Sławomir Idziak – Winner of Special Golden Dinosaur

Already on Friday on Etiuda&Anima Festiwal Sławomir Idziak will get Special Golden Dinosaur - special award, because not only appreciating the works of winner, but also his work on education on movie animation.    Sławomir Idziak   A circle of almost twenty winners of the Special Golden Dinosaur, an award of the Etiuda&Anima festival for an outstanding artist and pedagogue, extends this year with the brilliant, world-renowned cinematographer Sławomir Idziak. Thereby for the first time in the history of our award it will be presented to an artist from outside of the circle of feature and documentary film directors as well as animation authors. Sławomir Idziak is one of the most acclaimed Polish cinematographers in the world, winner of numerous festival awards, an Oscar nominee for Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down (2001). He was born in 1945 in Katowice in a family of many generations of photographers. He studied at the Direction of Photography Department at the Polish National Film School in Lodz. In the 1970s he was the cinematographer, among others, in films by Krzysztof Zanussi, Wojciech Marczewski and Janusz Zaorski. At the same time he tried his hand at directing by making his own films, such as Paper Bird (Papierowy ptak, 1972), The Flying Lesson (Nauka latania, 1978) and The Screening (Seans, 1978). A breakthrough in his career as cinematographer was the artistic meeting with Krzysztof Zanussi, and, first of all, with Krzysztof Kieslowski, with whom he frequently collaborated since the Pedestrian Subway (Przejście podziemne, 1973), the director’s feature debut. Together, they later made The Scar (Blizna, 1976) and the fifth episode of The Decalogue (Dekalog), which, in time, took the form of a full length film A Short Film about Killing (Krótki film o zabijaniu, 1987). Finally, they achieved world success with the films The Double Life of Veronique (Podwójne życie Weroniki, 1991) and the Three Colors Trilogy. Blue (Trzy kolory. Niebieski, 1993). Awarded a Grand Prix Golden Lion at the festival in Venice and the award for cinematography in the Blue marked the beginning of the cinematographer’s international career, crowned by an Oscar nomination as well as awards for lifetime achievements including, among others, the Polish Film Award Eagle (2002), and the Special Award at the Camerimage Film Festival (2006). Sławomir Idziak has worked as a pedagogue for years, running workshops for both aspiring filmmakers and professionals. He prides himself on his beloved brainchild, workshops Film Spring Open, organized for over a dozen years. Hundreds of trainees representing many countries take part in the event and make use of the very well equipped Cinebus. In this way this outstanding Polish cinematographer manages to combine his vast professional experience with his passion for teaching.

Bogusław Zmudziński

  Presenting the award will provide with an opportunity to watch the film A Tale of Love and Darkness  by Natalie Portman, which was made with discreet support from the Laureate.     Special Golden Dinosaur for Sławomir Idziak Ceremony of presenting the award 24th November (Friday), 08.30 pm. Kijów Centrum – Large Screening Room After the ceremony will be a screening of A Tale of Love and Darkness (dir. Natalie Portman, Israel 2015, 95 min.)  

Claudius Gentinetta’s autoportrait

On Friday in front of auudience will appear Claudius gentinetta from Switzerland, who made his first steps in animations here in Cracow.   Claudius Gentinetta

Still from animation "Islander’s Rest", dir.: Claudius Gentinetta

  Claudius Gentinetta, a Swiss animation author, participated in the 1st edition of Krakow Animated Film Workshops organized in 1996 by Pro Helvetia Foundation, Animated Film Studio of  the Academy of Fine Arts of Krakow and the International Film Festival Etiuda. Gentinetta, born in 1968 in Lucerne, got interested in animated film already in his childhood. He studied design and animation in Lucerne, Liverpool and Kassel. In 1995, he spent a year-long Artest Foundation fellowship in Krakow, with the additional support by Pro Helvetia Foundation. His early films seem to be rooted in Gentinetta’s fascination with various film genres, as the time passed, however, his interests centered on social issues. While staying in Krakow, as Christina Schlatter writes, Gentinetta ”for the first time used a knife to scrape light into a black surface which had previously been applied in black ink on a film in order to create his animation “Hysteria” (2000)”. When he came back from Poland, the artist made an eerie and dark film “Poldek” (2004) inspired by his recording of piteous howling of a little dog and the look of Krakow’s backyards. An exhausting experience of a hotel neighbour’s snoring inspired another Gentinetta’s film “Sleep” (2010). An authentic recording of snoring sounds stimulated artist’s imagination which created  some dream figures floating on waves of snores. Sleep brought the artist the Grand Prix of the ANIMA competition – The Golden Jabberwocky at the Etiuda&Anima 2010. Personal and family experiences of the artist, who each year spends a few weeks on the Irish island of Sherkin near Baltimore, contributed to the making of Gentinetta’s latest, already known in Krakow and regarded as the most poetic of all his films – “The Islander’s Rest” (2015). It tells of a generational change, becoming an adult, saying goodbye and death. The film owes its melancholic atmosphere to, among others, the music composed by the Irish native Seamus Fogarty.   Self-Portraits of Animation Authors II – Claudius Gentinetta 24th November (Friday), 05.30 pm. Kijów Centrum – Large Screening Room      

