The cycling season is nearing its grand finale. During the final race, the two men in the lead are competing for more than the Grand Trophy; they are fighting for the affection of a lady and fulfilment of their erotic fantasies. Meanwhile, the small port town prepares for the arrival of a large ocean liner and its dashing captain. Inspired by the art of Vasko Lipovac, Veljko Popovic created an animated short marked by unique aesthetics. Painted in vivid colours of summer and with a dash of the erotic, it is a comedy that captures the spirit of a small Mediterranean town. “Cyclists” is this week’s Staff Pick Premiere. Read more about it on the Vimeo Blog: https://bit.ly/3hrwe3n Filmmaker Bio: Veljko Popovic (1979) graduated in 2003 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Department of Painting. He has worked with computer graphics since 1998 and co-founded Lemonade3d, studio for CG and animation that later became Prime Render Studios. Since 2012, he has been teaching animation at the Arts Academy in Split. His films have been screened and awarded at numerous film festivals worldwide, including Annecy, Animafest Zagreb, Clermont Ferrand, Aspen, Hiroshima, Leeds, Stuttgart. He was a jury member at numerous film festivals.