Selfies and portraits or “Self-Portraits of animators”

During this year's edition of the Etiuda & Anima Film Festival, viewers will have the opportunity to look at the work of prominent entertainers who represent diametrically different styles, aesthetics and themes. Kraków will host the youthfulness and nonchalance of Kaspar Jancis, the feminism and intransigence of Signe Baumane and the mystery and sophistication of the Brothers Quay caught by Christopher Nolan.

autoportrets, selfies

 “Self-Portraits of animators” is one of the most interesting events of Etiuda & Anima. They are  interactive performances in which the artist reveals the techniques of his/her work to the audience,  and allows participating in the creative act - the public can watch through the next stages of animation thanks to a camera suspended over the table while listening to the author comments.

Kaspar Jancis, Etiuda&Anima guest / gość The first one to perform live will be the Estonian Kaspar Jancis. This rock and roll animator takes viewers on a ride with no breaks. The love for animation appeared during Jancis early childhood. In his youth he developed it in parallel with a passion for music -he was a member of rock groups, a songwriter and a producer. He studied animation at the Academy of Art and Media in Turku,  Finland. His artistic supervisor was Priit Pärn. Jancis is the author of the films: Weitzenberg Street (2002), Frank and Wendy (2003-2005), Marathon (2006), The Very Last Cigarette (2007), Crocodile (2009), Villa Antropoff (2012) and Piano (2015). Link to an article about Kaspar Jancis: Self-portraits of animators Part I - Kaspar Jancis November 24th (Tuesday) at 19.00, Malopolski Ogród Sztuki - large hall

The second self-portrait will be a live performance of Signe Baumane. Baumane is a Latvian artist  currently working in New York. Her work focuses on physicality and sexuality from a woman's perspective and the recent history of Eastern Europe. The artist blends traditional animation drawings of unrestrained imagination and controversial topics. She creates a kind of autobiography by reaching into her personal traumas and memory, but also reworks the collective memory.


Baumane is the author of the animated films Natasha (2001), Woman (2002), Denstist (2005), the series Teat Beat of Sex (2008), Birth (2009) and the full-length Rocks in My Pockets (2014). Link to an article about Signe Baumane:

Self-portraits of animators Part II - Signe Baumane November 24th (Wednesday) at 19.00, Malopolski Ogód Sztuki- large hall

Christopher Nolan, Quay Brothers The third self-portrait is remarkable because it's double. Viewers will be able to penetrate the sophisticated world of Stephen and Timothy Quay. Our cicerone will be no other but Christopher Nolan himself. The documentary looks into the Quay Brothers studio - an intimate space where for over 30 years they have been creating their animated fantasies. Their most famous works include: The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer (1984), Street of Crocodiles (1986) Rehearsals for Extinct anatomies (1986), Comb (1990) Anamorphosis (1991), In Absentia (2000), Museum of phantoms (2003) and The Mask (2010). The documentary will be accompanied by some of Quay Brothers animations selected by Nolan. We will see: Street of Crocodiles, In Absentia and Comb. It is worth noticing that all films will be shown in 35mm -that's the film format that the Quays have been using for recording. Link to an article about the Quay Brothers in Christopher Nolan's eyes: Self-portraits of animators Part III The Quay Brothers In 35 mm Curated by Christopher Nolan November 28th (Saturday) at 16.30, Rotunda

Latest feature animations at 22nd IFF Etiuda &…

Among entertaining productions of big studios, whose promotion has firepower of atomic bomb, artistic and non – commercial animations often are left unnoticed. Our festival gives viewers a chance to see great animated movies of last years. This year we present two titles from different cultural circles – Czech Little one from fish shop by Jan Balej and Japanese Giovanni’s Island by Muzho Nishikubo.

Andersen at our southern neighbors – Little one from fish shop (2015)

Despite the fact Czech republic doesn’t have access to sea, Czech creators can tell beautiful stories happening in the sea scenery. Jan Balej uses tale Han Christian Andersen’s tale Little mermaid about love of seas’ king’s daughter to human. He moves it to fishermen port, where life is dreary and dark and his citizens cynical. Title Little One, innocent being with crystal heart, falls in hopeless love with owner of the night club.

