Cartoon Brew, a website for animation news, every day since 2004 has been publishing new articles, descriptions and critiques about new trends in the animation industry. For many animators this website is known as an essential animation blog and a page that is visited for the latest news in animation.
In its latest article, this magazine has written about the 8th edition of Anibar, describing this festival as very important for the culture of its city, Peja, and acknowledging the engagement in communication and the awareness building of locals for the reclaiming of public spaces.
The article starts by showing the inspiring story of this festival, which, as the author writes, was formed in a country and a city that have faced a lot of difficulties throughout the years.
The article also elaborates the theme of this festival’s edition, “Reclaim the City”, a theme which has to do with the reclaiming of the city and the public spaces to the citizens, since, in the recent years, the Kosovar public spaces and enterprises have been going through a trend of privatization.
After it was announced that the city’s cinema would begin the process of privatization, Anibar started its campaign “Reclaim of the City” to save the only cinema of the city.
For the article talks Vullnet Sanaja, the executive director of Anibar, who explains that the number of this year’s competing films has increased drastically as opposed to previous years. This, according to him, shows that the interest for the festival has expanded significantly. CartoonBrew talks about the diversity of the festival’s program, which aside from films includes presentations, workshops, panels, exhibitions, retrospectives, etc,.
Lastly, it is emphasized that Anibar is much more than an animation film festival. It undoubtedly contributes to the cultural identity of the city, and gives opportunities to people from all around Kosovo.
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