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Anifilm’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be Presented to Libuše Čihařová
Screenwriter, director, animator and pedagogue Libuše Čihařová began her career as an assistant animator in the Bratři v Triku Studios. She was hired in 1951 and under the influence of Czech animation greats such as Zdeněk Miler, Jaroslav Bedřich and Jiří Brdečka, she later adopted other professions. She became a renowned animator who was always able to cope with various artistic styles. She collaborated on more than ten Bedtime Stories series such as: O makové panence (Miss Poppy), Kosí bratři (The Blackbird Brotthers), Bob a Bobek (Bob and Bobby), Štaflík a Špagetka (Štaflík and Špagetka), Nils a divoké husy (Nils and the Wild Geese) and Maxipes Fík. In the 1980’s, she began directing herself and since then, she has made several short films and series. Today, Libuše Čihářová undoubtedly ranks among the legends of Czech animation. Until recently, she was passing on her invaluable experience and passion for animation on to the new generation of animators as a pedagogue at the Department of Animation at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Libuše Čihařová at the opening ceremony of the Anifilm Festival on 1st May.