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Film criticism and journalism masterclass during the Anibar Festival

Anibar, in its 10th edition, has opened the call for a Film Criticism and Journalism Masterclass lead by Olga Bobrowska, a Ph.D. candidate in film studies, specialized in Chinese Animation, and author of many academic articles on the subject.

Title: Film Criticism and Journalism Masterclass during the Anibar Festival

Place: Peja, Kosovo

Date of the activity: 15-21 July 2019

Open to: Participants from Western Balkans countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia and Serbia)

Deadline for application: 5 July 2019

Date of Selection: 8 July 2019


During this 5-day, intensive training, you will have the opportunity to expand your film criticism abilities through both theory and practice. The theoretical part will include general discussions, brainstorming, and collective evaluation of text and ideas. The practical part will give you the opportunity to write and edit film reviews and analysis, to interview and engage with established filmmakers and new talents from all over the world, and report in regards to the opinions and the festival experiences of the people involved such as the team, volunteers and visitors. After the training, your input will be published in the festival’s Gazette “Anibar Press”.

Masterclass lecturer: Olga Bobrowska

Participants: 10 students or participants interested in film and art

Duration: 5 days (16th of July until the 20th of July), during the Anibar Animation Festival participants, are invited to stay for the whole festival

Outcomes: 2 written articles by the participants and published in Anibar Press and local newspapers

Lecture Background:

Olga Bobrowska is a Ph.D. candidate in Film Studies at Jagiellonian University, Kraków, specialized in classic Chinese animated film and an author of academic articles on the subjects of Polish and Chinese animation. She is a festival director and co-founder of StopTrik International Film Festival (Maribor, Slovenia; Lodz, Poland), a festival dedicated to stop-motion animation. She frequently collaborates with other festivals, among them Animateka (Ljubljana), Etiuda & Anima (Krakow), Krakow Film Festival. Film programs she curated were presented at various festivals and events in e.g. Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, The Netherlands, Finland, and China. She also served as a juror for festivals such as Tricky Women (Austria), Animafest (Croatia), Blow-Up Film Fest (USA), Animanima (Serbia), Animocje (Poland), PAF Festival (Czech Republic), Fest Anča (Slovakia), Supertoon (Croatia), LIFFe (Slovenia). Her reviews and critiques were published film magazines such as Kino, Ekrany, Zippy Frames and ASIFA Magazine. She co-edited two monographs: “Obsession Perversion Rebellion. Twisted Dreams of Central European Animation” (2016) and “Propaganda, Ideology, Animation. Twisted Dreams of History” (2019).


A resident of any of Western Balkan country

Available during 15-21 July 2019

Interest in film and art is essential

No previous writing experience is needed but could be an asset


Five-day professional lectures in film criticism and journalism (16-20 July 2019);

Opportunity to practice the learning outcomes of the masterclass while writing for the festival’s magazine (15-21 July);

Networking opportunities with fellow film critics, international animators, filmmakers, producers, and presenters;

Full pass accreditation badge for Anibar Festival events


There is no participation fee for the event. Organizers will cover accommodation and daily meals for the 7 days of the festival 15-21 July 2019. Participants need to cover travel costs.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application form in this link


The activity is being organized within the project “Development of animation culture between Western Balkans and Visegrad Group” implemented by Anibar organization and the project partner, Faculty of Humanities, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin (Poland). The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.