• View al winners of the 10th Anibar Festival in Peja, Kosovo.

    A French and a Norwegian film won the top prizes for short and feature film respectively at the 10th edition of Anibar festival. The director of Chulyen film, Agnes Patron won the winner for her new short, And then the bear.

    Mats Grorud won for The Tower,  his semi-autobiographical documentary of  a Palestinian living in a Lebanon refugee camp, while special mentions were given to I’m going out for cigarettes by Osman Cerfon, Egg by Martina Scarpelli.

    The full prize list:

    Grand Jury: Koji Yamamura, Annette Schindler, Jeremiah Dickey, Lise Fearnley, and Ágota Végső

    International Competition Winner: And then the bear by Agnes Patron

    That very night, houses will burn. Men and women will tremble. Hordes of children will come together and howl as they dance alone on the ashes like wild bears. It only takes one shout to wake them all from their slumber!

    The main award goes to a film which depicts the ambivalence of bonds between parent and child. We were impressed by the precision in editing and powerful use of metaphors. The film conveyed the primal, necessary rage of youthful rebellion that is fundamental to a generation claiming their own space.

    International Competition Special Mention: I’m going out for cigarettes by Osman Cerfon

    Jonathan, twelve years old, lives with his sister, his mother and also some men. They all have the same face and nest in closets, drawers, TV set.

    The first film we want to honor explores the dynamics within a family with a surprising amount of depth for a short film. Its characters’ motivations, aspirations, and relationships to each other are conveyed with a generous amount of absurd humor.

    International Competition Special Mention: Egg by Martina Scarpelli

    The next film we wanted to honor features animated perspectives that blur the lines between internal and external space. It explores sensory experience, compulsion, and consumption, exposing the toxic relationship its character has with her own body.

    Balkan Competition Winner: Imbued Life by Thomas Johnson and Ivana Bosnjak

    Our award winner explores the relationship between the physical and metaphysical. It considers in a sensitive way empathy, memory, and perception. We also appreciate how it talks about coming to terms with the loss of our connection to nature.

    Balkan Competition Special Mention: N’korniz by Gëzim Ramizi

    For its subtle approach to a nuanced story, with thoughtful use of framing and lighting to convey its character’s inner turmoil.

    Feature Film Competition Winner: The Tower by Mats Grorud

    Mats Grorud’s The Tower presents its characters in another form of existential crisis, with the central metaphor of the building illustrating each displaced generation’s experiences built upon the last. A combination of animation techniques ties the range of perspectives in the film to the history of its characters’ experiences, inspiring empathy and humanizing the difficulties of a political situation in the face of an uncertain future.

    Student Jury:Hana Arapi, Jon Mithi, Qëndrim Spahija, Lum Radoniqi, and Rigon Kurteshi under the mentorship of Kamila Dohnalová and Pavel Horáček.

    Student Competition Winner: Applesauce by Alexander Gratzer

    For an avant-garde technique, an appreciation of beauty and life, giving Hope to our deepest fears, the prize of the Best Student Animated Film goes to APPLESAUCE BY ALEXANDER GRATZER.

    Student Competition Special Mention: Hide N Seek by Barbora Halířová

    For a Special Mention, following a beautiful story about childhood emotions, a flow of life, done with amazing line-art animation, the special mention goes to HIDE N’SEEK BY BARBORA HRONCOVA

    Animated Music Video Competition Winner: SIAMÉS – MR. FEAR by Pablo Rafael Roldán and Ezequiel Torres

    For a unique style and technique, the Best Animated Music Video prize goes to SIAMÉS – MR. FEAR by the director Pablo Rafael Roldan and Ezequiel Torres.

    Audience Award Winner: Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves by Chintis Lundgren

    The X Anibar Festival took place15-21 July in Peja, Kosovo.

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  • Discover the relevant activities of the 10th Anibar Festival, which include workshops, educational programmes and screenings.


  • The tenth edition of Anibar Animation Festival in Kosovo is devoted to challenges and efforts to counteract problems in mainstream cultural politics.

    The Kosovo festival and niche for independent animation scene has by its own position been entangled  in a hotly debated political and cultural climate. Most of the times this has resulted in vigorous festival reactions (such as "Reclaim The City" initiative in 2017).For the celebratory 10th edition of Anibar Festival (15-21/7/2019), the theme is ARTivism, the use of art to defend the rights of and highlight the challenges faced by the marginalized, ignored, or erased within society.

