26. IFF Etiuda&Anima: Fifth Day – Award Ceremony

Saturday is the penultimate day of the festival, but we are not slowing down! Before the closing ceremony of the festival, there will also be film screenings and side events. From 10 a.m., in the small screening room of the Małopolska Garden of Art, replays of screenings of ANIMA nominated films begin. In three blocks, lasting over an hour each, you will be able to see the best short animations from around the world. In the large room at Rajska St. from 9 a.m. Anna Szczerbińska will conduct the second part of the workshop Do you have a project? Present it with a smile. However, this is just a beginning. At 11 a.m., before the screening of the Away film, we invite for the final of the projects Animating books! and Cooking on the screen, where children and young people in collaboration with the Etiuda & Anima Foundation created their own film productions.   1.30 p.m. is time for Europe in animation. The theme of the meeting will be works from Croatia. Special guest - Ivana Bošnjak - will present films of the legendary Bonobostudio.

Still from animation "The Swallows of Kabul"
The Swallows of Kabul directed by Zabou Breitman is a film adaptation of a best-selling novel. The animation about slavery was shown at this year's Cannes festival, and during Etiuda & Anima it will be presented at 3:30 p.m.. At the same time stop-motion animation workshop Body, organism, mechanism will be held at the Małopolska Garden of Art. All participants will create their own film, with the support of a director, screenwriter and animator Izabela Plucińska. November 23 at the Etiuda & Anima festival is also a day of workshops for children. In the Feliks Jasieński Szołayski House participants of Lucija Mrzljak's classes will explore the miracles of optical illusions and ultimately they will use it to create paper animation.
"Farewells" series - "Franco Zeffirelli - Directing From Life"
At the Małopolska Garden of Art teenagers will be able to see that anyone can become a YouTuber. The AMA Academy lecturer, Rafał Kosecki, will reveal the secrets of professional film making. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn the stages of creating short film stories: from finding inspiration to the final editing. Saturday afternoon is an opportunity to remember outstanding figures from the world of cinema who died last year. As part of the "Farewells" series at 5:30 and 7 p.m. you will be able to watch documentary films about Italian cinema masters, Bernardo Bertolucci (Bertolucci: No End Travelling, dir. Mario Sesti) and Franco Zeffirelli (Franco Zeffirelli - Directing From Life, dir. Chris Hunt).
"Farewells" series - "Bertolucci: No End Travelling"
The day will end with the award ceremony of the ETIUDA and ANIMA competitions and the presentation of the awarded films. The closing gala starts at 8 p.m. in the main screening room of the Malopolska Garden of Art. Sunday, the last day of the festival, is a time of reruns. You can see, among others Buñuel in the Labirynth of the Turtles for the second time. At 11 a.m. we invite you to the conference of rectors and representatives of European film and art schools entitled Promotion and distribution of student etudes and graduation films.

26th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima – Third Day

Good morning! Thursday will be the third day of great events related to 26.Etiuda & Anima International Film Festival. Today we have prepared more films - to watch in three different locations! We hope that everyone will find something for themselves! In the morning we invite the young audience to the Małopolska Garden of Art (MOS). At 10am and 12am films Lotte and the Lost Dragons (dir.Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits) and Away (dir.Gints Zilbalodis) will be presented consecutively. Both screenings will take place in a Large Screening Room.

Still from animation "Lotte and the Lost Dragons" dir. Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits
In the afternoon we will present another competition blocks. The III and IV projection of the ANIMA competition (4p.m. and 8:30p.m., Large Room) and the III and IV projection of the ETIUDA competition (3:30p.m. and 8p.m., Small Room) will take place. The second block of the 'Europe in animation' cycle will be held in Large Screening Room at 2p.m. Cinanima International Animated Film Festival in Espinho will present a selection of the most interesting Portuguese animated films from recent years. Beside all that, in the morning we invite for the repetitions of the screenings of ETIUDA competition. At 6:30p.m. in the Large Room as part of the "Self-Portraits of Animation Autors" there will be a meeting with this year's special guest, Igor Kovalyov, co-founder of the legendary Pilot School of Animation studio in Moscow. His short films Andrei Svislotski, Hen, His Wife, Bird in the Window, Flying Nansen, Milch and Before Love have received many awards and recognition - four of them you will be able to see today!
Still from animation "Before Love" dir.: Igor Kovalyov
At 2p.m. in the Small Room there will be a discussion about animated series and the toy industry led by Konrad Sierzputowski. At 5:45p.m. we invite you to the screening of Varda according to Agnès (dir. Agnès Varda) from the "Farewell" cycle. The film is the last work of a recently deceased artist who combined in her work social commitment, feminist message and a passion for formal experiments.
Agnès Varda
We continue meetings from the "Between the Media" cycle at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts. Today we propose the movie Symphony of the Ursus Factory (dir. Jaśmina Wójcik ) which starts at 5p.m. Studio Club, located on Witolda Budryka 4 will host some of the festival events. At 6p.m. animated etudes by students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and jazz variations of Tymon Tymański will be presented. In this project Tymański returns to string bass and chamber jazz, which was his fascination when he performed with a cult band Miłość. In those sonoristic instrumental explorations he is accompanied by well-known musicians of the Tri-City jazz scene: saxophonist Ireneusz Wojtczak, guitarist Marcin Gałązka, pianist Michał Wandzilak and drummer Jacek Prościński. At 7p.m. the film You Are God by Leszek Dawid will be shown. After that we invite you to a meeting with the director and cinematographer Łukasz Gutt. We will talk about the shooting of Broad Peak, realized at an altitude of 5600 m above sea level. See you there!  

26th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima – Second Day

Wednesday is a second day of the 26th International Film Festival Etiuda & Anima and another day of unique events. Today we begin with competition screenings of 29 films in ETIUDA category, competing for awards of Golden, Silver and Bronze Dinosaur, as well as 67 films in ANIMA contest, competing for Jabberwocky Award. We remind you, that in both contests participate films created and produced both by students, as well as by professionals.

Still from animation "Untravel", dir.: Ana Nedeljkovic, Nikola Majdak Jr.
We start the day with screenings of ANIMA competition. Both blocks will take place in Large Screening Room at Małopolska Garden of Arts at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. In the meantime, in Small Screening Room we’ll show you movies from the other titular competition, ETIUDA, then, ANIMA competition films at 2.p.m.. Large Screening Room at 2 p.m. will provide the projection of the first block of the “Europe in Animation” series with the selection of 9 Danish shorts. You will find unrequited love, true friends, power animals, and bloody murder. It is curated by VOID International Animation Film Festival, a festival of animation for adult audiences only, taking place in Copenhagen in early February. Spot the unmistakable warm glow of Danish "hygge" that are sprinkled into these eight short films. In the programme i.a. The Messenger, dir.: Lowe Haak, DK 2018, 9’37”, Tiger, dir.: Pernille Kjær, DK 2016, 6’ and Forglemmegei/Forget-Me, dir.: Katarina Lundquist, DK 2019, 8’.
Still from animation "She who measures", dir.: Veljko Popović
Wednesdays special event will be the presentation of the award of the Special Golden Dinosaur to artist and professor Hieronim Neumann. The ceremony will take place in Large Screening Room at 6 p.m. This year’s winner is domesticated in Poznań where he graduated from the National Higher School of Fine Arts. 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.
Hieronim Neumann
As far back as in his debut work “Counting Rhyme” from 1976 he has been inspired by the media dimension of animated film, sometimes making references to the tradition of graphic arts and prehistory of cinema (Muybridge). Spectators of IFF Etiuda&Anima will have an unique opportunity to see mentioned film from the beginnings of Neumann’s work. In the programme celebrating the artist’s creation, we’ll also see other movies from his debut period. 5/4 (1979) and Block (1982) give us a contrariwise perspective of life in Poland in the 80.-ies. They both transform scenes from everyday life in an innovative way, so that, in Neumann’s vision, they turn into something outstanding. A windfall for movie fans will also be the projection of the latest version of the movie Winda (2017) - shortened and embellished with a new soundtrack. At 8 p.m. in the Small Screening room we will present the etudes by the students of prof. Hieronim Neumann, winner of the Special Golden Dinosaur. Although the Małopolska Garden of Arts is the heart and center of IFF Etiuda&Anima, it is not the only place of events on the festival map. In the evening we invite you to Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. There, at 5 p.m., the inauguration of the "Between the Media" cycle will take place. Within it, animated and experimental films chosen by the Ars Electronica Animation Festival. We have prepared all these attractions for you today. Meanwhile tomorrow we invite you to.

