VIDEO ABIFF Cultural Project Presentation

The ABIFF cultural project is complex, combining during 12 months several activities that are intertwined in the crown of the project – the International Animation Film Festival.

The following main activities will be carried out within the project, presented here in the order in which they will take place:

1. Selection and training of cultural managers.

2. Drawing contest (human character) – the winner is chosen by the online vote of the public.

3. Drawing contest (human character) – the winner is chosen by the jury.

4. Music contest (traditional song for children) – the winner is chosen by the online vote of the public.

5. Drawing contest (zoomorphic character) – the winner chosen by the online vote of the public.

6. Drawing contest (zoomorphic character) – the winner is chosen by the jury.

7. Music contest (traditional song for children) – the winner is chosen by the jury.

8. Online game for setting the script for a short film.

9. Workshops for high school students.

10. Master classes for students from the profile faculties.

11. Bucharest International Animation Film Festival – ABIFF

1. Selection and training of cultural managers.

Developing cultural management skills for 19 young professionals by actively participating in the organization of 19 cultural events with mentors in Romania and in context.

Young people have great creative potential and are a receptive audience to the new and to the promotion of new trends, being participatory cultural consumers. By involving them in organizing events and by exposing them to experts in the field, facilitating access to knowledge specific to cultural creation and entrepreneurship, they will contribute to the development of cultural management skills.

The 19 people with entrepreneurial potential will be selected from the urban environment, at the beginning of the project, through a competition based on essay, CV analysis and interview with the project team.

They will benefit from intensive training for three days, and will be the organizers of the events that will take place in the county residences. In addition to the local organization of the screenings, they will have the task of supporting 2 workshops for high school students. For this, 2 other young people will be helped (a total of 38) who will be employed for a limited time.

2. Drawing contest – human character

The winning drawing will be the basis of an animation character, which will be modeled by a Romanian studio selected by the organizers. The character must be a child, a girl between the ages of 8 and 12. The winner is chosen by public vote online. The winner’s prize will be 1,000 euros.

3. Drawing contest – human character

After the completion of the first contest, the participations will open for another drawing contest, human character. In the case of the second theme, it will also be a child, this time a boy aged between 8 and 12 years. The winner is chosen by the jury and will receive a prize of 1,000 euros.

4. Music contest – traditional song performance for children

Contest for the interpretation of a traditional song for children – the winning song will be designated by the online vote of the public, will receive a prize of 1,000 euros and will be the basis of the soundtrack of a short film.

5. Drawing contest – zoomorphic character

Drawing contest for a zoomorphic character. The winning drawing, chosen by the online vote of the public will be the basis of a character from the short film, being the pet of the winning human character in point 2. The prize of the contest is 1,000 euros.

6. Drawing contest – zoomorphic character

The drawing must represent the pet of the human character from point 3 and will form the basis of the model of a secondary character in the short film. The winner will be nominated by a jury and will receive a prize of 1,000 euros.

7. Music contest – song composition for children

It is a competition for composing a children’s song, the winner of which will be chosen by the jury. The song will be the basis of the main piece of the animated short film. The prize of the contest is 1,000 euros.

8. Online game for setting the script for a short film.

The public will be presented with the first act of an animated film script in three acts whose main characters are based on the two children selected from competitions 2 and 3 and their pets, which will be made from the winning drawings from contests 5 and 6. At the end of act I the public will be able to choose between 3 variants in which the story can continue, the version chosen based on online voting being the basis for developing the scenario for act II. between 3 versions in which the adventure of the 2 characters can continue, the version with the most votes will be the basis of the script for act III. At the end of act III, the public will be able to vote between 3 final versions of the story.

The action of the film whose script will be completed will take place in Romania and will describe the relationship between a boy / girl member of the majority (Romanian in this first edition of the festival) and a girl / boy belonging to a minority (cohabitant / emigrant / refugee in depending on the vote of the public) and their pets, the difficulties encountered by them due to their origins and how they were overcome.

Both the drawing and music selection contests and the online game are open to international participation and will be announced on media channels. Registrations will be made on the festival website through a predefined form by the organizers. The selection from the public will be made by vote and will also take place on the festival website. All entries and songs can be accessed online on the festival website. Votes can be watched live at all times.

9. Workshops for high school students.

The presentation / information workshops dedicated to high school students, 3 in each county residence and 9 in Bucharest, will have an average of 24 participants and a duration of 90 minutes. They will take place on different dates, but with the same specifics.

The activity will aim to facilitate the understanding by the components of the educational environment of the importance of an interdisciplinary dialogue and to familiarize young people with the world of cinematography and animated film.

