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About the Festival
Book Illustration Festival "BookILL Fest" is organized for the eighth time by the Banat Cultural Centre and Novi Sad Fair. Book Illustration Festival is going to take place at the Novi Sad Fair, during the International Book Fair, and in the Banat Cultural Centre Gallery in Novo Miloševo.
"BookILL Fest" includes internet competition for the best illustration of the book, exhibition of selected works, the announcement of winners, and exhibitions and lectures related to the book illustration.
"BookILL Fest" will be opened on the 5th of March 2018 at 13.00 the Novi Sad Fair (during the Book Fair which will be held from the 5th to 11th March) when two exhibitions will also be opened: "Serbian illustrators at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava 2003–2017" and the exhibition of The 7th Book Illustration Festival BookILL Fest 2018. The announcement of winners and the award ceremony will be held in May 2019, at Banat Cultural Center in Novo Milosevo, as well as the opening of the exhibition of selected and awarded works.
The Aim of the Festival
The book illustration is important, but also a specific area in the process of graphic designing of books, which is why "BookILL Fest" seeks to draw attention to illustration and illustrators in public, but also to publishers who care about the equipment of their books.
The illustrated book is an art object that is signed by the co-authors: the writer and illustrator. Organizer affirms the principle that the text of the book and its visual component – illustration – are both equally important and valuable.
Contests for book illustrations are very rare in the world, and thus, this festival is more important.
Registration for the Contest:
The contest is open for authors from all over the world.
Each author submits at least 4 illustrations of the book: illustration of the cover page and illustrations from the inside of the book, in digital format (JPG, TIFF format, RGB mode, 300-600 dpi, up to A4).
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Deadline for submission is: the 10th of April, 2019.
Authors can send illustrations done in all artistic and graphic techniques. The photographs which illustrate books will be also accepted. Authors can send illustrations incorporated into book design with the text or separated. Authors can send more illustrations created for different books. Authors can send cover illustrations only if the inside of the book is not illustrated. Unpublished illustrations will be accepted as well as published. Illustrated books that are published must not be older than two years.
The authors must also send their personal data by e-mail (name, surname, address, phone number, a short professional biography) titles of the works, and the specific category for submission. They should indicate whether the book was published or in the project.
If the author wants, he/she can send his/her book and CD with drawings and data, to the following address: Banatski kulturni centar, JNA 35, 23 273, Novo Miloševo.
The categories for submission are:
1. Illustration of the poetry book
2. Illustration of the fiction book
3. Illustration of the book for children
4. Photo-illustration of the book
Illustrations of books out of these categories may also be sent, and the jury will evaluate them separately.
Jury / Arts Council
The selection of works and awards – one for each category – is going to be done by the following members of the jury: Slobodan Ivkov, president, Sibila Petenji Arbutina and Senka Vlahovic.
*The organizer reserves the right to present works from this year's and previous competitions and exhibitions in other towns and countries. It also reserves the right to print thematic publication (catalog, monography, flyers, etc.) of the received works in propaganda or retrospective exhibition purposes, or for the affirmation of the "BookILL Fest" competition project and to have the possibility of scientific research analyzes of illustrations as artistic discipline in the light of this project.
By submitting their works, the authors accept the above-mentioned items.
February 25, 2019 - Opening of the competition
March 5, 2019, 13.00, International Book Fair, Novi Sad – opening of the festival (presentation "Bibiana", opening of the exhibition "Serbian illustrators at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava 2003–2017", opening of the exhibition of The 7th Book Illustration Festival BookILL Fest 2018, duration of the exhibitions: from the 5th to 11th of March, 2019)
April 10, 2019 – closing of the competition
April 2019 – jury sessions
May 2019, Gallery of the Banat Cultural Center, Novo Miloševo - the announcement of winners, awarding of awards and the opening of the exhibition of selected and awarded works, opening of the exhibition "Serbian illustrators at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava 2003–2017" (the exact date will be published later)
March 2020, International Book Fair, Novi Sad - exhibition of selected and awarded works on the "Bookill Fest" 2019 competition.
Guest exhibition from Bratislava
Exhibition of illustrations "Serbian illustrators at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava 2003–2017" is a Guest exhibition of the Festival and it is organized by the Banat Cultural Centre and Novi Sad Fair, in cooperation with "Bibiana", International House of Art for Children from Bratislava (Slovakia) and Foundation "Babka" Gallery from Kovačica (Serbia). The exhibition contains illustrations by 19 Serbian illustrators whose works were featured at the Biennale in Bratislava in the period from 2003 to 2017. The exhibition will be placed in the auspices of the "Master" Center of Novi Sad Fair 5–11. March 2019 and at the Gallery of the Banat Cultural Center in May 2019.
Exhibition of The 7th Book Illustration Festival BookILL Fest 2018
The exhibition contains illustrations by selected and award-winning authors of the 7th Book Illustration Festival "BookILL Fest" 2018. The exhibition and awards were held in the Gallery of the Banat Cultural Center in Novi Miloševo in June 2018. The exhibition will be put on the stand of the Banat Cultural Center in Hall "Master" of Novi Sad Fair 5–11. March 2019.
"BookILL Fest" 2018
At last year's competition over 1500 illustrations were received from 27 countries. The jury selected about works by 120 authors that were exposed in the Gallery of the Banat Cultural Center in Novi Miloševo.
More information about last year's Festival can be found here:
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