The official ceremony and the screening of an animated film about an impossible friendship between a bear and a mouse, Ernest and Celestine, opened the World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb at Europa cinema in the Croatian capital on Tuesday night.
Animafest art director Daniel Suljic and producers Vjera Matkovic and Olinka Vistica opened the festival, which runs until 9 June, with Zagreb mayor Milan Bandic to a packed Europa cinema.
‘For forty-one years this festival has been a meeting point of different nations and thanks to its organisers it is today one of half a dozen most important animation festivals in the world. It is upon us to maintain their work with a lot of dedication, effort and love. Our success will be displayed in the upcoming six days in our various programme segments,’ said Suljic.
‘We hope you will stay with us throughout the festival and enjoy Animafest’s film programmes at Europa and Cineplexx, seen for the very first time in Croatia, accompanied by masters of animation from across the world. Don’t forget to visit our exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art and ULUPUH Gallery. May this Animafest be another wonderful experience.’ said Matkovic.
For a full list of screenings and venues visit animafest.hr