Janusz Kondratiuk

Born in 1943, Ak-Bułak, in the territory of today’s Kazakhstan, is a film director and scriptwriter who graduated from the directing department of Lodz Film School. He is a younger brother of a director Andrzej Kondratiuk. Already as a student, he made his first international success at the festival in Oberhausen in 1969 with his etude titled “Let’s Not Talk About It Anymore” (“Nie mówmy o tym więcej”). At the turn of the 1960s and 70s he made such succesful TV films as: “How to Win a Woman”, “Money and Fame” (“Jak zdobyć kobietę, pieniądze i sławę”, 1969), “Available Girls” (“Dziewczyny do wzięcia”, 1972) and “Blissful” (“Wniebowzięci”, co-directed with his brother Andrzej, 1973). Films of both Kondratiuk brothers are said to share similarities with those of the Czech film wave, especially the ones made by Forman and Menzel. Later, after moving abroad, Janusz Kondratiuk was for many years a film directing lecturer at the university in Linz. Recently, he has been again collaborating with the Polish television and directing some episodes of TV series. His latest feature autobiographical film “Fighting Like Cat and Dog” (“Jak pies z kotem”) was a considerable success at this year’s Gdynia Film Festival and won awards for the best actors Olgierd Łukaszewicz and Aleksandra Konieczna.

Hieronim Neumann

Born in 1948 in Poznań, is a graduate of the National Higher School of Fine Arts in Poznań. He is an author of animated films and a pedagogue leading an animation studio at the animation department of the University of Arts in Poznań and Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. From the beginning of his creative career he has been inspired by the media dimension of animated film, sometimes making references to the tradition of graphic arts and prehistory of cinema (Magritte, Muybridge). He is regarded as an artist having a lot in common with a seeking attitude of Zbigniew Rybczyński from his most fruitful period of artistic creativity. Neumann’s films are included into the experimental trend in Polish animation and defined as combined films. They have been awarded at numerous festivals in Poland and abroad (among others, in Kraków, Poznań, Huesca, Oberhausen, Lausanne). In his career, apart from author films, he has also made films on commission (for classical music) as well as animations for children. Hieronim Neumann has been our festival’s guest a great number of times. In 2009 he presented his ”Self-portrait”, in 2011 he served as the chairman of ANIMA international competition jury, and last year, during the opening ceremony of the 24th IFF Etiuda&Anima 2017 he showed his latest combined film “Lift” (“Winda”) in which he is again trespassing the boundaries of animation.

Aurel Klimt

Born in 1972 in Żilina in Slovakia. He graduated from the animation department of FAMU in Prague in 1999 and since then he has been working there as an animation lecturer. Starting from 2000 he has been living in Malešov where he founded Zvon Studio. He makes his own film, working as a director, scriptwriter, animator, editor and producer. As a student he participated in the 3rd IFF Etiuda (1996) with his film “Maskin Kills Koskin” and in the 5th IFF Etiuda (1998) during which he was distinguished with a honorary mention for his “Bloody Hugo” which was recognized as the best animation in the festival competition. Klimt is an author of short and feature animated films which have been numerously awarded at various festivals – his “Filmfarum” (2002) and “Filmfarum II” (2006) received, among others, the award of the Czech Film Academy – the Czech Lions. His latest feature animation “Laika” (2017), which we present at this year’s Anima& Etiuda Festival out of competition, was also awarded with the Czech Lion. Aurel Klimt is also the author of theatre plays and producer of commercials.

Andrzej Pągowski

Born in 1953 in Warsaw, is a graduate of the National Higher School of Fine Arts in Poznań (with a diploma from prof. Waldemar Świerzy’s studio). He works in the field of functional graphics and is widely known for his film, theatre and festival posters, as well as his socially and politically engaged graphic works. He has been succesful both in Poland and abroad and as a representative of yet another generation of the Polish poster school, he has received a number of awards, among others in competitions for the best poster announced by ”The Hollywood Reporter” in Los Angeles (the so-called Oscar posters). Having already had a considerable artistic output from the period before Poland’s political transformation, he knew how to adapt to the new economic reality and the world of commercial advertising and make use of the possibilities created by new technologies. We are very pleased to inform that Andrzej Pągowski is the author of the next year’s 26th edition of International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima 2019.