Maleńka ze sklepu rybnego, Jan Balej, Mała Syrenka

Czech creator’s work, created on ground of rich tradition, charms with animation. It’s one of the first of feature movies made in Czech republic that combined dolls with digital animation (stop motion and CGI). Balej creates grotesque, bizarre world, in which sensitive Little one lives her first, tragic love. The movie is completed by mood music of French composer Chapelier Fou.

Little From the Fish Shop (dir. Jan Balej, Czech/Slovakia/Germany 2015, 72’)

November 26th (Thursday), 9 pm., Małopolski Ogród Sztuki – Big room

Anime tale on exile – Giovanni’s Island (2014)

In hands of Japanese animation becomes a language able to tell inexpressible in other way trauma. Creators of anime can tell in their movies about painful moments from their homeland’s history. Polish viewers know productions of Ghiblii Studios, which in very moving way show experiences of Japanese m. al. : Grave of the Fireflies  (1988) by Isao Takahata, movies by Hayao Miyazaki – Hauru Moving Castle ( 2004), Ponyo (2008). This year at Etiuda & Anima will be shown Mizuho Nishikubo’s Giovanni’s Island from 2014, fits in wave of anime movies for adults, which Giovanni’s Island tell a story inspired by true events. Action of Nishikubo’s movie takes place shortly after World War II and concerns conflict between Japan and Russia about Kuril Islands, which Shikotan island belongs to. Main characters of the movie are two brothers, Junpei and Kanta, living on the island, whose life will be marked by experience of conflict between two countries. Movie story repeatedly alludes to extremely popular in Japan fairy tale novel by Kenji Miyazawa – Night on the Galactic Railroad.

Giovanni Island, anime

Giovanni’s Island (dir. Mizuho Mishikubo, Japan 2014, 102’)

November 27th (Friday), 9 pm., Małopolski Ogród Sztuki – Big room

Christopher Nolan meets the Quay Bothers in Kraków

Quay Brothers, Christopher Nolan

The Dark Knight of the cinema fell head over feet with the twin earthquakes tuners. The result of this artistic fascination with the work of Stephen and Timothy is the documentary Quay which we present at this year's Etiuda & Anima Festival. This documentary will be accompanied by Quay Brothers films selected by Nolan himself. In this short documentary, the first one in his directing career, Nolan looks into the Brothers studio - an intimate space where their animated fantasies arise. Stephen and Timothy Quay have been making films for over thirty years using puppets and stop-motion animation. Their art enchanted the world. The love for detail, breathtaking colors, textures and unusual camera operation, give the work of the Quay Brothers a unique and inimitable style. The artists draw inspiration from the cultural heritage of Central Europe. They refer to the writings of Franz Kafka, Bruno Schulz, Jan Potocki and Robert Walser, videos of Jan Švankmajer, Borowczyk, Jan Lenica, Yuri Norshteyn and Jiri Trnka. Their most famous titles include The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer (1984), Street of Crocodiles (1986) Rehearsals for extinct anatomies (1986), The Comb (1990) Anamorphosis (1991), In Absentia (2000), The Phantom Museum (2003) and The Mask (2010). The Quay Brothers have also featured in their legacy films with real actors: Institute Benjamenta (1995) and The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (2005). Polonica at Quay´s In their work Poland occupies a unique place. The literature of Polish writers Bruno Schulz and Stanislaw Lem became the cornerstone of scenarios for Street of Crocodiles and The Mask (realized in Lodz´s studio Se-ma-for). Also, the narrative of the already mentioned Street of Crocodiles and The Comb is conducted in Polish. In 2009, the brothers Quay created Inventorium of Traces in Poland with the participation of the Castle Museum in Łańcut. This documentary-animated film is a tribute to Jan Potocki, the eighteenth-century writer, adventurer and politician, author of The Manuscript Found in Saragossa. An associate of many years for the two brothers is Lech Jankowski who composed the music for The Street of Crocodiles, Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies, The Comb and Institute Benjamenta. Krzysztof Penderecki´s music has been used in Inventorium of Traces and The Mask. Their art also influenced the work of Polish animators like Borowczyk or Jan Lenica. During the 22nd Etiuda & Anima Film Festival, an extraordinary meeting of the artistic personality of Christopher Nolan and the Brothers Quay will take place - extremely different, but related in its unlimited and original imagination. THE QUAY BROTHERS IN 35 MM CURATED BY CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
  • In Absentia, director: Stephen & Timothy Quay, animation, UK, 2000, 19'
  • Quay, director: Christopher Nolan, documentary, USA, 2015, 8'
  • The Comb, director: Stephen & Timothy Quay, animation, UK, 1990, 17'
  • Street of Crocodiles, director: Stephen & Timothy Quay, animation, UK, 1986, 21'
All the screenings in 35mm! The Quay Brothers in 35 mm curated by Christopher Nolan Rotunda 28 November (Saturday) at 16:30