The 26th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima Begins Today…

Today in The Małopolski Ogród Sztuki in Cracow at Rajska 12 street starts the 26th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima. The first film events start at 5 p.m.  (presenting the winner of the Honorary Golden Dinosaur award for the best film school IFF Etiuda&Anima 2018 - Szinház-es Filmművészeti Egyetem (Hungary), and at 6 p.m. we invite you to the screening of 10 best short animated British pictures of the new century according to Jayne Pilling.

Still from animation "I Am Tom Moody"
Jayne Pilling is our special guest this year. She’s an expert, animation historian and she has been conducting research on animated films for years. She worked at British Film Institute for 11 years and she was a director of Cardiff International Film Festival between 1993 and 1995. She was a lecturer at Royal College of Art in London. Her books and scientific publications inspire film scholars from around the world. This year Jayne Pilling was awarded the prestigious Zagreb International Festival World Council’s Award for her work in animation study. Jayne Pilling will present and discuss ten most important modern animations of United Kingdom, just for the guests of Etiuda&Anima festival in Cracow. You can’t miss it! Opening ceremony of Etiuda&Anima 2019 festival starts at 8 p.m. After the Opening Gala we will be delighted to invite you to an exquisite screening! Awarded in Malaga Film Festival, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Tortoises, directed by Salvador Simó Busom, is a fascinating alternative take on a biographical film. Animated adaptation of Fermin Solís comic book depicts the creation of the only documentary in Luis Buñuel career called Land Without Bread, created in 1933. Combining colorful animation enriched by the surreal themes of Salvador Dali paintings and fragments of Buñuel’s original documentary, is an obligatory watch for every film history connoisseur and Spanish culture enthusiasts!
Still from animation "Buñuel w labiryncie żółwi"
All of this awaits you today in The Małopolski Ogród Sztuki! And what about tomorrow? Even more Etiudaandanima-ish attractions, such as the opening of the „Between the media” series and the Honorary Golden Dinosaur for an extraordinary artist and teacher award gala. During the 26th edition of the festival, the award will go to professor Hieronim Neumann, prominent artist of the experimental movement in Polish animated film. After the award ceremony, there will be a screening of selected animated short films by this year’s winner. On Wednesday, the screenings of the films in a competition in ETIUDA category will start - 29 films will be competing for Golden, Silver and Brown Dinosaur  - and ANIMA, to which no less than 67 films qualified, fighting for the Jabberwocky award. Competition will feature films from both students as well as professionals.

European Film and Performing Arts Schools’ Rectors’ Conference

Date and time: 24/11/2019, MOS (sala mala/the small hall) The organizers of the 26th Etiuda&Anima International Film Festival would like to invite people of interest to a Conference led by European film and performing arts schools’s rectors, titled “The Promotion and Distribution of Student Etudes and Films with Diplomas Outside of the Film School System and Environment.” It will take place on the 24th November (Sunday) at 11:00 AM in MOS (sala mała/the small hall) on 12 Rajska Street. The conference is one of the Etiuda&Anima accompanying events. The speakers, who will take the floor during the conference, represent a range European centres. Our guests include: Martin Hagemann - GERMANY [Professor of Film and Television Production at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, where he is currently Vice President for International Affairs] László Upor  - HUNGARY [Vice Rector at University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest, since March 2019 he has served as Acting Rector] Barbara Harumová Hessová - SLOVAKIA [teaches at the Department of Production and Distribution and is Vice-Dean for International Relations at the Film and Television Faculty of The Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava] Marcin Malatyński – POLAND [Rector’s plenipotentiary for international cooperation -  The Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź] KRZYSZTOF BRZEZOWSKI – POLAND [Rector’s plenipotentiary for the promotion of Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź] The speeches made by the representatives of the invited film and performing art schools with fluctuate between the following topics: -producers’ models used in chosen schools: the sources of finance covering the realization of etudes and certified films and the issue of cooperation. - potential forms of distribution of certified film: what could it look like? - The issue of the organized cells, responsible for the promotion of student work, for example at film festivals, other events and in the media. - The role of students as the authors of films in the promotion process: to what degree can students come out with their independent initiatives in this area? - The wide “marketization” of student work and the process of it turning into an object of cinema and media distribution: a threat to the freedom of art in the open and creative film education field or a new opportunity? -models of the distribution of etudes and certified films: which were the most adequate for the conditions in different countries and in the international market? - European Union programmes providing support for the development of the film culture: what role should such programmes play in this field? - Could one of the solution to the indicated problems be the organization of student etudes, certified films and film and performing art schools’ marketplaces in the Middle-East?   The speeches at the conference will be presented in English with simultaneous translation into Polish available. We are directing this invitation to academic lecturers as well as students of coursed related to the organization of film and television production and those studying Film Making, Cinematography, Film Studies, etc.

Full-Lenght Animated Films for Kids on 26th IFF…

There is a short time left before the 26th Etiuda & Anima International Film Festival - we beggin on November 19 in Krakow! In this year's program all participants will find something for themselves: film screenings, meetings with guests, workshops and specialist lectures. But Etiuda & Anima 2019 is not only for the adult audience. We also remember about the youngest! During the Etiuda & Anima 2019 our youngest participants will have the opportunity to watch informative, full-length animated movies. With them in mind, we have prepared for example projections of the third part of the children's favourite movie serie Lotte - Lotte and the Lost Dragons (dir.Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits), Away movie (dir.Gints Zilbalodis) and the screening of the Danish A Checked Ninja (dir.Anders Matthesen and Thorbjørn Christoffersen).

Still from animation "Lotte and the Lost Dragons"
The Estonian-Lithuanian animation Lotte and the Lost Dragons is another movie about the adventures of the clever girl dog called Lotte. In this part a little sister of the main character is born. Lotte decides to show her the world. Two scientists come to the village where the sisters live, looking for the mythical land of dragons. Lotte and Rosie try to help them. Animation impresses with colors, classic line and rapid action, but also brings a wise message: family is a value, agreement builds, and if you are persistent, you can achieve great goals. Lotte and the Lost Dragons is suitable for children above 5 years. Two screenings at the Etiuda & Anima Festival (November 21 and 22) will be the only screenings of this movie in Krakow.
Still from animation "Lotte and the Lost Dragons"
A lonely boy wakes up entangled in a parachute and hanging on a tree. As a result of an accident he finds himself on an unknown, wild land. To return home, he must traverse a paradise countre. A mysterious, silent creature follows him. That's how the Lithuanian animation Away begins. It's a full-length debut of the acclaimed young animator Gints Zilbalodis .
Still from animation "Away"
The production realized in CGI technique had its premiere at the prestigious Animafest festival in Zagreb, where it delighted critics and won the main prize for full-length animation. It received equally positive reviews at the world's most important animated film festival in Annecy, France. Critics emphasize the similarity of Zilbalodis' production to the films of Hayao Miyazaki, one of the founders of the famous Studio Ghibli. Away is a universal story about growing up, loneliness, facing your own fears, but also about the eternal relationship of a man with the nature. The screening of Away will take place on November 22 during 26th IFF Etiuda & Anima.
Still from animation "Away"
On November 24, viewers above 9 years old can participate in the screening of Danish A Checkered Ninja. Aske, the hero of the animation, gets a ninja figurine from his uncle who returned from Thailand. The boy discovers that the figurine is alive and can help him with problems at school. Aske would like to return the favor. Over time turns out that the rag doll has bad intentions... A film for young viewers with strong nerves! To the youngest participants of the Etiuda & Anima 2019 we offer not only animated full-length films. We invite children between 5 and 10 years old to take part in the animation workshops, and those between 10 and 13 will have the opportunity to learn how to make films with a mobile phone. All this and more on 26. IFF Etiuda & Anima!   Lotte and the Lost Dragons 21st November (Thursday), 10 a.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 22nd November (Friday), 10 a.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room   Away 21st November (Thursday), 12 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 22nd November (Friday), 12 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 23rd November (Saturday), 1 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room   A Checkered Ninja 24th November (Sunday), 1 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room    

“Self-Portraits of Animation Artists” series at the 26th…

Permanent series “Self-portraits of Animation Artists” is one of the most eagerly awaited parts of each edition of Etiuda&Anima festival.  During interactive meetings with the audience, the greatest personalities of modern artistic animation talk about the tricks of their trade. Guests during this year`s edition of the series are Igor Kovalyov (21.11) and Izabela Plucińska (22.11).

