The inaugural edition of Flipbook Film Festival takes place on August 11-13 at Youth Cultural Center (MKC) in Skopje. Of over 1,000 short animated films submitted by authors from all over Europe, 87 films were selected to vie in three programs of the Festival of European Animated Film, held with support of the EU Delegation and North Macedonia Film Agency.
Twenty-five animated films have been shortlisted to vie for best animated film. Some of them have won accolades at Sundance, Berlin Film Festival or have been nominated for an Academy Award.
"A total of 25 films are in competition for best student animated film and what makes this category very interesting is the fact that the filmmakers have directed the films while studying at film academies in Europe. They were allowed to practice full creative freedom and to experiment with the medium," MKC said, adding that films from the best European film schools, including those in Croatia, Belgium, Czech Republic and France, will be screened.
Macedonian film audiences have the chance to watch animated documentaries in official competition. In recent years, it is considered a hybrid film form rising in popularity among documentary makers and animated filmmakers.
Eight Macedonian animated films will be shown in the main selection of student films with most of them being screened for the first time.
New films by Ivan Andreevski, Vuk Mitevski, Sasha Stanishikj and the student films by Sandra Jovanovska and Kristijan Savikj will be also screened during the two-day festival this week.
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Flipbook Film Festival will have both an open-air and an online edition. Free film screenings and an exhibition of drawings from animated films will be held in MKC`s park.
Film buffs can register for free at cinesquare.net to watch all the movies movies and vote for best animated film by online audience members. Also, there will be online workshops for script-writing, production and post-production of animated films.