After an animated weekend, ABIFF together with director and graphic artist Robert Sowa are preparing a masterclass in animation

Over 3000 spectators from all over the country participated in over 33 cinemas in the launch weekend of the ABIFF International Animated Film Festival, July 9-11, 2021. An important component of the festival, in addition to the film screenings that will continue throughout the summer, is the organization of presentation workshops for high school students and masterclasses with industry professionals for students.

Thus, ABIFF offers for the first time in Romania, on July 23 and 24, a first animation masterclass given by Robert Sowa. Robert Sowa is an animation director and graphic artist, director of Animation Film Studio, Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland, one of the best professionals in the animation industry. It is known for its visual experience and language, created on different media and on the relationship between visual and sound spaces.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to start an animation, how to do the documentation, but also about the post-production process. Also, the relationship between director and producer will be analyzed in the making of an animated film.

The masterclass will also have a practical part in which participants will do a short exercise about the structure of preparing a film, the storyboard, design and visuals, sound and music, dramaturgy and the production process.

The course is addressed to students at specialized faculties and is conducted in English, online on the Zoom platform. Participation is free, subject to availability (12 participants). More details and registration at contact@abiff.ro, until Wednesday, July 21, based on CVs: https://abiff.ro/2021/07/13/23-24-iulie-masterclass-de-animatie-cu-robert-sowa/

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 media partners of ABIF 2021 are Agerpres.ro, newsweek.ro, Magic FM, Radio Romania Cultural Viva FM, Radio HIT and AaRC.


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.