Igor Kovaljov

Our this year`s special guest – Igor Kovalyov – is a world renowned filmmaker, animator and director. His short animations Andrei Svislotski (1992), Hen, His Wife (1990), Flying Nansen (1999), Milch (2005) and Before Love (2015) won numerous awards and honorary mentions gaining recognition in the film circle. [caption id="attachment_16183" align="alignright" width="316"] Kard z animacji / Still from animation"Milch"[/caption] Born in Kiev, in Ukraine, Igor Kovalyov is a co-founder of the legendary studio Pilot School of Animation in Moscow. The studio brought together the most important Russian artists, including the animators from Klasky Csupo. In 1991 Kovalyov accepted the invitation to work at the studio Klasky Csupo in Hollywood and became the director of the first feature film there, The Rugrats Movie (1998). The artists also worked on the TV series Aaahh !!! Real Monsters (1994-1998), and directed commercials as well as short internet films. [caption id="attachment_16180" align="alignleft" width="259"] Kard z animacji / Still from animation "Hen, His Wife"[/caption] In Kovalyov`s films we can find surreal everyday situations, sometimes including fantasy elements. Limited dialogues encourage the viewers to focus on the characters` faces, which cannot be called attractive. The decision to call them ugly, or maybe rather stylized,  the director leaves to the viewer. He does the same with the interpretation of the stories.  

Izabela Plucińska

[caption id="attachment_16179" align="alignright" width="295"] Kard z animacji / Still from animation"7 more minutes"[/caption] Our compatriot Izabela Plucińska, on the other hand, specializes in clay animation. The artist was born in 1974 in Koszalin. She studied animation at the Film School in Lodz, graphics and design at the Academy of Fine Arts in the same city and also studied at the Film &Television Academy (HFF) “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam. From among numerous clay animations, her greatest success was the film Jam Session (2005), which won numerous awards, including the Silver Bear for a short film at the festival in Berlin. Currently, she resides in Berlin, where she runs her own production company Claytraces.   [caption id="attachment_16184" align="alignleft" width="343"] Kadr z animacji / Still from animation "Sexy Laundry"[/caption] In Plucińska`s productions we will also find neither carefully drawn characters nor neatly rendered landscapes we got used to watching in Disney`s productions. The worlds created by Plucińska in Esterhazy (2009) or Afternoon (2012) are more tangible, like the clay used to make them. The artist`s latest film, Portrait of Suzanne (Portret Suzanne, 2019) – a grotesque love story based on a short story by Roland Topor – will compete in this year`s festival competition in the ANIMA category.

”Farewells” cycle

This year’s edition of the International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima is taking place on 19-24 November in Krakow. November favours the reflection upon evanescence and death and that is why the program of the 26th edition of the festival comprises a unique cycle titled ”Farewells”.  The 26th Etiuda&Anima does not include screenings of short and feature animated films only. This year’s program comprises an in memoriam cycle ”Farewells”, too, which is dedicated to outstanding filmmakers who passed away last year. The cycle will present screenings of documentary films on the creative output of Agnes Varda (Varda by Agnès, 2019, dir. Agnes Varda), Bernardo Bertolucci (Bertolucci: No End Travelling, 2019, dir. Mario Sesti) and Franco Zeffirelli (Franco Zeffirelli – Directing from Life, 2017, dir. Chris Hunt).

Still from the movie "Varda by Agnès"
The premiere of, as it eventually turned out, farewell work titled Varda by Agnès took place in February 2019 at the international film festival in Berlin, a month before the death of the French artist. Varda treats the film, devised as a kind of visual autobiography, also as a documentation of her diverse activities. The artist linked to the French nouvelle vague always underlined that she was a photographer, director and performer all at once. With a sense of humour typical of her and not getting into unnecessary sentimentalism, a 90-year old Varda invites the viewers to a unique masterclass. She combines a journey through her artistic output with fragments of films, stage plays and gallery exhibitions, as well as interviews with actors and co-workers and her own commentaries.
Still from the movie "Bertolucci: No End Travelling"
Last year the world bid farewell to Bernardo Bertolucci, a master of Italian cinema. The author of a documentary Bertolucci: No End Travelling - Mario Sesti, a film critic and journalist, met with Bertolucci a number of times throughout a period of thirty years. Their discussions were published in ”L’espresso”, and recorded interviews were included in DVD editions of films The Sheltering Sky and The Dreamers. A documentary No End Travelling, which had its premiere during this year`s Cannes festival, presents the last interview Sesti made with Bertolucci. It took place short before the director`s death, and it became a symbolic farewell to him. The Italian filmmaker brings back his nostalgic memories of the most important moments in his film career. He tells about the initial successes among the international critics, the collaboration with Marlon Brando, who played the main character in the controversial The Last Tango in Paris (1972), as well as the night of the Oscar gala when his The Last Emperor received the award for the best film (1987).
Still from the movie "Franco Zeffirelli – Directing from Life"
Franco Zeffirelli – Directing from Life, on the other hand, is an engaging documentary by a British author of television programs Chris Hunt. It is also a film epitaph to another filmmaker from sunny Italy, Franco Zeffirelli and a story of his life, art and inspirations. The Italian director, who died on 15 July, 2019, at the age of 96, became famous mostly for his film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays such as The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Othello (1986) or Hamlet (1990), as well as legendary operas including La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Pagliacci.  Two years before Zeffirelli’s death, Hunt visited the director’s house in Rome, where he made numerous interviews with him and such personalities from the world of cinema, theatre and opera who collaborated with him as Placido Domingo, Robert Powell and Judi Dench. The documentary, which was additionally enriched with fragments of interviews, operas, films and stage plays of the Italian artist, portrays a true Reneissance man.

Feature animated films at the 26th IFF Etiuda&Anima

Program of the 26th Etiuda&Anima Festival is filled with film attractions to the brim. Apart from animated shorts included in the competition screenings, there will also be a lot of projections of feature length productions. Having our festival audience in mind, every year we present some extremely interesting, in our opinion, animated films of the last season. There’s something unique and special for everyone!

