagreb School of Animated Film, which has become a trademark for quality and innovative films made in Zagreb. From 1990 to 1994, Zagreb Film was a social enterprise for production and distribution of films import-export. After that, until 1999, it operates as a joint-stock company and then as a limited liability company. From January to August 2007, Zagreb Film is a subsidiary of Zagreb Holding company. In August of that same year, it became a Culture Institution founded by the City of Zagreb. After 1991, Zagreb Film found itself in a period of great changes, characteristic for transition states in Eastern Europe, and then in the turmoil of war. The production of artistic animated films aims to continue the tradition today with the help of the Republic of Croatia and the City of Zagreb. Several members of the new generation of Zagreb animation have gained international affirmation, such as Danijel Šuljić, Nicole Hewitt, Magda Dulčić, Darko Bakliža, Stiv Šinik, Goran Trbuljak, Ivana Guljašević… Along with young creative forces from the Animation and New Media Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, they are a promise of a successful revitalization of the Zagreb School of Animated Film. In 2010, the House of Croatian Film, owned by Zagreb Film, was opened as a joint cultural project of Zagreb Film and the City of Zagreb at 18 Nova Ves Street. Zagreb Film’s stop-motion animation studio was opened in 2014. In an operational and production sense, it is the only fully specialized studio for stop-motion animation in the region and it can sustain the production of several animated films at once.rnrnSo far, more than 700 animated, 14 live-action, 600 documentary, 800 commercials and 600 educational films have been produced at Zagreb Film. Zagreb Film has won more than 500 awards at festivals all over the world. One of them is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award, the Oscar, for the best animated film in 1961, Dušan Vukotić’s The Substitute ( Surogat), making Dušan Vukotić the first non-American author to receive this award. Zagreb Film has also produced various animated series for children: Inspector Mask, Professor Balthazar, The Little Flying Bears and Maxi Cat. Most of them are distributed internationally. The character of Professor Balthazar made the biggest success world-wide. Today, Zagreb Film operates on three locations: 70 Vlaška Street, where the management and film archive are, 18 Nova Ves Street (the House of the Croatian Film) and 7-11 Savska Cesta, where the studio for stop-motion animation is.

Movies and shows

  • 1989.
  • 6 min
  • Animated

A man visits the panels of a comic page-like world in search for his loved Gloria.

  • 1978.
  • 8 min
  • Animated

This is the story of Svojislav who was accustomed to walking the way he was taught by his mother.

  • 1966.
  • 8 min
  • Animated

A man is seated on a bench. He has a paper bag next to him.

  • 1958.
  • 13 min
  • Animated

Harassed by the day, he runs away in the evening from people and town. He crawls into his little room to sleep.

  • 1965.
  • 4 min
  • Animated

This is a film about two persons and a wall that blocks their path.

  • 1990.
  • 7 min
  • Animated

A Piggy-bank becomes suddenly alive and runs away from the boy who was just about to smash it.

  • 1961.
  • 10 min
  • Animated

A man comes to the beach and uses inflatable objects for all of his needs.

  • 1987.
  • 10 min
  • Animated

The cup-final. Who will be the winner?

  • 1978.
  • 14 min
  • Animated

A short film which documents the animator's satirical outlook on life using only music and images to convey the message.

  • 1973.
  • 1 min
  • Animated

Zlatko Pavlinić demonstrates that in the war of the sexes, nothing is as it first appears.

  • 1977.
  • 5 min
  • Animated

Everybody has someone above him whom he fears. The stronger one is, the better he advances.

  • 1959.
  • 9 min
  • Animated

A musical parable of crowded communal living.

  • 1988.
  • 6 min
  • Animated

Great lover… Hunter of women’s hearts… He seduces his new victim.

  • 1965.
  • 3 min
  • Animated

A short cartoon, a humoresque of human stubbornness, shown in the play of a harmonious quartet and the indestructible pest – the trumpet player.

  • 1969.
  • 9 min
  • Animated

The film deals with the closed circle of the force which connects the executioner and victim.

  • 1966.
  • 8 min
  • Animated

A film about the relationship between a man and a fly in which the aggravating persistence of the fly grows into an obsession with the man and becomes a vertibale monster.

  • 1965.
  • 9 min
  • Animated

This is a film about an exceptional pig that could sing.

  • 1982.
  • 2 min
  • Animated

An animator’s sarcastic response to the current political situation in the world.

  • 1957.
  • 10 min
  • Animated

A poster announcing the opening night of an opera.

  • 1999.
  • 14 min
  • Animated

The film is inspired by the works of Antun Gustav Matoš.

  • 1999.
  • 8 min
  • Animated

Take a peek through the window and experience a magical day in a beautiful city.

  • 1987.
  • 5 min
  • Animated

A bizarre look at the Dracula legend.

  • 1980.
  • 9 min
  • Animated

Josko Marusic's unsettling 1980 animation tells a story of fear, violence and loss in a small fishing village.

  • 1987.
  • 5 min
  • Animated

The light signal on a small railroad station stops the night express train…

  • 1984.
  • 8 min
  • Animated

A pale black-white photography of a city square from last century.