An evening with Kōji Yamamura and Toranoko P.A.C.

We’re proud to present you with quite a remarkable event in the Małopolski Ogród Sztuki. The Toranoko Group will present a performance of Muybridge’s Strings and the Rhythm of Movement” inspired by Kōji Yamamura’s film. After the performance there will be a retrospective of the Japanese artist.   Toranoko   Kōji Yamamura is a well-known figure at the Etiuda&Anima Festival. He visits us for the third time: before he took part in „Self-portraits of animation authors” and was a juror of the ANIMA competition. This edition there will be a retrospective of his work during which we will screen his short films: Oscar-nominated „Mt. Head” (2002), „Old Crocodile” (2005), „Franz Kafka’s a Country Doctor” (2007), „A  Child’s Metaphysics” (2007), „Satie’s Parade” (2016) as well as „Notes on Monstropedia” (2016) – a film that takes part in the ANIMA competition this year. The retrospective will be preceded by a performance by the group Toranoko P.A.C., inspired by one of the artist’s films entitled “Muybridge’s Strings and the Rhythm of Movement”. Can time be made to stand still? Can it be reversed? Koji Yamamura’s film is a meditation on this theme, contrasting the worlds of the photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who in 1878 successfully photographed consecutive phases in the movement of a galloping horse, and a mother who, watching her daughter grow up, realizes she is slipping away from her. Moving between California and Tokyo, between the nineteenth and the twenty-first century, the film focuses on some of the highpoints in Muybridge’s troubled life and intercuts them with the mother’s surrealistic daydreams – a poetic clash that explores the irrepressible human desire to seize life’s fleeting moments, to freeze the instants of happiness. Toranoko P.A.C. performance will be performed by: Sarasa Kono, Noe Hayashi, Soyoka Kan, Haruna Ino, Chisato Kameoka, Nene Nakayama, Satomi Nakayama   Music: Marter, Yusaku Yoshimura   Performance “Muybridge’s Strings and the Rhythm of Movement” 24th November (Friday), 07.30 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room   Kōji Yamamura – a retrospective 24th November (Friday), 08.30 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room      

Georges Méliès and Theatrum Magicum

During such festival as Etiuda&Anima there simply must be some kind of event combining both film and music. We invite you all to a screening of Georges Méliès’ movies with live music of guitarist Kuba Duda, as well as to a screening of “Theatrum Magicum”, a remarkable project of Marcin Giżycki, inspired by work of Jan Potocki.   Georges Méliès was a cinematography pioneer. He was an amazing film director and a prestidigitator. The screening of his films, which were kindly lend to us by National Film Achieve of Prague, is a real find for film enthusiasts.  The films speak volumes about the true genius of their maker, as well as  about the level of his creative invention and imagination. An additional attraction is a music performance of a guitarist - Kuba Duda - during the film screening. The second part of the evening is going to focus on „Theatrum Magicum”, a film directed by Marcin Giżycki. As the director says himself, the idea for the movie came to him in 2007 which is nearly 100 years after Méliès made his. Giżycki wanted to make a silent movie. This 24-minutes long film required huge amount of work, a big number of crew members, numerous costumes, as well as a considerable budget. And it is definitely worth it.