Still from the movie "Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles"
Etiuda&Anima 2019 will provide our festival audience with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see some unconventional feature animated films. These productions have been presented at some of the most important foreign film festivals where they were praised by both the critics and the jury members granting prestigious film awards to them.
Still from the movie "Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles"
Etiuda&Anima Festival, starting on 19 November, 2019 in Krakow, will be inaugurated with a festive presentation of a film titled Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (directed by Salvador Simo Busom), awarded at, among others, Malaga Film Festival. The animated adaptation of a comic book by Fermín Solís depicts the circumstances in which the Spanish director Luis Buñuel made the only documentary in his whole career – Land Without Bread from 1933. This colourful animation, inlaid with surreal motifs from Salvador Dali’s paintings, includes fragments of Buñuel’s original documentary. The whole constitutes an interesting alternative to the formula of biographical film. It is a must-see for all the experts in the history of cinema as well as the enthusiasts of the Spanish culture.
Still from the movie "The Swallows of Kabul"
This year’s Etiuda&Anima progam also includes The Swallows of Kabul (directed by Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobé Mévellec), presented at the Cannes Festival. The plot of this poetically narrated animation takes place in summer of 1998 in the capital of Afghanistan, soon after the Talib fundamentalists came to power there. It is a melodramatic story of two couples whose fates intertwine in tragic circumstances, told with the use of pastel colours tellingly contrasting with a sad reflection on the subject of an individual’s social and political enslavement.
Still from the movie "Ruben Brandt, Collector"
We also have an ideal animation for all the cinema lovers, admirers of fine arts and enthusiasts of psychoanalysis. Ruben Brandt, Collector (directed by Milorad Krstić) is a crime story taking place in the world of cubistic shapes which cleverly combines postmodern references to mass and the so-called high culture. The greater the knowledge about the above mentioned disciplines is, the more fun it is for a viewer!
Still from the movie "Ruben Brandt, Collector"
The 26th Etiuda&Anima does not only comprise feature films for adults. We remember about the youngest viewers, too. It is for them that we prepare, among others, the screenings of a Danish film Checkered Ninja (directed by Anders Matthesen and Thorbjørn Christoffersen), as well as the third part of children’s beloved film series about titular Lotte - Lotte and the Lost Dragons (directed by Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits).      

26th edition of the International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima

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

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

Passes for the 26th IFF Etiuda&Anima

Passes for the 26th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima are on pre-sale now. The passes are available via Bilety24 website. We cordially invite you to make a purchase. 5 weeks left to the Festival.  

Prices of passes for the 26th IFF Etiuda&Anima November 19-24, 2019

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Anima competition – list of selected films –…

Photo from the film Entre sombras / Between the shadows, dir. Mónica Santos, Alice Guimarães, Portugal, France   We present a list of nominated films for the Anima Competition of the 26th Etiuda & Anima International Film Festival:

  1. 創造的進化 / Creative Evolution, reż./dir. Song Yungsung, Japonia/Japan 2019, 5'
  2. 妹妹 / Sister, reż./dir. Siqi Song, Chiny/China 2018, 8'12''
  3. 300 g/m2, reż./dir. Kamila Kučíková, Estonia, Słowacja/Estonia, Slovakia 2018, 5'33''
  4. A Bus, reż./dir. Wenyu Li, Chiny/China 2018, 6'36''
  5. Almost there, reż./dir. Nelly Michenaud, UK 2019, 8'44''
  6. Amelia & Saturnin, reż./dir. Daniel Zagórski, Polska/Poland 2019, 15'
  7. Black hole, reż./dir. Rutger van de Wiel, Holandia/Netherlands 2019, 1'25''
  8. Castle, reż./dir. Ryotaro Miyajima, Japonia/Japan 2019, 5'
  9. Coyote, reż./dir. Lorenz Wunderle, Szwajcaria/Switzerland 2018, 9'55''
  10. Desyat Etyuov v chernom / Ten sketches in black, reż./dir. Tatiana Kuznetsova, Masha Serebryakova, Nikolai Sh, Rosja/Russia 2018, 5'42''
  11. Deszcz / Rain, reż./dir. Piotr Milczarek, Polska/Poland 2019, 5'
  12. Devstvenniy veter / Virgin Wind, reż./dir. Sasha Svirsky, Rosja/Russia 2018, 2'57''
  13. Dont know what, reż./dir. Thomas Renoldner, Austria 2019, 8'07''
  14. Elu24 / Life24, reż./dir. Kristjan Holm, Estonia 2019, 9'
  15. Entre sombras / Between the shadows, reż./dir. Mónica Santos, Alice Guimarães, Portugalia, Francja/Portugal, France 2018, 13'25''
  16. Fight Club but with Tennis, reż./dir. Sylvie Le Couteur, Australia 2018, 3'04''
  17. Fisso, reż./dir. Raito Low Jing Yi, Tajwan/Taiwan 2018, 8'45''
  18. Fuenf / Five, reż./dir. Peter Kaboth, Niemcy/Germany 2019, 6'55''
  19. Good Intentions, reż./dir. Anna Mantzaris, UK 2018, 8'35''
  20. Gorgam-o-Gale Mibaram / Am I a Wolf?, reż./dir. Amir Houshang Moein, Iran 2018, 8'15''
  21. Hänen päänsä / Her Head, reż./dir. Emma Louhivuori, Finlandia/Finland 2019, 7'
  22. I have a problems, reż./dir. Zsuzsanna Debreczeni, Węgry/Hunagry 2018, 6'36''
  23. Inglitrompet / Angel's Trumpet, reż./dir. Martinus Klemet, Estonia 2019, 2'26''
  24. Intermission Expedition, reż./dir. Wiep Teeuwisse, Holandia/Netherlands 2019, 8'21''
  25. Jedan od mnogih / One of Many, reż./dir. Petra Zlonoga, Chorwacja/Croatia 2018, 5'32''
  26. Jim Zipper, reż./dir. Alexandre Roy, Kanada/Canada 2018, 2'
  27. JM, reż./dir. Stanisław Buczkowski, Polska/Poland 2019, 6'
  28. Kohannia / Deep Love, reż./dir. Mykyta Lyskov, Ukraina/Ukraine 2019, 14'
  29. Kõhkleja / The Hesitator, reż./dir. Katariin Mudist, Estonia 2019, 3'42''
  30. La Plongeuse / The Diver, reż./dir. Iulia Voitova, Francja/France 2018, 4'09''
  31. Lachfalten / Laugh Lines, reż./dir. Patricia Wenger, Szwajcaria/Switzerland 2018, 5'52''
  32. Le cortège / The Procession, reż./dir. Pascal Blanchet, Rodolphe Saint-Gelais, Kanada/Canada 2019, 11'23''
  33. Lola zhivaya kartoshka / Lola the living potato, reż./dir. Leonid Shmelkov, Rosja, Francja/Russia, France 2018, 17'18''
  34. Machine Gun Mama, reż./dir. Justine Klaiber, Marwan Eissa, Szwajcaria/Switzerland 2018, 1'20''
  35. Matches, reż./dir. Géza M. Tóth, Węgry/Hungary 2019, 11'25''
  36. Medium rare, reż./dir. Luca Cioci, USA, Włochy/USA, Italy 2018, 4'35''
  37. Memorie di Alba / Alba's Memories, reż./dir. Maria Steinmetz, Andrea Martignoni, Włochy, Niemcy/Italy, Germany 2019, 6'20''
  38. Miam Miam / Yum Yum, reż./dir. Mathilde Pepinster, Belgia/Belgium 2018, 2'24''
  39. Movements, reż./dir. Dahee Jeong, Korea Płd./South Korea 2019, 10'15''
  40. Mr Feaar / Mr fear, reż./dir. Pablo Rafael Roldán, Ezequiel Torres, Argentyna/Argentina 2019, 4'33''
  41. Muedra, reż./dir. Cesar Diaz Melendez, Hiszpania/Spain 2019, 8'50''
  42. Not Today, reż./dir. Marine Jacob, Belgia/Belgium 2018, 5'20''
  43. Ostatnia wieczerza / Last supper, reż./dir. Piotr Dumała, Polska/Poland 2019, 13'
  44. Passage, reż./dir. Anja Sidler, Szwajcaria/Switzerland 2019, 7'
  45. Portret Suzanne / Portrait of Suzanne, reż./dir. Izabela Plucińska, Polska, Niemcy, Francja/Poland, Germany, France 2019, 15'
  46. Prelazak / Passage, reż./dir. Igor Coric, Serbia 2019, 6'50''
  47. Pupa, reż./dir. Namiko Ishidate, Japonia/Japan 2019, 3'
  48. Roughhouse, reż./dir. Jonathan Hodgson, Francja, UK/France, UK 2018, 15'35''
  49. Saigon sur Marne, reż./dir. Aude Ha Leplège, Belgia/Belgium 2019, 14'12''
  50. Schovka / Hide N Seek, reż./dir. Barbora Halířová, Czechy/Czech Republic 2019, 6'55''
  51. Silence, reż./dir. Isis Leterrier, Francja/France 2019, 9'50''
  52. Still Alive, reż./dir. Dennis Tupicoff, Australia 2018, 5'52''
  53. Story, reż./dir. Jola Bańkowska, Polska/Poland 2018, 5'
  54. Suggestion of least resistance, reż./dir. Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot, Dania, Austria/Denmark, Austria 2019, 5'25''
  55. Sweet Sweat, reż./dir. Jung Hyun Kim, Estonia 2018, 6'13''
  56. The Levers, reż./dir. Boyoung Kim, Korea Płd./South Korea 2018, 9'25''
  57. The Lonely Orbit, reż./dir. Frederic Siegel, Benjamin Morard, Szwajcaria/Switzerland 2019, 9'20''
  58. The Physics of Sorrow, reż./dir. Theodore Ushev, Kanada/Canada 2019, 27'06''
  59. The piece of tail in the mouth of the snake that bites its own tail, reż./dir. Pablo Martínez Ballarín, Estonia, Hiszpania/Estonia, Spain 2019, 11'50''
  60. Toiduahel / Food Chain, reż./dir. Liis Kokk, Mari Kivi, Estonia 2018, 8'30''
  61. Udahnut zivot / Imbued Life, reż./dir. Ivana Bosnjak, Thomas Johnson, Chorwacja/Croatia 2019, 12'15''
  62. Une famille dysfonctionnelle / A Dysfunctional Family, reż./dir. Alexandre Fatta, Kanada/Canada 2018, 5'20''
  63. Untravel, reż./dir. Ana Nedeljkovic, Nikola Majdak Jr., Serbia, Słowacja/Serbia, Slovakia 2018, 9'25''
  64. Vitae Azilia, reż./dir. Joanna Wapniewska, Polska/Poland 2019, 7'14''
  65. West Question East Answer, reż./dir. Dal Park, UK 2018, 6'26''
  66. Who are you?, reż./dir. Julio Pot, Chile 2018, 13'28''
  67. Wieczór / Sunset, reż./dir. Marcin Giżycki, Polska/Poland 2019, 3'15''

