Midhat Ajanović - Ajan (Bosnia-Herzegovina and Sweden)
Midhat Ajanovic Ajan is an author and film maker born in Sarajevo (Bosnia) in 1959. He studied journalism in Sarajevo and film animation in Zagreb (Croatia). Between 1984 and 1992 he directed seven animated short films.
Since 1994 he is living in Gothenburg (Sweden) where he obtained a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Film Studies.
He teaches animation at various Swedish film schools and writes regularly about film and animation.
He has published many books in various genres and in several languages. Some of his books deal with history and theory of animated film. His most recent books are Den rörliga skämtteckningen (Optimal Press, Gothenburg 2009) in Swedish, Karikatura i pokret (Hrvatski filmski savez, Zagreb 2008) in Croatian and 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.He also did some work in the field of literature, journalism and newspaper’s cartoons. For his work, he got various rewards at significant festivals and exhibition world-wide.At the World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest Zagreb 2010 he was awarded with Award for Special Contribution to Animation Research