Natalia Szczepanek

  Theatrum Magicum   A vague idea for the film Theatrum Magicum, even without a title, emerged soon after an animators conference which I organized in 2007 at the Łańcut Castle. Wit Wójtowicz, the director of the museum and a great animated film lover, let us meet in the court theatre, in which count Jan Potocki, author of The Manuscript Found in Saragossa (Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie) staged his short plays called The Parades (Parady), in 1792, to the delight of the castle dwellers. In the  meantime, the Quay brothers, who also participated in the conference, were working on their impression document Inventorium of Traces, in which they looked for some traces of the count`s presence in the castle chambers. Having watched this interesting and unconventional film, I thought that I would look for the spirit of Jan Potocki in the theatre, little displayed in the film by the famous twins from London. That is why I again reached for inspiration to my favourite read, namely The Parades, and the idea for a film started to materialize quickly. The count`s plays are based predominantly on funny, absurd dialogues (yet they do not lack situational humour, whose elements were also transferred to the film). However, I preferred a silent film and I did not want to make yet another adaptation of many-times- performed one-act plays. But the characters seemed colourful enough for me not to want to give them up. And so I borrowed them from the count and made them members of an itinerant prestidigitator`s troupe; however, I left the relationships between them just as they were in Potocki`s play.  Kasander, a burgher, became the prestidigitator, but Zerzabella, his amorous daughter, Gil - a servant in love with her, and Zerzabella`s admirer, Leander, were taken straight from The Parades. And if we have a prestidigitator on stage, a professional association with Georges Méliès appears naturally. However, it did not stop at literary and film associations, as our Méliès takes certain things after baron Münchhausen from Gustave Doré`s illustration.

Marcin Giżycki

  KUBA DUDA     Kuba Duda is a young guitarist and the author of instrumental music, which leaves space for your thoughts and imaginations to flow freely. During solo acts he plays his own compositions on guitar using various techniques and effects. His cloudy noir style of playing reminds masters of improvised solo guitar like Marc Ribot, Aram Bajakian and Raphael Rogiński. He opened two concerts in Cracow for Jozef Van Wissem – lute player and the author of music score for Jim Jarmusch’s movie „Only Lovers Left Alive”. Some listeners compare the mood of his music to soundtracks from David Lynch's and Jim Jarmusch's movies, which had large influence on his style. To enrich solo acts he screens old film reels on analog projectors, which make the atmosphere even more dreamy. In march 2017 he released instrumental solo album which was recorded at home. Compositions are untitled, numbered only with Roman numerals. They tell stories without the words and listeners can  interpret them on their own. Beside solo acts he plays with the band Patrick The Pan. In the past he collaborated with Vladimirska, The Silver Owls, Teddy Jr. and The Undertakers and Limboski.   Georges Mélies and others from the archive of Národni Filmový Archiv in Prague 24th November (Friday), 10.30 pm. Kijów Centrum – Large Screening Room   Theatrum Magicum (dir. Marcin Giżycki, Poland 2017, 23 min.) 24th November (Friday), 10.30 pm. Kijów Centrum – Large Screening Room      

Meeting with Tony Palmer

This Thursday in Malopolska Garden of Arts after the screening of „All My Loving” Piotr Metz is going to conduct a discussion with our Special Guest Tony Palmer.    All My Loving

Still from the film "All My Loving", dir.: Tony Palmer

 

The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, The Who – all these legends of 20th century rock music will be shown in the documentary „All My Loving” (1968). The director, Tony Palmer had an opportunity to meet them. He have seen the counterculture of 1960s and 70s with his own eyes and immortalized it all on the movies. Afret Wednesday screenings of „Bird on a Wire” and „The Beatles and World War II” we invite you to watch the third Tony Palmer’s movie „All my loving” to the Malopolska Garden of Arts at 8.30 pm. The screening will be followed by an exceptional conversation between the creator and the respected music journalist Piotr Metz.   All My Loving (directed by Tony Palmer, United Kingdom 1968, documentary, 55 min.) 23rd November (Thursday), 8.30 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room Special Guest – Tony Palmer The screening followed by a discussion between Piotr Metz and Tony Palmer      

Géza M. Tóth – Hungarian self-portrait

On Thursday, the audience of the 24th IFF Etiuda&Anima will have the chance to explore the secrets of works by Géza M. Tóth, a Hungarian animation author, nominated for the Academy Award for his film “Maestro”.   Ikar

Still from the film "Icar", dir.: Géza M. Tóth

  “Animated film directors’ self-portraits” is a section that allows the public to observe the film making process. They say that voyeurism gives us the most pleasure when the object we’re observing is unavailable for the voyeur. Even though it may be the case, our guests will certainly not agree with this statement because they can take pleasure not only from the mere observing of the animation masters but also from the direct contact with the master him- or herself. Géza M. Tóth is a master in his field. His „subtle, almost sandy animations about freedom” – „Icar” (1998), „Ergo” (2008), his educating works targeted at younger audiences – „Berry and Dolly” (2013) as well as his expressional, stylistically varied adaptations of  well-known works, such as „The Miraculous Mandarin” (2006) are some of his best works. When talking about Tóth it is also impossible not to mention his „incredibilities”: animations with a mystery and a message [„Mama” (2009), „Maestro” (2005)]. The films of Tóth’s are truly diversified. The question is... how does he do it? Maybe from up-close the public will finally be able to unveil the very secret of his amazingly varied works.

