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Blogs ANIBAR ANIMATION FESTIVAL 9-14 August 2013 Peja, Kosovo


Sometimes when you attend an animation festival for the second time it isn’t quite as exciting as you remember,but this is certainly not the case with the Anibar Animation Festival in Peja, Kosovo.  This year the film programming was excellent and the staff so warm and gracious and I returned home with many happy memories.

Anibar not only brings excellent animation to the community, the festival also has a strong emphasis on ecology .  Peja is located at the edge of a plain with beautiful mountains rising above it.  The mountains are a popular rock climbing area in the summer and are known for skiing in the winter.  The stream running through the center of the city flows down from pristine springs in the mountains.  To educate people to the importance of caring for their beautiful surroundings, promote sustainable living and lower the impact of the festival on the environment, Anibar has inaugurated a series of down to earth programs that festival goers could participate in called Earth.  To manage waste and promote local products everyone that brought empty aluminum cans for recycling to the information booth received local organic tea as a reward.

Blogs CALL FOR ENTRIES: 21st Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (April 22-27, 2014)

Submit your animated films!

Dear filmmakers and friends of animated films,

in 2014 Stuttgart will again open up the doors to the great world of animated film. You would like to be a part of it and show your film to an international audience? The Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) will offer a platform to filmmakers, directors and production companies to present their films and give to fans of animated film the chance to watch animated short and feature films of all genres for six days.

The ITFS is one of the biggest and most important international festivals for animated film. It has developed into an essential event within the field of animated film in Germany and worldwide. Around 80,000 visitors and approximately 2,500 accredited professionals attended in 2013. Be a part of it and take the chance to meet well-known filmmakers and young talents, and to participate in numerous workshops, informational events and presentations.

Blogs FESA Festival - Belgrade, Serbia 31 Aug & 1 Sept

Last year I was lucky enough to attend this excellent festival of student animation.  Anyone who is anywhere near Belgrade should not miss this wonderful event.

This year's FESA festival received 71 animated films from 12 schools and 12 countries, twice more than last year.

Prof. Thomas Renoldner - PROGRAM OF THE FINE ARTS ACADEMY from Vienna

and Prof. Rastko ?iri? - PROGRAM 65 YEARS OF THE FACULTY OF APPLIED ARTS from Belgrade

Blogs BEIRUT ANIMATED 3RD EDITION Beirut, Lebanon, 14-18 June 2013

My first trip to the Middle East proved to be the amazing experience I had expected it to be.  Unfortunately I had to miss the first two days of the Beirut Animated Festival due to commitments at Annecy.  I left early on Sunday morning from the Geneva airport.  My first surprise came when I landed at the Beirut airport.  The festival staff had told me that I could purchase a visa when I arrived at the airport, but as it turned out with my official invitation to participate in a cultural event, there was no charge for my visa. Even though I would only be there for four days, the visa was issued to me for a month.

With a minimal staff and a very limited budget, festival director Sarra Maali and her staff have created an impressive  festival. Headquartered at the beautiful Metropolis Cinema, it combined the best of Middle Eastern animation with a varied selection of international features and short animated films.   The opening night was kicked off with a screening of the French feature The Rabbi’s Cat and I was told that the  several hundred seat theatre was full.


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Blogs Henreitta Bulkowski by Rachel Johnson

A long long time ago, like 10 years ago, a young woman went to the Czech Republic, learned about puppet animation and made a splendid little film called The Toll Collector.... Now she's back. Well.. she's been back (in the USA) for a while..but I mean back in the 'time to make another film' sense.