We have just received some very sad news from Bratislava.
On August 12, 2019, Katarína Minichová, program director of the Bratislava Animation Biennale festival (Bienále animácie Bratislava), passed away.
Our friendship goes way back, to the times when Katarína was still cooperating with the Slovak public television, as the author of screenplays of films and series for children, as well as a researcher interested in animated cinema. In 2006 she took over the management of Biennial of Animation Bratislava – the event Ale Kino! has cooperated with since the mid-nineties. Last year I was happy to see her in sunny Bratislava, where – at her invitation – I had the honour to prepare Polish retrospective for the Biennale. She also visited Poznań several times, also as a juror at Ale Kino! Festival.
Katarína Minichova was a person of extraordinary passion and tremendous knowledge regarding animations; warm, open, caring about people and the world. She will be greatly missed among all of us.