    Here's the whole statement, in full:

    Ten years ago, a group of young local artists organized the first animation festival in our newborn country. Each year our festival has continued to grow to more than we could have ever hoped for. But with growth, new fears take root—the fear of losing our home cinema and other important infrastructure for our festival and the fear of our youth immigrating abroad for better opportunities. We’ve hoped and continue to hope that Anibar can utilize animation as an influence of progressive change to our local community and young aspiring artists, promote youth civic activity in the process. For the 10th Edition of the Anibar International Animation Festival, we want to confront our collective hopes and fears towards political, social, and environmental changes through the arts and to inspire civic activism. We hope being vulnerable and honest with you can serve as a starting point for this discussion.

    Hope and fear saturate our culture as they do many others. Often times these two aspects dynamically coexist with one another. The hope of getting to visit extended family living abroad in the near future. The fear of travel abroad for an opportunity for honest work with the hope that such an opportunity would bring. The fear of environment being destroyed during our generation’s lifetime and the hope that we will work together to find a solution to save it. The hope of the growing cultural acceptance of the role of women in society and decision making with the fear of the loss of celebrated cultural traditions. Acknowledging our hopes and fears for the future is the first step in addressing these problems.

    Trailer, artwork, and animation by Alice Saey, music and sound by Ruben van Asselt.

    Addressing these feelings requires honest and sincere language, free of opaqueness and convolution. However, political language is typically highly legalistic or technocratic, oftentimes carefully encoding its message. This language has become more and more distant to those affected by its governance. Kosovo is not an exemption to this phenomenon. The language of politicians and human rights professionals as conveyed by activists, academics, public officials, or judges does not relate to the needs of the public. In this regard, the role of the artist is vital. The artistic medium is designed to be expressive, honest, and most importantly, accessible. Civil actions have sought to express themselves through paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, graffiti, and other forms for this reason.

                                                                                                                  Anibar Open-Air lake screening

    While regimes have changed, citizen and human rights in Kosovo continue to challenge the functioning of the state. ARTivism, in our understanding, is the utilization of art for to defend the rights of and highlight the challenges faced by the marginalized, ignored, or erased within society. This allows them to remain seen, preserving their values and identity in peaceful opposition. Artists have the ability to create promote solidarity, awareness, and protest, to create social change from a visual expression of imagination. Our alternative to technocratic political language, especially in the era of technology and media, is ARTivism, or the ability to send complex messages through an accessible and creative means. By promoting our communities individual and collective hopes and fears for the next decade in our public spaces, we aspire to promote active change in the course of our society and city.

     These listed hopes and fears were a sample of those shared by our staff members from their lives and our organization. These hopes and fears were both collective in theme, but individualistic in meaning. We are looking forward to hear your stories during our tenth edition of the festival.

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  • Festival Anibar organizers launched a crowdfunding campaign to help renovate Jusuf Gërvalla cinema, the center of festival activities.


  • Go through the workshops and masterclasses of the 9th Anibar festival.


  • The full programme of the 9th Anibar festival in Peja, Kosovo.


  •  The 9th edition of the Kosovo festival highlights the work of artist Edvin Susuri, and eyes the 30 April deadline call for entries.


  • The acclaimed Swiss filmmaker will expose his work at the Peja festival.      


  • Selection results of the 8th Anibar International Animation Festival.


  • The Peja festival  (14-20 August 2017, Kosovo) endorses overall theme of urban social consciousness.


  •  Olga Bobrowska, festival director of StopTrik festival and Zippy Frames collaborator, continues her own animated festival trips, and tells more about films and people.


  • Olga Bobrowska, festival director of StopTrik festival and Zippy Frames collaborator, had her own animated festival trips during 2016. Here's an insightful report of her festival experiences (and it's only the first part).


  • The Kosovo fest has transcended its local constraints and has been established as a fine new player in the animation festival list.  Interview with the new Anibar festival director, Petrit Gora.


  • Α Ward Kimball tribute and music videos also in the Anibar 2016 programme.


  • She's talented, European and fights hard for her puppet world. The Slovenian stop-motion director Špela Čadež talks to Zippy Frames.


  • The 5th edition of the Kosovo animation fest revealed its winners.


  • Discover programme highlights from the 4th edition of Anibar International Animation Festival (9-14 August), Peja, Kosovo.


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