Etiuda competition – list of selected films –…

Photo from the film Bitten, dir. Helena Oborska, Poland   We present a list of 29 films from 15 countries qualified for the ETIUDA 2019 competition:

  1. A Life from Death/Elämä kuolemasta, reż./dir. Tuuli Teelahti, ELO Film School Helsinki, Finland/Finlandia, 20''07''
  2. A Siege/Ostrom, reż./dir. István Kovács, University of Theatre and Film Arts of Budapest, Hungary/Węgry, 23'21''
  3. A Waking/离思, reż./dir. Clare Chong, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore/Singapur, 16'36''
  4. Bitten/Ukąszenie, reż./dir. Helena Oborska, Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa Telewizyjna i Teatralna w Łodzi, Poland/Polska, 24'13''
  5. Blowing in the Wind/紙飛機, reż/dir. Zhuang Shitu, NTUA Deapratment of Motion Picture, Taiwan/Tajwan, 24'59''
  6. Bubble Gummed Girl/Kaugummiblase, reż./dir. Anja Gurres, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany/Niemcy, 25'12''
  7. Cows Can’t Swim/Kühe können nicht schwimmen, reż./dir. Jonas Möllmann, Fachhochschule Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany/Niemcy, 22'47''
  8. The Crossword/Krzyżówka, reż./dir. Jan Bujnowski, Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa Telewizyjna i Teatralna w Łodzi, Poland/Polska, 14'52''
  9. Dante vs Muhammed Ali, reż./dir. Marc Wagenaar, Nederlandse Filmacademie, Netherlands/Holandia, 28'11''
  10. Departures/Partenze, reż./dir. Nicolas Morganti Patrignani, Roma Film Academy, Italy/Włochy, 10'00''
  11. Fascinatrix, reż./dir. Justyna Mytnik, Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa Telewizyjna i Teatralna w Łodzi, Poland/Polska, 18'26''
  12. Heaven’s Meadow/Am Himmal, reż./dir. Magdalena Chmielewska, Filmacademie Wien, Austria/Austria, 29'56''
  13. JR, reż./dir. Nicolasa Ruiz, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Mexico/Meksyk, 20'28''
  14. Last Call, reż./dir. Hajni Kis, University of Theatre and Film Arts of Budapest, Hungary/Węgry, 27'18''
  15. Lily’s Pain Store/莉莉的疼痛商店, reż./dir. Chen Li, New York University Tish School of Arts Asia, China/Chiny, 24'45''
  16. Living it Up/Красиво жить, reż./dir. Yaroslav Lebedev, Moscow Film School, Russia/Rosja, 17'58''
  17. Lolo, reż./dir. Michał Piotrowski, Wydział Radia i Telewizji im. Krzysztofa Kieślowskiego Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, Poland/Polska, 12'08''
  18. The Mammalian Reflex/El reflejo del mamífero, reż./dir. Flavia Martínez, Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, Mexico/Meksyk, 27'25''
  19. My Mother’s Words/La Chatouilleuse d’Oreilles, reż./dir. Nanni, Institut national supérieur des arts du spectacle et des techniques de diffusion, LUCA - School of Arts, Beijing Film Academy, Belgium/Belgia, 24'25''
  20. Pinky Promises/Das Mensch, reż./dir. Sophie Linnenbaum, Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Germany/Niemcy, 16'55''
  21. Refuge, reż./dir. Federico Spiazzi, Columbia University, United States/Stany Zjednoczone, 9'54''
  22. Seeds of Deceit /Het Zaad van Karbaat, reż./dir. Miriam Guttmann, Nederlandse Filmacademie, Netherlands/Holandia, 21'22''
  23. Strawberry Boys, reż./dir. Michał Toczek, Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa Telewizyjna i Teatralna w Łodzi, Poland/Polska, 20'38''
  24. Till the End of the World/Tot het einde van de wereld, reż./dir. Florence Bouvy, Nederlandse Filmacademie, Netherlands/Holandia, 26'33''
  25. The Turtle Cave/Jaskinia żółwi, reż./dir. Klaudia Folga, Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa Telewizyjna i Teatralna w Łodzi, Poland/Polska, 20'33''
  26. The Weeping Woman/La Llorona, reż./dir. Rosana Cuellar, Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, Germany/Niemcy, 28'28''
  27. Who Sank Your Ships?/מה קרה ילדה? טבעו לך הספינות, reż./dir. Ella Kohn, Tel Aviv University, Israel/Izrael, 24'34 ''
  28. The Vibrant Village, reż./dir. Weronika Jurkiewicz, Universidade Lusófona, University of Theatre and Film Arts of Budapest, LUCA - School of Arts, Hungary/Węgry, 6'55''
  29. Xiao Xian/小贤, reż./dir. Jiajie Yu Yan, Centro Internacional de Fotografía y Cine, Spain/Hiszpania, 17'06''
 

