Croatian master of animation Borivoj Dovniković Bordo (1930) is the winner of 27th World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award will be presented to him at the official festival opening ceremony in Zagreb, on 5 June 2017.
The Festival Council, which decided on the award, pointed out that Borivoj Dovniković - Bordo is an outstanding draftsman, caricaturist and illustrator, who made his first steps in classical style animation. However, as an independent author already in the 1960s he became one of the most important names of the Zagreb School of Animation, and consequently a name on the global animation scene. An indefatigable explorer of the freedom of movement in animation, a master of white, extremely powerful and adaptable background, a man with a profound interest in the fate of the little man in contemporary world.
His drawing skills and sense of rhythm made Bordo one of those modernists whose works are enjoyable to all animation aficionados. He managed to integrate the poetics of jest and occasionally classical identification with the characters into his recognisable signature style, but not to the expense of playful form and creative freedom. Bordo has been thrilling generations of authors and audience with titles like Curiosity, Krek, Flower Lovers, Second Class Traveller, Exciting Love Story and many others.
One of the fathers of Professor Balthazar, an acclaimed writer, organiser and driving force behind animation events, Borivoj Dovniković Bordo deserves honours in all the spheres of his activity, but even without them he would still be an equally significant modernist artist, acknowledged on all continents – wherever there are people who appreciate animated film.
Borivoj Dovniković Bordo will receive the Animafest Lifetime Achievement Award in person at the opening ceremony of the 27th World Festival of Animated Film on 5 June 2017, at Europa Cinema. The Festival will also screen a retrospective of his films, set up a special exhibition and host a lecture on his work.