“The Balkans festival of young comics creators” invites participants


Leskovac school comics “Nikola Mitrović Kokan,” operating within the Leskovac Cultural Centre, announced that they will organize the event “The Balkans festival of young comics creators” for the twenty-sixth time in 2024. The event will take place from June 28th to 30th in the premises of Leskovac Cultural Center, the National Museum of Leskovac and the Public Library “Radoje Domanović”.

This year the festival will also be competitive, and the best in the categories of young comic artists, illustrator, comic strip writer and theoretician in the Balkans will receive plaques with the image of Nikola Mitrovic Kokan. Also, the second best in all four categories will also be awarded with Diplomas. There will be a Diploma for the best rookie, and there will also be an award for the contribution to the Serbian comic, whose winner will be the president of the three-member jury awarding the other prizes.

The received works will be digitally and physically presented in the Gallery of Leskovac Cultural Center and their authors will receive Certificate of gratitude for participation in the festival as well as the mention in the catalog that each participant will receive. As part of the event which will last three days, there will be several lectures, public class drawing in the lobby of the Leskovac Cultural Center, projections of animated films and documentaries, the promotion of several comic magazine (from Serbia and from abroad) and a book on comic books, as well as panel discussions, public interviews and round tables.

As for the propositions for participating in the competition, they are as follows: the term young author means those authors under thirty years of age, and all who meet this basic requirement are free to present their works to the jury in any of the four categories. The older authors may also exhibit their works, and they are indeed invited to do so in order to set the example for the younger artists, but they will not enter the competition for awards. Award-wise, only Balkan- based authors can compete, but anyone from around the world can be part of the exhibit (on the Twenty-fourth Balkans festival of young comics creators in 2022, for example, 3046 authors from 82 countries from six continents had their works on display).

In the category of illustration you can apply illustrations in color and black and white illustrations alsike. The comic scenarios and theoretical texts should be submitted typed. One can also submit a finished and completed comic that is based on a scenario. The pages doesn`t have to be from a complete comic, and one can participate with as many works as one likes. Also, the work(s) you are submitting does not have to be done specifically for our festival or done during last year. It is only important that it has not been exhibited in The Balkans festival of young comics creators before. Note: It is important to clearly state one`s age so as to avoid all possible misunderstandings.

The  announcement by Leskovac school of comics is therefore a call for participation to all young comics authors, comic schools and comics workshops operating in the Balkans; they vow that they will do their best to be the best possible host for all guests.

Important note: The works should be sent in 300 DPI to the following address: [email protected]
no later than 1st May 2024 where it is also possible to get additional information.

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