Call for entries for 26th International Film Festival…

We are pleased to announce that entries are open for Etiuda&Anima 2019

  • ETIUDA COMPETITION - international film competition for student etudes made at film and fine art schools
  • ANIMA COMPETITION - international competition for professional, independent and student animation. 
Deadline is on 30th June 2019 Entry forms you will find here: Competition Regulations:    

Call for entries for 25th International Film Festival…

We are pleased to announce that entries are open for Etiuda&Anima 2018

  • ETIUDA COMPETITION - international film competition for student etudes made at film and fine art schools
  • ANIMA COMPETITION - international competition for professional, independent and student animation. 
Deadline is on 30th June 2018 Entry forms you will find here: Competition Regulations:    


 Regulations of the competition - Anima


ANIMA festival competition allows the applicants to submit animated films (including professional and independent films as well as student etudes) which do not exceed 30 minutes in length and were made between years 2016-2018. The preview copies of the films should be submitted to the Festival Organization Office in the form of a digital file (mp4, mov or a link to the film available on an open-access video platform).


The Festival Office shall collect the incoming competition registrations from 1st March until 30th June, 2018. The Festival organizers recommend to submit films for the preview through Filmfreeway – It is also possible to submit a film by completing a registration form at and sending a public or private link (with or without password) to the film (e.g. Vimeo, Youtube, etc.) with no expiration date and no territorial limits, accompanied by a film summary and a dialogue list in English, promotional materials including screenshots, and the director’s bio and photograph. Films without filled-in online entry form will not be accepted. Festival does not charge any fee for the submitting of the film.


The decision whether the film shall be accepted into the competition will be made by the Artistic Director of the Festival when the Selection Committee finish their work. The applicants will be informed about their films being accepted into the competition via email and on until 15th September 2018.


Authors whose films are accepted into the competition are obliged to deliver to the Festival Organizers, at their own expense, the screening copies of their films in the following formats: DCP, Blu-ray or a link to a digital file (DCP, mov, mp4) until 30th September 2018. Failure to deliver a screening copy of a film before the deadline will result in withdrawing it from the competition.


The competition films are evaluated – foremostly on the basis of the artistic criteria – by the international Jury, headed by the Chairman of the Jury, selected by Festival Directors from among the members of the Jury. The Jury work and make decisions in accordance with the Jury Proceedings Regulations formulated by the Chairman of the Jury with the consent of the other members of the Jury and the Festival Directors. The Secretary of the Jury, who is appointed by the Directors of the Festival, facilitates the proceedings of the Jury.


The following Prizes will be awarded at the ANIMA 2018 competition:
  1. Grand Prix – Golden Jabberwocky and a cash prize
  2. Silver Jabberwocky
  3. Bronze Jabberwocky

Special Golden Jabberwocky for the best student animation of the Festival. The Jury have also the right to award the Honorary Diplomas.


The Directors of the Festival shall decide on the right and mode of awarding the Special Awards, including the Audience Award and the Student Jury Award. Under certain artistically justified circumstances, the Artistic Director of the Festival also reserves the right to award a “The Great Underestimated” Prize to the most undervalued film of the competition.


The official verdict of the Jury will be announced on 24th November 2018, at the official closing ceremony of the festival during which all prizes will be awarded. Should the winners be absent from the ceremony, the awards will be sent by post or handed over to them in a different manner within a month after the end of the Festival.


The Festival Office deems itself responsible to conform to all the rules concerning the exploitation of the films accepted into the competition.


The submission of the film for the Festival competition is equivalent to the agreement for three screenings of the film during the Festival and – if the given film is awarded a prize – screenings at the “Travelling Etiuda&Anima 2018” event, which is organized throughout Poland and abroad and presents the prizewinning films of the Festival. What is more, the Festival organizers have the right to use, free of charge, promotional materials and parts of the film (a trailer or 2-minute part of the film) in any promotional activities connected with the organization of the Festival.


All transportation costs as well as any other shipment costs of the film copies submitted to competition shall be covered by the applicants, who are also responsible for paying all customs costs outside Poland. Applicants are obliged to observe customs regulations related to film transport. A pro forma invoice amounting to max. EUR 15 should be attached to all non-EU film shipments. Packages should be provided with the following sentence “For cultural purposes only – no commercial value”.


