Time to start the Festival!

Etiuda&Anima in Cracow is one of the most important festivals of Polish new cinema. Energy, freshness, innovativeness, invention – six days of festival is going to be an explosion of talents from all around the world. We are going to see hundreds of movies – animations, documentaries and feature films, outlining new directions for cinema, like Kuba Czekaj’s Baby Bump, awarded at this year’s Film Festival in Venice.


The Festival is a great opportunity to meet both mature, experienced artists and debutants. We are going to see Signe Baumane, Kaspar Jancis, Cecilia Traslaviña González, Teresa Glad, Maciej Dygas and Mirosław Dembiński. With us in spirit there are going to be also Timothy and Stephen Quay and Christopher Nolan, author of the documentary about Brothers’ output. William Kantridge are going to be our special quest – he is going to receive prestigious ASIFA award on the first day of Etiuda&Anima Festival.

Despite the gloomy November weather outside, we are going to travel to hot places of our planet – we are going to visit animated Brazil (Between Frames. The Art of Brazilian Animation) and Colombia (Colombian animations by professionals and by students), documentary Istanbul, Kolkata and Baku (serie World from Dawn till Dusk). We are going to glance at Spain, Belgium, Switzerland and Romania (Europe in Shorts) and Netherlands (Netherlandse Filmacademie etudes). We are also going to discover Sweden as we have never known it with Journey to Melonia, screenings of Swedish animation (Hundred years of Swedish animation) and Roy Andersson’s commercials. We are also going to drop by Japan (Giovanni’s Island) and by our neighbours from South (Little from the Fish Shop).

During the festival we are going to get some musical and visual experiences from Miss071 PILTS 001 God (screening of Snow White with live music), collective SIBIGA, Andrzej Jacek Bronikowski and pianist Paweł Kaczmarczyk (Galactic Meander).

Etiuda&Anima makes also a great opportunity to participate very useful and interesting workshops: professional 3D animation workshops arranged in cooperation with Autodesk, CadSoft and Platige Image; Baby Bump or how to make a film in a year – case study with Kuba Czekaj’s movie producers; Hee Hee Hatty workshops for children.

Find a detailed programme of E&A 2015: http://etiudaandanima.com/program/

Animation of illusion – Houdini

Who among us does not like magic tricks. Bring your little ones and come to Malopolski Ogród Sztuk for an animated illusion show - Cédric Babouche's Houdini.

Little Houdini is the story of one of the most famous illusionists in history, Harry Houdini (1874-1926). Houdini (born Erik Weisz) was the son of a Jewish rabbi who emigrated with his family from Hungary to the USA. In his new homeland, the young Erik, now called “Harry” by his friends, embarked on the career of an illusionist. Initially he focused on traditional card tricks, but soon he became famous as a spectacular escape artist: he freed himself from handcuffs, chains, ropes, straitjackets, tightly locked boxes.


The film tells the story of the childhood of the “Handcuff King”. The 12-year old Harry, who is already fascinated with magic, lives with his parents in the town of Appleton where he perfects his tricks. One day he sings up for a big competition organized by the mayor of New York to inaugurate the Statue of Liberty. There he meets the great “mage”, Tesla…

Little Houdini takes us on a fascinating journey through the world at the end of the 19th century, where illusion blends with intellect, and science with magic. With a steampunk touch, Babouche presents the fate of an artist who became the supreme role-model for magicians, gained countless followers and manages to inspire illusionists to date. Apart from Houdini, Babouche’s movie also features another eminent person from that time, Nikola Tesla, a brilliant inventor known for his creative approach to electricity.

Cédric Babouche is among the most talented young animators in Europe. His 12-minute short, Imago, which merges watercolors with 2D and 3D animations, was met with enthusiastic reception and was screened on over 110 film festivals, winning two awards on the Cannes Film Festival. Since 2007, he has been the artistic director of DANDELOOO, where he is responsible for film projects, among others, Little Houdini.

Little Houdini (reż. Cédric Babouche, France 2014, 52’)

Malopolska Garden of Arts (large screening room) 26th November (Thursday), 10 a.m.

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)

I reinvent the wheel, but I always do…

...speaking to Kuba Czekaj – Monika Żelazko and Marcin Malecko.

Monika Żelazko & Marcin Malecko: A composite of English with Polish, animation with film, video clip with dialogues. Is the form of Baby Bump a reflection of chaos in adolescence or more like current mechanisms of communication? kuba_czekajKuba Czekaj: Baby Bump is a cascade of pictures and sounds, frolics and tricks with perceptions of this very specific phase in human’s life. Main character has some image of a sexuality, but actually he is erring in maze of communication, rumours and illustration, especially in a background of new media and the internet. Too much information makes him know some things too soon, so he cannot understand them and put them together. He is not a child anymore, buy not yet a teenager, he is a bizarre creature pent up in a cage of puberty – it is a moment of great loneliness and alienation for him. Yes, in a chaos, in a chaos of emotions and communication. MŻ&MM: In Baby Bump you can discern parallels to Harmony Korine’s or Xavier Dolan’s style, or even to Dorota Masłowska’s music videos. Which artists are inspiring to you? Baby Bump-Case study_14.11KCz: Most inspiring things are often right next to me: people and situations. I overhear, peek, read. All that make foundation for my future characters and their adventures. My friends artists does not have any direct impact on me, they rather subconsciously implant their own picture of world in me. I like to reinvent the wheel, but I am always doing it my own way. It is director’s every-day reality – everything have been seen in cinema.

MŻ&MM: Kacper Olszewski, the leading actor in Baby Bump, amazed the audience of Gdynia Film Festival. How big was his influence to the final form of the main character? Are you going to continue to work with him?

KCz: When director and actor are working together, the most important things are mutual trust, knowing each other and trying to befriend each other. It’s the only way to break down the walls of shame in two persons that are kind of fated for each other. If you can reach an agreement, you can enter the set and work for several days to experience the most amazing moment: when actor takes a character from the director – he knows more, he works instinctually, he just is. There’s no need to talk much, to explain, a magical fusion succeeds. That’s how it was with Kacper. I would be glad to work with him again – I like getting back to friends. MŻ&MM: Child’s point of view and topic of growing up are mentioned in your études too. What is childhood and puberty? An adventure or a nightmare?

KCz: It’s a phase that especially fascinates me: innocent and grateful, but on the other hand – very grim and dangerous. Emotions often escalates into tragedies. Everything is changing. World starts to extend. We never soak up as much surroundings as in this time. It’s unique, unrepeatable and mainly very individual moment – it’s different for each of us. MŻ&MM: So you have been on some festival screenings. What audience would you like to reach with ‘Baby Bump’? Can you imagine screenings for schoolchildren? baby bump_1KCz: Baby Bump can be interesting for young people, but I also count on their parents and open-minded, sensation-seeking spectators. MŻ&MM: What thematic are you going to raise in your future works? What subjects are you interested in? KCz: It’s a secret. Kids and directors have their secrets too. Time will tell, which of them will turn out to be worth sharing with audience.