POLISH ANIMATIONS AT THE ETIUDA&ANIMA FESTIVAL
In less than two weeks, between November 21st - 26th, the 24th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima starts in Krakow.
The International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima is the oldest film festival in Poland confronting the achievements of students of film and art schools from all over the world, as well as works of the fine-art animation film creators: professionals, students and independent filmmakers.
In this year’s program, apart from the two international competitions (ETIUDA and ANIMA), for the first time in the history of the Festival there will be a third competition - ANIMA.PL – devoted solely to Polish animation. Official selection commission assessed over one hundred applications and selected to the competition 43 films. Among the selected films are both art films, some of them from the well-known and successful filmmakers of the younger generations: Zbigniew Czapla, Izabela Plucińska, Marta Pajek, Wiola Sowa and Michał Socha, student films from four different academic centres: Krakow, Poznań, Łódź and Warsaw, and finally children’s films that after a long break are once again being produced in better quality and larger quantity. The films will be assessed by the jury headed by Jerzy Kucia. The list of nominated films is available here.
In the ANIMA competition we will see professional, independent and student animated films from all over the world. Over 1400 films applied to this year's edition, and from among them 69 were selected. The head of the jury will be Piotr Dumała. Among the nominated films are "Strange Case" by Zbigniew Czapla, "The Escape" by Jarosław Konopka and "Oh Mother!" by Paulina Ziółkowska. The full list is available here.
Among the long-feature animated films of the last season we will see: ”Loving Vincent” by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.
During the festival inauguration the new short animated film ”Elevator” by Hieronim Neumann will be presented. Its director is one of the representatives of the famous Polish school of animation.
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Polish animation the festival will also host: screenings of films by Zdzisław Kudła, who this year has his 80th birthday, and 10 films awarded during the 20th OFAFA Festival in Krakow; the farewell retrospective of the Warsaw filmmaker Marek Serafiński, who recently passed away, and eventually a screening devoted to the avant-garde works of the Themerson marriage, which preceded the official beginnings of Polish animation.
More information available at the website: etiudaandanima.com