We know verdict of 24th IFF Etiuda&Anima!

“Dregs” (dir. Kordian Kądziela) is the Winner of Golden Dinosaur, “Oh, Mother!” (dir. Paulina Ziółkowska) is the Winner of Golden Jabberwocky and “Impossible Figures and Other Stories II” (dir. Marta Pajek) is the Winner of Golden Żmij!   Nagrody   ETIUDA Competition In ETIUDA competition took part 32 students’ movies from 13 countries, selected from 1000 send. Jury (Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz – Chairwoman, Bodo Kox, Emi Buchwald, Tayfun Dalkılıç, Štepán Altrichter) honoured Golden Dinosaur and money award of 15 000 PLN movie “Dregs” (dir. Kordian Kądziela) because “Film dealing with the subject of loneliness in a concise manner with the use of comic means”. Silver Dinosaur went to “Beautiful Figure” (dir. Hajni Kis) for “the creation of a strong character of the female protagonist and the masterly acting”. Bronze Dinosaur was awarded to movie “ATTAK” (dir. Ruben Meier) for “the ironic clash of the world of violence with the world of media and Internet communication”. Jury of ETIUDA awards also prize of Special Golden Dragon for movie school, which sent the best set of movies for festival. This year for quality of presented movies were honoured Nederlandse Filmacademie. Jury members decided to give honour diplomas to films: “Our Own” (dir. Malu Janssen, Nederlandse Filmacademie), „In Love with Cinema” (dir. Ascar Nurakunuulu, Kırgızistan-Turkiye Manas Universitesi), „My Memorial Day” (dir. Daniella Meroz, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem). The Great Underestimated, Award of the Artistic Director Bogusław Zmudziński, went to “Symbiophony” (dir. Eugeniusz Pankov). Students’ jury also announced its verdict – Monika Szydłowska, Luiza Wesołowska, Wojciech Świątek awarded short movie „ATTAK” (dir. Ruben Meirer). In their turn representatives of International Federation of Movie Discussion Clubs (Konrad Domaszewski, Gunter Lange, Tariq Porter) gave Don Kichot award to „Millimeterle” (dir. Pascal Reinmann) and the special mention to “Dregs” (dir. Kordian Kądziela). The audience award winner is short movie “Dog Meat” (dir. Ksenia Tischenko). Award for the best cinematography for the students from the countries of the Visegrad Group (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) in the form of in-kind contribution of 5 000 PLN funded by Heliograf company went to “Beautiful Figure” (dir. Hajni Kis).     ANIMA Competition In the ANIMA competition 69 movies from 30 countries were rivalising (to selection came as much as 1433 movies), made by both students and already awarded creators. By decision of jury composed of: Piotr Dumała (Chairman), Theodore Ushev, Lucija Mrzljak, Gunnar Strøm, Andrea Martignoni, winner of competition and Golden Jabberwocky and 15 000 PLN became a movie “Oh, Mother!” (dir. Paulina Ziółkowska) for “its minimalistic charm, inventive composition of the frame and significant message”. Silver Jabberwocky went to the animation “Hedgehog’s Home” (dir. Eva Cvijanovic) for “technically perfect and brave interpretation of a timeless story”. Bronze Jabberwocky went to „A Photo of Me” (dir. Dennis Tupicoff) for “balanced craftsmanship in storytelling”. Special Golden Jabberwocky and 2000 PLN for best student animated short movie was presented to “A Love Letter to the One I Made Up”, (dir. Rachel Gutgarts). Honour distinctions went to films: „The Junction – Chilly Gonzales & Peaches” (dir. Patrick Doyon), „Notes on Monstropedia” (dir. Kōji Yamamura), „Rabid’s Blood” (dir. Sarina Nihei), Sog (dir. Jonathan Schwenk), „9 Ways to Draw a Person” (dir. Sasha Svirsky). The Great Underestimated went to “Nothing Happens” (dir. Michelle and Uri Kranot). Students’ jury (Michalina Mosurek, Katarzyna Kuca, Sandra Pasławska) awarded “Negative Space” by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, audience gave a prize to a film “Delicatessen” (dir. Fengling Chen).     ANIMA.PL Competition And in the ANIMA.PL competition 43 movies from Poland were rivalising (to selection came as much as 100 movies). By decision of jury composed of: Jerzy Kucia (Chairman), Andrzej Orzechowski, Piotr Młodożeniec, Bernard Genin, Hubert Sielecki, winner of competition and Golden Żmij and 5 000 PLN became a movie “Impossible Figures and Other Stories II” (dir. Marta Pajek). Silver Żmij went to the animation “Strange Case” (dir. Zbigniew Czapla). Bronze Żmij went to “Mr. Miniscule and the Whale” (dir. Andrzej Gosieniecki). Special Golden Żmij and 2000 PLN for best student animated short movie was presented to “Schroedinger’s Dog” (dir. Natalia Krawczuk). Honour distinctions went to: Anna Beata Barańska for „Forsaken Forest”, Piotr Kabat for „Super Film”, Izabela Plucińska for „Evening”. The Great Underestimated went to “Z as in Puzzle” (dir. Michał and Kuba Socha). ASIFA Poland Award and Students Jury Award (in composition: Kaja Sulima, Marzena Pitek, Anna Waćkowska) went to Piotr Kabat for „Super Film”. Audience gave a prize to a film “Oh Jesus” (dir. Betina Bożek).      