Marino Guarnieri

DIRECTOR, ANIMATOR, ILLUSTRATOR After working as a graphic designer, experimenting with all forms of expression and communication for the past 20 years, he has finally discovered his true passion: animation. He creates, designs and participates in the realization of commercials and video clips, TV theme songs and educational products, documentaries, specials and feature films. He supervised the animation for the documentary Gli Occhi più Azzurri, in the educational series Docucartoon, and the episode Giga & Stick for INAF, before embarking on the collaboration with MAD Entertainment. His works include: the music video for Foja’s Donna Maria, the promo for the movie A Skeleton Story and the theme song for the Festival Crossmediale Cartoons on the Bay. Assistant director, 2D supervisor and animation editor for the feature film L’Arte della Felicità. Winner of the 2014 European Film Awards for Best European Animated Film. He teaches Digital Animation at the Italian school of Comix, for which he directed the promotional commercial Chi Sogna Disegna and the short film Mezzanotte di Segni. He is also member of the board of ASIFA Italia (Associazione Internazionale Film di Animazione). Gatta Cenerentola is his first feature film as director.

Jakub Woynarowski

Jakub Woynarowski, PhD (born 1982) - graduate of the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts, where he currently runs the Narrative Drawing Studio. An interdisciplinary artist, independent curator, designer and illustrator, author of graphic novels and book arts. Video artist and animator. He was the second director of Kuba Mikurda’s film “Love Express. The Strange Case of Walerian Borowczyk”. He authored books “Manggha” and “The Story of Gardens”; as well as co-authored “Wunderkamera. Kino Terry’ego Gilliama” and “Corpus Delicti”. He was behind the art concept of an exhibition at the Polish Pavillion during the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (2014). In 2015 he has been awarded the Polityka magazine’s “Passport” award for a visual artist.

Michael Havas

Michael HavasMichael Havas – (b. 1947, Praga) is a Czech-New Zealand filmmaker who has written, directed or produced over 60 films, many of which have received international awards.  Recurring themes in his work are historical context, cultural heritage and nature. From 1984 to 1993 Havas, then living in Germany, co-produced many of Jan Švankmajer´s shorts as well as the world-renowned animator´s first two full-length features ALICE and FAUST. In 1990 he was the main researcher and line producer for the BBC´s Late Show series of documentaries on the new Czechoslovakia: DEATH OF STALINISM was nominated for an animation BAFTA while ABSURDISTAN won a BAFTA as Best Documentary. He has worked with Sir Peter Ustinov, Ester Krumbachová, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Axel Corti, Peter Gabriel, David Crystal, Michael Frayn, Andrew Sachs, Caroline Kennedy etc. 2014-2015 Havas helped Štěpán Hulík convince Agnieszka Holland to direct BURNING BUSH (HBO), was key researcher to Julian Arahanga´s BEHIND THE BRUSH TV series for MAORI TV (NZ), engineered Terry Gilliam´s appearance in FILM ADVENTURER KAREL ZEMAN and contributed to Helena Třeštíková´s feature documentary on Lída Baarová, DESTRUCTION BY BEAUTY. He also co-wrote the screenplay of ALDABRA, a 3D wildlife adventure feature directed by Steve Lichtag and released internationally in 2015. His latest film, co-written and co-directed with Julian Arahanga is BEYOND THE BATTALION, a reflection on human memory seen through Havas´ earlier two film about the Battle of Crete, ONCE UPON AN ISLAND (1975) and SONS OF TU MATA UENGA ‘1977).

Virgil Widrich

Virgil WidrichVirgil Widrich – born 1967 in Salzburg, a film director, a screenwriter, a multimedia artist and professor of "Art & Science" at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. His short film "Copy Shop" (2001) was nominated for an Oscar. Virgil Widrich is involved in a variety of roles as project manager, conceptionalist, exhibition designer or artistic director in the creation of screenplays, short and feature films, installations, exhibitions and entire museums, as well as in international research projects. He is one of the founders and Managing Directors of the multimedia company checkpointmedia GmbH, and owner and Managing Director of Virgil Widrich Film- und Multimediaproduktions G.m.b.H. In 2004 Widrich was a member of the jury for Ars Electronica and became chairman of the Austrian Film Directors’ Association until 2007. He is also a member of the Academy of Austrian Film.
In total, his work has been awarded more than 130 international awards. His short film "Copy Shop" won 37 international awards and was nominated for the Oscar. "Fast Film" premiered in Cannes 2003 and won 36 awards until today. His most recent feature film is "Night of a 1000 Hours" (2016). In 2018 he directed his first music video "Nena & Dave Stewart: Be my Rebel".

