Midhat Ajanovic

Film Critic, Sweden

Midhat Ajanovic Ayanis a writer and cinema scholar born in Sarajevo (Bosnia) in 1959. He studied journalism in Sarajevo and practiced film animation in Zagreb film Studio of Animation (Croatia).

Since 1994 he is living in Gothenburg (Sweden) where he obtained a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Film Studies. He teaches history and theory of animation at various Swedish film schools (currently at University West in Trollhättan) and writes regularly about film and animation.

He has published many books in various genres and in several languages, including sex novels and several books that deal with history and theory of animated film. Some of his books are The Man and the Line (Hrvatski filmski savez, Zagreb 2014) in Croatian and English, Den rörliga skämtteckningen (Optimal Press, Gothenburg, 2009) in Swedish, Karikatura i pokret (Hrvatski filmski savez, Zagreb, 2008) and Animacija i realizam / Animation and Realism (Hrvatski filmski savez, Zagreb, 2004) in Croatian and English, 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. For his work, he got various rewards at significant festivals and exhibition world- wide.

20th World Festival of Animated Film, Animafest, Zagreb 2010 awarded him with its Award for special contribution to animation studies.