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INTERNATIONAL COMICS FESTIVAL
8th International Comics Festival will be held from September 30th to October 3rd, 2010. More info about Festival contest is available here
International Comics Festival is an event organized and led by Belgrade’s Student Cultural Centre (SKC) Happy Gallery in the past seven years. The Festival is the biggest comics event in Serbia, and one of the most important in the entire region.
Each year, the Festival is being held during the last week of September (from Thursday to Sunday) in all SKC galleries.
Festival is based on: the open international competition for authors of all ages from around the world, worldwide most important comic authors presentations with their personal appearances, revalorization of domestic comic scene from early beginning to present days, young talents recognition and support, popularization of comics and similar artistic expressions such as animation and illustration through the various exhibitions and educational programs.
GUESTS OF THE FESTIVAL:
Brian Bolland (United Kingdom), Jean-Marc Thevenet (France), Adrian Smith (United Kingdom), Olivier Ledroit (France), John Higgins (United Kingdom), Igor Kordej (Croatia), David Lloyd (United Kingdom), Esad T. Ribić (Croatia), Matt Hollingsworth (USA), Gyorgy Palfi (Hungary), Kostas Aronis (Greece), Gregg Cox (USA), Aleksandar Sotirovski (Macedonia), Tihomir Tikulin (Croatia), Darijo Antunović (Croatia), Marko Šunjić (Croatia), Iztok Sitar (Slovenia), Bart Nauwelaerts (Belgium), Rufus Dayglo (United Kingdom), R.M. Guera (Serbia/Spain)
SPECIAL AWARD FOR GENERAL CONTRIBUTION TO SERBIAN COMICS
The most important domestic authors and comic book pioneers, well renowned beyond the Serbian borders, won the Festival life achievement award: Zoran Janjetov and Aleksandar Zograf (2004), Bane Kerac (2005), Željko Pahek (2006), Žika Bogdanović (2007), Srećko Jovanović (2008), Rajko Milošević Gera (2009)
FESTIVAL CONTEST (2003-2009)
In the first six years, over a 1500 authors from 45 countries worldwide including Serbia took part in the International Comics Festival competition. Among them, over 500 were in the “15 years of age or below” contest category.
From 2003 to 2009, contestants represented following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Serbia, Turkey, Spain, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan and United Kingdom.
WINNERS OF THE CONTEST
Previous winners of the Festival contest were: Nebojša Cvetković (Belgrade, Serbia, 2003); Maja Veselinović (Belgrade, Serbia, 2004); Mijat Mijatović (Gornji Milanovac, Serbia, 2005); Miroslav Marić (Čačak, Serbia, 2006), Siniša Banović / Dejan Vujić (Belgrade, Serbia, 2007); Alem Ćurin (Split, Croatia, 2008), Marian Mirescu / Cristian Ioan Pacurariu (Romania, 2009)
TEAM OF THE FESTIVAL:
Miki Pješčić, Editor of the Festival
Vladimir Vesović, Review of Domestic Authors
Dejan Nikolaj Kraljačić, Manager of the International Program
Bojan M. Đukić, Manager of the International Program
Aleksandar Uzelac, Coordinator of the Festival Contest
Predrag Mladenović, Art Editor of the Festival