Anibar International Animation Festival is the only animation festival in Kosova, and one of the biggest cultural events in the country. Since the beginning, the festival is organized and held in various settings in the city of Peja.
Anibar screens animated films coming from different places around the world, that in five cinemas, three of them set outdoors. Except for the screening of the films during the festival, Anibar organizes workshops, lectures, masterclasses, debates, presentations, special programs, and additional daily activities (concerts and camping).
Year by year, the festival endeavors screening qualitative films, in both, technical and artistic aspect of the view. The selection of entries is made in accord with criteria deriving from a limited staff of professionals who aim to balance the audience, artistic reviews, and the market.
Anibar has also socially influenced the youth community in Peja, and further, enclosed with the film screenings and other events, before, during and after the festival, a wide group of youngsters is engaged in helping and working with the idea and preparations of the festival, meanwhile they gain an experience which as a matter has been truly acknowledged by a vast support of different local and national institutions (private and public).
- Best International Award
- Best Balkan Award
- Best Student Award
- Best Human Rights Award
- Best Feature Award
- Best Animated Music Video Award
- Best Young Audience Award
- Best Audience Award
Organizers of Anibar International Animation Festival in Peja, Kosovo is the independent, non-formal organization Anibar registered in Kosovo
1.1 About the festival
Anibar is an annual festival happening during summer with its aim of representing the medium of animation to the community here and vice-versa as well as organizing cultural activities in Peja, Kosovo. This year Anibar’s 14th edition of the festival will take place from the 17th until the 23rd of July 2023, in Peja, Kosovo. The festival is spread out throughout the city, utilizing public spaces as its venues with four cinemas, two of them outdoor and two indoor for its film program of approximately 300 films, as well as different spaces for masterclasses, workshops, panels, exhibitions, coffee and talks sessions, presentations, special programs, pitching sessions, and music concerts. The call for entries will be open until the 31st of March, 2023.
2.Submission & Criteria
2.1. The submission is open to any audiovisual animation created frame by frame, including computer-generated animation, experimental, and combinations of live-action that are completed after January 1st, 2022 can participate, films completed prior to the stated date cannot participate. This rule does not apply for the Feature Film Competition, in this category we accept films that have been completed in 2021, 2022, and 2023.
2.2. An entry fee of 5 dollars to submit for all films in all competitions, with the exception of films produced by Kosovo production companies or film schools or co-productions with Kosovo, for which no submission fee applies when submitted.
2.3. The duration of the films must be less than 30 minutes (including credits) for all categories. For the Feature Film Competition there is no duration limit.
2.4. Films can be submitted exclusively through online submission platform FilmFreeway. For pre-selection purposes, films or music videos must be only submitted through the platform. The selection committee will be the only authorized festival staff to have access to the film files.
2.5. All films that are not in the English language should have English subtitling, otherwise, they will not be considered.
2.6. All the information required of you from the submission platform should be fulfilled.
3. Film Program
3.1. Anibar International Animation Festival has a program that contains 8 (eight) different categories where you can submit your film. 7 (seven) of these categories are programs in competition. 1 (one) of the categories will be curated specifically and out of competition.
3.1.2. Panorama and Experimental Programs will be curated with films from all categories that are in competition. These programs will be non-competitive.
3.2. Submissions of the same film in different categories are accepted, but each submission in different categories has a fee of 3 dollars per category.
3.3. The festival does not include workshop films in competition programs.
3.4. The categories and competitions are as follow:
- International Competition (short animated films under 30 minutes, from every country of the world),
- Student Competition (short animated films under 30 minutes that were completed as part of university studies, graduation films included, from every country of the world),
– Balkan Competition (short animated films under 30 minutes, produced in Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Slovenia, Turkey, and Romania),
- Human Rights Competition (short animated films under 30 minutes, from every country of the world),
– Feature Film Competition (feature animated films longer than 30 minutes, from every country of the world),
– Music Video Competition (animated music videos under 10 minutes, from every country of the world),
– Kids and Teen Competition (short films under 30 minutes that are produced for the children audience, from every country of the world)
3.5. Films that promote racism, or any other form of intolerance, or those that promote hate speech, shall not be taken into consideration.
3.6. Producers and distributors of participating/winning films are requested to include in future promotional material the mention of participation in/winner of official competition at Anibar 2023, along with the Festival’s lauret, available on the selection/winning email by email@example.com
4. Jury and Awards
4.1. For the following seven competition programs, the winning films are rewarded with Anibar Crown and monetary prize.
– Best International Film
– Best Balkan Film
– Best Student Film
– Best Human Rights Film
– Best Animated Feature Film
– Best Animated Music Video
– Best Young Audience Film
– Crown for the Audience Award
4.2. Festival staff will decide on the composition of the independent international and national juries of the competition programs. The juries will decide the awarding of the prizes of the respective competitions by awarding 1 (one) winning film and 1 (one) special mention in each competition category.