List of selected films – Anima.PL competition of…

Nominated films:
  1. Apolejka i jej osiołek (Baśnie i bajki polskie), reż./dir. Joanna Jasińska Koronkiewicz, Polska/Poland 2016, 13:00
  2. Bankiet, reż./dir. Julia Orlik, Polska/Poland 2016, 03:50
  3. Cipka, reż./dir. Renata Gąsiorowska, Polska/Poland 2016, 08:22
  4. Czerń, reż./dir. Tomasz Popakul, Polska/Poland, Japonia/Japan 2016, 14:00
  5. Doradcy Króla Hydropsa, reż./dir. Natalia Brożyńska, Polska/Poland 2016, 20:24
  6. Droga do Nilfheim, reż./dir. Aleksandra Kryger, Polska/Poland 2017, 05:10
  7. Dziwny przypadek, reż./dir. Zbigniew Czapla, Polska/Poland 2017, 13:30
  8. Figury niemożliwe i inne historie II, reż./dir. Marta Pajek, Polska/Poland 2016, 14:52
  9. Forsaken forest, reż./dir. Anna Beata Baranska, Polska/Poland 2016, 09:39
  10. Gość, reż./dir. Aleksander Józefczyk, Polska/Poland 2017, 02:20
  11. Granice, reż./dir. Tomasz Bolek, Polska/Poland 2016, 03:28
  12. Horyzont zdarzeń, reż./dir. Michał Orzechowski, Polska/Poland 2017, 12:28
  13. I AM happy - konflikt wizerunku z przekazem, reż./dir. Julia Nędzyńska, Polska/Poland 2017, 03:49
  14. Locus, reż./dir. Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi, Polska/Poland 2016, 10:08
  15. 15. Łuska, reż./dir. Alicja Kot, Polska/Poland 2016, 05:06
  16. Marchewkowe pole, reż./dir. Kacper Zamarło, Polska/Poland 2016,16:00
  17. Na językach, reż./dir. Karolina Borgiasz, Polska/Poland 2017, 03:50
  18. O jezu, reż./dir. Betina Bożek, Polska/Poland 2017, 03:48
  19. O Matko!, reż./dir. Paulina Ziółkowska, Polska/Poland 2017, 12:15
  20. O niezwykłej przyjaźni (Baśnie i bajki polskie odc.), reż./dir. Robert Turło, Polska/Poland 2016, 13:00
  21. Odessa, reż./dir. Karolina Głusiec, Polska/Poland 2017, 03:12
  22. Pan Maluśkiewicz i wieloryb, reż./dir. Andrzej Gosieniecki, Polska/Poland 2016, 09:00
  23. Paweł i Gaweł (Baśnie i bajki polskie odc.), reż./dir. Andrzej Gosieniecki, Polska/Poland 2016, 13:00
  24. Pies Schroedingera, reż./dir. Natalia Krawczuk, Polska/Poland 2016, 08:50
  25. Piórnikt, reż./dir. Magdalena Pilecka, Polska/Poland 2016, 07:06
  26. Ponura Tresura, reż./dir. Ala Nunu Leszyńska, Polska/Poland 2016, 05:09
  27. Samotność, reż./dir. Betina Bożek, Igor Kawecki, Polska/Poland 2017, 08:24
  28. Sklep z rybami, reż./dir. Maria Kulpa, Polska/Poland 2017, 03:00
  29. Super rzecz, reż./dir. Piotr Kabat, Polska/Poland 2016, 05:28
  30. Świadomość kota, reż./dir. Andrea Guizar, Polska/Poland 2017, 14:50
  31. Ta Zgrzybiała Część Starego Mnie, reż./dir. Jakub Oleg Wojciechowski, Polska/Poland 2017, 04:38
  32. Too many cooks spoil the broth, reż./dir. Kamil Wójcik, Polska/Poland 2017, 01:35
  33. Ucieczka, reż./dir. Jarosław Konopka, Polska/Poland 2017, 15:00
  34. Ucieczki, reż./dir. Karina Paciorkowska, Polska/Poland 2017, 05:20
  35. W tramwaju, reż./dir. Martyna Cierpisz, Polska/Poland 2016, 04:04
  36. Wcielenie, reż./dir. Barbara Rupik, Polska/Poland 2017, 04:45
  37. Według planu (Kacperiada odc.), reż./dir. Kamil Polak, Polska/Poland 2016, 07:00
  38. Wieczór, reż./dir. Izabela Plucińska, Polska/Poland, Niemcy/Germany 2016, 2:30
  39. Wyjdę z siebie, reż./dir. Karolina Specht, Polska/Poland 2016, 04:54
  40. XOXO – Pocałunki i uściski, reż./dir. Wiola Sowa, Polska/Poland 2016, 14:00
  41. Z jak zagadka, reż./dir. Michał Socha, Polska/Poland 2017, 03:57
  42. Zdrowy Tatuś (Rodzina Treflików odc.), reż./dir. Marek Skrobecki, Polska/Poland 2017, 8:30
  43. Zjazd, reż./dir. Jerzy Tabor, Polska/Poland 2017, 03:41

Picture from top: Photo from the film Piórnikt, reż./dir. Magdalena Pilecka

List of selected films – Anima competition of…

Nominated films:
  1. 9 Ways to Draw a Person, reż./dir. Sasha Svirsky, Russia 2016, 6:29
  2. A Festive Wind, reż./dir. MarjolainePerreten, Switzerland 2016, 9:50
  3. A Love Letter to the One I Made Up, reż./dir. Rachel Gutgarts, Israel 2017, 6:05
  4. A Photo of Me, reż./dir. Dennis Tupicoff, Australia 2017, 10:48
  5. Aeon, reż./dir. RyotaroMiyajima, Japan 2017, 3:48
  6. Afterwork, reż./dir. Luis Uson, Ecuador 2017, 6:15
  7. Airport, reż./dir. Michaela Müller, Switzerland/Croatia 2017, 10:35
  8. An Echoing Memory of a Tongue, reż./dir. ArashAkhgari, Canada 2017, 1:55
  9. Antarctica, reż./dir. JeroenCeulebrouck, Belgium 2016, 9:37
  10. Ashes, reż./dir. Luciana Digiglio, Argentina 2017, 3:54
  11. Beautiful like Elsewhere, reż./dir. Elise Simard, Canada 2017, 4:46
  12. Bullet Time, reż./dir. Frodo Kuipers, Netherlands 2016, 5:30
  13. Camping à la Bergman, reż./dir. Michael "Ffish" Hemschoot, USA 2017, 2:38
  14. Casino, reż./dir. Steven Woloshen, Canada 2016, 3:58
  15. Catherine,reż./dir. Britt Raes, Belgium 2016, 11:51
  16. Cigare, reż./dir. Tom Tassel, Canada 2017, 5:40
  17. Dead Horses, reż./dir. Marc Riba, Anna Solanas, Spain 2016, 6:15
  18. Dead Reckoning, reż./dir. Paul Wenninger, Susan Young, Austria 2017, 2:47
  19. Delicatessen, reż./dir. Fenglin Chen, USA 2017, 4:40
  20. Disillusionment of 10 point font, reż./dir. Greg Condon, USA 2017, 1:12
  21. Dive with the Sun, reż./dir. Sisley De Cruz, Marine Le Borgne, Mo Bao, France 2016, 3:20
  22. Dziwny przypadek, reż./dir. Zbigniew Czapla, Polska 2017, 13:30
  23. Empty Space, reż./dir. ÜloPikkov, Estonia 2016, 10:13
  24. Farewell, reż./dir. Leon Vidmar, Slovenia 2016, 5:51
  25. Fishes, Swimmers, Boats, reż./dir. Dmitry Geller, Andrey Koulev, China 2017, 10:00
  26. Framed, reż./dir. Marco Jemolo, Italy 2017, 7:00
  27. Gone, reż./dir. Tom Denney, UK 2017, 3:28
  28. Gone Astray, reż./dir. Mabel Ye, USA 2017, 3:48
  29. Island, reż./dir. Max Mörtl, Robert Löbel, Germany 2017, 2:30
  30. Jezevakuca, reż./dir. Eva Cvijanovic, Croatia/Canada 2017, 10:00
  31. Jonas and the Sea, reż./dir. Marlies van der Wel, Netherlands 2015, 11:30
  32. L’Aviatrice, reż./dir. Jacques Leyreloup, Victor Tolila, Perrine Renard, Laura Viver Canal, GaëlChauvet, Francja 2016, 6:00
  33. La Table, reż./dir. EugèneBoitsov, France 2016, 4:15
  34. Late Afternoon, reż./dir. Louise Bagnall, Ireland 2017, 9:23
  35. Link, reż./dir. Robert Löbel, Germany 2017, 7:34
  36. Liv, reż./dir. SunnivaFluge Hole, UK 2017, 3:57
  37. Le, reż./dir. NatiaNikolashvili, Georgia 2017, 9:45
  38. Monsters don’t exist, reż./dir. IlariaAngelini, Luca BarberisOrganista, Nicola Bernardi, Italy 2017, 3:23
  39. Negative Space,reż./dir. Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata, France 2017, 5:30
  40. Nocturne, reż./dir. Anne Breymann, Germany 2016, 5:19
  41. Notes on Monstropedia, reż./dir. Koji Yamamura, Japan 2017, 6:10
  42. Nothing happens, reż./dir. Michelle and Uri Kranot, Denmark/France 2017, 11:50
  43. O Matko!, reż./dir. Paulina Ziółkowska, Polska 2017, 12:15
  44. Our Wonderful Nature – The Common Chameleon, reż./dir. TomerEshed, Germany 2016, 3:32
  45. Overrun, reż./dir. Pierre Ropars, Antonin Derory, Diane Thirault, JérémieCottard, MatthieuDruaud, Adrien Zumbihl, France 2017, 7:42
  46. Parade, reż./dir. Digna van der Put,Netherlands 2015, 4:14
  47. Pig, reż./dir. Steven Subotnick, USA 2015, 3:20
  48. Rabbit's Blood, reż./dir. Sarina Nihei, UK 2017, 4:42
  49. Rascals, reż./dir. Jasmine Elsen, Balgium 2016, 5:40
  50. Scrambled, reż./dir. BastiaanSchravendeel, Netherlands 2017, 6:28
  51. Sea, reż./dir. MarharitaTsikhanovich, Belarus 2017, 3:50
  52. Sog, reż./dir. Jonathan Schwenk, Germany 2017, 10:14
  53. Starhunters, reż./dir. Johannes Schiehsl, Austria 2016, 3:11
  54. Sticker, reż./dir. Zilai Feng, USA 2015, 0:51
  55. The Blissful Accidental Death, reż./dir. Sergiu Negulici, Romania 2016, 15:10
  56. The Bridge Over the River, reż./dir. Jadwiga Kowalska, Swizterland 2016, 5:45
  57. The End of the Line, reż./dir. William Côgo, Brazil 2016, 2:47
  58. The Evil, reż./dir. CarlonHardt, Brazil 2016, 2:10
  59. The Full Story, reż./dir. Daisy Jacobs, UK 2017, 7:30
  60. The Grateful Wolf, reż./dir. FerencĆako, Hungary 2016, 6:53
  61. The Junction – Chilly Gonzales & Peaches, reż./dir. Patrick Doyon, Canada 2016, 4:42
  62. “The Stranger” in My Head, reż./dir. Petra Balekić, Croatia 2017, 4:27
  63. To Build a Fire, reż./dir. Fx Goby, France 2016, 13:00
  64. To Be a Tree, reż./dir. Xin Sun, Germany 2017, 6:14
  65. Too Tame!, reż./dir. Rebecca Blöcher, Germany 2017, 6:41
  66. Travelogue Tel Aviv, reż./dir. Samuel Patthey, Switzerland 2017, 6:00
  67. Ucieczka, reż./dir. Jarosław Konopka, Polska 2017, 15:00
  68. Wieczór, reż./dir. Izabela Plucińska, Germany 2017, 2:30
  69. Yin, reż./dir. Nicolas Fong, Belgium 2017, 10:30

