LINOLEUM International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival

LINOLEUM International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival
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LINOLEUM International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival is held every year in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. Its main goal is to support and develop auteur animation and media art in Ukraine.

The festival was founded in 2006 as a private non-profit initiative. Its main organizer is Animagrad, an animation studio that belongs to FILM.UA Group. FILM.UA Group is a Ukrainian-based group of companies that produces original movies, series, TV shows and new media content, offering a wide range of content delivery services across Ukraine and Eastern Europe. The festival is supported by the Kyiv City State Administration and the Ukrainian State Film Agency.

First and foremost, LINOLEUM is a specialized international competition for animated films. It is open to short films (maximum 30 minutes) created with different animation techniques, including films that combine animation with live action (provided that at least 40% of the film is animated).

The competition includes three categories: International Competition, National Competition (for animated films made in Ukraine), and Commissioned Films. In addition, the festival program has two out-of-competition categories: Animation for Children and Experimental Animation and Video Art. The international jury, consisting of internationally renowned filmmakers from different countries, determines the best film in each competition category.

In addition to the competition, LINOLEUM offers lectures and workshops conducted by industry professionals, screenings of experimental animation and video art, special screenings and programs. The festival strives to prove that animation is more than just entertainment for kids, but a form of contemporary art for an intellectual audience that uses technological innovations to tackle contemporary societal issues.

As of 2018, LINOLEUM is held at IZONE Creative Space. IZONE is a creative community which offers co-working and exhibition spaces, conference and lecture rooms, concert and performance venues, studios, communal spaces, and more.

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