DCP and Blu-Ray discs shall be returned at the Organizer’s expense within 4 weeks from the closing date of the Festival to the address specified by the applicant. A notice should be given to the Festival Organizers about any changes in the return address not later than one week before the commencement. The Organizer is not responsible for damages resulting from giving a wrong address. The Festival is obliged to return the film copy in a condition not worse than due to a standard use. The Organizer of the Festival shall assume financial liability for the submitted film copies, for the duration of the event in question, up to the amount specified in the entry form.

  Kraków, 28th February 2018

Directors of the 25th IFF Etiuda&Anima 2018

Katarzyna Surmacz Bogusław Zmudziński


ANIMA contest – What’s new in animation? The…

This year’s edition of ANIMA contest means another matched record, but also exoticism and youth’s attack.

The number of movies applied to the ANIMA contest grows by the year: this year we have received 1126 applications, from which the contest commission appointed 68 positions from 30 different countries. Only six percent were selected to be the lucky laureates – this means that 16 authors were applying for each place. Many colleges would be envious of this score.


Photo from the film Blind Vaysha

We were very happy to discover, that nearly half of them are student’s movies. This implies that the young generation becomes a worthy opponent of professional animators. Beside the well-known artists, we are going to meet plenty of young talents and find out, if their innovative ways aren’t already more interesting than the ones created by old masters. Among the greatest we’ll see: Koji Yamamura (“Parade” de Satie), Bill Plympton (The Loneliest Stoplight), riding high on the international festivals Igor Kovalyov (Before Love) and Theodore Ushev (Blind Vaysha), and also Paul Bush (The Five Minute Museum), Ülo Pikkov (Tik Tak) and Vladimir Leschiov (Waiting for the New Year).

Let’s be honest – November is a hard time of year and the ANIMA contest makes it possible to survive. Our own places are kind of gloomy and untidy (Penelope), whether you live on a camp (A Long Holiday) or in aerial tram (9 Chemin des Gauchoirs). There is no point in wandering around the city like the Scapegoat, especially since strolling can be really dangerous (Hallux, Le Promeneur). Traffic jams are everywhere (Cachorro Loko) and you can’t trust the lights (The Loneliest Stoplight). Even a transparent trains are minacious (Locus), and by boat you can reach an unhandy nook (Perched) or catch something fishy (Castillo e il Armado). Rapid moves require a good coordination (Vivir), and dancing can get you really tangled (Music Dances). Danger everywhere.


Photo from the film The Loneliest Stoplight

That is why sitting among the viewers and diving into the colorful world of contest’s animation would be the safest option. And then… we’ll bring back the magic of old radio (Distances are overcome, Radio Wave), we’ll see the sound (Composition), take a peek of freaky fortunes of fairytale characters (Merlot) or a passionate relations between men and women (XOXO – Hugs and Kisses, Amélia & Duarte). We can glance into the future and past at the same time (Blind Vaysha). Anyone we need: a watchmaker (Tik Tak), a firefighter lady (Wildfire), an ethnographer (Colector), a fly trainer (Three Fitted Flies), and even a scarecrow (Scarecrow, Au revoir Balthazar). We’ll manage even unwanted guests (Batfish soup).

Here we have some exotism: we can offer you an expedition to Singapore, Taiwan, Brazil, Colombia. Wild West maybe? China, Japan and South Korea are also available. We can also offer space flights, but it is not actually the most optimistic picture of future (Black).

Let’s fight this horrible November weather with vibrant colours of the ANIMA contest.

I ANIMA SCREENING: 23rd November (Wednesday), 5:15 PM, Małopolski Ogród Sztuki (Large Hall) II ANIMA SCREENING: 23rd November (Wednesday), 9:00 PM, Małopolski Ogród Sztuki (Large Hall) III ANIMA SCREENING: 24th November (Thursday), 3:00 PM, Małopolski Ogród Sztuki (Large Hall) IV ANIMA SCREENING: 24th November (Thursday), 7:15 PM, Małopolski Ogród Sztuki (Large Hall) V ANIMA SCREENING: 25th November (Friday), 3:00 PM, Małopolski Ogród Sztuki (Large Hall) VI ANIMA SCREENING: 25th November (Friday), 9:00 PM, Małopolski Ogród Sztuki (Large Hall)