Picture from top: Photo from the film Jonas and the See, reż./dir. Marlies van der Wel

List of selected films – Etiuda competition of…

Nominated films:
  1. Attak, reż./dir. Ruben Meier, Filmuniversitat Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Niemcy/Germany, 29:49
  2. Australia, reż./dir. Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson, Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, Meksyk/Mexico, 29:52
  3. Cham/Ham, reż./dir. Xavery Wolski, AMA Film Academy, Polska/Poland, 12:27
  4. Chuckwalla, reż./dir. Korinna Krauss, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Niemcy/Germany, 23:00
  5. Das leise Rauschen zwischen den Dingen/A Gentle Noise Between the Lines, reż./dir. Sophie Linnenbaum, Filmuniversitat Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Niemcy/Germany, 29:53
  6. Days of the War, reż./dir. Eugene Orlov, Russian State University of Cinematography (VGiK), Rosja/Russia, 20:50
  7. Digital Immigrants, reż./dir. Dennis Stauffer, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Szwajcaria/Switzerland, 21:21
  8. Dogmeat, reż./dir. Ksenia Tischenko, Russian State University of Cinematography (VGiK), Rosja/Russia, 30:00
  9. Eigen/Our Own, reż./dir. Malu Janssen, Nederlandse Filmacademie, Holandia/Netherlands, 27:10
  10. Fedra, reż./dir. Malo Bara, Ecole de Photographie et de Techniques Visuelles Agnès Varda, Belgia/Belgium, 13:31
  11. Fusy/Dregs, reż./dir. Kordian Kądziela, Wydział Radia i Telewizji Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, Polska/Poland, 28:03
  12. Gabi, reż./dir. Michael Fetter Nathansky, Filmuniversitat Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Niemcy/Germany, 29:56
  13. Het nachtelijk halfrond/Without Sun, reż./dir. Paul de Ruijter, Nederlandse Filmacademie, Holandia/Netherlands, 29:55
  14. In Kropsdam Is Iedereen Gelukkig/Greetings from Kropsdam, reż./dir. Joren Molter, Nederlandse Filmacademie, Holandia/Netherlands, 23:40
  15. In Love with Cinema, reż./dir. Ascar Nurakun uulu, Kırgızistan-Türkiye Manas Üniversitesi, Kirgistan/Kyrgyzstan, 10:05
  16. I tak upłynął wieczór i poranek/Eventide, reż./dir. Giovanni Pierangeli, Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna w Łodzi, Polska/Poland, 30:00
  17. Kinky, reż./dir. Tadeusz Chudy, Wydział Radia i Telewizji Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, Polska/Poland, 25:34
  18. Ma?, reż./dir. Ralph Quincena, Far Eastern University, Filipiny/Philippines, 10:29
  19. Millimeterle, reż./dir. Pascal Reinmann, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Szwajcaria/Switzerland, 15:46
  20. My Memorial Day, reż./dir. Daniella Meroz, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem, Izrael/Israel, 5:53
  21. Na szczęście/Fortunately, reż./dir. Piotr Januszkiewicz, Wydział Radia i Telewizji Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, Polska/Poland, 23:27
  22. Place to be, reż./dir. Ido Chen and Ilan Bar, Minshar School of Art, Izrael/Israel, 29:58
  23. Plica Polonica, reż./dir. Marcin Strauchold,  Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna w Łodzi, Polska/Poland, 12:46
  24. Propaganda, reż./dir. Natalia Vtulkina, Russian State University of Cinematography (VGiK), Rosja/Russia, 12:21
  25. Qyteti i Mureve/City of Walls, reż./dir. Eneos Çarka, University of Arts Tirana, Albania/Albania, 22:11
  26. Regretting Motherhood, reż./dir. Felizitas Hoffmann, Merle Grimme, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Niemcy/Germany, 17:49
  27. Stranden/Stranded, reż./dir. Moïra Himmelsbach, Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Niemcy/Germany, 28:01
  28. Supot/Uncircumcised, reż./dir. Phil Giordano, New York University Tisch Asia Faculty, Filipiny/Philippines, 12:33
  29. Symbiofonia, reż./dir. Eugeniusz Pankov, Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna w Łodzi, Polska/Poland, 17:02
  30. Szép alak/Beautiful Figure, reż./dir. Hajni Kis, Színház- és Filmművészeti Egyetem, Węgry/Hungary, 16:53
  31. The Test, reż./dir. Jinsui Song, Beijing Film Academy, Chiny/China, 25:45
  32. Zu Gast Bei Freunden/Staying with Friends, reż./dir. Luisa Ricar, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Szwajcaria/Switzerland, 24:21

Nominated schools:
  1. Filmuniversitat Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
  2. Nederlandse Filmacademie
  3. Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna w Łodzi
  4. Russian State University of Cinematography (VGiK)
  5. Wydział Radia i Telewizji Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
  6. Zürcher Hochschule der Künste

Picture from top: Photo from the film Eigen / Our Own, reż./dir. Malu Janssen

Etiuda&Anima – see you in a year!

