Organized by the Youth Association KAN, from 26 to 30 August, the 18th Naff 2023 Animated Film Festival will be held in Neum, whose competition this year received almost 3,000 films from all parts of the world, i.e., from 116 countries.
The most films received came from France (243 titles), followed by the USA, China, Russia, Great Britain...
These are film achievements by animation authors whose productions are not older than two years. Films are made in all animation techniques: 2D, 3D, dolls-clay...
The organizing team also points out that at the 18th edition of NAFF, a total of 81 films from 31 countries will be screened within three programs. In the competition, author's program will have 33 auteur films, and in the student program at this year's NAFF will be shown 25 student authors. Also, 23 films will be screened in the panorama program.
"Although last year we had a 'live' version of NAFF after the unfortunate pandemic, this year it is a complete comeback as before the corona. We are happy that authors from Greece, Germany, Croatia, Serbia, Belarus, Spain, Israel, USA are coming to Neum. We want NAFF to continue to be a place of creative meetings and cooperation of young people, who have been influencing the development of culture and the film industry through our festival for years," naff organizers said in a statement.
The best films at the 18th edition of NAFF will be decided by: Galia Osmo (Israel), director and animator, Osman Arslanagić (BiH), author and professor, then the famous BH’s musician and actor Mario Knezović, and Carolyn Gair (USA), a successful director, editor-in-chief and designer of the project who has worked with all major studios including Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Illumination and Paramount.
During the five days of the festival, three professional lectures will be held.
And this year, eight awards will be presented and that; Grand Prix, best 2D animation, best 3D animation, best clay animation puppets, best music, fine arts award, best student film and award in honor of Oscar winner Dušan Vukotić, which is awarded to young regional authors as an incentive for further work, announced the organizers.