PIF 2011

time: 05.09.2011. - 11.09.2011.
place: Zagreb, Croatia
organiser: MCUK
PIF is an international puppet festival of largely professional puppet theatre groups. It is also a festival for any puppeteer or theatrician who uses puppetry as a means of artistic expression. Until now more than 500 theatres from all continents have participated. The festival is for both adults and children.
The Festival is set to take place from 5th to 11th September 

PIF has been held each year since 1968, so the festival has long tradition behind it. It is usualy held in the last week of August. 

In 37 years of the festival more than 500 theatres from some forty countries from all continents have taken part. For five to seven days very different plays are performed - from traditional to completely new modern experimental shows - for children and adults. The plays are performed in numerous theatre halls, as well as in the streets and squares of Zagreb. They are observed by two juries: the children’s which observes all plays for children and chooses the best according to its taste, and an international jury of experts which follows all the performances at the festival and presents the main festival prize for the best play in its entirety, while also giving prizes for individual achievements. Since 1988 the main prize of the PIF has been named after the great man of the Croatian puppet theatre Milan Cecuk - the writer, actor, puppeteer, journalist, theoretician and historian of the puppet theatre and one of the founders of the PIF. 

Along with the festival special seminars are offered on the making of puppets and animation. Puppet exhibitions are also organised, and a collection of scripts of all plays performed at the PIF is displayed. 

See more detailed programme here

(D.H., 12.08.2011)