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The "BookILL fest" winners from Spain, Serbia, Bulgaria and Russia

Awards and special prizes for the best illustrations of books based on the contest of The 7th Book Illustration Festival "BookILL fest" have been awarded on June 2 at the Gallery of the Banat Cultural Center in Novo Milosevo. On this occasion, a guest exhibition of "Bibiana" from Bratislava (represented by Marian Potrok) has been opened, as well as an exhibition of selected and awarded works of "BookILL fest".

Winners of awards and special prizes at the international "BookILL fest" competition Josep Antoni Tassies from Spain, Nina Poliak from Russia, Kapka Kaneva from Bulgaria, from Serbia: Jugoslav Vlahović, Biljana Mihajlović, Vladimir Vlantik (on behalf of Miroslav Cipar from Slvakia) and Ekaterina Šoronda personally attended the award ceremony and received awards.

The prizes will be sent to the winners who were not attending: Erika Cunja (Italy), Kosta Milovanović (Serbia), Aleksa Gajić (Serbia), Lena Guberman (Israel) and Dale Blankenaar (South Africa).

About 1500 illustrations from 26 countries of the world, including Serbia, arrived at the online illustration contest of the 7th Book Illustration Festival "BookILL Fest". The jury composed of Slobodan Ivkov (president), M.A. Sibila Petenji Arbutina and M.A. Senka Vlahović selected the illustrations by 120 authors for the exhibition and awarded authors from eight countries in the categories of poetry and prose books, books for children and books illustrated with photographs.


In addition to the exhibition of selected illustrations, a guest exhibition "Awards of the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava 2017" has been opened, too (in cooperation with the International House of Art for Children "Bibiana" from Bratislava (Slovakia) and Foundation "Babka" Gallery from Kovačica (Serbia)). The exhibition contains illustrations of books for children from the previous biennial that received prizes in competition with thousands of illustrations from 50 countries around the world. Authors on this exhibition: Ludwig Volbeda (Netherlands), Narges Mohamadi (Iran), Maki Arai (Japan), Ji-min Kim (South Korea), Ana Desnitskaya (Russia), Daniela Olejníková (Slovakia), Hanne Bartholin (Denmark), Ofra Amit (Israel), Mirocomachiko (Japan), Israel Barrón (Mexico), Romana Romanyshin, Andryi Lesiv (Ukraine), Peter Uchnár (Slovakia), Svetozár Košický (Slovakia), Dušan Kállay (Slovakia).

Marian Potrok, a representative of the International House of Art for Children "Bibiana" from Bratislava and a representative of the Secretariat of the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava, attended the event and spoke about this exhibition.

The participants were also greeted by jury member Sibila Petenji Arbutina, from Novi Sad,who is a professor at the graphic department at the High Technical School of Vocational Studies in Novi Sad, and Slobodan Ivkov, president of the jury, art historian and critic, theorist of comics from Belgrade. Simultaneous translation English/Serbian: Vesna Kovrlija.

The participants were also greeted by the founder and director of the Banat Cultural Center Radovan Vlahović.

Senka Vlahović, founder of the festival and member of the jury, spoke about the festival and the awards.




Book Illustration Festival "BookILL Fest" has been held for the seventh time, organized by the Banat Cultural Center and the Novi Sad Fair. The festival has been expanded this year - in addition to the festival program traditionally holding place in Novi Sad - for the first time program will take place in Novo Milosevo, too. The first part of the festival program was held in March this year at the Book Fair in Novi Sad. (More about the program held in Novi Sad you can see here) The exhibition of selected and awarded illustrations that has been opened on June 2 in Novo Milosevo will be exhibited at and at the next Book Fair in Novi Sad in March 2019.

TV Novi Bečej.

„BookILL Fest“ 2018. Online Exhibition you can see here

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