Myriam Prongué – a true culture animator –…

It is with great sadness that we inform you that on 18 April, 2019, Myriam Prongué, our friend and a cultural manager who always had a strong bond with Krakow, passed away. The sad news about the death of Myriam Prongué, a former director of Krakow’s office of Pro Helvetia Foundation, that took place on 18 April, 2019 in Switzerland, reached our office with some delay, probably due to the Easter break.  This painful information makes me think of the very first years of our festival’s existence in the 1990s, when the project of an event devoted to film education and works of art and film school students was met with far greater understanding among the foreign partners than Polish cultural institutions and departments. One of the people and representatives of the institutions supporting Etiuda festival already during the very first years of its activity was Myriam herself, who as Pro Helvetia’s delegate, implemented in our part of Europe a program of cultural exchange called East-West. Having taking over the Krakow-based office of the Swiss foundation, she continued, among others, the collaboration with Rotunda - the Jagiellonian University’s Film Society of that time, on organization of events and issuing publications (”Andriej Tarkowski”, ”Siergiej Paradżanow”), supported the fledgling International Film Festival Etiuda and finally, what was probably the greatest achievement, helped to make the first six editions of Krakow Animated Film Workshops in 1996-1998 happen. The workshops were the initiative of three persons: prof. Jerzy Kucia (Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow), Bogusław Zmudziński (Rotunda Film Society), and Myriam Prongué. Thanks to generous support of Pro Helvetia, the event reached international level and became highly valued by the artistic community already at its start. It hosted world-renowned artists and outstanding pedagogues including Polish filmmakers - Mirosław Kijowicz, Piotr Kamler, Witold Giersz, Daniel Szczechura or Piotr Dumała, and foreign artists (invited to Krakow by the workshops’ host – Jerzy Kucia) - Nag Ansorge, Caroline Leaf, Georges Schwizgebel, Andriej Chrzanowski, Oksana Czerkasowa, Paul Driessen, Borivoj Dovniković Bordo and Christine Panuschka. Their students during these six 8-day long meetings were young people who had been carefully selected from hundreds of applicants from all over the world. Today, after many years, it is clear how high the level of the workshops was – this is proved by the careers of its participants, many of whom are now highly valued artists. Among them there are:  Ulo Pikkova and Priit Tender from Estonia, Michal Struss from Slovakia, Basil Vogt from Switzerland, Geza M. Toth from Hungary, and the laureates of the Grand Prix of our festival’s Anima competition: Svetlana Filippova from Russia and Claudius Gentinetta from Switzerland. Myriam was throughout all that time very involved in the development of this undertaking. Even though it was theatre rather than film that she was most passionato about, she was fully devoted to the project which proved to be so important at the time when Polish animation was going through a crisis and getting finances for events of such rank was simply impossible. Regarding Krakow as one of the capital of the world’s animation, she kept on insiting on calling this truly international event with a local name – Krakow Animated Film Workshops. Three years after the East-West programme was finished, Myriam left Poland. The workshops initiated by her continued to take place, however, just as our festival did. This event was from its very beginning focused on promoting film education and, what’s especially crucial in that context, artistic animated film, which has been for many years now expressed directly in its new name - Etiuda&Anima. When I saw Myriam for the last time in 2017 during a jubilee meeting on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the International Animated Film Workshops, she told me frankly that in the first years of its existence, she had never expected this initiative to continua up till today. Myriam Prongué – a genuine manager of culture and enthusiast of Krakow will always be remembered by her Polish friends.  

Bogusław Zmudziński Artistic Director of the IFF Etiuda&Anima

 