Patrycja Skoczylas

  Tłumaczenie: Kinga Ostapińska, Zuzanna Brzozowska   Self-Portraits of Animation Authors (I) Géza M. Tóth 23rd November (Thursday), 05.30 pm. Kijów Centrum – Large Screening Room      

ANIMA.PL 2017 Competition

Agnieszka Zając, selector of the ANIMA.PL competition, invites you for a feast composed of the Polish animated films.   Na językach

Still from the film "Three Women on a Bench", dir.: Karolina Borgiasz

  Announcing the first edition of the ANIMA.PL competition, we were anxious to see if and how the Polish filmmakers would surprise us. Animation can be a very powerful tool that reaches the core of our feelings, affects us on many layers of imagination, unfolds new universes before our eyes, often balancing on the verge of reality and fiction. We were impressed by the puppet animation creating a world filled with insecurity and threat in Ucieczka by Jarosław Konopka; by the tense story of life and death evoked in Wcielenie by Barbara Rupik; by the picture of everyday life, typical to many Polish block estates, painted by Karolina Borgiasz in Na językach. Animations selected for the competition – created by students, independent artists as well as professional filmmakers – touched a broad spectrum of themes. Films addressed to the youngest audience had a moralistic undertone, presented very skilfully, without infantilization. We feel that, thanks to the talented artists of young and middle generation, Polish children animation slowly regains its former glory. Using a simple line, Karolina Specht in Wyjdę z siebie explores our sometimes desperate need to see somebody else in another human. We are also witnesses to a relationship between mother and son (O Matko!), son and father (W tramwaju), emotional partnership (Wieczór), journey into the counciousness of the main character (Dziwny przypadek), story set in the outer space (Czerń) animated adaptation of Lem's novel (Doradcy Króla Hydropsa), horror-inspired animation (Sklep z rybami), black comedy (Bankiet) and a road story of a dead Viking (Droga do Nilfheim). There is an outstanding section of films on women directed by women: Figury niemożliwe i inne historie II, XOXO pocałunki i uściski, Cipka, Locus, Ucieczki. We cannot omit two animated videoclips: Odessa and Ponura tresura. Personally, I keep my fingers crossed for the animation Zjazd (by Jerzy Tabor), which is very sophisticated in its simplicity and refers to the best traditions of the Polish School of Animation. We hope that the animated feast, prepared by the Polish artists, and the menu, composed by the selection panel of the 24th IFF Etiuda&Anima, will taste delightful to our dear jury and invaluable viewers, who are our best critics, attending our festival for years. Bon appétit!    

Agnieszka Zając (selector)

Tłumaczenie: Kinga Ostapińska     1st Screening of ANIMA.PL Competition 23rd November (Thursday), 03.30 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 2nd Screening of ANIMA.PL Competition 23rd November (Thursday), 05.00 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 3rd Screening of ANIMA.PL Competition 24th November (Friday), 02.30 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 4th Screening of ANIMA.PL Competition 24th November (Friday), 04.00 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 5th Screening of ANIMA.PL Competition 25th November (Saturday), 03.00 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 6th Screening of ANIMA.PL Competition 25th November (Saturday), 04.30 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room      

Author documentary – Herz Frank

Film has become a record of a human soul. You can see it very clearly. All you need to do is to transcend the boundaries of the body. And that is what He does. He is not a filmmaker, not a director, but a confessor of souls! We present you Herz Frank – Latvian documentalist, precursor of the Riga poetic documentary school of the 60s.   10 minut starszy

Still from the film "Ten Minutes Older", dir.: Herz Frank

 

Herz Frank was born into a poor Jewish family in 1923. His father passed his passion for photography onto his son, which led him to filmmaking. In one of the interviews, Frank stated that his driving force was an ability to amaze at the beauty of the world. He kept this attitude until his death in 2013. In Frank's eyes, not every motion picture deserved to be called a “film”. It could become one only when the camera revealed the soul and the truth of a human and the director was able to capture it. This philosophy was expressed in his unusual sensitivity on light and his choice of a black-and-white film tape that – in Frank's opinion – gave him a possibility to convey a universal message. One could say that he created films based on sensation and sorrow: “Supreme Court” (1988) – a conversation with a man sentenced to death; “Diagnosis” (1975) – a post-mortem examination; “The Song of Songs” (1989) – an exhausting childbirth, “Beyond the Fear” (2015) – a story of a murderer and a woman who leaves her husband to be with him. One can obviously take these films literally. However, Frank – through numerous, often Biblical contexts – encouraged his viewers to look for the sacrum, for the salvation that comes from suffering. Through such lens, we can see what makes these films universal – a Human.  

