15th International Comics Festival will be held from September 28th to October 1st, 2017
International Comics Festival is an event organized and led by Belgrade’s Student Cultural Center (SKC) Happy Gallery. The Festival is the biggest comics event in Serbia, and one of the most important in the Southeastern Europe.
Each year, the Festival is being held in Student Cultural Center Belgrade, during the last week of September (from Thursday to Sunday).
Festival is based on: the open international competition for authors of all ages, presentations of the most important comic authors worldwide, retrospective of domestic comics scene, support to young talents and comics publishers, popularization of comics and similar artistic expressions such as animation and illustration through various exhibitions and educational programs.
PREVIOUS GUESTS OF THE FESTIVAL
Brian Bolland (United Kingdom), Jean-Marc Thevenet (France), Adrian Smith (United Kingdom), Olivier Ledroit (France), John Higgins (United Kingdom), Igor Kordey (Croatia), David Lloyd (United Kingdom), Esad T. Ribić (Croatia), Matt Hollingsworth (USA), Gyorgy Palfi (Hungary), Kostas Aronis (Greece), Gregg Cox (USA), Aleksandar Sotirovski (Macedonia), Tihomir Tikulin (Croatia), Iztok Sitar (Slovenia), Bart Nauwelaerts (Belgium), Rufus Dayglo (United Kingdom), R.M. Guera (Serbia/Spain), Enrique Sanchez Abuli (Spain), Darko Perović (Serbia), Marian Mirescu (Romania), Laurence Heyworth (United Kingdom), Marco Nizzoli (Italy), Luca Enoch (Italy), Paul Gravett (United Kingdom), Antonio Altarriba (Spain), Roberto Diso (Italy), Leonid Pilipović (Serbia), Živorad Radivojević (Serbia), Dražen Kovačević (Serbia), Vladimir Krstić Laci (Serbia), Sylvain Cordurie (France), Lora Fountain (USA), Gilbert Shelton (USA), Aline Kominsky-Crumb (USA), Robert Crumb (USA), Borivoj Dovniković Bordo (Croatia), Željko Pahek (Serbia), Boyan Kovačević (Serbia), Tiberiu Beka (Serbia), Boban Savić Geto (Serbia), Jovan Ukropina (Serbia), Andriana Ružić (Serbia), Veljko Krulčić (Croatia), Zoran Đukanović (Serbia), Csaba Kopeczky (Serbia), Gregoire Seguin (France), Claudiu Revnic (Romania), Petar Stanimirov (Bulgaria), Rumen Chaushev (Bulgaria), Aleksandar Vachkov (Bulgaria), Dimitris Savaidis (Greece), Manuele Fior (Italy), Simon Vučković (Montenegro), Viorel Pîrligras (Romania), Cristian Ciomu (Romania), Mircea Liviu Goga (Romania), Victor Martin (Romania), Dragan Predić (Serbia), Pat Moriarity (USA), Tomáš Prokůpek (Czech Republic), Martin Foret (Czech Republic), Paulo Monteiro (Portugal), Marcello Mangiantini (Italy), Walter Venturi (Italy), Moreno Burattini (Italy), Bryan Talbot (United Kingdom), Mary M. Talbot (United Kingdom), Petar Meseldžija (Serbia/Netherlands), Helena Klakočar (Croatia).
SPECIAL AWARDS FOR GENERAL CONTRIBUTION TO SERBIAN COMICS
The most important domestic authors and comic book pioneers, well renowned beyond the Serbian borders, won the Festival life achievement award: Zoran Janjetov and Aleksandar Zograf (2004), Bane Kerac (2005), Željko Pahek (2006), Žika Bogdanović (2007), Srećko Jovanović (2008), Rajko Milošević Gera (2009), Novica Djukić (2010), Novica Kruljević (2011), Petar Radičević (2012), Lazo Sredanović (2013), Radivoj Bogičević (2014), Zdravko Zupan (2015), Gradimir Smudja (2016).
FESTIVAL CONTEST (2003 -2016)
Over 1600 authors from 55 countries worldwide took part in the International Comics Festival competition. Among them, over 500 were in the “15 years of age or below” contest category.
From 2003 to 2016, contestants were from the following countries: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Myanmar, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan.
WINNERS OF THE CONTEST
Nebojša Cvetković (Serbia, 2003), Maja Veselinović (Serbia, 2004), Mijat Mijatović (Serbia, 2005), Miroslav Marić (Serbia, 2006), Siniša Banović / Dejan Vujić (Serbia, 2007), Alem Ćurin (Croatia, 2008), Marian Mirescu / Cristian Ioan Pacurariu (Romania, 2009), Tihomir Čelanović (Serbia, 2010), Marko Stojanović / Jovan Ukropina (Serbia, 2011), Aleksa Gajić (Serbia, 2012), Miloš Slavković (Serbia, 2013), Dragana Stojiljković and Dražen Kovačević (Serbia, 2014), Nenad Pejčić / Igor Krstić (Serbia, 2015), Daniele Giardini (Italy)/Jelena Đorđević (Serbia) 2016.
TEAM OF THE FESTIVAL
Miki Pješčić, Editor of the Festival
Aleksandar Uzelac, International Program
Vladimir Vesović, Program of Domestic Authors
Andriana Ružić, Film and Animation
Slobodan Ivkov, Professional Consultant
Zoran Đukanović, Professional Associate
Vuk Marković, Professional Associate
Luka Ivančević, Technical Assistant
Nemanja Apostolović, Technical Assistant
Ivana Budisavljević, Technical Associate
Marija Šavija, Technical Associate
Jelena Balević, Technical Associate
Vladimir Antonoski, Technical Associate
Predrag Mladenović, Art and Design
Jury for Publishers’ Awards:
Slobodan Ivkov, Chairman
Vasa Pavković, Member
Pavle Zelić, Member