A boy winds up lost on a mysterious island, inhabited only by a few animals and a giant who insistently pursues our hero. This boy's journey across a strange landscape gives rise to minimalist, evocative animated film, made entirely by Gints Zilbalodis and winner of one of the most important awards at the latest Annecy festival. Away Directed: Gints Zilbalodis Produced by: Bilibaba Country: Latvia Year: 2019 Running time: 75'   21st November (Thursday), 12 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 22nd November (Friday), 12 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 23rd November (Saturday), 1 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room    

Lotte and the Lost Dragons

In this third film of the series of Lotte films that children know and love, the spirited girl dog Lotte gets a little sister named Roosi. Karl the raccoon and Viktor the fish are scientists who come to Gadgetville. They are taking part in a big folk song collecting competition. Whoever succeeds in recording the folk song of the world’s oldest animal species, the mythical fire-breathing dragon, wins the competition’s grand prize. Lotte and Roosi decide to help the scientists. Exciting and unexpected adventures await the sisters.
The third feature film installment to the Estonian/Latvian family sensation Lotte (following Lotte from Gadgetville 2006, and Lotte and The Moonstone Secret 2011) heads for the celebrated 69th Berlin Film Festival.Lotte and The Lost Dragons is supported by the Estonian Film Institute / National Film Centre of Latvia / MEDIA / Shortcut / Estonian Public Broadcasting, and was made for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. Lotte ja kadunud lohed / Lotte i zagubione smoki / Lotte and the Lost Dragons Directed: Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits Script: Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits, Andrus Kivirähk Music: Sven Grünberg Produced by: Kalev Tamm, Vilnis Kalnaellis, Eesti Joonisfilm, Rija Films Country: Estonia, Łotwa/Esnonia, Latvia Year: 2019 Running time: 78 min. Family film, 5+   21st November (Thursday), 10 a.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 22nd November (Friday), 10 a.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room      

Jayne Pilling

She spent 11 years at the British Film Institute, then worked as Director, Cardiff International Animation Festival (1993-1995). .Has since worked as an animation specialist and historian, and film curator for festivals and museums, and has served on over 35  international festival juries. Founder/director of  the British Animation Awards, 1996-2018.
Curator, publisher and distributor of  over 20 DVD collections of British and international independent animation, both. Has taught at the Royal College of Art, London, in Europe, the USA and Asia and was Animation Research Fellow at Norwich School of the Arts, East Anglia University.
Member of the Commission de Selection, for the l'Abbaye Fontrevaud Animator in Residency Programme, France, 2009 -2016.
Directed Channel 4 TV series about European animation. Books include Animating the Unconscious: Desire & Sexuality in Animation: 2D & Beyond; A Reader in Animation Studies; Cartoons & the Movies; Women & Animation: A Compendium. These books are on the syllabus as required reading on university courses around the world, and regularly cited in reference bibliographies in books by academics and PhD students. Also commissioned to write articles for publications in France, China, Italy, Taiwan, Austria, Switzerland, Spain.
Recipient of the Zagreb International Festival World Council's Award for Contribution to Animation Studies, 2019.

Lucija Mrzljak

(born in 1990 in Zagreb) Croatian animation film director and illustrator, based in Estonia. She started to draw her first animated flipbooks as a child and as a teenager joined a film laboratory where she made her first experimental films on 8 mm and 16 mm analog film. She studied animation at the Academies of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Krakow, Prague and Tallinn. After completing her MA of Animation in Estonia as a student of Priit and Olga Parn, she decided to stay in Tallinn and since then works in Joonisfilm Studio. Her student films Shuma and Kut were screened at numerous film festivals around the world. During 2016 Etiuda&Anima festival those films brought her the Great Underestimated prize granted by the artistic director of the festival. In 2018, she won the Golden Jabberwocky for the film A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts, which she made with Morten Tšinakov. Besides animation, she works as a freelance illustrator for children books and international political magazines.