We already know the results of the selection…

Gaidot Jauno gadu/Waiting For the New Year, reż./dir. Vladimir Leschiov List of films accepted to the competition in  Anima contest 2016  competing for awards of Golden Jabberwocky (15,000 PLN), Silver Jabberwocky, Bronze Jabberwocky and Special Golden Jabberwocky:

  • 9, chemin des Gauchoirs, reż./dir. Lyonel Charmette, Vanilla Seed, Francja/France, 13’
  • Aftermath, reż./dir. Layla Atkinson, Trunk Animation, Wielka Brytania/UK, 2’30’’
  • Afternoon Class, reż./dir. Oh Seoro, Korea, 3’50’’
  • Albert, reż./dir. Felix Weisz, Austria, 7’10’’
  • Amélia & Duarte, reż./dir. Alice Guimarães, Mónica Santos, Portugalia, Niemcy/Portugal, Germany, 8’30’’
  • Au revoir Balthazar, reż./dir. Rafael Sommerhalder, freihändler Filmproduktion GmbH, Switzerland, 9’30’’
  • Batfish Soup, reż./dir. Amanda Bonaiuto, California Institute of the Arts, USA, 4’30’’
  • Before Love, reż./dir. Igor Kovalyov,  Rosja/Russia, 19’15’’
  • Books on books, reż./dir. Lei Lei, Chiny/China, 7’14’’
  • Borderlines, reż./dir. Hanka Nováková, FAMU, Czechy/Czech Republic, 4’53’’
  • Cachorro Loko, reż./dir. Igor Shin Moromisato, Niemcy/Germany, 5’30’’
  • Café froid/Cold Coffee, reż./dir. Stephanie Lansaque and Francois Leroy, Francja/France, 14’44’’
  • Castillo y el Armado, reż./dir. Pedro Harres, Brazylia/Brazil, 13’46’’
  • Chez moi/My Home, reż./dir. Mai Nguyen, Francja/France, 11’54’’
  • Ciało obce/Foregin body, reż./dir. Marta Magnuska, PWSFTviT, Polska/Poland,  7’
  • Czerń/Black, reż./dir. Tomasz Popakul, Polska, Japonia/Poland, Japan, 14’
  • Daljine su savladane/Distances are overcome, reż./dir. Jelena Milunović, Serbia, 3’                                                                                        
  • De longues vacances/A Long Holiday, reż./dir.: Caroline Nugues-Bourchat, Belgia/Belgium, 15’54’’
  • Fears, reż./dir. Nata Metlukh, Vancouver Film School (VFS), Kanada/Canada, 2’08’’
  • Feed, reż./dir.: Eri Okazaki, Tama Art University, Japonia/Japan, 6’53’’
  • Fenwick Island, reż./dir. Shane Beam, DePaul University, USA, 3’41’’
  • Figury niemożliwe i inne historie II/Impossible figures and other stories II,  reż./dir.  Marta Pajek, Animoon, Polska/Poland, 14’40’’
  • Flowers and Feathers, reż./dir. Jennifer Haugan, Royal College of Art, Wielka Brytania/UK, 3’32’’
  • Gaidot Jauno gadu/Waiting For the New Year, reż./dir. Vladimir Leschiov, Lunohod, Łotwa/Latvia, 8’11’’
  • Hallux, reż./dir. Henning Thomas, University of Fine Arts, Hamburg, Niemcy/Germany, 10’25’’
  • How Long, Not Long, reż./dir. Michelle Kranot and Uri Kranot, Dania/Denmark, 5’30’’
  • Illusions, reż./dir. Dominca Harrison, Edinburgh College of Art, Wielka Brytania/UK, 5’22’’
  • In the Distance, reż./dir. Florian Grolig, Niemcy/Germany, 7’
  • Kolekcjoner/Colector, reż./dir. Kamila i Mirek Sosnowscy, Polska/Poland, 7’09’’
  • Kompozicija/Composition, reż./dir. Mitja Manček, Słowenia/Slovenia, 3’34’’
  • Kovbojsko/Cowboyland, reż./dir. David Stumpf, Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Słowacja/Slovakia, 4’46’’
  • Kut/Corner, reż./dir. Lucija Mrzljak, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia, 2’06’’