23rd International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima has passed into history. During these six intenstive days, Krakow was pulsating with cinema. Apart from film screenings, numerous meetings with artists, industry events, concerts and workshops took place.

This year's edition of the festival started on Tuesday. During the evening Opening Gala, we watched the latest full-lenght film by the French master of animation, Jean-François Laguionie – “Louise in Winter”. It was followed by the concert of Bovska, whose song “Kaktus” is being hummed all over Poland.

On the second day, the ETIUDA and ANIMA competitions kicked off. This year, 40 student etudes and 68 animated films took part in the contests. The screening of Peter Forgacs' “The Danube Exodus” launched the series of 10 found footage films selected by Maciej J. Drygas. We also watched “The Czech Year” by Jiří Trnka, the master of Czech school of animation. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the day was the fenomenal concert of Nik Phelps and the Stanisław Słowiński Quintet, who performed live music accompaniment to the animated films, made by i.a.  Bill Plympton and Marcin Giżycki. The screenings of “Europe in a short film” series also started this day – this year's focus was on Austrian, French, German, Italian and Hungarian shorts.

On Thursday, Signe Baumane gave her first lecture in a series “Avoid Eye Conctact” on the New York independent animation scene. Another lecture was given by Kris Pearn from Sony Pictures Animation, who conducted professional workshop on storyboard and visual storytelling in animation. After that, the Austrian Tricky Women festival showed a selection of female animations in a programme “Turbulent Times & Familiar Places”. This day, the closing of Marian Cholerek's exhibition “Polish Royal Eagles from the Soviet Watches” took place in Pauza in Garden.

On Friday, it was undoubtedly Michaël Dudok de Wit who stole the show. The Oscar-winner for “Father and daughter” appeared before the festival's audience during the meeting in a series "Self-portraits of animation authors" and showed his latest film “The Red Turtle”, co-created with the Japanese Studio Ghibli. Signe Baumane also met the festival goers on a long Q&A session after the screening of her “Rocks in my pockets”. We could also watch animations selected by the Festival d'Annecy as well as short films from the Lodz School of Film.

On Saturday, we could admire two acclaimed animated film directors live – our this year's self-portaitists – Andreas Hykade, who received the Golden Dinosaur for an outstanding artist turned pedagogue and Georges Schwizgebel, the winner of ANIMA Competition 2015 for his “Erlking”. During this day, Uri Kranot from Israel showed a selection of animated documentaries. In the evening, the energetic concert of REBEL BABEL took place: L.U.C., Bisz and the Representative Orchestra of AGH UST performed together on stage in Kijów Centrum.

The last day of the festival started with screenings for children. Our youngest viewers watched “My Life as a Zucchini” and a selection of animations entitled “Out of ANIMA Competition”. Piotr Dumała took us to his dream about the eerie town “Ederly” and Bill Plympton carried us straight into “Hotler's folly”. The film school from Mexico,  Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, repeatedly awarded at Etiuda&Anima, presented works of its students.

In the evening, during the grand Closing Gala marking the end of the festival, the winners of the ETIUDA and ANIMA competitions as well as other laureates were announced. The Golden Dinosaur for the best etude was awarded to “Education” by Emi Buchwald and the Golden Jabberwocky was handed out to “Before Love” by Igor Kovalyov. The Best Film School of the festival became Lodz Film School.

If you would like to experience it all once again, visit our Etiuda&Anima YouTube channel, where you can watch this year's festival chronicles.

Thank you for being with us.

See you in a year!

24th edition of International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima will be held between 21-26 November 2017.

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We know verdict of 23rd IFF Etiuda&Anima!

 “Education” (dir. Emi Buchwald) is the Winner of Golden Dinosaur, and “Before Love” (dir. Igor Kovalyov) is the Winner of Golden Jabberwocky!

 

In ETIUDA competition took part 40 students’ movies from 16 countries, selected from 1500 send. Jury (Maciej J. Drygas – chairman, Ryszard Jaźwiński, Yoav Kosh, Martin Štoll, Fernanda Valadez) honoured Golden Dinosaur and money award of 15 000 PLN movie “Nauka” / “Education” (dir. Emi Buchwald) for ”a wise documentary film narrated with the original film language”. Silver Dinosaur went to “Die Stille” / “Still” (dir. Lily Erlinger) for “a moving, multidimensional and subtle psychological drama”. Bronze Dinosaur was awarded to movie „Nabelschnur” / „Umbilical Cord” (dir. Eliza Petkova) for “the original aesthetics and formally intriguing storytelling, filled with humor”.

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Photo from the film "Education"

Jury of ETIUDA awards also prize of Special Golden Dinosaur for film school, which sent the best set of movies for festival. This year for quality of presented movies were honoured Lodz Film School. Jury members decided to give honour diplomas to films: „Samira” (dir. Charlotte A. Rofles, Hamburg Media School), „Lokatorki” / „Tenants” (dir Klara Kochańska-Bajon, Lodz Film School), „Beneath the Wheel” (dir. KWAK Eun-mi, KAFA – Korean Academy of Film Arts).

The Great Underestimated – the Award of the Artistic Director Bogusław Zmudziński in ETIUDA get to “Twins” by Pablo Radice. Students’ jury also announced its verdict – Katarzyna Popiel, Monika Polak, Rafał Badan awarded short movie „Nabelschnur” / „Umbilical Cord” (dir. Eliza Petkova). In their turn representatives of International Federation of Movie Discussion Clubs (Simon Bunckenburg, Łukasz Raszewski, Babil Vincente Vives) gave Don Kichot award to „Nabelschnur” / „Umbilical Cord” (dir. Eliza Petkova) and gave two honour distinctions to: „Sightseeing” (dir. David Borbas, Budapest Metropolitan University), „Kis” (dir. Svetlana Bolycheva, Russian State University of Cinematography). The audience award winner is short movie „Szczękościsk” / “Lockjaw” (dir. Kordian Kądziela, Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television University of Silesia).

Award for the best cinematography for the students from the countries of the Visegrad Group (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) in the form of in-kind contribution of 5 000 PLN funded by Heliograf company went to  „Szczękościsk” / “Lockjaw” (dir. Kordian Kądziela).

 

And in the ANIMA competition 68 movies from 30 countries were rivalising (to selection came as much as 1126 movies), made by both students and already awarded creators. By decision of jury composed of: Georges Schwizgebel (chairman), Andreas Hykade, Anita Killi, Andrzej Klimowski, Nancy Denney-Phelps, winner of competition and Golden Jabberwocky and 15 000 PLN became a movie “Before Love” (dir. Igor Kovalyov) for: “We were taken by the technical perfection of the film’s visuals and sound. Humor permeates jealousy and romance in the smallest detail”.

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Photo from the film “Before Love”

Silver Jabberwocky went to the animation „Nočna ptica” / „Nighthawk” (Špela Čadež) for: “This is like a different kind of road movie. The film is well animated and uses a complex multi plan technique. This film deals with an important topic that is often difficult to talk about in an original way”. Bronze Jabberwocky went to „Café froid” / “Cold Coffee” (dir. Stephanie Lansaque, Francois Leroy) for: „To a film that we felt portrayed the descent into insanity in a way that both horrified and mesmeriezed us”. Special Golden Jabberwocky and 2000 PLN for best student animated short movie was presented to “Ciało obce” /“Foreign Body” (dir. Marta Magnuska) for. Honour distinctions went to films: „Tick Tack” by  Ülo Pikkov, „Au revoir, Balthasar” by Rafael Sommerhalder, „Figury niemożliwe i inne historie II” / „Impossible Figures and Other Stories II” by Marta Pajek, „Chez moi” / “My Home” by Mai Nguyen, „Kompozicija” / “Composition” by Mitja Manček.