Propaganda, Ideology, Animation. Twisted Dreams of History –…

Propaganda, Ideology, Animation. Twisted Dreams of History

Publication cover

Editors: Olga Bobrowska, Michał Bobrowski, Bogusław Zmudziński Publisher: AGH University of Science and Technology Press Published in cooperation with: Fundacja Promocji Kultury Artystycznej, Filmowej i Audiowizualnej Etiuda&Anima The publication is a part of the project “Twisted Dreams of History. V4 Perspective on Propaganda, Ideology and Animation”, supported by the International Visegrad Fund – Project #21720353 Language of publication: English Number of pages: 256 ISBN 978-83-66016-81-1 Krakow 2019   Free access to the publication! The publication is released in a free open access mode on-line below [sdm_download id="15603" fancy="0"] The publication in print is delivered for free to various European and worldwide cultural and educational institutions as well as delivered to the interested Readers upon request sent at stoptrikfestival@gmail.com (cost shipping on the behalf of the Reader). Additionally, it is possible to obtain a printed copy at the book presentations held on various animated film festivals and cultural events. Follow the route of the book presentations on www.etiudaandanima.pl, www.stoptrik.com and our social media!   Key words: Soviet and post-Soviet animation; Nazi Germany animated propaganda; Cold War era American live-action and animation; Maoist animation; Polish avant-garde and Polish School of Animation; documentary approach in Hungarian animation; Jan Švankmajer; Zagreb School of Animation; Serbian animation from 1940s to 2000s; Gender-oriented language of resistance in animation; European integration and co-productions; Animation as a weapon.   About the publication The monograph regards the history and contemporaneity of animated film through a prism of the ideological entanglement of this medium. The editors have invited film scholars and critics to reflect upon the dangerous liaisons between animation art and official propaganda. Propaganda that uses the intrinsically symbolic and synthetic language of animated film, may be utilized as a perfect "laboratory", allowing us to study the essence of manipulation, of rhetorical modes and of strategies of persuasion. The subject of art in service of ideology and propaganda requires a concentration on the egalitarian mainstream forms of animated film, such as children’s films and feature-length commercial production. Nonetheless, some of the texts refer to art-house animated shorts that combine personal commentaries on political issues with the reinterpretation and reconceptualization of propagandistic themes and styles. The authors study animated production against the background of historical and political contexts that include: Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, USA and Eastern European satellite countries during Cold War, Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany, People's Republic of China under Mao Zedong, Marshal Tito's Yugoslavia and its dramatic breakup, contemporary condition of  European integration. The contributors represent cultural diversity and differentiated research approaches as they come from various academic and cultural environments (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia, China, Greece/Estonia, Russia/USA, Bulgaria/Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Sweden). Next to the papers written by the scholars of highly acknowledged status in worldwide Animation Studies (e.g. Mikhail Gurevich, Midhat Ajanović Ajan), we publish articles of the young generation of academics and film culture activists (e.g. Anna Ida Orosz, Jiří Neděla), as well as a manifesto of the 2017 Oscar-nominated animated film artist Theodore Ushev. The volume “Propaganda, Ideology, Animation” is a second part in the series “Twisted Dreams”. The first one, “Obsession, Perversion, Rebellion. Twisted Dreams of Central European Animation” (2016), was focused on the dissident and counter-cultural features of animated film that undermine social and political taboos. We drew upon Theodor Adorno's famous claim that mass culture may be described as 'psychoanalysis in reverse' for its ultimate goal is to anesthetize the anguish of critical reflection and to immerse the masses in the void of collective vacuity. In the current volume we attempt to switch the perspective. The contributors were asked to proceed with critical investigations into the political factors determining production processes as well as the form and content of animation. Moreover, they were encouraged to study ideologies and political doctrines of the previous and current century's global regimes reflected in the mirror of animated productions. If mass culture is psychoanalysis in reverse, then propaganda can be called 'behaviourism at full speed’, for it undertakes the task of controlling the behaviours of societies and nations. Regardless of their ideological backbones, the propaganda messages produced by 20th  and 21st century political systems are based upon rather similar theoretical and methodological assumptions. From its very beginnings, animation has been used as a convenient channel to transmit ideology. Complex artistic works, educational children’s films, simple commercials – all of them have been incorporated into propaganda apparatuses upholding various political systems. The engineers of social order developed its effectiveness and transformed it into a powerful weapon of agitation and manipulation. After a period of stagnation in the 1990s and 2000s, in the following decade, animated propaganda seems to have entered a Renaissance phase. The echoes of 20th century propaganda reverberate in phantasmagoric discourses of populist prophets who unite their followers around great dualisms spread from inclusive values of pride and devotion to exclusive feelings of fear and hatred. Contemporary readers may benefit greatly from discovering and deconstructing the propaganda messages, especially since the logic of the Cold War, based on absolute ideological polarization, has made its reappearance in the ideological war between European nationalisms and Islamic fundamentalisms, and in the escalating trade wars between the USA and China.   Excerpts from the academic reviews The texts collected in the revived volume are undoubtedly a valuable contribution to animation studies that enriches both Polish and world subject literature with many new thoughts and findings. Among the authors there are such outstanding and acknowledged experts in the field of animation studies as Mikhail Gurevich or Midhat Ajanović Ajan. The volume's biggest advantage is that it may serve both film scholars and regular animation aficionados who may learn about such distinguished artists as Lotte Reiniger or Jan Švankmajer. It should also be noted that the volume's erudite introduction in many cases supplements the content of particular texts with a deeper reflection.
  • Professor Marcin Giżycki (Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA and Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology, Warsaw, Poland)
  The book analyses the historical and political contexts of animated film as well as its entanglement in propagandist manipulation and ideological dependence. (...) However, I am convinced that the entire publication has another, "subcutaneous" dimension. From a certain perspective this publication may be read as a demand for artistic freedom. Freedom that allows to express views, to argue against them and to create awareness of problems. The book makes one feel that despite propaganda and the ideological corsets, the freedom of art is possible.
  • Professor Robert Sowa (Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland)
  Contents PART 1: THE EMPIRES Mikhail Gurevich (independent scholar, USA/ Russia), Teasing the Sacred Cows to the End of History: Appropriation of Emblematic Imagery in Late- and Post-Soviet Animation   Michał Bobrowski (Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin), Ideological Hall of Mirrors. Reflections of Soviet Propaganda in American Propaganda of the 1940s and 1950s Michał Mróz (University of Warsaw), “Propaganda à la fairy tale” in the Third Reich Olga Bobrowska (Jagiellonian University in Krakow), Maoist Remoulding of the Legend of Monkey King, or Analyzing Ideological Implications of Wan Laiming’s “Havoc in Heaven”   PART 2: THE SATELLITES Magdalena Krzosek-Hołody (University of Warsaw), City. Mass. Machine. Urban Dystopia and the Nostalgia for Nature in Polish Animated Film of the Post-War Era Anna Ida Orosz (Budapest Eötvös Lóránd University, ELTE), Collages from the Underground. How documentary methods emerged in Hungarian animation during the 1960s Jiří Neděla (Palacký University, Olomouc), Elements of Propaganda in Jan Švankmajer’s Film “The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia” Bogusław Zmudziński (AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow), Jan Švankmajer against Ideology and Propaganda   PART 3: THE THIRD ROAD Midhat Ajanović Ajan  (University West in Trollhättan), Little Man at the Turn of the Worlds: A View of the Origin, History and the Ideological Foundation of the Phenomenon of the Zagreb School of Animated Film Milen Alempijević (Cultural Centre of Čačak), Serbian Animation: From Political Joke to Paradigm   PART 4: THE INDIVIDUALS Guo Chunning (Renmin University of China in Beijing), The Echo of Women through Silent Paper Cut-Out Animation: “Scissorhands” Lotte Reiniger’s Reflection through Body Language Vassilis Kroustallis (Ionian University in Corfu), In and out of Europe: Translocality and Cultural Hybridity In “Crulic: The Path to Beyond” (2011) Theodore Ushev (filmmaker, Canada), A-Z manifesto 2017 (Animation as a weapon)   About the editors Olga Bobrowska Born in 1987. She is a PhD candidate in Film Studies at Jagiellonian University, Kraków, specialized in classic Chinese animated film and an author of academic articles on the subjects of Polish and Chinese animation. She is a festival director and co-founder of StopTrik International Film Festival (Maribor, Slovenia; Lodz, Poland), a festival dedicated to stop motion animation. She frequently collaborates with other festivals, among them Animateka (Ljubljana), Etiuda&Anima (Krakow), Krakow Film Festival. Film programmes she curated were presented at various festivals and events in e.g. Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, The Netherlands, Finland and China. Her reviews and critiques were published in film magazines such as “Kino”, “Ekrany”, “Zippy Frames” and “ASIFA Magazine”. In 2016 she co-edited the monograph “Obsession Perversion Rebellion. Twisted Dreams of Central European Animation”.   Michał Bobrowski Lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities at the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. In 2010 he obtained PhD in Film Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. In 2012 he published a book “Akira Kurosawa: The Artist of the Borderlands”. In 2016 he co-edited a monograph “Obsession. Perversion. Rebellion. Twisted Dreams of Central European Animation”. He is a Programme Director and a co-founder of StopTrik International Film Festival (Slovenia/Poland), an event dedicated to stop motion animation. He works with various European festivals and cinema institutions as a curator, educator and cultural activist. He wrote numerous academic and popular articles devoted to classic Japanese and American cinema as well as animation.   Bogusław Zmudziński, PhD Bogusław Zmudziński, lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities at the AGH – University of Science and Technology (AGH – Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza) in Kraków. Author and editor of numerous publications on original film, including a series of monographs on outstanding European filmmakers, among others: Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog, Roman Polański, Ingmar Bergman, Siergiej Paradżanow, Andriej Tarkowski, Michelangelo Antonioni. For many years he has been conducting research on original animated film, in particular on the artistic output of the Czech surrealist, Jan Švankmajer. Founder and – since its creation – Artistic Director of the International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima, dedicated to the works of students of film and art schools from around the world and to original and artistic animation. One of the initiators and co-organizers of International Animated Film Workshop, held in Kraków since 1996. Originator and organizer of the 2010 global poll to choose the top 50 artistic animations created in the halfcentury of the existence of Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (ASIFA). Member of ASIFA and the Polish Filmmakers Association.   About the publishing house http://www.wydawnictwo.agh.edu.pl/en/ The AGH University of Science and Technology Press was established in the early 50s of the XX century. The scope of activities of the Publishers includes publishing of scripts and academic textbooks, scientific periodicals and aperiodic dissertations and monographs. Currently about 60 books and 13 scientific journals with a total circulation of about 20,000 copies are being published every year. AGH journals appear in two formats: traditional (paper) and electronic. The latter is created through OJS system (Open Journal Systems) implemented in 2013 – software allowing to manage the publishing process via a website and enabling common (open) access to previously published articles. A tool improving identification of scientific publications available in the digital environment is also the DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) – since 2012 all AGH journals, as well as various single articles published in those journals, are accompanied by an individual number registered in the CrossRef database. The published items are recognized on the specialist book market for their high substantive and editorial level. Their recipients are mainly scientists, specialists in various fields of industry and students of majors and specializations conducted by the AGH University. AGH Publishers systematically participate in Wroclaw Scientific Book Fair, Scientific Book Fair in Krakow, Academic and Scientific Book Fair ACADEMIA in Warsaw, Poznan not only Scientific Book Days, as well as exhibitions (London Exhibition of Polish Scientific Books in 2010, Paris Exhibition of Polish Scientific Books in 2011, Munich Exhibition of Polish Scientific Books in 2012). Many of our publications had been awarded or distinguished during competitions accompanying those fairs.

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:    

25th IFF ETIUDA&ANIMA – The First Quarter of…

This year's 25th edition of the International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima provided a unique link between the past – by commemorating remarkable filmmakers, the present – by focusing on the promotion and talent-spotting, and the future – by opening the discussion about the animation in the 21st century, its synergy with new media, and its development in Poland.

