Anibar has been a registered NGO is Kosovo since July of 2010. It is an organization of passionate activists that encourages young people to express their ideas and worldview through animation and to discuss important social subjects pertinent to the youth of Kosovo. Anibar’s mission is to commit itself to breaking civic apathy through cultural activism.
Anibar has established a reputation as a responsible, innovative and inclusive organization locally, nationally and internationally since 2010. We have completed 31 projects in our seven years of establishment in which Anibar has worked together with local and International partners. We are particularly proud of the successful completion of seven editions of the Anibar International Animation Festival, the only festival of its kind in Kosovo. It is one of the biggest cultural events in the country which continuous to increase in the number of visitors, activities, and films from year to year.
In August 2017, Anibar International Animation Festival will throw open its doors and welcome over 9,000 enthusiastic animators, artists and audiences to the 8th edition of the only animation festival in Kosovo.
They will be treated to over 270 animated films and many activities for all types and levels of experience. They will enjoy 7 nights of music concerts with bands from all around the region, many workshops, and most importantly five cinemas, from which three are located outdoors, and will have the opportunity to experience screenings from a boat in the Anibar Lake Cinema. Another cinema in the most bio diverse park in Kosovo, Peja’s big park. To add to the whole cinema experience two other indoor cinemas, one at the city cinema Jusuf Gervalla and the other in the city theater Istref Begolli.
"Culture for Change supports Anibar International Animation Festival - ninth edition"
Culture for Change is an EU funded project managed by the EU Office in Kosovo and implemented by Qendra Multimedia and Goethe-Institut.
The project aims at strengthening cultural organizations and public libraries across Kosovo, by directly supporting financially cultural and educational activities. One of the strategic approaches of the project is, organizing activities in other remote areas in the country, rather than capital and main big cities. At the same time, it will aim at improving involvement of local communities of all ethnic backgrounds in the cultural activities.
The Anibar International Animation Festival takes place in Peja, Kosovo and is the biggest cultural event for the Western Kosovo. It is instrumental in increasing the cultural life in Western Kosovo, contributes to economic development, creates an international youth environment and enables youth participation and commitment. During the festival in August, not only does Peja becomes the cultural center of Kosovo but Anibar also delivers activities to cities throughout smaller cities in Kosovo.
The public spaces used for screening films are: Jusuf Gervalla Cinema, Istref Begolli Theater, Karagaqi Park Lake Spaces, and the Youth Center of Peja. Main squares are used as a space for information and public performances and the city park is also utilized for concerts every night of the festival. The festival also contributes to revitalization of public spaces of the city.
The theme of this year’s festival will be Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, as women are one of the marginalized groups in society. During the festival, there will be panel discussions addressing and and promoting awareness of this topic. Anibar wants to make a difference by inspiring women and men in animation to address gender inequality. The festival is a great tool for this purpose because it brings more people to the city and gains the attention of the community and of the media which makes the delivery of this message in more effective way.
"Cultivation of animation culture between Western Balkans and Visegrad Group"
Anibar is partnering up with Visegrad Group members; Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia to cultivate further the animation culture between the two neighboring areas that are Western Balkans and Visegrad Group. By curating animated film programs, a series of workshops, presentations, lectures, and development of an educational guide to ensure sustainability of the action, this relationship will increase the volume of educational tools, which as a long-term effect have improvement in film production and co-productions between the countries.
Development of a sustainable exchange of experience and knowledge between V4 Countries and the Western Balkans, through animation and its production, will also expose Western Balkan audiences to Visegrad Group audiences to produced animated films and vice versa, therefore which as a result enhances audience development.
Throughout the project Kosovan animation tutors, V4 Animation professionals, local independent animators, and film students will be included in the events and activities that will be organized within the cooperation. The project will last from June 2017 until February 2018.
Partners of this project are: FestAnca – International Animation Festival, Primanima – World Festival of First Animations, and Animation Film Studio, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts. The project is funded by International Visegrad Fund.