For this activity ABI-Foundation will initiate a new partnership with the General School Inspectorate with which it has developed other educational-cultural projects. In the first stage, a documentation and consultation with specialists in the field will be carried out in order to be able to concretize the component elements of each area of knowledge.

The workshops are intended for a younger audience, who must become familiar at a surface level with the processes and steps involved in making an animated film. Thus, for the workshops, a structure in the style of a program of activities will be drafted, carried out together with the coordinators, which will practically involve the participants in a friendly way, trying to reduce the needs of technical knowledge to a minimum. The activities will be oriented towards the basic principles of animation and will be more group activities, so as to ensure a high degree of training in activity and inter-relationship.

10. Masterclasses for students from the profile faculties.

Masterclasses (specialized courses) will be organized for students from the profile faculties in Romania and held by specialists in the field. We will have a number of 3 such courses organized in Bucharest.

In the case of masterclasses, the target audience is already knowledgeable and has the potential to train and improve in a smaller area of the field. For masterclasses, the structure will be rather in the style of an analytical program, specific to an educational program, but using the best practices in the field of adult education, so that at the end of the courses the participants have acquired practical skills.

The specialization courses will have a total duration of 15 hours for each course and each course will be structured in 5 sessions of 3 hours each. Each course will address a certain specialization (eg: modeling, animation, rendering, etc.). The maximum number of participants for each course will be 12 people.

11. Bucharest International Animation Film Festival – ABIFF

The festival will take place in Bucharest and will be multiplied in the county residences in Romania. Thus, for the first edition, for 3 days, the festival wants to capture the public’s attention by broadcasting 400 animated shorts, mostly European.

The “ABIFF” International Film Festival has as its defining theme the relationship between majority and ethnic minorities. For the first edition, the focus will be on Romania, the organizers proposing that in each of the next editions another European country become the main country.

The structure of the ABIFF Festival

“Competitive” section – competition section where all the productions selected by the festival jury after the registration will be presented, having the Grand Prize worth 3,000 euros.

The “thematic” section – dedicated to the minority-majority relationship, aims to identify innovative ways to resolve the possible tensions of the majority-minority relations, to increase the notoriety of radicalization of vulnerable segments, to combat extremist tendencies, the possibility to present a counter-narrative this situation, with a prize of 1,000 euros.

The section “young professionals” will be intended for students and those who have graduated in the last 3 years in the field; through this special section of the festival, dedicated to the promotion of films produced by the profile academies in the world, Romanian and foreign students are offered the opportunity to promote their work, with a prize of 1,000 euros.

The “debut” section will be intended for those who are in the first animated short film, regardless of whether they are graduates of a profile faculty or not, with a prize of 1,000 euros.

The “screenplay” section will be intended for all authors, with a prize of 1,000 euros.

After watching the animated films, there will be question and answer sessions. After each screening day, questions will be recorded from the spectators in each city. The questions will be centralized and sent to the targeted teams that participated in the presentation of the films presented / the jury / festival team, etc. They will send video recordings with their answers, recordings that will be centralized and edited, resulting in a press conference event. The film will be broadcast online on the festival website and other multimedia channels.

The organization of related events aims to facilitate dialogue and create bridges between creators, directors, actors, festival directors, producers, distributors, critics and the general public.

In addition, we consider that it is an important step in opening, educating and familiarizing the general public with this vast field which is cinematography and especially Romanian and European animated film.

The project Bucharest International Animation Film Festival – ABIFF – code CALL02-143 financed by the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021, within the RO-CULTURA Program, through the financing contract no. RO-CULTURA – A2-12 / 2020 / wants to capture the public’s attention by broadcasting 400 animated short films, mostly European productions. The ABIFF project, having as beneficiary the ABI Foundation, has a total value of 943,800 lei, of which non-reimbursable financing of 849,420 lei and runs from 01.05.2020 to 30.10.2021.

About the financier

The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway to reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and to strengthening bilateral relations with the 15 beneficiary states in Eastern and Southern Europe and the Baltic States. These funding mechanisms are established on the basis of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, which brings together EU Member States and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as equal partners in the internal market. In total, the three states contributed € 3.3 billion between 1994 and 2014 and € 1.55 billion for the 2014-2021 funding period. More details are available at: www.eeagrants.org and www.eeagrants.ro.


The RO-CULTURE Program is implemented by the Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit and has as general objective the consolidation of economic and social development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management. The budget of the Program is 34 million euros. More details are available on: www.ro-cultura.ro.