Łukasz Ronduda

Łukasz Ronduda - born 1976, art historian, lecturer, curator, writer, screenwriter, director. Curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, initiator of the Filmoteka Muzeum project. Academic teacher with a PhD degree, giving lectures and seminars on art history, aesthetics, as well as theory and history of film at universities both in Poland and abroad (notably at Princeton University and Columbia University in New York). Adjunct professor at the SWPS University of Social Science and Humanities, in the department of psychology. Researcher and expert in the field of experimental cinema. Graduate of a direction and screenwriting training programme at the Wajda School. Originator of the award for visual artists, presented by the Polish Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art in the form of a grant for a feature film production. Director and screenwriter of a feature film The Performer (along with Maciej Sobieszczański), which received a Think: Film Award at Berlinale 2015. He also directed A Heart of Love (2017), a film depicting the relationship between artists Wojciech Bąkowski and Zuzanna Bartoszek.
He authored books: “Subversive Strategies in the Media Arts: Józef Robakowski’s Found Footage and Video Scratch” and “Polish Art of the 70s”, as well as co-authored (with Barbara Piwowarska) “Polish New Wave: The History of a Phenomenon that Never Existed”. He also wrote a novel “Half Empty”, along with Łukasz Gorczyca. Ronduda is also an editor of numerous collective publications, as well as over 200 articles about art and film, printed in academic journals and popular magazines.  He curated numerous exhibitions, i.a. “Niezwykle rzadkie zdarzenia” (Extremely rare events) at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw in 2009, the 2006 “Analogue: Polish video art from the 70s and 80s” at Tate Modern in London, “1,2,3… Avant-garde” in 2008 also at Tate, as well as “Operators exercises: Open Form Film and Architecture” at Columbia University in New York in 2010.

Wojciech Bąkowski

Wojciech Bąkowski – born 1979 in Poznań, director of animated and experimental films and videos, a visual artist, poet, musician, and creator of audio performances. He is also known by the stage name WuEsBe. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, where he studied in the Audiosfera Studio and the Laboratory of Animated Film under Leszek Knaflewski and Hieronim Neumann. In 2004 he started a music band “KOT”, where he writes all the lyrics and music. He is also a leader of a post-rap group Czykita and an electronic duo NIWEA, as well as a member of the PINKPUNK association. Along with Piotr Bosacki, Radosław Szlaga, Tomasz Mróz, Magdalena Starska and Konrad Smoleński, he co-created the PENERSTWO art group.
In 2008 the first individual exhibition of the artist’s drawings and animations, entitiled “Are you going with me? – Where? – In dark fuck!” (“Idziesz ze mną? Gdzie? W dupę ciemną”) took place in Leto Gallery in Warsaw. The exhibition was reprised in The Arsenal Municipal Gallery in Poznań. In 2009 Bąkowski was presented with the Deutsche Bank Foundation’s Views Award for the most interesting young Polish artist of the time. During the same year he was awarded with the Medal of Young Art, while his works were included in a group exhibition “The Generational: Younger Than Jesus” in the New Museum in New York. In 2011 he received the Polityka magazine “Passport” award for the art combining brutality and lyricism in an original way and for giving new, interesting meaning to the notion of “multimedia artist”.
In 2017 Łukasz Ronduda directed a biographical film “A Heart of Love”, telling the story of the relationship between Bąkowski and an independent artist Zuzanna Bartoszek, with Jacek Poniedziałek and Justyna Wasilewska starring as the two protagonists.

Ülo Pikkov

Ülo PikkovÜlo Pikkov – born in 1976 in Tallin, Estonian filmmaker, producer, film expert and university lecturer. He studied animation at the Arts Academy in Turku, Finland. Since 1996 he has made several award-winning animated films, such as: “Cappuccino” (1996), “Bermuda” (1998), “Frank and Wendy” (2003-2005) and “Body Memory” (2011). He has authored numerous articles about film, as well as a publication “Animasophy. Theoretical Writings on the Animated Film” (2010). He has also written books for both children and adults.
In 2005 Ülo Pikkov graduated from the Institute of Law at the Tartu University, where he focused on the media and copyright law. For 10 years he was a teacher at the Faculty of Animation of the Estonian Academy of Arts, where he supported new talents at the Estonian animation scene. He defended his PhD dissertation entitled “Anti-Animation: Textures of Eastern European Animated Film” in 2018. He works as a manager and producer for documentaries and animated films at the Silmviburlane film studio.