The Great Underestimated – the Award of the Artistic Director Bogusław Zmudziński in ANIMA get to “Šuma” and “Kut” by Lucija Mrzljak. Students’ jury (Anna Kubinka, Martyna Hołda, Marzena Pitek) awarded “Penelope” by  Heta Jäälinoja, audience gave a joint prize to films: „Chez moi” / “My Home” by Mai Nguyen and „Fears” by Nata Metlukh.

The closing gala

All good things come to an end. Etiuda&Anima 2016 is almost over. We invite you to the Closing Gala in Kijów Centrum.

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This is the last day of 23. IFF Etiuda&Anima. An exciting evening awaits us. It will start at 8 p.m. in Kijów Centrum with the grand Closing Gala, during which the winners of the ETIUDA Competition and ANIMA Competition will be announced. During this year's edition of the festival, 40 films from all over the world entered the competition for the Golden, Silver and Brown Dinosaur (ETIUDA) and as many as 68 filmmakers competed for the Golden, Silver and Brown Jabberwocky (ANIMA). In addition, the best film school will be awarded with the Special Golden Dinosaur and the best animated student etude will receive the Special Golden Jabberwocky. Apart from the prestigious diplomas, the winner will be also granted financial prizes amounting to 15 000 PLN (ETIUDA) and 15 000 PLN (ANIMA). The artistic director of the festival, Bogusław Zmudziński, will give a personal award – the Great (Under)Estimated – for a film of his choice. Selected films will also receive the Audience Award and the Student Jury Award. The awarded films will be screened during the Gala.

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A pool of tickets for the Closing Gala is also availabe to the viewers.

You are more than welcome to attend!

Festival closing Presentation of the awards and screening of awarded films

27th November (Sunday), 8:00 PM Kijów Centrum – Main Room

Ederly – a dream of Piotr Dumała

Ederly is a mysterious place where everything can happen and nothing may be for real. The latest live-action film by Piotr Dumała, a renowned artistic animation director, is at once intriguing and disturbing. "Ederly" received the Golden Claw Award in the Visions Apart Competition at Gdynia Film Festival.

Piotr Dumała – a highly regarded and known worldwide author of animations has taken his place behind the camera to make a feature film for the second time. After The Forest (Las), made in 2009, in 2015 he created Ederly. Not giving up the idea of making animations this time (among others Hippopotamuses / Hipopotamy, 2014) the artist embarked on the new course of his original artistic work.

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As Dumała himself claims, his inspiration to make Ederly was his childhood dream. Some influence can be also tracked down to magic realism of the Latin American literature, especially in the works by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Julio Cortazar, who were carefully read by the artist some years ago. The title EDERLY is a city existing beyond time, on the border between reality and dream. It may seem that it only exists to let the protagonist – Słow – enter it at some point in time. The main character – like the author himself – is a fine arts conservator who enters this strange place to renovate the works of art in the local church. He spends the nights in a neighbouring house, where he is taken for the hosts’ child gone missing years ago. Nobody knows why it will be easier for him to play the imposed role that to defend his own identity.

Ederly, fitting into the artist’s output to date, described as surreal and associated by some critics with The Tenant by Roman Polański and Eraserhead by David Lynch, won the Golden Claw Award (ex aequo with Karolina Breguła’s film Office for Monument Construction) in the Visions Apart competition at this year’s Film Festival in Gdynia.

Ederly dir.: Piotr Dumała, Poland 2016, 87 min.

27th November (Sunday), 4.00 PM Kijów Centrum – Large Room

Georges Schwizgebel – plasticity of motion

Swiss filmmaker Georges Schwizgebel is regarded to be one of the most important characters of contemporary artistic animation. In last year’s edition of Etiuda&Anima festival his movie “Erlking” was honoured with the Golden Dinosaur in the ANIMA part of the contest. This year he is going to visit us as a leader of jury in ANIMA contest, but also as a self-portraitist in our cycle “Self-Portraits of Animation Authors”

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Georges Schwizgebel is the author of 19 films, repeatedly awarded at international festivals. He finished his studies in Geneva in 1965, and soon after, in 1971, with Daniel Suter and Claud Luyet, he established studio G.D.S. producing animations and creating graphic designing.

Lack of dialogues, omnipresent music, poetic surrealism based on constant motion, changes of shapes and colours, night dream poetics, confluence of reality and imagination or dream, as well as expressive colouring, visual erudition and musical sensitivity – these are all characteristic of Schwizgebel’s animations. When asked about the essential elements of his work, he lists music, then movement and image, and, lastly, the story. Music, mainly the classical one, sometimes inspires the Swiss artist and becomes a topic of his films such as in the case of Rided to the Abyss (1992), based on an opera by Hector Berlioz, Romance (Romans, 2011) inspired by a Rachmaninov’s sonata, or the latest Erlking (Erlkönig, 2015) based on Goethe with the music by Schubert and List. Music never illustrates what is on the screen. It is the image, shaped according to musical principles, rhythm, tempo, that is the visual equivalent of a piece of music. Be that 78 Rotations per minute (1985), the abstract Fugue (1998), or Play (Jeu, 2006) in which Schwizgebel synthesizes some parts of his previous films – what makes the images move in all these films is music.

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Photo from the film "Erlking"

The musical visuality of Schwizgebel’s films is deeply expressive, the movement is almost tangible, often so dynamic that it can make one’s head spin. The images are “played” on the screen just as sounds are played on an instrument, the characters whirl while dancing (common motif), shapes and colours permeate each other. Schwizgebel, describing the method of making his films, stressed the process of imagining movement in space. In his early works such as Perspectives (1975) and Off-side (Hors-jeu, 1977) he used rotoscoping, which he soon after abandoned for not being spatial enough for his concept of movement.

Schwizgebl’s film output is inextricably connected with painting. He consequently rejects computer animation techniques, considering himself an artisan and artist, who takes constant pleasure from painting. To prove it he makes two films – The Subject of the Picture (Le sujet du tableau, 1989) and Retouches (2008), in which the artist’s brush strokes bring the images to life. The first of the two, many times awarded, is a specific tribute to director’s painting inspirations, whose artistic sensitivity was influenced by such artists as Vermeer, Michelangelo, Chirico, Hopper, Marquet, Holder, Valloton, Corot, Chardin, Ingres, Friedrich, or Beckmann. In his work, the artist makes use of various art techniques: oil paint, gouache, pastels, crayons, acrylic, and even parts of cut-outs. He often combines them in order to visually differentiate the changing levels of narration, for instance, in Romance, a multilevel story about an encounter of two strangers.

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Photo from the film "Rided to the Abyss"

Finely woven of sound, motion and colour, Schwizgebl’s work is invitation to an extraordinary journey of senses, in which the boundaries between what is visible and what is audible melt; where the“real” and “imaginary” merge into what is “experienced”.

Self-Portraits of Animation Authors III – Georges Schwizgebel 26th November (Saturday), 7:00 pm Kijów Centrum – Main Room

Musical rebellion

We invite you to the extraordinary concert of the REBEL BABEL project. L.U.C., Bisz and Representative Orchestra of AGH UST will appear on 23. IFF Etiuda&Anima stage. It will get loud!