Franco Zefirelli – Directing from Life

On 15 June 2019, at the age of 96, Franco Zeffirelli, one of the greatest erudites of cinema, passed away. He became famous for his film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays such as The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Othello (1986) or Hamlet (1990), as well as legendary operas including La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Pagliacci.  Two years before Zeffirelli’s death, a British author of television programs Chris Hunt visited the director’s house in Rome and then joined him on the occassion of the opening of his foundation in Florence. It was then that he made numerous interviews with him, got to know his close collaborators as well as his artistic archives, which all led to the creation of this fascinating documentary – a film epitaph to the director. This engaging Zeffirelli’s story about art, life and inspirations was implemented with interviews with directors Stefano Trespidi and Marco Gardini, vocalists Placido Domingo and Joan Sutherland, actors Robert Powell, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Richord Burton and Joan Plowright, film and theatre producers Dyson Lovell and Sonia Friedman, longstanding secretaries Sheila Pickles and Angela Allen, as well as Pipp Pisciotto, an assistant and a friend of the Italian director. Hunt’s documentary, which was additionally enriched with fragments of interviews, operas, films and stage plays of the Italian artist, portrays a true Reneissance man who was larger than life. Franco Zeffirelli – Reżyserując z życia / Franco Zeffirelli – Directing from Life Directed: Chris Hunt Script: Marco Benedetti, Stephen J Brand, Simon Cox, Ant Leake, Daniele Nannuzzi Sound: David Bekkevold, Kevin Meredith, Lorenzo Ramerini Produced by: Chris Hunt Country: Wielka Brytania Year: 2019 Running Time: 58 min.   23rd November (Saturday), 7.00 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room      

Bernardo Bertolucci: No End Travelling

Last year the world bid farewell to Bernardo Bertolucci, a great master of cinema, awarded with numerous prestigious prizes, including two Oscars. The Italian director left a great number of unforgettable films which became a part of the canon of classic cinema.
Mario Sesti, a director, who is also a film critic and journalist, met with Bertolucci a number of times throughout a period of thirty years. Their discussions were published in ”L’espresso”, and recorded interviews were included in DVD editions of films The Sheltering Sky and The Dreamers. A documentary No End Travelling, which had its premiere during this year`s Cannes festival, presents the last interview Sesti made with Bertolucci. It took place short before the director`s death, and even though it was planned as part of a series devoted to film professions, it became a symbolic farewell to him. The great filmmaker brings back his emotional and nostalgic memories of the most important moments in his film career. He tells about the initial successes among the international critics and the admiration that the young American directors of the 1970s had for his films. He reminds the adventure with Marlon Brando, who played the main character in The Last Tango in Paris, as well as the fabulous night of the Oscar gala when his The Last Emperor received the American Academy award. Cinecittà - I mestieri del cinema / Bernardo Bertolucci: To nie koniec podróży / Bernardo Bertolucci: No End Travelling Directed: Mario Sesti Script: Mario Sesti Photos: Emanuele Princi Sound: Federico Badaloni Produced by: Massimiliano De Carolis Country: Włochy Year: 2019 Running time: 55 min.   23rd November (Saturday), 5.30 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room      

The Swallows of Kabul

The Swallows of Kabul, directed by Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, is an animated adaptation of a bestselling novel by an Algerian writer Mohammed Moulessehoul, publishing his works under the name of Yasmin Khadr. The film was presented in Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.
The plot of the film takes place in summer of 1998 in the capital of Afghanistan, soon after the Talib fundamentalists came to power there. Moshen, a historian Moshen and Zunaira, a previouss teacher and now an artist, both young and in love with each other, are trying to live their lives as they used to, hoping that all will go back to normal one day. Atiq, a prison governor, and his fatally ill wife Mussarat, are both grief-struck and apathetic. Atiq, who has witnessed a lot of terror and suffering in his life already, is not capable of showing his wife how much she means to him. One day, due to Moshen’s carelessness, the fates of the two couple intertwine, forcing them to make some dramatic choices.
This tragic story about enslavement narrated in a poetic manner with the use of uniquely beautiful images in pastel colors make The Swallows of Kabul a film which stirs emotions and leaves a long lasting impression. Les hirondelles de Kaboul / Jaskółki w Kabulu / The Swallows of Kabul Directed: Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec Script: Sébastien Tavel, Patricia Mortagne, Zabou Breitman Sound: Alexis Rault Produced by: Reginald de Guillebon, Stephan Roelants, Michel Merkt, Joëlle Bertossa Country: France Year: 2019   23rd November (Saturday), 3.30 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room      

26th edition of the International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima

26th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima is going to take place on 19-24 November 2019 in Krakow. Rich program of this year’s edition offers numerous attractions to the enthusiasts of the seventh art: film screenings, meetings with authors and various accompanying events.