Kaspar Jancis will hooligan live – Self-portraits of…


This year guest of the festiwal, who will uncover secrets of his work to viewers, is Estonian animator, Kaspar Jancis. “ Self-portraits of animation makers” is a special occasion to take part directly in process of making a movie and observe each part of creation act. Invited artist should feel like as in their own workshop. They sit by wide table, all needed tools in reach of hand, idea of new art work in their mind. But it’s not another, usual day at work – there is camera above the table and microphone next to it. The first registers every move of artist an streams it to cinema screen, the second one catches comments that come with work. Gathered audience watches live, how another, unique animation come to life, asks artist questions, listens to explanations and stories from behind the scenes. The idea is simple, but effect – amazing. “Self-portraits of animation makers” are interactive spectacles, during which viewers are allowed to see deeply – hidden secrets of creation process. Kaspar Jancis is one of most interesting European animators of young generation. He was born in 1975 in Tallinn. Since childhood he was fascinated by drawing comics. He was also writing short stories, which he illustrated by himself. His first “movie pictures” were made on backs of school notebooks. While being at school with help of brother’s friend, who belonged to movie club, he made his first short animation with using plasticine figures. In early youth he left school for developing musical passion. He was member of few rock groups, lyrics’ author and arranger. In 1996 he started studies at Pedagogy University in Tallinn. There he made his first movie – silent Dr Maiserve and Matshalka Case (1996) and fragmentary animation Flight of the Little White Hellicopter (1996), which was screened in TV and on rock concerts. In 1997 he moved to Academy of fine Arts and Media in Turku, Finland, where he started studying animation under care of Priit Pӓrn. In 1999 he debuted with movie Romance made in Turku, which screened on many international festivals. Jancis is an author of animations: Weitzenberg Street (2002), Frank and Wendy (2003-2005), Marathon (2006), The Very Last Cigarette (2007), Crocodile (2009), Villa Antropoff (2012), Piano (2015). Works of Estonian have minimalistic, but very suggestive style, intransigence and big dose of sly humor. “Self-portraits of animation makers” – Kaspar Jancis Małopolski Ogród Sztuki (big hall) November 24th (Tuesday) at 7:00 pm

Etiuda&Anima for children


During this year's Etiuda&Anima there also will be attractions for the youngest viewers. We want to invite you to three special events dedicated to children: (more…)

Roy Andersson’s commercials


Look at the Swedish king of nonsense dealing with challenges of an advertising business! Roy Andersson does not have to be introduced. He is undeniably one of the most original European directors and a favourite of all the art-house film lovers. Exceptional, independent portraitist of the eccentric and a scandinavian lethargy. His latest film ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence’ won the Golden Lion for Best Film in competition at the 71st Venice Film Festival. Between 1975 and 1999 Andersson gave up making feature films and decided to centre upon commercials, among others for Air France, Lotto, Volvo and Citroën. To this end in 1981 in Stockholm he created his own film studio – Studio 24. On 22. IFF Etiuda&Anima we are going to showcase a series of commercials by Swedish director. It makes an unique occasion to see a field of his artwork that is not very popular in our country. His films are refreshing for a commercial industry. They are seething with an absurd and a dark humour. Due to its unusual form they seem like an ironical commentary on the advertising persuasion. Rotunda November 28th (Saturday) at 6:30PM

William Kentridge visiting 22. IFF Etiuda&Anima!