REBEL BABEL is a set of concerts, performances and flash mobs, that use music to carry positive vibes to the audience, upgrade traditions and reach out to people who are not allowed to participate in all areas of culture. The artists will try to mix European hip-hop and funk culture with sound of local brass bands making good use of differences between various languages. rebel-babel1

L.U.C. alias Łukasz Rostkowski – composer, lyrics writer, vocalist, performer, gas fitter, Master of Law and director of music videos and concerts. After seven years of law studies he got to legal apprenticeship. Unfortunately, the day he was going to make a pledge he happened to be already engaged to meet Zgas – his friend, beatboxer. To pay tribute to sweatsuit and to keep his word, he never started the apprenticeship. Since that day he completely devoted to his greatest passion – art. His courage and consistence in his work, his eclecticism and unconventional ideas of film, music and lyrics leaded him to winning many awards and nominations in some of the most important contests (like Paszport Polityki, Yach, Mateusze Trójki, Warto, Wrocławska Nagroda Muzyczna, Ale Sztuka!, Gwarancje TVP Kultury, Fryderyki). His artistic output includes ten albums, five of which are conceptual ones, composed music for many spectacles and short videos. His music stands somewhere between nu jazz, trip-hop, hip-hop, electro, classics and movie themes. He occurred to compose and record with many outstanding vocalists and instrumentalists like Urszula Dudziak, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Michał Urbaniak, Leszek Możdżer and Maria Peszek. He also played as a support before Tricky, The Prodigy, Skunk Anansie.

Bisz, or Jarosław Jaruszewski, was born in 1984 in Bydgoszcz. He is a rapper, music producer and poet. He has been on stage since 1999. He is a solo artist, but also a member of a hip-hop band B.O.K., with which he has recorded three albums; the last one, “W stronę zmiany”, has been his first CD available to general public. He launched minialbums: “Zimy” (2007), which won him popularity in his environment, then “Idąc na żywioł” (2009) and “Burza i napór” (2010). In 2012 his debut solo album “Wilk chodnikowy” was released and became one of the best CDs of the year in numerous charts and was sold in more than 150,000 copies, thus winning the title of a gold record. In October 2016 another album by Bisz, “Wilczy humor”, was released and was enthusiastically received by the critics. As a guest performer, Bisz has recorded with such rappers as W.E.N.A., Miuosh, Kajman, Medium, Vienio, Cira and Buka. He has performed duets with such music producers as Kosa, Pekro and Radex. He received the title of the Citizen of Bydgoszcz in 2012.

Representational Orchestra of AGH exists since 2001. It was founded as a part of AGH Students and Graduates Foundation “ACADEMICA” under the auspice of vice-rector for education. In the beginning it included only several members. Now there is 45 of them. Orchestra associates students from various Cracow colleges, and above all from AGH. The band plays many kinds of music – mostly light music and movie themes. Orchestra also happened to play with other music bands (like Pogodno) and cabarets (like Dno). ORAGH plays also cyclical concerts in music clubs and participates in cultural events in Cracow (Noc Naukowców, Dni Nauki, Mediatory and others).

Concert under the patronage of the Rector of the AGH University of Science and Technology

26th November (Saturday), 9:00 PM Kijów Centrum – Large Hall

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Michaël Dudok de Wit at 23. IFF Etiuda&Anima

We have been trying to reach Michaël Dudok de Wit for a long time. The artist could not come to Krakow because he was working intensively on his latest film – "The Red Turtle". But finally, our wish came true. The Dutch master will honour us with his presence. He will appear before the festival's audience during the meeting in a series "Self-portraits of animation authors".

Michaël Dudok de Wit, next to Paul Driessen, is the best known contemporary Dutch animator. Born in 1953, he studied at the Geneva School of Fine Arts. In 1978 he graduated from the West Surrey College of Art with his graduation film The Interview. Apart from his own films, he also makes commercials, works as a lecturer, writes and illustrates children’s books.

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In this extraordinary artist’s output one can find just a few short films, however, all of them are held in high regard all over the world. The artist made his debut with a 3-minute film Tom Sweep (1992), attracting attention with the lightness of narration, sense of humour and unique moves of the main character. Made two years later, the film The Monk and the Fish (1994) achieved overwhelming success worldwide, receiving acclaim as one of the best animations in 1990s.

The Monk and the Fish won an Oscar nomination.

However, it was his subsequent film which was awarded this prize. Made in 2000, the film Father and Daughter also won a BAFTA award and the Grand Prix in Annecy. It is an extraordinarily subtle, both in terms of narration and visual effects, story about separation of the main characters. Throughout her whole life, the daughter keeps coming back to the place, where she saw her father for the last time. Finally, at the end of her life she decides to follow him, maybe led by the conviction that she will have a chance to see him once more. This sophisticated, subtle film, in which the artist succeeded in capturing the nature of true yearning and eternal human desires, made Dudok de Wit one of the most important personas of contemporary artistic animation.

Before making his first feature film, in 2006 the artist made an abstraction The Aroma of Tea, using... tea infusion to create it. Like in The Monk and the Fish, the rhythm of the film story is dictated by the music of Dudok’s favourite composer and baroque virtuoso, Arcangelo Corelli.

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The latest film by Dudok is a long-awaited feature film The Red Turtle. Its production was initiated and made in cooperation with the famous Japanese Studio Ghibli. Dudok de Wit thus became the first foreigner, whom the company owned by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata offered production and artistic cooperation. The film tells the story about a castaway who landed on a desert island.

Michaël Dudok de Wit, an artist famous for his perfectionism, an admirer of Yuriy Norshteyn and of Chinese and Japanese art. For several years we have been inviting him to the festival Etiuda&Anima, but he kept answering that he couldn’t come as he was busy with his new film. This year we can finally watch the result of his work of several years, remind ourselves most of his films, watch the unknown, but easily recognizable commercials and – let’s hope – have a closer look at his virtuosic technique.

Bogusław Zmudzinski

Self-Portraits of Animation Authors I – Michaël Dudok de Wit Screenings of the films: The Red Turtle Tom Sweep Father and Daughter The Aroma of Tea 25th November (Friday), 5:00 PM Kijów Centrum – Main Room

The Longing of Michaël Dudok de Wit 25th November (Friday), 3:00 PM Kijów Centrum – Studio Room

Competitions at half – way point

We are at half – way point of cometitions ETIUDA i ANIMA. Four ETIUDA and two ANIMA screenings awaits us. Who will be choosen by jury, who will win favor of critics, who will get  attetion of students and who will take over hearts of festival’s audience. Rivalization is still on.

In competition ETIUDA before us: „The Tenants” by Klara Kochańska-Bajon, winner of students Oscar, story of full-filled dream which turns in a nightmare; „Tuta” by Sandro Souladze, taking palce in beautiful scenery of Georgia; „Maman and the Ocean” by David Wagner about Turkish immigrants in Hamburg and …. shopping bag; „Travelling on One Leg” Alexandru Petru Bădeliţă – intimate portreit of unhappy love of Romanian to German; „Boat People” by Paul Meschùh, which is modern variation on „Knife in water” by Roman Polański, „Neighbours” by Gabriel Khotivari about women of Tbilisi; „Kis” by Svetlana Bolycheva about friendship between Orthodox priest and white cat; „Poland, My Beloved” by Łukasz Perkowski about difficult love for homeland; „Say It Again, Granpa”, Izabela Kiszczak tries to hear her grandfather, Czesław.

