Anibar International Animation Festival is the only festival of its kind in Kosovo, and one of the greatest events in the country. Since its beginnings, the festival has been organized and held in various venues in the city of Peja.
In three cinemas, two of them set outdoors, Anibar screens animated films coming from different places around the world. Except for screenings, workshops, lectures, debates and additional daily activities (concerts and camping) are organized during the festival.
With the film screenings and other events, Anibar has also socially influenced the youth community in Peja, and further. Before, during and after the festival, a wide group of youngsters are engaged in helping and working with the idea and preparations of the festival, while also gaining precious experience. The festival has also been acknowledged by vast support coming from various local and national institutions (private and public).
The current situation in the animation scene in Kosovo is atrocious, but in the past years there has been some development in the field. Since there is no animation schools, most of Kosovo's animators are self-taught and learning how to make animation from the internet.
In Albania the production of animated films is more extensive, but there is a lack of international promotion for the films. Animated films in Albania started to be produced in 1975, with the realization of the first film at the ”Kinostudio Shqipëria e Re” Studio (New Albanian Kinostudio), today known as Albafilm Animation, the only governmental institution with annual financing that produces fictional and documentary films. One of Anibar's mission is to promote regional films and for this reason we decided to screen this unknown world at Animateka.
We hope you enjoy it!