Supertoon International Animation and Comics Festival specializes in short animated films and authorial comic book editions, and takes place every summer in the Adriatic city of Šibenik, Croatia.
Its 12th edition will unfold over five days, from 24th to 28th of July 2023, and screen, in competition, more than 200 of the freshest, most interesting short animated films from around the world at Mala loža, Gorica and City Park open-air cinemas – with all the necessary precautions regarding the global Covid-19 pandemic and public gatherings. It will once more bring together kids and adults, Šibenik residents and their friends and guests, tourists – perhaps on their way back from the one of the many gorgeous beaches – and film professionals, connoisseurs and enthusiasts.
Festival visitors will be able to enjoy a selection of recent authorial comics, which will also compete for the award for the best comic. The St. Krševan Gallery will host an exhibition of all the comics in competition and an open-air comic book fair will take place in the city park.
Supertoon creates a space of freedom for filmmakers and students of film-making, as well as comics authors, providing them with the opportunity to meet, socialize, participate in panels, Q&A’s and workshops, exchange ideas and experiences, and hopefully even come up with ideas for a future collaboration. We also encourage kids and young adults to make their first steps in animation through our four-day animation workshop Planktoon.
Our mission is highly educational throughout the year. As part of a platform called Animated Šibenik, we organize a series of year-round events that include pop-up exhibitions by illustrators, animators and comic artists, animation workshops for children and adults, VJ and 3D mapping shows and concerts. Once a month we bring visual arts to the center of attention in downtown Šibenik.
The films screened and comics presented in competition at Supertoon festival are selected via an international call for entries as well as by direct calls to studios and producers. Three international juries comprised of three jury members each choose the festival laureates in four competition categories for animation films: Grandtoon (short films), Studentoon (short student films), Supertune (music videos), and Planktoon (short films for children), and three categories for comics: Comic book edition (album), Comic magazine and Fanzin edition. The call for entries is announced in December of each year and closes in April for animated films and comics.
Šibenik is the oldest Croatian town on the Adriatic coast. It is also known as Krešimir’s town, since it was the residence of King Petar Krešimir IV, the most important ruler of ancient Croatian state.
Šibenik stands out among the Croatian cities of its unique beauty and position in the central, most picturesque part of the Croatian Adriatic in a wide bay at the mouth of the river Krka. Its narrow winding streets, stone houses, many staircases and remains of the city walls give Šibenik that romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. Many churches, monasteries, palaces and four forts around the city also testify to the perseverance, sacrifice and faith of generations of people of Šibenik.
The rich cultural and historical heritage of the city is evident in the impressive cathedral of St. James, built by renowned architect George Dalmatian. It was built entirely of stone for a period of more than a hundred years, and its unique design was brave and unusual for that time, and is the only such facility in Europe. Today it is under the protection of UNESCO.
In front of Šibenik is a beautiful archipelago that consists of 242 islands, islets, reefs and rocks with only ten villages. The most famous among them are Zlarin – coral diver’s island, Krapanj – sponger’s island and Prvić, residences of noblemen from Šibenik. On the other hand, the hinterland hides five rivers, three large and ten smaller lakes, five mountains, one national park, two nature parks and eight waterfalls. All this makes the beautiful Mediterranean city of Šibenik, which in any case is worth a visit.
An international jury will award authors with the following awards for films presented in the fuor competition categories:
Best film in the Grandtoon competition
Best film in the Studentoon competition
Best film in the Planktoon competition
Best film in the Supertune competition
An international jury will award authors with the following awards for comics presented in the three competition categories:
Best Comic Book Edition
Best Comic Magazine
Best Fanzin Edition
The Festival may permit other Croatian or international organizations or institutions to present their own awards. Should they wish to do so, they must supply the Festival Organizers with their own award rules and regulations, prior to the opening of the Festival. The Festival Jury can award special mentions for exceptional artistic achievement.
International Animation festival Supertoon was founded in 2010 in Bol, island of Brač. The first edition was organized by Zvonko Barišić, Vanja Daskalović, Ivan Klepac, Slave Lukarov, Stjepan Mihaljević and Peter Trebotić. Their desire to popularize animation and respond to the absence of such a festival (and such way of cultural entertainment) on the Adriatic coast encouraged them to start a new festival. After two years on Brač, the festival moved to Šibenik, where it continued to grow and thrive. Later, life took the original founders in different directions, away from organizing Supertoon, but the festival without them would never be the same and we are all very grateful that for some time they were part of this great story.