  • 1967.
  • 10 min
  • Animated

A young conscript, Mac, reports to the army carrying his pet frog Krek.

  • 1971.
  • 1 min
  • Animated

Good luck, bad luck — they all come quickly.

  • 1959.
  • 10 min
  • Animated

A distinguished sculptor Mr Peacock laid an egg.

  • 1987.
  • 5 min
  • Animated

This is an animated film parable, full of gags, on a man who is falling but cannot fall down and while he is falling he is accompanied by a series of short reminiscences from his life…

  • 1988.
  • 10 min
  • Animated

What happens when strange butterflies invade a girls dream...

  • 1959.
  • 11 min
  • Animated

A very pointy bully bothers a girl who is building a model spaceship. So, she designs a larger one and tricks him into thinking that it's a real spaceship.

  • 1988.
  • 8 min
  • Animated

An employee has a wife, a daughter, a small apartment, a small car and a cat.

  • 1980.
  • 7 min
  • Animated

A little girl named Ana went to buy bread. She also took her umbrella because it was starting to rain.

  • 1989.
  • 5 min
  • Animated

A cat lives with a middle-aged couple.

  • 1958.
  • 10 min
  • Animated

After destruction of the world, life returns slowly and in convulsions.

  • 1969.
  • 10 min
  • Animated

Story about a man and his simple life in the cruel world…

  • 1957.
  • 14 min
  • Animated

Cartoon about the relationship between a little boy and a cowboy in the cinema.

  • 1974.
  • 9 min
  • Animated

Memories of both the wonder and alienation of life reverberate in this animated diary by Nedelijko Dragic, one of Zagreb Film’s most acclaimed artists.

  • 1961.
  • 11 min
  • Animated

Don Quijote and Sancho Panza go off on their adventures.

  • 1970.
  • 10 min
  • Animated

Still in the delivery room, he started singing his song. And on he went his entire life.

  • 1966.
  • 8 min
  • Animated

Short animation inspired by traditional folk songs, telling the story of a young boy torn between two potential brides, one rich and one poor.

  • 1965.
  • 4 min
  • Animated

In life, everything is like a ceremony. In this one, seven persons are preparing for their last photograph.

  • 1965.
  • 9 min
  • Animated

The good deeds of a well-meaning fellow are repaid with ingratitude and malevolence.

  • 1983.
  • 11 min
  • Animated

At the beginning of the movie, a young girl flips through an album with family photos. Memories from childhood come to life, static images are triggered.

  • 1969.
  • 7 min
  • Animated

In a market, everyday life takes its course.

  • 1957.
  • 9 min
  • Animated

A little boy, child of the space age, encounters an old and crotchety magician and his familiars, and outdoes all the wizard’s tricks with the products of modern science.

  • 1981.
  • 97 min
  • Comedy

A power-cut in a great apartment building brings the tennants together.

  • 1980.
  • 115 min
  • Drama

This biography includes references to his abilities of detailed mental visualization as well as the slowly intensifying personal habits, indulgences or eccentricities for which he became nearly as well known. The film portrays Tesla in a battle with Thomas Edison over the superiority of Alternating Current over Direct Current. It also depicts Tesla's dream of supplying consumers all around the globe with limitless wireless energy.

  • 1986.
  • 87 min
  • Drama

Valent is a night shift worker who can barely feed his family.

  • 1988.
  • 86 min
  • Drama

The story begins in a small rural village in Slavonia, Ladimirevci, in 1943, where a land owner Šima is helping the Partisan Movement and the official Ustasha regime in order to save the life of his son Benes, who is enlisted in the German army.

  • 1985.
  • 114 min
  • Drama

A city journalist decides to become a country schoolteacher, just to find some peace.

  • 1991.
  • 102 min
  • Drama

After spending 13 years in prison, forty-year-old Djuka Begovic returns to his home-village in Slavonia.

  • 2011.
  • 10 min
  • Animated

Is the comfort of routine and the happiness it provides enough to keep us its slaves forever?

  • 1967.
  • 10 min
  • Animated

An amazing force from the depths of the earth plays with a person.

  • 1972.
  • 10 min
  • Animated

The quick tempo of life in polluted cities makes patients out of people. Neurosis is an everyday occurrence.

  • 1959.
  • 12 min
  • Animated

The inspector cautiously walks the city streets avoiding “dangers”.

  • 1965.
  • 4 min
  • Animated

A man stares resignedly from behind the bars of a small window on a large wall.

  • 1979.
  • 88 min
  • Drama

We follow fragments of the lives of young girls from a social institution for children and young adults without parents.

  • 1978.
  • 7 min
  • Animated

The series revolves around benevolent genius Professor Balthazar. In each episode, someone in his surroundings has a problem, which he duly considers and invariably finds a solution to. He then activates a magical machine and produces an invention that will solve the problem.

  • 1990.
  • 24 min
  • Animated

This cartoon helps children realize the importance of protecting the environment. The series shows the harmful effects of pollution and fires as well as the important role of the ecosystem.

  • 1962.
  • 8 min
  • Animated

Inspector Mask is a Croatian and Yugoslav animated comedy television series produced for television by Zagreb Film that ran from 1962 to 1963.