The Festival’s mission is to foster artistic confrontation in the field of animation intended for children, create conditions for the evaluation thereof and hence support the complex development of this unique kind of art.
Since 1985 Festival BAB has been part of the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB). In 1991 it became an international film festival of a unique nature since it is the only event of this type addressed exclusively to children. In 2003, BAB became a competitive festival. The International Jury awards several festivals awards. In 2012 Flipbook competition was held for children which they are interesting about animation. Since 2013, the Festival also includes the BAB Atelier in which a group of children meets regulary to cooperate on common animation projects. In 2014 they released their first film, The Forest – Home of Animals, followed by next films You are never alone /2016/, The Greedy Fox /2016, Ruddy the Scarecrow /2018/ and The Magical Ice Cream 2019. In 2014, it was enlarged and went even further, the festival competition was introduced also in two other Slovak towns – Skalica and Prievidza. Since BAB 2016 the first International Forum titled From Illustration to Animation took place as a new discussion platform. In 2018 festival competition screenings have already taken place in four cities – in Košice, Prievidza, Prešov and Myjava. Since 2020 the festival will be extended to Liptovský Mikuláš, Piešťany, Trnava and Martin. The Biennial of Animation Bratislava – BAB, is held under the auspices and with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic. The organizer of the festival is the BAB Secretariat in BIBIANA, International House of Art for Children.
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