Yesterday evening we learned the winners of the 28th edition of the Etiuda&Anima festival. Katarzyna Agopsowicz's animated film was awarded a special mention while Tadeusz Łysiak received the second prize in the Etiuda Competition for student films made at film and fine art schools.

The International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima is Poland's oldest film festival that brings together the achievements of film and art school students from around the world and other creators of artistic animation – professionals, students, and independent artists. This year's edition had a hybrid form.

The core of the festival consists of two competitions: ANIMA and ETIUDA. In the former, Katarzyna Agopsowicz received a special mention for Prince in a Pastry Shop. The film is a facetious tale about happiness. “Happiness is nothing but trouble”, says Not-So-Little Prince, producing numerous reasons for the elusiveness of happiness. His interlocutor is Prickly Pear – the embodiment of carelessness, frivolity, simple joie de vivre, but at the same time a lively, intelligent mind capable of driving the Prince into a corner in conversation. This philosophical fable about a couple eating cakes in a café touches upon fundamental issues close to everyone – the transience of happiness, the fact that we do not always know how to notice it, not to mention how to experience it to the fullest.

As for the ETIUDA competition, the second prize went to the only Polish film invited to this section. Tadeusz Łysiak's The Dress tells the story of Julia. Working in a roadside motel, the girl succumbs to an overwhelming feeling of rejection and loneliness. She is different and society has repeatedly made sure she knows it. However, she dreams of a relationship, of physical closeness with a man. Unexpectedly she crosses paths with a handsome truck driver and begins to fantasize about him.

A list of all awarded films can be found here.