Still from the movie "Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles", dir.: Salvador Simó
The focal points of Etiuda&Anima have invariably been two international competitions: Etiuda, the best short film competition in which its participants vie for the prestigious statuettes of the Golden, Silver and Bronze Dinosaurs, and Anima, in which the authors of animations compete for Golden, Silver and Bronze Jabberwockies.  This year’s competition comprises films by students and professionals made in years 2017-2019. The film screenings will be accompanied by the well-known cycle titled ”Self-portraits of animation authors”. The live interactive performances, during which the greatest personalities of contemporary artistic animation meet with festival audience to tell about the tricks of their trade, are one of the most eagerly awaited program events of each edition. This year we will host a laureate of the Silver Bear Award of the Berlinale for the best short film Jam Session - Izabela Plucińska, and the Ukrainian filmmaker and co-founder of the Moscow-based Pilot School of Animation - Igor Kovaljov. Each year’s Etiuda&Anima festival programme comprises the ceremony of presenting the Special Golden Dinosaur award for the outstanding artist and pedagogue. During the 26th edition of the festival it will be handed over to Hieronim Neumann, a leading representative of the experimental trend in Polish animation film. This year’s Etiuda&Anima’s special guests will also be: Jayne Pilling, an expert who will present a program of the 10 best British animations which she selected herself, and Neil Pymer, a creative director of the British animation film studio Aardman Animations specializing in stop montion  animation (awarded with Oscar for Wallace and Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Shaun the Sheep). The festival will also remind us some of the most outstanding film authors like Mirosław Kijowicz, the already deceased Polish director of animated films, film critic and lecturer, whose film retrospective forms a part of the festival program. We will also reminisce about the filmmakers who passed away last year. The ”Farewell” cycle will comprise screenings of the documentaries dedicated to the creative output of Agnes Varda (Varda by Agnes), Bernardo Bertolucci (Bertolucci e la religione del ciemna, dir. Mario Sesti) and Franco Zeffirelli (Franco Zeffirelli – Directing from Life, dir. Chris Hunt). Apart from short animations, the audience of the 26th Etiuda&Anima will also have a unique opprtunity to see feature animated films of the last season which have been presented at the most important film festivals abroad. The festival will be opened by Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (dir. Salvador Simo Busom), awarded at, among others, the Malaga Film Festival.  In the following days there will be screenings of The Swallows of Kabul (dir. Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobé Mévellec) presented at Cannes, a detective film Ruben Brandt, Collector (dir. Milorad Krstić), as well as presentations of animations for younger viewers including, among others, Danish Checkered Ninja (dir.  Anders Matthesen and Thorbjørn Christoffersen). The festival program also includes workshops: of animation for children led by a laureate of Etiuda&Anima 2018, Lucija Mrzljak, and of smartphone filmmaking, which will be organized in collaboration with AMA Film Academy.  Papaya Young Directors  will persuade us that ”A commercial can be an etude – about non-standard way of story telling”, while Konrad Sierzputowski will hold a lecture titled ”Watch and buy me! Animated film series and toy industry”. Among other accompanying events, it is also worth mentioninig a meeting with Leszek Dawid, who will tell us about his work on the latest film Broad Peak, a trade conference of the rectors of European film and artistic schools titled ”Promotion and distribution of student etudes and graduation films outside film schools and community”, as well as promotion of the second volume of a publication Propaganda, Ideology, Animation. Twisted Dreams of History , edited by Olga and Michał Bobrowscy and the Etiuda&Anima artistic director Bogusław Zmudziński.   26th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima 2019 ul. Morawskiego 5/220C, 30-102 Krakow, Poland mobile: +48 507 062 615 e-mail:      

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Izabela Plucińska

Born in Koszalin in Poland on 06.10.1974. She graduated from Lodz National Fine Arts Conservatory, National Polish Film School in Lodz and National German Film School “Konrad Wolf” Potsdam- Babelsberg. In 2004, her graduate film project "Jam Session" was selected for the short film competition at the Berlin Film festival 2005, when she has been awarded with Silver Bear. "Jam Session" has been presented on over 60 international festival and won a number of international prizes. In 2006, Izabela founded her own production company "Clay Traces" in Berlin.

Morten Tšinakov

Morten Tšinakov was born in Viljandi, Estonia. He graduated from the animation department in Estonian Academy of Arts where he made two films. One of them, a puppet film titled “Pekk” has been screened in Ottawa and Stuttgart among other festivals. After graduating he co-directed “A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts” with Lucija Mrzljak. The film has been shown at many festivals, including Annecy and Zagreb and has won several awards including Golden Jabberwocky at Etiuda&Anima in 2018.  At the moment Morten and Lucija are working in Tallinn on their second film.

Igor Kovalyov

He is the internationally acclaimed filmmaker, designer, animator, and director. His short films Andrei Svislotski, Hen, His wife, Bird in the Window, Flying Nansen, Milch and Before Love have received numerous awards and accolades throughout the animation and film community. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Igor Kovalyov was the co-founder of Moscow's legendary Pilot School of Animation. The studio also housed some of the most brilliant artists in Russia including many of the current Klasky Csupo designers and animators. In 1991, Kovalyov accepted an invitation to work at Klasky Csupo's studio in Hollywood. In his time there, Kovalyov co-directed Klasky Csupo's first feature film, The Rugrats Movie and has directed the television series, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters as well as episodes of  Duckman and Rugrats, commercials and Internet shorts.