15th BIENNIAL OF ANIMATION BRATISLAVA
International Festival of Animated Films for Children
October 5 - 9, 2020
The Festival Biennial of Animation Bratislava (BAB) has earned a special place on the map of international festivals due to its focusing exclusively on animation intended for children.
In 1991, it achieved the status of international festival and has cooperated with international organization of UNICEF since its very beginning.
In 2018 the BAB festival became a member of the European Children´s Film Association and its independent jury awards ECFA Award
The Festival’s mission is to foster artistic confrontation in the field of animation intended for children, create conditions for the evaluation thereof and hence support the complex development of this unique kind of art.
The international competition of animated films for children is unique, since it reflects the non-commercial audio-visual culture as well as animated films from all over the world, just like the one which has been presented by the BIB for half a century of universal book illustrations for children.
An international jury decides about the competition winners and awards prestigious prizes. The Festival also includes screenings of animated films from the whole world, specialized seminars, discussions, presentations of important personalities, competitions as well as animated film workshops. Important part of the Festival is a number of exhibitions...
… but above all, it is about fairy tales, fairy tales and once again FAIRY TALES!
One part of BAB festival introduces retrospective film screenings, profile film shows and presentations of important personalities from the field of animated film and international expert seminars focused on the questions relating to illustration and animation.
BAB Festival awards Prix Klingsor – Lifetime Achievement Award that goes to the excellent personalities active in European and international animated film
The festival awards the Albín Brunovský Honorary Medal for an outstanding artistic graphic and professional contribution to the field of animated film.
The international competition gives the viewers the opportunity to see the latest animated films for children from all over the world. The international jury awards not only the first prize - Viktor Kubal Prize for Best Film, but also some other prizes - UNICEF Award , Visegrad Prize-St. Vojtech Prize and Literary Fund Premium. Children viewers also cast their vote at the festival screenings - Children´s Audience Award.
In 2018, BAB will again visit different towns in Slovakia. Competitive screenings and selected collections of film programmes will be introduced in the regions. Children viewers can see the screenings taking part in the competion not only in the cinemas in Bratislava, but also in Košice, Prešov, Prievidza, Liptovský Mikuláš and Martin.
Non-competitive screenings will take place in the cinemas Lumiére, Mladosť and Klap at the Film and Television Faculty at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and they will introduce not only the best works coming from the European film studios, retrospective screenings of works made by the personalities coming from the field of Slovak animation, world-known legends of animated film, but they will also give the opportunity to meet the filmmakers of the screened films in person. The programme also enables to see animated films made by children in the workshop Animation – School at Play – Come and Play with Film that are led by recognizable leaders.
BAB 2018 announces already the fifth Flipbook Contest for children everywhere in Slovakia. Its goal is to awake children´s interest in animation and support their creative activity.
Screenings of the winning films at the Emile Awards and the film marathon screening the best films Best of Annecy will be one part of the festival.
In addition to special activities, meetings with the filmmakers and exhibitions in BIBIANA and in other foreign cultural institutes, already the third year of the International BAB Forum in cooperation with the Prešov University in Prešov will take place and as a video conference it will be devoted to the theme of the relationship between Animation and Illustration.
THE BIENNIAL OF ANIMATION BRATISLAVA
is held under the auspices and with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture
of the Slovak Republic.
The Festival is organised by BIBIANA, International House of Art for Children.