Steven Woloshen

Steven WoloshenSteven Woloshen - born in 1960 in Montreal, Canadian film animator, pioneer of drawn-on-film animation. Woloshen first attended Vanier College, where he worked with Super-8 film and video, then specialized in 16 mm independent film techniques at Concordia University in Montreal. He has worked in camera-less animation since 1982. In 1999 he started working exclusively with a 35mm tape. During his 30 years of career as an animator Woloshen has made over 50 films, which have been awarded at festivals worldwide. He is also an author of several art installations for museums and galleries.
Twice nominated to the Canadian Governor General’s Award, he has received numerous creation and research grants. He has also been presented with a René Jodoin lifetime achievement award (2016) as well as a 2015 Wiesbaden Lifetime Award. He is also a teacher, conservation technician at the National Film Board of Canada and author of two books: “Recipes for Reconstruction: “The Cookbook for the Frugal Filmmaker” (2010) and “Scratch, Crackle & Pop! A Whole Grains Approach to Making Films without a Camera” (2015). Under his own banner, Scratchatopia, Woloshen has hosted solo retrospectives and taught handmade filmmaking techniques at workshops and master classes in Argentina, Morocco, USA, Slovenia, Australia, France, Great Britain, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, Poland, Mexico, Hungary as well as across Canada.

Paul Driessen

Paul Driessen (born 1940 in Nijmegen) is a Dutch film director, animator and writer. In the 1960s, having completed his studies in graphic design and illustration at the Academy of Arts in Utrecht, Driessen began animating commercials for TV in the Netherlands. Soon George Dunning, in search for talent, hired him as an animator for his full-length film “Yellow Submarine” (1968), which featured The Beatles. He also helped Driessen emigrate to Canada, where the latter became a member of the National Film Board of Canada in 1972. In the 1980s Driessen taught animation at the University of Kassel, Germany, after Jan Lenica.
Paul Driessen is an author of 28 animated shorts, which have won him over 50 prestigious awardsall over the world. He received, among other distinctions, an Oscar nomination for the short film “3 Misses” (2000), a Silver Bear at the festival in Berlin for the film “On Land, at Sea and in the Air” (1981), as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards at both Ottawa and Zagreb animation festivals.

Ewa Braun

Ewa Braun (born 1944 in Kraków) is an Oscar-winning set decorator and costume designer. She graduated in art history at the University of Warsaw. In 1970 she began working on film and television productions. She contributed scenography and costume design to numerous Polish films by such directors as: Andrzej Wajda (Holy Week), Wojciech Has (An Uneventful Story, Write and Fight), Janusz Majewski (Jealousy and Medicine, Hotel Pacific, H.M. Deserters, The Gorgon Case, Królowa Bona), Krzysztof Zanussi (Illumination, Camouflage, Spiral), Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa) and Tadeusz Konwicki (Lava: A Tale of Adam Mickiewicz’s ‘Forefathers’ Eve’), among others. In 1994, along with Allan Starski, she has been awarded an Oscar for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration for “Schindler’s List” by Steven Spielberg.
Ewa Braun is a member of American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and of Polish Film Academy. She lectures at the Faculty of Stage Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and at the Lodz Film School (PWSFTviT). In 2014 she was decorated with a Gloria Artis Golden Medal of Merit in the Service to Polish Culture (“Zasłużony Kulturze Gloria Artis”) as well as with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for “outstanding contribution to Polish culture, for achievements in artistic and creative work and social activity”.

Piotr Metz

Piotr MetzPiotr Metz (born in 1957 in Tarnów) – radio presenter and music journalist, co-founder and music director of the RMF FM radio (1990-2001), former editor-in-chef of “Machina” monthly (2006-2012). In the years 1982-1990 and then since 2005, co-worker of the Polish Radio Three and since 2016, its music director. In the years 2006-2009, he served as an artistic director of the Sopot Festival. In the years 2014-2016, he held the post of music director in Radio Kraków. In 2007, he was awarded with a Polish Radio Golden Microphone for his “radio personality and new forms of promoting popular music”. Tłumaczenie: Kinga Ostapińska