Animaevka International Animated Film Festival

Upated on :April 21, 2014

About 170 movies from 26 countries were screened at the 16th International Animated Film Festival Animaevka that was held in Mogilev on 16-18 August, 2013. According to statistics, the number of participating countries has had an ascending trend. In 2012 there were 21 participants whereas in 2013 26 animation studios submitted their applications to partake in the forum, a record number in the 15-year-history of the festival. Animaevka 2013 welcomed the guests from Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Cuba, Slovakia and Chile.

The exhibition of children’s drawings and ornamental art was also held in conjunction with the festival. About 60 works from 14 children’s animation studios took part in the movie contest “I am yet not a magician, I am only learning”. This year Armenia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan and Belgium debuted at the contest. The program of the 16th festival included meetings with the creators of the animated films, theatrical performances, master classes and other events.

Honored guests attended the forum. Russia’s Honored Artist Oksana Stashenko was a presenter at Animaevka’s opening ceremony. Honored Artist of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Lyudmila Gnilova, who provided the voice for animated characters in more than 50 cartoons, was present at the event. The forum brought together many directors such as Larisa Glinska from Moldova, Nadezhda Slavova from Bulgaria, a delegation from the Belarus film movie studio and others.

The Grand Prix of Animaevka was awarded on the last day of the festival. The special prize, Crystal Pencil, diplomas and presents were awarded in five nominations: Best Experimental Film, Best Film for Children, Best Director’s Solution, Prize to Master and Audience Prize.

Held in 1998 for the first time, Animaevka seeks to popularize the best world’s and Belarusian animation movies, support animation film industry and bolster cultural ties between Belarus and the participating countries.

The forum is organized by the Belarusian Culture Ministry, the Mogilev Oblast Executive Committee, the Mogilev City Executive Committee and the Mogilev Oblast state unitary enterprise Kinovideoprokat.

Kanoon had submitted “white pigeon next to the mirror” by Maryam Khalilzadeh, “The Kitten” by Shiva Sadegh Asadi and “The night song” by Moein Samadi to compete in the competition section of the festival.

It should be mentioned that in the 14th edition of the festival Behzad Farahat’s  Simple things ” and Fatame Goudarzi’s “Mahouri” respectively received the diploma for “the unique theme” and “harmony of story and technique”. Seyed Morteza Ahadi who is one of Kanoon’s famed directors was also a member of jury panel.

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