The International Animation Film Festival – ABIFF, organized by ABI Foundation, in its first edition, launches between July 9-11 in Bucharest and in over 30 other cities in the country a real marathon of animated films, which will continue throughout during the summer.
During the 3 days of launch, the festival wants to capture the public’s attention by broadcasting hundreds of animated shorts, mostly European, chosen from over 40 countries, projected on 33 screens, confirmed so far. These can be seen in the Cinema City program (Arad, Bacău, Brăila, Baia Mare, Buzău, AFI Cotroceni Bucharest, City Park Constanța, Iulius Mall Cluj-Napoca, Deva, Galați, Iulius Mall Iași, Vivo Mall Pitești, Ploiești Shopping City, Piatra Neamț, Rm. Vâlcea, Suceava, Sun Plaza Bucharest, Târgu Mureș, Tg. Jiu, Drobeta Turnu Severin, Shopping City Timișoara), Happy Cinema (Bucharest, Bacău, Bistrița, Botoșani, Buzău, Sinaia, Pitești), Cinema Muzeul Țăranului from the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest, the cinemas from Reșita, Caransebes, Petroșani and Brașov.
”ABIFF started from the need to know the art of animated film, as a tool to express cultural diversity, primarily European, and wants to become a real kaleidoscope, which integrates Romanian authors in the space of international creation and connects our audience to it . Throughout the summer, in screening spaces across the country, the little ones have the chance to discover the fascinating vastness of the cartoon world, and the big ones to rediscover their child themselves “, said Valentin Urziceanu, President of ABI Foundation.
The animation films within the festival are intended both for children by presenting funny, charming, but also educational productions, as well as for the adult cinephile audience, passionate about author animation films.
As an element of absolute novelty, on July 10, the White Night of Animated Short Films will take place at the Peasant Museum Cinema. Also for the first time, two Romanian productions will be launched during the festival, an animated feature film – “It can be like that” and an animated short film – “Dragon’s Gift”, made by ABI Foundation and funded by the National Center of Cinematography.
The full list of cities and cinemas affiliated to the festival, as well as the film distribution program can be found on the festival’s website: abiff.ro
The project “ABIFF – Bucharest International Animation Film Festival” is organized by ABI Foundation and is funded by the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021 within the RO-CULTURE Program. The total budget of the project is 943,800 lei (195,492.77 euros), and the value of the non-reimbursable financing is 849,420 lei (175,943.49 euros). The project runs for a period of 18 months.
ABI Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that initiates and supports projects in the cultural, social and sports fields. Since 2010 she has been involved as a partner in the initiatives: United Against Racism and Radicalization Awareness Network.
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 approximately 34 million euros. More details are available on: www.ro-cultura.ro.