William Kentridge_Stereoscope wer. II

He is often called a last living genius. William Kentridge, an absolute artist, is going to inaugurate this year's edition of Etiuda&Anima Festival and will be awarded with ASIFA Prize 2014 - a prestigious prize that only outstanding animation creators can receive.


Competition ANIMA: The madness of diversity

Have you ever walked out of the cinema with the feeling that the film was about nothing? Probably more than once. In this year's edition of the ANIMA there is no such danger. These videos are about everything!

This year's edition of the international competition of professional and student short animated films host 69 titles from 24 countries. That's about as much time as we spend to watch six feature films. Indeed, life is too short to fill it watching full length films.

671_Lucens03The formula of the competition, that compares recognized films along with academic productions of young artists, is a great opportunity for reflection. What are the points of contact for works of the old and the young? Which elements from the canon of world animation are being used by young animators and which have been discarded? Will the latest achievements of the Great and Recognized withstand a collision with the young artists' energy? Will the champions continue to delight us and avoid making the monumental bronze pose on their pedestals? All this you will be able to observe during the ANIMA competition projections.

Next to the young, their latest productions will present recognized animators such as Georges Schwizgebel (Erlkönig), Andreas Hykade (Nuggets) Konstantin Bronzit (We can not live without cosmos) Riho Unt (The Master) and Priit and Olga Pärn (Pilots on the Way Home), or the already awarded in the competition ANIMA Claudius Gentinetta (Islander's Rest), Theodore Ushev (Sonambulo), Don Hertzfeld (World of Tomorrow) and Daniel Šuljić (Transparency).

As always, we will see a full spectrum of various animation techniques: from the classic animation, through cut-outs, videos, dolls, clay, rotoscoping pixels, computer animations, 2D and 3D, to abstract impressionistic paintings and even film painted on subsequent pages of old books spread side by side.

690_paradiso0910_full_08405The international competition event will sooner or later raise questions about the condition of local film productions against foreign competition, the "ANIMA 2015 and the Polish question". All the voices that have announced a few years ago the rebirth of the Polish animation are still present. The competition has a list of ten domestic productions. Alongside interesting offers from Polish film and art school students, we will see the already recognized in many festivals Wojciech Sobczyk's Summer 2014 and Blue Room of Thomas Siwiński, the music video for Renata Przemyk's song (Sculpture of Monika Kuczyniecka), as well as the Andersen' fairy tale This is a message told by Jerzy Sthur and illustrated with oil paintings by Joanna Jasinska-Koronkiewicz.

And what about foreign productions? I think everyone dreams about the great migration, because someone constantly goes on a journey: one cannot stay on the same place (We can not live without Cosmos Bronzit), other is sad in space (Missing one player Lei Lei), some are making fun ships in a bottle (Islander's Rest Gentinetta), and others attach them to whales (Levitation Marko Mestrovic). Can you make friends with a mosquito at sea? (Sailor's Yarn Julia Munz and Claudia Wirth). Trains are hard to trust (Fongopolis Joanna Sheepskin, Soot David Doutel and Vasco), so you can try riding on a bike – you may justmanage to get one pipe (Velodrool Sander Joon), although you can also get yourself in trouble (Super 8 Rim Sharafutdinov). Aircrafts fail (Pilots on the Way Home Priit and Olga Pärn, Go to city Ele Li Wenyu), so maybe you could finally start up the engine? (Roadtrip Xaver Xylophon). You can also try to fly into the sky on your own, just remember not to lose power (Golden Shot Gökalp Gönen), though it may be still better than an uncontrolled atom (Lucens Marcel Barell).

