Academic Film Center Belgrade

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Academic Film Center Belgrade (Akademski filmski centar Beograd, AFC) was founded in 1958, in what was then socialist Yugoslavia, under the name of Academic Cine Club. Through its long history, thanks to the artists who created their films and videos there, it became one of the most significant and most awarded film clubs in Yugoslavia. The members included Tomislav Gotovac, Slobodan Šijan, Zoran Popović, Živojin Pavlović, Radoslav Vladić, Kokan Rakonjac, Dragoslav Lazić, Sava Trifković, Ivan Obrenov, Vjekoslav Nakić, Ivko Šešić, Nikola Đurić, Bojan Jovanović, Miodrag Milošević, Miloje Radaković, Dejan Vlaisavljević Nikt, Igor Toholj, Doplgenger Artist Duo, Bojana Vujanović, Dragana Kršenković, Jasmina Livada, Julijana Terek, Zorica Kijevčanin, Biljana Belić, Jasmina Tešanović, a.o. In 1976 AFC became part of the Student’s City Cultural Center, public institution for student culture, funded by the government. The main activities of AFC include film workshops, lectures and film production. In addition, it provides free equipment for students and young authors and organisational support for funding.

In 1982 AFC founded the Alternative Film Archive to take care of its film and video heritage that now counts over 600 films and videos produced by AFC. The archive holds avant-garde films and videos in all formats, experimental film-related material (books, periodicals, posters, production notes, oral history interviews etc.), as well as vintage cameras and apparatus. AFC founded two important festivals: the Alternative Film & Video Festival Belgrade (1982-1990, renewed in 2003) and the European Animated Film Festival Balkanima (since 2004).

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