Jubilee cake 25. IFF Etiuda & Anima
The crossing of this three time periods was made possible by many screenings of both the critically acclaimed works and those yet unrecognised, as well as the discussions between the audience and renowned filmmakers, such as: prof. Ewa Braun, Steven Woloshen, Virgil Widrich, Paul Driessen, Łukasz Ronduda, Wojciech Bąkowski, Űlo Pikkov, Aurel Klimt and many more. This exceptional union was supported by workshops and industry events, including the debate on the condition of artistic animation in Poland, legal workshops, and the meeting about the art of pitching. The Official Opening of the Festival took place on Tuesday. During the opening gala at the Kijów Centrum cinema, there was a screening of the iconic music animation: “Yellow Submarine” directed by George Dunning, which took the audience on a magic journey into sixties. We also began ANIMA and ETIUDA competition screening, and provided the audience with the opportunity to see the works awarded on the past editions. The second day started with the conference: “Animation, feature, documentary film – on the synergy of connections”, which opened the debate on the evolution of the forms of animation. We were screening the documentary about Miloš Forman, and “Seder-Masochism”the sarcastic work by the American animator Nina Paley. We've started the ANIMA.PL competition, and the series “Self-portraits of Animation Authors”, opened by the meeting with Paul Driessen – the author of the Oscar nominated film – “3 Misses”. This day, we've begin the “Between the Media” meetings with artists involved in multimedia, and welcomed our special guest – Wojciech Bąkowski. On the third day of the festival, animation lovers had the unique opportunity to see wonderful short films by Jan  Švankmajer, and a nominee for the Golden Lion award – “Another Day of Life”, by Damian Nenow i Raúl de la Fuente. At the Kijów Centrum cinema, we've watched the Czech animation, “Laika” and met with its author, Aurel Klimt. Children were entertained by the screening of “Jacek and Placek” (dir. Leszek Gałysz), and “Tito and the Birds” (dir. Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, André Catoto). We've prepared some other meetings and workshops, such as: „From an etude to a feature, or about a film debut”, and “Listening to a hologram? Animated music bands”. The day ended with the screening of one of the most important documentary –  “Oratorio for Prague Seven Days to Remember” (dir. Jan Němec), containing the footage from the Soviet-led invasion of Prague in 1968. On the fourth day, we presented Jan Švankmajer with the award commemorating the jubilee of IFF Etiuda&Anima, and screened his latest film – “Insect”. We've also marked the 90th anniversary of the birth of Polish animator, Jan Lenica, by screening his animation – “Adam 2”. We had the pleasure of meeting our special guest  –  Űlo Pikkov, an award-winning animator and producer. On Friday, you could attend the workshops on the art of pitching, led by Anna Szczerbińska, and also the workshops for aspiring filmmakers, followed by the screening of competition films,  Papaya Young Directors. At the National Museum, there was a debate on the condition of author and artistic animation in Poland with the participation of Polish Filmmakers Association. On Saturday we’ve presented the autobiografical comedy by Janusz Kondratiuk – “Fighting Like Cat and Dog”, and stop motion with references to Chilean folklore, by Cristóbal León and Joaquin Cociña – “The Wolf House”. The last but one day of the festival made it possible for the animation lovers to create on their own with a non-camera technique, tutored by the Canadian filmmaker, Steven Woloshen. In the evening we participated in the Offical Closing of the Festival, during which we've met the laureates of ETIUDA, ANIMA, and ANIMA.PL competitions. The Golden Dinosaur for the best etude was presented to Zoel Aeschbacher for “Bonobo”. The Golden Jabberwocky went to Morten Tšinakov and Lucija Mrzljak for “A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts”, and the Golden Żmij was presented to Marta Pajek for “III”. The Színház- és Filmművészeti Egyetem (Budapest, Hungary) was awarded the title of the best film school. The Special Golden Dinosaur was awarded to prof. Ewa Braun for her contribution to the education of aspiring filmmakers and her extraordinary film work. The last day of the festival started with the animation workshops for children, led by Grupa Smacznego, and ended with the awarded films screening at the Gwarek Club. As a result, we've instilled the children with love for animation, and reinforced the adults' commitment to the festival, hoping that they would be eagerly anticipating the next year's edition. We invite those who miss the Etiuda&Anima already, to visit our YouTube channel where you can watch the chronicle of the festival. Thank you for your presence and contribution! See you next year! The 26th edition of the International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima will take place from the 19th to 24th of November 2019.

26th IFF Etiuda&Anima Poster

WE KNOW VERDICT OF 25TH IFF ETIUDA&ANIMA!

“Bonobo” (dir. Zoel Aeschbacher) is the Winner of Golden Dinosaur, “A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts” (dir. Morten Tšinakov and Lucija Mrzljak) is the Winner of Golden Jabberwocky and “III” (dir. Marta Pajek) is the Winner of Golden Żmij!

Kraków, November 24th 2018    

ETIUDA COMPETITION
Grand Prix – Golden Dinosaur – BONOBO, dir. Zoel Aeschbacher, Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne, Switzerland Silver Dinosaur – IN A MONTH / Om en Måned, dir. Jonas Kærup Hjort, Den Danske Filmskole, Denmark Bronze Dinosaur – BLUE SUMMER SYMPHONY / Freibadsinfonie, DIR.  Sinje Köhler, Filmakademie Baden Württemberg, Germany Special Golden Dinosaur for the best film school – Színház- és Filmművészeti Egyetem (Budapest)  

Honorary Diplomas:

THE BLACKGOD / CZARNOBÓG, dir. Grzegorz Paprzycki, Wydział Radia i Telewizji Uniwersytetu Śląskiego w Katowicach, Poland EXCUSE ME, I’M LOOKING FOR THE PING-PONG ROOM AND MY GIRLFRIEND / Entschuldigung, Ich Suche Den Tischtennisraum und Meine Freundin, reż. Bernhard Wenger, Filmakademie Wien, Austria SLEEPLESS / Desvelo, DIR. Juan Pablo Polanco Carranza, Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid, Spain   Award for the best cinematography for students from the Visegrad Group countries (including Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) funded by Heliograf company – Tomasz Gajewski („HEIMAT”, dir. Emi Buchwald) Award of the Jury Fédération Internationale des Ciné-Clubs – FICC – SCHOOLYARD BLUES / Skolstartssorg, dir. Maria Eriksson-Hecht, Stockholms Dramatiska Högskola, Sweden  

Honorary Diplomas:

IN A MONTH / Om en Måned, dir. Jonas Kærup Hjort, Den Danske Filmskole, Denmark TAMA / THE DAM, dir. Natalia Koniarz, Wydział Radia i Telewizji Uniwersytetu Śląskiego w Katowicach, Poland   Student Jury Award – EXCUSE ME, I’M LOOKING FOR THE PING-PONG ROOM AND MY GIRLFRIEND / Entschuldigung, Ich Suche Den Tischtennisraum und Meine Freundin, dir. Bernhard Wenger, Filmakademie Wien, Austria Audience Award – STAŚ, dir. Jeremi Dobrzański, AMA Film Academy, Poland    
ANIMA COMPETITION
Grand Prix – Golden Jabberwocky – A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts / Briljantsuse Demonstratsioon Neljas Vaatuses, dir. Morten Tšinakov and Lucija Mrzljak, Estonia Silver Jabberwocky – Squaring the Circle, dir. Karolina Specht, Poland Bronze Jabberwocky –  MUTEUM, dir. Äggie Pak Yee Lee, Estonia  

Honorary Diplomas:

MITYA’S LOVE / Митиналюбовь, dir. Svetlana Filippova, Russia ENOUGH, dir. Anna Mantzaris, The Great Britain   Special Golden Jabberwocky for the best student etude in ANIMA 2018 competition – A Blink of an Eye / Augenblicke, dir. Kiana Naghshineh, Germany Student Jury Award  – MITYA’S LOVE / Митиналюбовь, dir. Svetlana Filippova, Russia Audience Award – Animal Behaviour, dir. Alison Snowden and David Fine, Canada    
ANIMA.PL COMPETITION
Grand Prix – Golden Żmij – III, dir. Marta Pajek Silver Żmij – YEAR, dir. Małgorzata Bosek-Serafińska Bronze Żmij – EATSELF, dir. Edyta Adamczak  

Honorary Diplomas:

ROOM – dir. Michał Socha   Special Golden Żmij for the best student etude in ANIMA.PL 2018 competition – YOU ARE OVERREACTING, dir. Karina Paciorkowska ASIFA Poland Award - Julian Antonisz's original chropografia – WHERE THE SLEEPE IS BORN, dir. Grzegorz Bugaj Student Jury Award  – COLAHOLIC, dir. Marcin Podolec Audience Award – COLAHOLIC, dir. Marcin Podolec