ANIMATION FESTIVAL “ANIBAR”

The city of Peja will host, for the third year in a row, the International Animation Festival “ANIBAR” (22-27 August 2012). The international Festival is supported from different donors among them also Local Democracy Agency of Kosovo through the lead partner “Asosacione Trentino con I Balcani”.

Being its third year, Anibar has earned the prestige of having a large number of animated films that are being screened in the open-air and closed cinemas created by the enthusiasts that organize Anibar. The Festival was established by the need of having animated films that would be produced in Kosovo and for screening films to the public.

During the last two years Anibar has been the organizer of a series of cultural events which promote the production of animated films and their screening. With its cinemas organized for being the venue of screening the films, Anibar has shown emotions to the public and has stimulated the flow of their imagination. Films that are projected in Anibar cinemas have themes of social, economic, environmental, and exploit various animation techniques.

The number of films participating in this year’s edition has almost doubled compared to last year. This year, 167 animated films from different countries of the world will be screened during the 6 days of the festival. 47 films from Albania, Kosovo, Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Bulgaria will be competing for the Best of Balkans awards, while for The Best of International will be competing 70 films.

This year the festival will incorporate special programs. One of them is “Toon’s and Tunes” a special program made by Nancy Phelps with films that are focused in music. Student Netherlands Animations Program made by Luuk van Huet and Animcracy Program with films that have democracy as their main theme. Last but not least, everyday from 12:00 animated films for kids will be screened in “Jusuf Gervalla” cinema. Besides the “Jusuf Gervalla” cinema and an open-air cinema in the Youth Center, a new improvised op air cinema will screen movies during night time in Peja’s City Park.

Anibar, begin on 22nd and will last until 27th of Agust.