4.3. The festival has four juries:
- International and Animated Feature Film (responsible for evaluating films for International and Animated Feature Film competitions)
- Student and Balkan Jury (responsible for evaluating films for the Student competition and Balkan competition),
- Human Rights and Animated Music Video (responsible for evaluating Human Rights and Music Video competition),
- Young Audience Jury (responsible for evaluating films for the Young Audience competition).
4.3.1. None of the jury members may be involved in the production or distribution of any of the films they judge.
4.4. VAT will be excluded from the award amount as per Kosovo applicable laws on VAT
5.1 The Selection Committee decides on the selections for the competition and curated programs.
5.1.2 The committee will decide if films are accepted based on the following criteria:
* Artistic originality
* Educational impact
* Artistic excellence in story, concept, design, animation, and music.
5.2. All applicants having submitted a film for pre-selection shall be informed prior to the opening of the festival if his or her film has been selected for participation in the official Festival program.
5.3. On June 1, 2023 the official selection will be published on the festival’s website. We kindly ask producers and filmmakers to refrain from announcing the selection before that date.
5.4. Due to the large number of submissions only submitters of the selected films will be notified. The Festival is not obligated to supply a reason as to why a film has not been selected as part of the Festival competition.
5.5. Once a film has been selected and invited to participate in the festival, said selected film cannot be withdrawn from the festival program.
5.6. The festival does not pay screening fees for any film in the program, being that short, feature, in competition, panorama, experimental or special program.
5.7. By participating in any of the categories the festival is permitted to screen your film a maximum of ten times for promotional purposes and other programs such as educational programs, and non-profit activities in honor of significant days. No screening fees are included in this agreement.
5.8. Based on the budget availability the festival will invite filmmakers and representatives of the film to Peja whose films have been selected for one of the competitive sections to be present during the festival and the screening of the film, as well as participate in the Coffee and Talks sessions with filmmakers.
6. Requested materials
6.1. All the accepted and rejected films shall be informed about their participation in the festival by the first April 30, 2023
6.2. In the event your film gets selected to be part of the competition and curated programs, the authorized film distributor is required to send digital files of the film online through online transfer platforms. The specifics and technicalities of the requested materials will be sent together with the email announcing the selection of the film.
6.2.1. All requested materials should be sent digitally as soon as possible upon acceptance of the invitation, but no later than May 20, 2023.
6.3. All films must be presented in the Original Language and must be subtitled in English (if not otherwise specified). Subtitling expenses are the sole responsibility of the film’s Producer.
6.4. All films will be subtitled in the Albanian language. The service of translating and screening of subtitles will be handled by the Festival. All filmmakers can ask for the file of translation in the Albanian language by contacting the festival at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6.5. The Festival will use all materials submitted for promotional purposes for the festival such as website, program brochure, catalog, articles, etc. The Festival accepts no liability for inaccuracies in submitted materials.
6.6. Catalog credits: The festival catalog will include the following technical and artistic credits: original title, international title, director, producer, cinematographer/s, editor/s, running time, year of production, production company, and contact /world sales, where applicable.
6.6. The awards ceremony will take place on the last day of the festival. If possible, a film representative of the awarded films shall be present in Peja for the ceremony. If it is not possible for a representative to be present, the Festival will kindly request that he or she makes a short videotaped acceptance speech to be played during the award ceremony in Peja.
7. Press and Marketing
7.1. All the images, stills, trailers, making of, and sketches, will be used as promotional material based on the festival's communication strategy.
7.2. If your film gets selected, the festival has a right to use up to 30 seconds of the film/trailer for promotional purposes and video collages of the festival program. The filmmakers and their representatives will be notified accordingly by the festival.
7.4. For promotion of the whole selection and of each selected film, the Festival website is allowed to use any photo
7.4. For the further promotion of your film, you can send printed promotional material of your film to the festival which will be distributed and available for free in our cinemas, information center, media center, and library (posters, flyers, stickers, postcards, buttons).
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Republic of Kosovo.
7.4. For the purpose of populating the archive of the festival, we would kindly ask you to send us a DVD/CD copy of your film together with the promotional material.
Entry and participation of films implies unconditional acceptance of the regulations. In unspecified cases, the Festival Management will make a final decision.