 054_Religatio_Screenshot_002This crazy journey doesn't lack original creatures or ideas (The Story of Precival Pilts by Janette Goodey & John Lewis) as for example the Estonian inventiveness of riding on keyboard instruments (Piano Kaspar Jancis). And if you are not interested in travelling in space, you can also travel in time (the World of Tomorrow Hertzfeld).

Is that all? Of course not. A lot of fascinating stories are still waiting, and besides them there are some films that do not pay attention that much to the plot, but captivate your attention with visual arts, movement and music. We will be honoured with the presence of the great composers: Schubert, Liszt (Erlkonig Schwizgebel), Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Granados (Life with Herman H. Roth Chintis Lundgren) and Richard Strauss (World of Tomorrow Hertzfeld).

From Tuesday to Friday, the last fight for the winged Jabberwocki award and 2,500 euros - do not miss this rivalry!

I COMPETITION SCREENING ANIMA: 24th (Tuesday), 5 p.m. MOS (large room)

II COMPETITION SCREENING ANIMA: 24th (Tuesday), 9 p.m. MOS (large room)

III COMPETITION SCREENING ANIMA: 25th (Wednesday), 5 p.m. MOS (large room)

IV COMPETITION SCREENING ANIMA: 25th (Wednesday), 9 p.m. MOS (large room)

V COMPETITION SCREENING ANIMA: 26th (Thursday), 5 p.m. MOS (large room)

VI COMPETITION SCREENING ANIMA: 27th (Friday), 5 p.m. MOS (large room)

Tale of the fateful love – Little from…

Everyone knows The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, a tale of the big, but tragic love of a mermaid to a human. Jan Balej relocates this story to the realities of a gloomy seaport. The fish king and his family are forced to leave the depths of the sea and take residence in a fish shop. The king’s youngest daughter, Little, falls in love with a human.

little-from-the-fish-shop by Jan Balej

The animation in Balej’s feature is nothing short of charming. It is one of the first feature films originating from the Czech Republic to blend stop motion with CGI. Balej creates a grotesque, bizarre world where the sensitive Little experiences her first, tragic love. The ambience of the film is underscored by the atmospheric music by a French composer, Chapelier Fou. The creator of the film, Jan Balaj, is not unfamiliar to the attendees of Etiuda&Anima. He specializes in puppet animation, following in the footsteps of the old Czech masters of this form of animation. He is a graduate of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (UMPRUM) in Prague, and an author of children’s animations (Tom Thumb – 1994, Doings of the Hippopotamus Family – 2000, Karlík, the Little Golden Fish – 2010; and adult animations (Fimfárum 2 - 2006, One Night in a City/Jedné noci v jednom městě – 2007). His work is characterized by an original style that relies heavily on hyperbole and grotesque.

Little from the Fish Shop (dir. Jan Balej, Czech/Slovakia/Germany 2015, 72’)

Małopolska Garden of Arts (Large Screening Room) 26th November (Thursday), 9 p.m.

Un-known French New Wave

We are glad to invite you to second edition of 5/10 – screening of five short movies by New Wave directors. Choice of the films was made by professor Tadeusz Lubelski, the film historian and author of New Wave. French Cinema Adventure. (more…)

ETIUDA Competition: Courage and energy of young cinema

What do young filmmakers film? This year ETIUDA competition is a journey to the land of diverse cinema. The cinema that is not afraid of controversial subjects, the cinema that is constantly searching for new means of expression, the cinema that experiments with narration and style. The young and courageous cinema that changes simple and short stories into little (master)pieces of film art.

From Tuesday, November 24th, to Friday, November 27th, Krakow's Rotunda will become a stage of fight. Although it will be school students who will fight, it won't be a Bantamweight, by no means. 34 student films from around the world will compete for main prize of ETIUDA competition - a Golden Dinosaur and 2.500 euros.

