Presentation of the project NEBIDNINA

The animated omnibus and the graphic edition “Not-being” are designed as an intermedial interpretation from the poetic work of one of the greatest contemporary Macedonian poets, Aco Shopov. Four poems with a different lyrical charge were selected as its literary basis: “Not-being”, “Horrordeath”, “The Long Coming of Fire” and “Into the Black Woman’s Dream” whose visual transformation starts from the handwriting of the author’s manuscript and expands as an artistic recreation the lyrical expression in graphic illustration by four contemporary Macedonian illustrators: Ivan Ivanovski, Krste Gospodinovski, Zharko Ivanov and Vladimir Lukash. Their interest is not in the literal presentation of poems, but in developing a reconstructed rhythmic, temporal audio-visual product that connects the viewer with the poems and the language of poetry. In addition to the film, a graphic novel published as part of the project will also be presented.

The animated films and the graphic book will be promoted by Zharko Ivanov, illustrator, director and producer, Krste Gospodinovski, illustrator, director and animation director, and Darin Angelovski – editor of the graphic book.



Tuesday 23. 7., 20.00


Zharko Ivanov is a languages and literature graduate from the Philology Faculty in Skopje. In 2006 he attended the Film Art College in Sofia, Bulgaria, after which he received an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Skopje and an MA in Animated Film Directing from the University of Audiovisual Arts. He is working towards a PhD in literature and film. He is the founder of the production company “Flip Book” with which he has produced more than 20 short animated, documentary and live action films. As a director, he has made films that were shown at more than 100 festivals around the world and won over 15 awards.





Krste Gospodinovski is a Macedonian director and animator. He studied painting at the National Art Academy – Sofia and he’s currently doing his Ph.D. in cultural studies\animation. He is a professor and head of the animation department at the University of Audiovisual Arts – Europa Prima – Skopje, and one of the founders of the festival for European short animated films, Flipbook Film Festival in Skopje. His short animated films (author/co-author) Gottlieb (2018), Snakelet (2020) and Not-Being (2023) were screened at over 60 festivals and won several awards.




Darin Angelovski (Skopje, 1977) Researcher at the Department of Macedonian-Balkan literary and historical links at the Institute of Macedonian Literature (IML), University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje (UKIM). Editor at Flip Book Books publishing house. Member of the editorial board of international Slavic interdisciplinary journal Philological Studies. Graduated at the Institute of Classical Studies at Faculty of Philosophy, (UKIM). Earn a master’s degree in Cultural Studies (Literature) at the Institute of Macedonian Literature in Skopje (IML). PhD in Cultural Studies on The Reception of Ancient Literature in Macedonian Cultural Milieu. Publishes articles and essays on the subject of comparative literature, ancient studies and cultural studies.