Patrycja Skoczylas

Tłumaczenie: Kinga Ostapińska   23rd November (Thursday), 03.30 pm. Kijów Centrum – Large Screening Room      

Tony Palmer at the Etiuda&Anima Festival

Viewers of the Etiuda&Anima Festival will have an unique occasion to meet live Tony Palmer, legend of British music films, who encountered in his creative activity with giants of the 20th century's rock music, i.a. members of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton.   Tony Palmer   On Wednesday, 22th of November at the Malopolska Garden of Arts we are going to show you two documents from the time when Tony Palmer was filming rock stars: „Bird on a Wire” (1972/2010), which show the light and dark moments of Leonard Cohen’s European tour of 1972. Considered lost for a long time, the film was restored from 296 film canisters found after many years in one of Hollywood’s warehouses. It presents the legendary poet and singer on tour promoting his great album ”Songs of Love and Hate”; and „The Beatles and War World II” (1972/2016) – Tony Plamer’s latest, pacifistic music film, which collect a group of all the most famous artist from the 1970s, such as Elton John, Tina Turner, The Four Seasons, Bee Gees, Bryan Ferry, Rod Stewart and make them sing the covers of the Beatles most famous songs. At the same day we have for you an extraordinary surprise - our Special Guest couldn't missed  opportunity to the most frequently connection with viewers of Etiuda&Anima, so he asked for possibility to announce his movie about Leonard Cohen „Bird on a Wire” (Wednesday, 07.00 pm.). On Thursday, 23th of November we invite you to Malopolska Garden of Arts to watch the show of „All My Loving” (1968) – a groundbreaking documentary from the 1960s that initially sat on a shelf for quite some time only to be acclaimed as‘a psychedelic experience which 10 years from now will be the definitive document of its time’ already at the time of its original broadcast in 1968. The director cut juxtaposing interviews with Paul McCartney, Frank Zappa, Pete Townshend, Donovan, Eric Burdon and Jimi Hendrix with live, on the road and behind the scenes footage of the Beatles, Cream, Pink Floyd, the Who, Hendrix and, by way of a historic counterpoint, newsreel images of the Vietnam war. After the screening of „All My Loving”, a conversation with Tony Palmer will be held and lead up by music journalist, Piotr Metz. Therefore, we encourage you to reserve Wednesday' and Thursday' evening for the unique meeting with Tony Palmer and his fascinating film achievements.     Bird on a Wire 22nd November (Wednesday), 07.00 pm. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room Special Guest – Tony Palmer     The Beatles and War World II 22nd November (Wednesday), 09.00 pm. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room     All My Loving 23rd November (Thursday), 08.30 pm. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room Special Guest – Tony Palmer The screening followed by a discussion between Piotr Metz and Tony Palmer      

Europe in Short Film

Etiuda&Anima hosts representatives of animation film festivals from Europe –  the Belgian Anima, the Norwegian Volda Festival and the Slovene Animateka. On this occasion will be screenings of films awarded and recommended by the organizers of the European animation Festivals.    Ostatni autobus

Still from animation "Posledný autobus", dir. Ivana Laučikova, Martin Snopek

  ANIMA THE BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION FILM Anima, the Brussels international festival of animation film, was established in 1982 as a showcase of the world’s finest animation films. With more than 300 films, the festival includes national and international competitions of short and feature-length films, retrospectives, tributes and special programmes as well as exhibitions, workshops and a sidebar programme for professionals: Futuranima. Anima’s extra bit: an audience of 42,000 people each year making a rush to enjoy the festival’s cosy and friendly atmosphere. Anima is an Oscar© Qualifying Festival for the Short Animated Film Category. It is a founding member of the European Animation Awards (EAA) and is one of the European festivals of which the short films in competition are eligible for the Emile Awards. This "carte blanche" compiles our favourite films of the latest edition of Anima : they represent our belief in the unlimited power of imagination of the art of animation.