Gallery of curiosities

RequiemStill1_kleinETIUDA competition is not only a contest, but also a space of unusual encounters. Does it often happen to see within 90 minutes screening Anna Dymna greeting with Marisa Paredes, snail farmer meeting with an army of zombies or a sad robot with a retro-spy? The scope of topics and problems is defined by young, absorbing-life characters and lonely and old people humbly awaiting the end. Between them stretches a landscape of extreme emotions and attitudes: anger and peace, rebellion and subordination, passion and indifference.

The encounters of unusual characters are accompanied by confrontations of film genres, styles and forms.  The genre cinema will be represented as never before: the zombie horror from Israel, crime noir from Germany, and even science fiction from the US. There will also be dramas and romances or the contemplative cinema, and even among numerous experimental and classical documentaries a mockumentary will find its place.

34 faces of film

Are the first films a catalyst of unbridled energy, or on the contrary - testimony of rigor ofInvocation to sleep 03 form and pressure to improve the workshop? Young filmmakers make boldly mature shorts. Even if they allow themselves to "feature excesses" like zombie-apocalypse (Six hours), personified Hangover punishing drunkards (The Hangover) or snail king (Snails), they never lose sight of

the main purpose of the film art - comprehensibility. A film youth has its own rules: searches, wanders, experiments - it can be perfectly seen in some movies. The shorts selected for this year's competition cannot be accused of "school-character", conservativeness nor the inclination to stereotyped thinking. Screenings of student shorts on the festival is the procession of untamed film enthusiasm, frantic passion for creating and desire to express creatively, which is determined by the

Student shorts will compete for Golden, Silver and Bronze Dinosaur. The verdict will be announced on Saturday, 27th November. Like every year, there will also be an award for the best film school, from which at least three films were selected to the ETIUDA competition.

I COMPETITION SCREENING ETIUDA: 24th November (Tuesday), 4.30 p.m. Rotunda

II COMPETITION SCREENING ETIUDA: 24th November (Tuesday), 9.00 p.m. Rotunda

III COMPETITION SCREENING ETIUDA: 25th November (Wednesday), 5 p.m. Rotunda

IV COMPETITION SCREENING ETIUDA: 25th November (Wednesday), 9 p.m. Rotunda

V COMPETITION SCREENING ETIUDA: 26th November (Thursday), 5 p.m. Rotunda

VI COMPETITION SCREENING ETIUDA: 26th November (Thursday), 9 p.m. Rotunda

VII COMPETITION SCREENING ETIUDA: 27th November (Tuesday), 4 p.m. Rotunda

ANIMA contest: final is coming

Every adventure comes to an end. Last five days were full of emotions and unusual, unexpected spectacles for the audience of International ANIMA Contest. We have seen many movies, that were short, but we are will remember them for a long time. Tonight we are going to see the last screenings of this year’s edition. The contest made an occasion to clash of the cultures, sensibilities, aesthetics, world views. The viewers could have pick from loads of different things only the ones that personally affects them. It is the highest value of the contest. And for the authors it was a great opportunity to show their works to other people. Etiuda&Anima Festival is a completely unusual cultural event, that brings the role of indie animation to the fore. After the contest’s screenings we are even more sure, that this part of culture is absolutely underrated.

597 A COAT MADE DARK003At this year’s edition of ANIMA Contest there will be presented overall 69 movies from all around the world. They prove, that one-reelers are perfect for showing very intimate expressions presenting the world seen from very subjective point of view. At the same time they let us see all the endless opportunities of animation as a medium. Authors by using many different techniques are able to touch the questions, that could be difficult to show with just words. Movies - like Kaspar Jancis’s ‘Piano’, that tells a story of ‘tiny huge’ tragedies of several people concentrated around the titular instrument or like dedicated to the fear of non-acceptance Jessika Poon’s ‘April 21’ – leaves unbelievably deep imprint on our sensibility. We hope to see plenty little masterpieces next year; meanwhile, we are waiting for a final verdict and invite you to participate the last screenings of the Festival’s movies.

VI SCREENING ANIMA: 27TH November (Friday), 5 p.m.

Małopolska Garden of Arts (large hall)