Literature, Film, Cartoon



Midhat Ajanovic Ajan is an author and film maker born in Sarajevo (Bosnia) in 1959. He studied journalism in Sarajevo and film animation in Zagreb (Croatia). Between 1984 and 1992 he directed seven animated short films.
Since 1994 he is living in Gothenburg (Sweden) where he obtained a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Film Studies.
He teaches animation at various Swedish film schools and writes regularly about film and animation.
He has published many books in various genres and in several languages. Some of his books deal with history and theory of animated film. His most recent books are Den rörliga skämtteckningen (Optimal Press, Gothenburg 2009) in Swedish, Karikatura i pokret (Hrvatski filmski savez, Zagreb 2008) in Croatian and Animazione e relismo (Animation and Realism”, Cuem, Milan, 2006) in Italian.

He worked as the organiser and artistic director of the festivals in Podgorica (Montenegro), Zagreb (Croatia) and Eksjö (Sweden) and was the member of many internationally juries.He also did some work in the field of literature, journalism and newspaper’s cartoons. For his work, he got various rewards at significant festivals and exhibition world-wide.At the World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb 2010 he was awarded with Award for Special Contribution to Animation Research

Point of mouth (SaGAPro, 2010)

This is an “inner documentary” about a man from Sarajevo, made using animated drawing, allowing us to see images from his life from an ultimately subjective point of view. This is a film about reminiscences of a time, about growing up in Sarajevo, about a man never being able to leave his home town, no matter how far he travels. In a way the film is an extension of the authors theoretical studies on realism as aesthetic concept present in the art of animation.

Ovaj animirani film je “unutrašnji dokumentarac” o jednom Sarajliji realiziran sredstvima animiranog crteža koji omogućuje da slike njegovog života vidimo iz maksimano subjektivnog ugla posmatranja. To je film o uspomenama na jedno vrijeme, o odrastanju u Sarajevu i o tome da čovjek nikada ne može napustiti svoj rodnin grad ma koliko daleko da otputovao. Film predstavlja praktičnu razradu autorovih teoretskih radova o odnosu realizma i animirane filmske slike.

Midhat Ajanović- AJAN