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Photo from the film „Maman and the Ocean”

In ANIMA competition before use animations of masters: „The Five Minutes Museum” by Paul Bush about how to sightsee 400 rooms in Petersburg’s Ermitage at lightning speed; „Blind Vaysha” by Theodore Ushev about a girl who sees past with one eye and future with other eye; „Waiting for the New Year” by Vladimir Leschiov about dreams of street cleaner. We will see also animiations of Polish artists: „XOXO – Kisses and Hugs” by Wiola Sowa about sensual fascination and seduction; „Impossible Figures and Other Stories II” by Marta Pajek about discovering impossible figure by women. We also recommend unconventional movies: „Merlot” by Giulia Martinelli and Marta Gennari, variation on Little Red Riding Hood inspired by nottle of red wine and „Au Revoir Balthasar” by Rafael Sommerhalder about freaks from boards.

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Photo from the film „The Five Minutes Museum”

 

IV ETIUDA SCREENING: November 25th (Friday), 5.15 PM http://etiudaandanima.com/film/4-projekcja-konkursu-etiuda/

V ETIUDA SCREENING: November 25th (Friday), 7.00 PM http://etiudaandanima.com/film/5-projekcja-konkursu-etiuda/

VI ETIUDA SCREENING: November 26th (Saturday), 2.00 pm http://etiudaandanima.com/film/6-projekcja-konkursu-etiuda/

VII ETIUDA SCREENING: November 26th (Saturday), 4.00 pm http://etiudaandanima.com/film/7-projekcja-konkursu-etiuda/

Małopolski Ogród Sztuki – Large Room

 

V ANIMA SCREENING: November 25th (Friday), 3:00 pm http://etiudaandanima.com/film/5-projekcja-konkursu-anima/

VI ANIMA SCREENING: November 25th (Friday), 9.00 pm http://etiudaandanima.com/film/6-projekcja-konkursu-anima/

Małopolski Ogród Sztuki – Large Room

Women make animations – Tricky Women

We invite you to the unique meeting with the animated art created by women. The Tricky Women Festival, hosted in Krakow by Etiuda&Anima, will present female animations in a programme under a meaningful title "Turbulent Times & Familiar Places".

„From Love to Transformation“ was the title of the first film program sent around the world by Tricky Women and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. The program is now continued with „Turbulent Times & Familiar Places“.

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Photo from the film "Princess Disaster Movie"

With this title the program once again combines current positions of Austrian female artists in animation film and gives an insight into the many techniques and work processes, with which the filmmakers shift the attention to relevant and unprecedented topics: the question where and why you feel at home (Home Statements), what it is like to arrive in a new city where interpersonal relationships first have to be established (Shut up Moon) and mystical city observations in reference to discarded and newly picked up things (Taipei Recyclers). The greed with which both social and ecological consciousness is shifted from commonality to singularity (Princess Disaster Movie and YachaY). Biographical details (Garten & Schnaps), effects of boredom and opportunities (or lack of) on the periphery (Ginny) and how a woman takes life into her own hands (Two Melons – Birth of an Artist). The unpredictability and predictability of love around the globe and in the neighborhood (Follow You and The Cook in Love). The program further includes films that exploit reduced forms using excessive sound (Three Suns) and challenge the mechanisms of cinema and its perception (Machine).

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Photo from the film "The Cook in Love"

The animation technologies presented in both analog and digital form range from drawings and claymations to computer generated abstractions.

We wish you a wonderful experience and many turbulent moments with this program!

Birgitt Wagner, Waltraud Grausgruber and Tricky Women-Team

 

Turbulent Times & Familiar Places - Tricky Women Festival presents Austrian Female artists’ animated films

24th November (Thursday), 9:00 PM Małopolska Garden of Arts – Small Room

The jury of ETIUDA AND ANIMA competitions

We present this year’s jurors of ETIUDA competition and ANIMA competition.

 

The ETIUDA Competition Jury

Maciej J. Drygas – President of the Jury

Born in 1956 in Lodz. He had his debut with a documentary drygasHear my cry (Usłyszcie mój krzyk) about a self-immolation of Ryszard Siwiec. The harrowing document was awarded with, among others, the European Film Award and the Silver Dragon at the Krakow Film Festival. Since that time Maciej Drygas has devoted himself to making documentaries, especially found footage, with the use of old archival films and by giving them new meaning. He is the author, among others, of the following documentaries: Weightless (Stan nieważkości, 1994), Voice of Hope (Głos nadziei, 2002), One Day in People`s Poland (Jeden dzień w PRL, 2005), Violated letters (Cudze listy, 2010), Abu Haraz (2013), as well as numerous radio dramas. He teaches at the Film School in Lodz; together with Mirosław Dembiński, he has been working on a long-standing project “World from Dawn to Dusk”. Last year, during the 22nd edition of the festival Etiuda&Anima, he was awarded, together with Dembiński, the Special Golden Dinosaur for the same project.

 

Ryszard Jaźwiński

Radio journalist with a particular interest in cinema. Participant ryszard_jazwinski2and juror of numerous film festivals, both in Poland and abroad, connoisseur of cinema. He studied journalism at the University of Warsaw and soon after gradution joined the Polish Radio Programme III, where he works to this day. He is the author of many broadcasts (“Zapraszamy do Trójki”, “To był dzień”, “Trójka na dwa głosy”, “Klub Trójki” among others) and a host of his original radio programme “Trójkowo, filmowo”, which has been on air for nearly 20 years. His programmes, including “Fajny film...” (a series of daily interviews with filmmakers), were nominated five times for Polish Film Institute Awards, most recently in 2016.  “Trójkowo, filmowo” was awarded by the Polish Film Institute as the Best Radio/TV Programme in 2010 .

 

Yoav Kosh

Yoav Kosh, has been an active filmmaker and teacher in Israel yoav-kosh1for the past 30 years. His cinematography credits include about thirty feature-length movies and dozens of television shows, drama series, and documentaries. Among other: “Life According to Agfa”, “Love Sick in Nana Street”, “Shuroo”, and “Avanti Popolo”. Yoav has won numerous honors for his work, including two awards for “Best Cinematography” from the Israeli Film Academy, award for "Best Cinematography" from Haifa Film Festival, and more.

 

Martin Štoll

Born in  1973. He is a documentarist and media theorist. He martin_stoll1graduated from FAMU, Prague (MgA. 1997; PhD 2001). He shot 54 documentary films, some of them were awarded the international festival prices (e.g. Who Is Playing, Isn´t Naughty; Prague - stage of Science; Yourney to Vostok). He worked as a dramaturge and chief dramaturge of the Centre of Documentary Production of the Czech Television and cooperated with Czech filmmakers as Helena Trestikova, Olga Sommerova, Pavel Stingl, Vera Chytilova. He is the author of book related to history and theory of film and television (e.g. Jan Spata, Documentary Prague, Czech Documentarist Dictionary, The Birth of TV Nation...). Since 2014 he works as a docent at the Institute of communication studies and journalism at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague.

 

Fernanda Valadez

She studied filmmaking in Mexico City. Her short film Of this fernanda-valadezWorld was considered the best Mexican short of 2011 by the Mexican Chamber of Film Industry (CANACINE), won the best short film award at the Guanajuato International Film Festival and was screened at the "Best Mexican shorts" pavilion of the Short Film Corner 2011 (Cannes Film Festival). 400 Bags received the Golden Dinosaur at the Etiuda&Anima Film Festival 2015.