Karin Vandenrydt

  Anima On Tour 2017 24th November (Friday), 07.00 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room     ANIMATION VOLDA FESTIVAL The festival AnimationVolda was a natural step to expand the international relationships of the university located in a small community between fjords and mountains on the western coast of Norway, which prides itself on its academic center educating in the field of media, including animation. The university, well-known for its practical approach in education about the media, opened its animation course in 1993 as the first one in Norway and it has been very international from the very beginning (one of the pedagogues working there is Peter Lord). The aim of the festival from the start has been to create a meeting place for the Norwegian and international animation scene with the focus on student and professional films. The festival is run by the animation students which helps them to acquire professional experience in the areas that interest them. The school and the animation staff teachers are there to back the students, professionally and economically, but the students are in charge of programming, invitations, logistics and accounting. The best student film from the Nordic and Baltic countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden) are shown at the festival. A program of the best films are selected for the student Golden Gunnar Award at Fredrikstad Animation Festival. AnimationVolda also do the pre-selection for the best professional films from the Nordic and Baltic countries every year. FAF is a CARTOON d’OR-nominating festival. The last AnimationVolda festival in September, the 11th, had ‘Women in Animation’ as thematic focus. All festival board members were females as well. The film program AnimationVolda will present in Krakow will hopefully show the diversity of both the animation course in Volda and the festival. There will of course be films by males and about males as well.

Gunnar Strøm

  25th November (Saturday), 04.30 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room       INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL ANIMATEKA Film Festival Animateka was established in 2004 with the objective to improve the circulation and presentation of animated film production from Central and Eastern European countries. The important aim of our festival to become a relevant regional festival where selectors from western Europe and the rest of the world will be able to choose short animated films from countries of a low capacity production level, was fulfilled already after few editions. In 2010 we added two more competition programs to the festival – the European student short animated film competition and the International short animated films for children competition called The Elephant. Besides the competition programs we also feature special Jury programmes, a regional panorama program, the “Best of the World” program, national and personal retrospectives, a historical retrospective focused on an animation technique (stop-motion, experimental animation, 3D computer animation) or themes (animation and literature, animation and dance, animation, sound and music)  and a selection of feature animated films. In addition we organize exhibitions featuring art of festival guests. An integral part remains the education at all levels (children, youth, amateurs, professionals) therefore animation film workshops are organized prior and during the festival. Debates with visiting authors and round tables form a very important part of the festival, which from 2016 is named AnimatekaPRO. The Animateka festival is also proud of it's past jury members, who are carefully selected and are each of them crucially contributing to the quality of the festival with their film retrospectives, programme curatorships, exhibitions  and master classes. We are proud to present to the Etiuda&Anima audience a strong selection of short animated films from Eastern European authors, that got prized at our festival, but also got many awards at other international venues.

Igor Prassel Animateka programme director

  Animateka International Animated Film Festival: Close-up on Central and Eastern European animation 23rd November (Thursday), 07.30 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room    

ETIUDA Contest 2017

Marcin Markiewicz, selector of the ETIUDA contest, says „what’s up with the students” in this year’s student-made film competition.   Kinky

Still from the film "Kinky", dir.: Tadeusz Chudy

  I must admit, there was a time, when I were speaking negatively of the student-made movies. Obviously, I have not seen to omany of them. Now this changed and I know that the best ones – the ones presented in the Etiuda contest – can be very satisfying. For example, Plica Polonica, movie that uses the history for building a narration for contemporary issues. Or Days of the War, where the author looks into the past to express his concern about contemporary conflicts. The first one is example of documentary cinema, very widely represented this year. This is reflected in the form – cold and minimalistic Eventide, next to hybrid Place to Be, and the content – everyday life in the little village at the Arctic Circle in Without Sun next to music of the ants in Symbiophony. More outstanding pieces – Attak, the story of street fighters using match-making app similar to Tinder, mining archival resources from beginning of digital era Digital Immigrants and an unusual image of motherhood in Regretting Motherhood. The second one shows that for students intimate situations, clever shortcut, nice metaphor or well-chosen form of film are much more interesting than sensationalism, straightforwardness and moralising and gives an opportunity to tell a story in a strong and inspiring way. That is why they talk about migration crisis in new-wave style (Fedra) or with a harsh sense of humour (Staying with Friends), about depression through the absurd (A Gentle Noise Between the Lines), about social agression in toned-down words (Greetings from Kropsdam), about society issues as in a wacky comedy (The Test), about Hamlet surrounded by garbage (Ham). Only a conflict between son and his mother were placed traditionally in a horror standard (Ma?). Short movies prove, that students are ambitious (ambition suit students like a cigarette), courageous and have a fresh look at things. From short movies you can also learn whether is it worthwile to get yourself circumcised, what colour of the lipstick works best for Russian man, what leg should you start with when you put on an latex suit and why is it a good idea to sleep on the sunbed when the world falls apart. What more can you wish for?

