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Azerbaijan was represented at the biggest and oldest animation festival in the world -
Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The 45 th edition of famous festval took place
from 14 th to 19 th of October, 2021.
Azerbaijan was represented by the director of ANIMAFILM Festival Rashid Aghamaliyev, the
winner of 3 rd ANIMAFILM Festival Fidan Akhundova and director Durna Safarova.
The trip to France and MIFA accreditation was offered to Fidan Akhundova by the French
Institute in Azerbaidjan (IFA), the French Embassy in Azerbaijan and Annecy International
Animation Film Festival as the award for "Best Azerbaijani Short Animated Film" of last
year’s ANIMAFILM Festival.
“This is a historical moment. It’s a first time when Azerbaijani animated film participates in
the competition program of Annecy Festival. “The Enigma of Faina” directed by Durna
Safarova participated in “Perspectives” category. Along with that, our ANIMAFILM Festival
was represented at Annecy’s MIFA market for the second time. Currently we are preparing
interesting animation programs that will involve Azerbaijan and France. We will make
anouncement very soon,” said director of ANIMAFILM Festival Rashid Aghamaliyev.
Notably, an award for category "Best Azerbaijani Short Animated Film" is offered by
ANIMAFILM Festival in cooperation with the French Embassy in Azerbaijan, the French
Institute in Azerbaijan (IFA) and with the support of the Annecy International Animation Film
Festival. This year's winner of this category will have a chance to attend in 2022 Annecy
Festival in France and receive professional MIFA accreditation. Trip to Annecy, France (flights
and accommodation) for the winner will be offered by IFA.
4th ANIMAFILM International Animation Festival will be held in Baku from 20 to 24 October
2021. The festival will feature dozens of foreign and local animated films for children and
adults during five days. The theme of this year's festival is "DISABILITY".