 

The Anima Competition Jury

Georges Schwizgebel – President of the Jury

Born in Reconvilier, Switzerland, in 1944, Georges georges-schwizgebel2Schwizgebel is among the biggest name in contemporary animation. This well-rounded author of 18 short films has seen his work pick up prizes at Cannes, Annecy, Zagreb, Hiroshima, Stuttgart, Ottawa and Espinho. Two of his films-78 R.P.M. (1985) and The Ride to the Abyss (1992)- rank among the hundred most influential animated films on a list published by the Festival d’Annecy in 2006. The Man without a Shadow (2004), his first collaboration with the National Film Board, garnered 17 international awards. Though he first used rotoscoping (Perspectives, 1975: Off-side, 1977), Schwizgebel later traded in this tool for a freer approach marked by the gestural application of colour and the frequent use of geometric shapes (Fugue, 1998; The Young Girl and the Clouds, 2000). His last film Erlking (2015) get a Grand prize at Leipzig and Etiuda&Anima.

 

Andreas Hykade

Born in 1968 in Altotting, in Bavaria, he is a renowned andreas-hykade2animation producer and a pedagogue. The director of animated films: „The Country Trilogy” („We Lived in Grass” [1995], „Ring of Fire” [2000], “The Runt” [2006], and “Love & Theft” (2010), “Nuggets” (2015). At present, he is working at his first feature-length film – “Altötting”. Hykade is the author of music videos for Italian DJ Gigi d´Agostino and German band Die Toten Hosen. He won many awards in animation, among others: grand prize for best short film Ottawa (2000) for „Ring of Fire”, grand prize Black Nights Festival Talinn (2006) and Fipresci award Annecy (2007) for “The Runt”. His work was shown in numerous retrospectives. Hykade is the director of the Institute of Animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany, since 2008 he has taught animation at Harvard University (USA).

 

Andrzej Klimowski

Born in 1949 in London. He graduated from St. Martin’s School andrzej-klimowski2of Art in London and from Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. He designs posters for theatres and film distrubutors in Poland as well as book covers and press illustrations in England. He is an author of numerous  graphic novels, i. a. “The Depository”, “The Secret” and “Horace Dorlan” published by Faber & Faber, and a co-author (with Danusia Schejbal) of adaptations and original books for SelfMadeHero. For many years, he has been the Head of Illustration Faculty at the Royal College of Art, where he is now a Professor Emeritus.

 

Nancy Denney-Phelps

Nancy Denney-Phelps is a journalist writing about European nancy-denney-phelps2animation and festivals as well as a producer of music for animation. Along with her composer/musician husband Nik Phelps, she co-founded the Sprocket Ensemble dedicated to presenting live performances of original music with screenings of contemporary animation from around the world. Nancy's writings have appeared in such publications as CARTOON and ANIMATOON as well as on her regular blog for AWN (Animation World Network).  She is also a regular correspondent for ASIFA/San Francisco and a member of the ASIFA International Board of Directors.

 

Anita Killi

Born in 1968 in Stavanger, Norway. She studied illustration and anita_kiligraphic design at the Norwegian National College of Art & Design as well as animation at Volda University College, where she also completed the third year of documentary filmmaking. In 1996, she received a master's degree in animation (specialization: multiplan technique) from Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Since then, she has been working in her own animation studio – Trollfilm AS. Her film “Tornehekken” (“The Hedge of Thorns”) has been awarded in numerous international film festivals and was nominated for Cartoon d'Or. At the moment, Anita Killi is working on her first full-lenght film –  “Christmas Survivors”.

Oscar winner at 23. IFF ETIUDA&ANIMA

The special guest of this year's edition of the Festival will be Michaël Dudok de Wit – the Dutch animator, director and illustrator. It will be his first visit to Poland. This is why we are even happier to host him in Kraków.

Michaël Dudok de Wit is one of the most acclaimed animated film directors in the world. He was born in 1953 in the Dutch town of Abcoude. At the age of 25, he graduated from The West Surrey College of Art with his diploma film “The Interview”. 14 years later, he created an animated short “Tom Sweep”, followed by “The Monk and the Fish” (1994) which received an Oscar nomination.

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In 2000, Dudok de Wit won an Oscar for the Best Animated Short Film with his “Father and Daughter”. This 8 minute masterpiece is a moving tale of the strenght of a true love. A father says goodbye to his young daughter and leaves. As the wide Dutch landscapes live through their seasons, so the girl lives through hers. She becomes a young woman, starts a family and, in time, gets old. Yet, despite all the changes, there is always a deep longing for her father within her. The film was awarded with BAFTA and Grand Prix at Annecy.

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In 2006, Dudok de Wit created “The Aroma of Tea” – an experimental film painted entirely with tea. The main character is a small sphere that travels through the changing landscapes, inevitably heading towards the place of destination. Inspirations of Asian culture – Chinese and Japanese in particular – can be recognized in the artist's work. The use of touche and watercolour, and soft brush strokes are also characteristic of Dudok de Wit's technique.

During 23. IFF we will also screen the Dutchman's first full-lenght animation – “The Red Turtle”, co-created with the Japanese Studio Ghibli. The film premiered at this year's edition of Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded in the Un Certain Regard section. The animation depicts the life of a castaway on a deserted tropical island. The man tries to escape the trap, but his efforts are thwarted by a mysterious turtle. The Japanese producers guaranteed the Dutch filmmaker's total artistic freedom. Before entering the studio, he had spent some time in the Seychelles to sink into the atmosphere of this archetypical tale. Once again, the longing – the key motive of his works – became the central element of the film.

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We also invite you to the screening of the documentary “The Longing of Michaël Dudok de Wit” which shows the animators’ crew working under Dudok de Wit's direction on “The Red Turtle”. This making-of reveals the filmmaking process as well as craft and perfection of its author, one of the greaters masters of contemporary animation.

Self-Portraits of Animation Authors I – Michaël Dudok de Wit

Screenings of the films:

The Red Turtle Tom Sweep Father and Daughter The Aroma of Tea

25th November (Friday), 5:00 PM Kijów Centrum – Main Room

The Longing of Michaël Dudok de Wit

25th November (Friday), 3:00 PM Kijów Centrum – Studio Room

Before ETIUDA&ANIMA: Freaks in animation

Before 23rd Etiuda&Anima International Film Festival starts, get ready to see the most curious characters from the latest short animation films.

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Photo from the film „Au revoir Balthazar”

Curiosities, freaks, phenomena, originals, big and little monsters and other oddities in their natural environment - animation.

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Photo from the film „The Walker”

Line-up contains selection of the animated shorts from ANIMA competition at 23. Etiuda&Anima Film Festival:

„Foreign Body”, dir. Marta Magnuska, Poland „Afternoon Class”, dir. Oh Seoro, Korea „Cachorro Loko”, dir. Igor Shin Moromisato, Germany „Au revoir Balthazar”, dir. Rafael Sommerhalder, Switzerland „Animal Farm”, dir. Choi Nara, Korea „The Walker”, dir. Thibault Chollet, France

Total screening time: aprox. 90 minutes Films in original version with Polish and English subs

„Freaks in Animation” // before Etiuda&Anima 18th November (Friday), 7 PM FORUM Przestrzenie, Marii Konopnickiej 28 Street, Cracow FREE ENTRANCE