Marcin Markiewicz (selector)

tłumaczenie: Angelika Harat   1st Screening of ETIUDA Competition 22nd November (Wednesday), 04.30 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room 2nd Screening of ETIUDA Competition 22nd November (Wednesday), 08.30 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts –Small Screening Room 3rd Screening of ETIUDA Competition 23rd November (Thursday), 05.30 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room 4th Screening of ETIUDA Competition 23rd November (Thursday), 09.00 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room 5th Screening of ETIUDA Competition 24th November (Friday), 05.00 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room 6th Screening of ETIUDA Competition 24th November (Friday), 08.15 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts –Small Screening Room 7th Screening of ETIUDA Competition 25th November (Saturday), 06.00 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room      

ANIMA Contest 2017

Mateusz Solarz, selector of the ANIMA contest, invites to the screenings of competition animations.  

Jonasz i morze

Still from animation "Jonas and the Sea"

  ANIMA contest is a competition between the professional, independent and student-made animations from all around the world. Last year 1433 proposals were submitted for the contest and approximately 69 were retained. These included newest films of acclaimed directors such as Dennis Tupicoff, Koji Yamamura, Dmitry Geller, Ülo Pikkov, Steven Subotnick, Ferenc Ćako i Steven Woloshen. It is also a great opportunity to see latest pieces made by directors that are known from previous editions – Michella and Uri Kranot, Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata, Daisy Jacobs, Sasha Svirsky, Sarina Nihei, Marc Riba and Anna Solanas. Polish animation will be represented by Izabela Plucińska, Zbigniew Czapla, Jarosław Konopka, Paulina Ziółkowska and Jadwiga Kowalska. Movies came from all around the world: most European countries, North America (Canada, USA), South America (Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador), Asia (Georgia, Israel, China, Japan) and Australia. ANIMA contest will show the multiplicity of animation techniques, from classic hand-drawn and painted film, through the masterly crafted puppet movie, pixilation, rotoscoping, well known digital CGI animation, scratching directly on a film, found footage, ending up with unique techniques like painting life-sized characters on the real walls or creating a movie using only a typewriter. As always at the contest there will be surprising diversity of topics. We will get a peek of private relationships (Evening, Oh Mother!, Negative space), social bonds (Sog, Rascals, The Bridge over the River), we will see some beautiful (Ježeva Kuća), funny (Our Wonderful Nature – The Common Chameleon), but also dangerous (To Build a Fire) nature, we will get to know Far-Eastern inspirations of European filmmakers (The Grateful Wolf, Fishes, Swimmers, Boats), and European inspirations of Far-Eastern directors (Monstropedia). We will also see screen versions of literary masterpieces made 12 years after reading the book („The Stranger” in my Head). Through the serious issues, like study of disease (Late Afternoon), stories about death (Liv, Dead Reckoning) and war stories (Dead horses) we will get to lighter topics. We will travel to Antarctida (Antarctica), and accompany the first woman to break a sound barrier (L’Aviatrice). There will also be a little bit of Wild West (Bullet Time) and brass bands (Parade, A Festive Wind). We will be amazed by the sky (Starhunters) and the sea (Jonas and the Sea). As an example of an atypical approach to the plot we will see an amazing movie about… nothing happening (Nothing happens). Enormous dose of the most important issues of  mankind served on a high artistic level: Ladies and Gentlemen, ANIMA contest!

Mateusz Solarz (selector)

tłumaczenie: Angelika Harat   1st Screening of ANIMA Competition 22nd November (Wednesday), 03.00 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 2nd Screening of ANIMA Competition 22nd November (Wednesday), 05.00 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 3rd Screening of ANIMA Competition 23rd November (Thursday), 06.30 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 4th Screening of ANIMA Competition 24th November (Friday), 05.30 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 5th Screening of ANIMA Competition 25th November (Saturday), 06.00 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 6th Screening of ANIMA Competition 25th November (Saturday), 08.00 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room      

