Screening of Socialisation of a Bull? animated feature film and talk with the authors, Vetrinjski dvor (Vetrinje Mansion), 2019.
The festival derives from the Animateka International Animated Film Festival Maribor edition. Since 2011, the Association for Film Culture Development, Maribor focused only on children and youth films and thus created its own festival platform, which is growing every year. In 2019, at the 9th edition, it had more than 400 applications from all over the world. Co-organised by Zavod MARS Maribor, an association for cultural and art education, its main purpose is to promote film production by children and youth, film education in schools and the development of film production skills and a critical understanding of film.
Among the festival sections, 3 are competitive: the "MINI" section for films made by children till the age of 10, the "MIDI" section for films made by children from the ages of 11 till 14 and the "MAXI" section for films made by youth till the age of 19. In each section, the Little Elephant Award is given by an international jury of 3 members, which can also give Special Mentions to films in each section. The winner of all three sections combined is awarded the Little Elephant Grand Prix and a scholarship for the next film project, sponsored by the Foundation Sonda.
9th Enimation, International Children and Youth Film Festival awards, author of the statuettes: Marijan Mirt, 2019
The competition programme is accompanied by a rich programme of internationally mentored workshops, additional screenings of films for children and youth, talks with authors, dance and musical performances.
Stop motion animation workshop for children, mentor: Miloš Tomić, part of 9th Enimation Festival accompanying programme, Vetrinjski dvor, November 2019.
The festival is part of the international Youth Cinema Network, which combines several festivals with a similar focus. It also hosts screenings, experts and cooperation projects from partner festivals in the region, such as Star Film Fest from Osijek or Dubrovnik Film Festival.
Critical writing workshop and video ad workshop for elementary school students, mentors: Anja Kavić and Martina Mladenović, GT22, Enimation, International Children and Youth Film Festival, 2019.