PAF is registered association and cultural platform focused on film and contemporary art based in Olomouc, Czech Republic. In the year 2000, festival of the same name, PAF – Festival of Film Animation, was organized for the very first time, which makes it the oldest festival of animation in the Czech Republic. Since 2002, the festival is held annually in the baroque buildings of the Arts Centre of Palacký University in the city of Olomouc, from its 15th edition already as PAF – Festival of Film Animation and Contemporary Art. This new title reflects the specific focus of the PAF festival, whose dramaturgy has always been devoted to the broad conception of animation phenomenon as seen in the context of cinematography and visual arts.
The main activities of PAF include editorial and publishing activities within the editorial series Edition PAF, the presentation of Czech audio-visual art, the preparation of curated exhibitions, projections, workshops and seminars, as well as the year-round curatorial and dramaturgical work which culminates in the series of recurring festivals and events in the Czech Republic and abroad. Holding the competition Other Visions CZ, PAF has been for more than the past ten years (since 2007) systematically mapping the Czech production of the moving images, as well as dealing with the issues of its archiving, distribution, and presentation abroad (currently already under its own distribution platform PAF Aport).
PAF regularly collaborates with important galleries, curators and institutions. Support and cooperation has been openly provided by number of renowned organisations (Forma London, Filmmuseum Wien, Re:Voir Paris, Anthology Film Archives New York, Creative Time New York, Pioneer Works New York, Atelier Nord Oslo and others), festivals (Screen City Stavanger, Anilogue Budapest, Fest Anča Žilina etc.) and galleries (GAMU Prague, ScreenSaverGallery, Tad Gallery Denton, Gallery U Mloka Olomouc). PAF’s minor achievements include awards given by prestigious competitions and festivals to art projects commissioned by PAF, to Other Visions competition finalists, and to PAF for its graphic design.
1/ presentation and making the contemporary art accessible to the broader public in the Czech Republic
2/ enlivening the local cultural context of the Olomouc region
3/ presentation of the contemporary Czech art abroad with reference to the given local contexts
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