The 4th BAF took place on October 22, 2023, at the Tonia Marketaki Hall of Warehouse D. The forum started with a welcome address from the Founder and Director of the Festival, Stavros Savvidis, and members of the jury. Then, the pitches were presented. The contestants came from Greece, Serbia, and Bulgaria. For the first time, due to the high level of 8 candidates, the jury decided to award a fourth Honorary Mention prize.
The judges selected the three winners and presented the respective awards on the same day. Thanks to the valuable support of the Film Office (Region of Central Macedonia), XPPen, the company Toon Boom Animation and EKOME, the winning projects received both a cash prize and licenses for Storyboard Pro or Harmony Premium/Advanced/Essentials software, which we hope will bring them closer to realizing their projects.
The first prize was awarded to the film "Roxanda" by Dragan Jovicevic, winning a prize of €1,000 and an annual license for premium Toon Boom software.
The second prize was awarded to the project "Sand of Shade" by Pantelis, winning a cash prize of €500 and an annual license for premium Toon Boom software.
The third place was won by the project "Cut the Tie" by Anna Oikonomou, earning an annual license for premium Toon Boom software.
The fourth place was awarded to the project "Atomic" by Iva Zahova, receiving an annual license for the use of premium Toon Boom software.