It’s time to close one of the most successful editions of the festival, proving that Anibar this year has shown itself more than an animation festival.
This year, during these 7 days filled with activities, there were over 300 animated films that reflect the diversity and uniqueness of the animation world, associated with the unique atmosphere that has offered four cinemas of the festival. With 11 special programs that have enabled the space for further development with professionals in the field of animation with programs specifically curated for this edition. We were honored to welcome many professionals together with their work as Georges Schwizgebel with his retrospective, Aya Suzuki with her masterclass Gerta Xhelo with the presentation on Ted-Ed, Aneta Ozorek with 70 years of Polish animation, Joost Lieuwma, And Tünde Vollenbroek with a focus on Dutch animation and old friends who have been supporting us for years and are part of the festival like Olga and Michal Bobrowski, Jiri Nedela, Malcom Turner and others.
Along with the citizens, a series of panels has been developed, which have aimed to activate and encourage citizens to engage in discussions and interactive conversations about the public spaces and the restoration of the city. During these days of the festival, in the old Bankos were given a lot of performances by artists, painters, musicians and athletes who have performed behind the glass windows of the building. This performance has taken place in order to open up a new horizon to the minds of citizens and to give a different view of how lifeless public buildings can be brought into life.
Five different workshops have been developed, providing them with knowledge and skills on various animation techniques for all youngsters offering them professional development like Eileen Kohlkepp, Petra Marja, Joanna Wapniewska and young Kosovar animators like Arvan Berisha , Gezim Ramiz, Flak Kokolli, and Andrra Anadolli, among them is the performance of Thomas Volda with the staff members, where the result is the for each workshop a short film.
The jury of students is formed each year as another way of educating young students in the appreciation of animated films, under the mentoring of a professional where Maroš Brojo has been with us this year.