  • Lak Boh Ki/Drop Nowhere, reż./dir. Qing Sheng Ang, Singapur/Singapore, 7’38’’
  • Living, reż./dir. Cesar Diaz Melendez, Hiszpania/Spain, 1’
  • Locus, reż./dir. Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi, WJTeam, Polska/Poland, 10’08’’
  • Löss, reż./dir. Yi Zhao, Andre Bos, Holandia/Nederland, 28’
  • Me Kafka Bogota, reż./dir. Camilo Cogua & Ricardo Arce, Kolumbia/Colombia, 7’
  • Merlot, reż./dir. Giulia Martinelli and Marta Gennari, Włochy/Italy, 5’40’’
  • Minotaurs, reż./dir. Karlis Vitols, Łotwa/Latvia, 8’30’’
  • Mr Sand, reż./dir. Soetkin Verstegen, Dania/Denmark, 8’15’’
  • Music Dances, reż./dir. Kirill Fessenko, Kanada/Canada, 1’54’’
  • Nighthawk, reż./dir. Špela Čadež, Słowenia/Slovenia, 8’50’’
  • Novembre/November, reż./dir. Marjolaine Perreten, La Poudrière, Francja/France, 4’
  • Parade de Satie, reż./dir. Koji Yamamura, Japonia/Japan, 14’12’’
  • Penelope, reż./dir. Heta Jäälinoja, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia, 4’23’’
  • Perched, reż./dir. Liam Harris, The National film and Television School, Wielka Brytania/UK, 10’30’’
  • Projection, reż./dir. Beryl Allee, Pacific Northwest College of Art, USA, 5’41’’
  • Radio Wave, reż./dir. Ryotaro Miyajima, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japonia/Japan, 3’09’’
  • Scapegoat, reż./dir. Gal Haklay, Izrael/Israel, 8’30’’
  • Ślady ulotne/Traces of Ephemeral, reż./dir. Agnieszka Waszczeniuk, Uniwersytet Artystyczny w Poznaniu, Polska/Poland, 7’49’’
  • Slinky, reż./dir. Rianne Stremmelaar, Artez Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Zwolle, Holandia/Netherlands, 5’
  • Šuma/Shuma, reż./dir. Lucija Mrzljak, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia, 6’12’’
  • The Five Minute Museum, reż./dir. Paul Bush, Ancient Mariner and Schattenkabinett, Wielka Brytania/UK, 6’30’’
  • The Loneliest Stoplight, reż./dir. Bill Plympton, USA, 6’18’’
  • The Scarecrow, reż./dir. Victoria Budgett, The Arts University Bournemouth, Wielka Brytania/UK, 3’50’’
  • Le Promeneur/The Walker, reż./dir. Thibault Chollet, Francja/France, 5’53’’
  • Tik Tak, reż./dir. Ülo Pikkov, Nukufilm, Estonia, 10’
  • Tres moscas a medida/Three Fitted Flies, reż./dir. María Álvarez and Elisa Morais, Wielka Brytania/UK, 7’47’’
  • Tu Tamo/Here There, reż./dir. Alexander Stewart, Bonobostudio, Chorwacja/Croatia, 4’40’’
  • Un plan d’enfer/One Hell of a Plan, reż./dir. Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli, Francja/France, 5’50’’
  • Vaysha l'aveugle/Blind Vaysha, reż./dir. Theodore Ushev, Kanada/Canada, 8’13’’
  • Vučje igre/Wolf Games, reż./dir. Jelena Oroz, Chorwacja/Croatia, 4’44’’
  • Wildfire, reż./dir. Hugues Opter, Pierre Pinon, Nicole Stafford, Valentin Stoll, Arnaud Tribout, Shang Zhang, Francja/France, 3’58’’
  • Without Tears, reż./dir. Amy Wang, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan, 5’24‘’
  • Wonder, reż./dir. Mirai Mizue, Carte Blanche, Francja/France, 8’08’’
  • XOXO - pocałunki i uściski/XOXO – Hugs and Kisses, reż./dir. Wiola Sowa, SowaFilm, Poland, 14’
  • Zaczyn/Leaven, reż./dir. Artur Hanaj, PWSFTviT, Polska/Poland, 5’
  • 동물농장/Animal farm, reż./dir. Choi Nara, Korea, 6’15’’