24th IFF Etiuda&Anima Opening Night

This Tuesday, November 21st, IFF ETIUDA&ANIMA starts for a 24. time. We invite you to an opening gala in Malopolski Ogrod Sztuki. Opening night makes a great occasion to see two movies – Hieronim Neumann’s „Lift” and „Window Horses” by Ann Marie Fleming.   „The Elevator” directed by Hieronim Neumann   Winda   Waiting for the elevator nervously: throat clearing and time checking, pushing the buttons histerically and compulsive wondering if going by stairs would last any shorter – those are feeligns that we get by watching last Hieronim Neumann’s animated movie. The author lets us into the ridiculousness of living in the eighteen-storey(!) building. Neumann was interested in the topic of the big housing developments back in 1982 in the animated movie „Blocks”  - variation of the idea about secrets that our neighbours hide inside their apartments. Dailyness of housing estates happen to be a little comical (Stanislaw Bareja is still alive), but also metaphorical, archetypically showing specifity of our lifes. Living space, that limits our range of motion and thinking, imposes our behaviours (thank you, you’re welcome, excuse me, you have to stand in line) – this is what defines „Lift’s” scenario. Animation that bases on crowded room that causes absurd situations reminds of iconic „Tango” (1980) directed by Zbigniew Rybczynski, that brings us to the room overflowing with people conducting seemingly unrelated activities. This connotation is right by all means – Rybczynski and Neumann come from the same animation school, they both used to work in production by Se-Ma-For studio. Screening of the „The Elevator” can become an interesting experience in itself – it is going to be held during the opening gala, which, as is known, is a kind of event that makes rooms crowded and sometimes leads to odd situations.

Katarzyna Możejko

  Winda / The Elevator Direction and screenplay by Hieronim Neumann, music by Krzesimir Dębski,  Poland 2017, animation, 19 min.     “Window Horses” directed by Ann Marie Fleming     How pursuing your dreams can lead you to find the truth about yourself? Half-Chinese, half-Persian Rose Ming is a young, beginning poet from Canada raised by her Chinese grandparents. She lives her life believing that she has been left by her father. One day she is being invited to a poetry festival in Iran that she attends despite the initial resistance of her grandparents. At destination she finds out some intriguing facts about her parentage and also how it happened that her grandparents took care of her. Is it possible that they were hiding from her such an important information? By meeting benevolent people Rosie finds feelings hidden deeply in her heart. Citing the sentence in the trailer of the film: ‘The more you learn from the others, the better you understand yourself’. Ann Marie Fleming’s movie is a place where different ethnicities and cultures meet, it reminds of equality that all the relationships should base on. The movie is based on a graphic novel with the same title, written by the director. Her courage in showing the world that people can live in harmony should be admired. Certainly her bravery comes from her personal experiences, as she is product of the union between the Chinese and the Australian, and she was born in Japan.

Natalia Szczepanek

Window Horses Direction and screenplay by Ann Marie Fleming, Canada 2016, animation, 85 min.   Festival opening gala – „The Elevator” and „Window horses” 21st November (Tuesday), 7:00 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room   Tickets are available in the points of sale.    

Changes and continuities of E&A

Amelia Wichowicz talks to Bogusław Zmudziński, founder and artistic director of the  Etiuda&Anima festival.   Bogusław Zmudziński   Amelia Wichowicz: This is the first time that the festival is organised by a new entity – Foundation for Promotion of Artistic, Film and Audiovisual Culture Etiuda&Anima. What does it mean for the event itself? Bogusław Zmudziński: After all that we have been through, I will not try to give a witty reply. To cut a long story short: since the organization with the same name as the festival took over the festival and became its organizer, it can only be a change for the better. What matters most is that the team that has organized the festival so far, together with Rotunda Association, remains in charge. Despite the earthquake that we faced, we managed to maintain the festival's programme profile, which is the most imporant to me. I never view a given edition in isolation from the previous and oncoming ones. I think of the festival as an organism that lives for many years and if you can maintain its identity, it is – along with its artistic level – the highest value to me.   AW: What would you particularly recommend to the viewers of this year's Etiuda&Anima? BZ: I always try to evade this question, because the whole programme is dear to me as I am its author. But when I do have to answer, I usually recommend events that are related to the visits of our guest artists. This year, I advise everyone to meet the animation authors that will take part in our Self-Portraits: Geza M. Toth from Hungary, Svetlana Filippova from Russia and Claudius Gentinetta from Switzerland. Years ago, in the mid-90s, they participated in our International Animation Film Workshop as the emerging filmmakers. Now that we celebrate the 25th edition of the Workshop, they come back to us as renowned artists. During Self-Portraits, they will discuss their techniques and show their films. These events are always a highlight of the festival.   AW: Who else will show up among the VIPs of the festival? BZ: We will host Tony Palmer from Great Britain, an excellent director of music documents, who will present his three films rooted in his fascination for popular music, in particular the phenomenon of the Beatles and Leonard Cohen. Koji Yamamura, undoubtedly one of the most distinguished authors of Japanese animation living today, will visit us for the third time. Sławomir Idziak, a worlwide known Polish cinematographer, will receive a Special Golden Dinosaur for his accomplishments as an artist and pedagogue. He will also run a workshop on visual dramaturgy. On the last day, Bodo Kox will meet the audience after the screening of his “Man with the Magic Box”. We will also host other guests, i.a. the representatives of diverse animation film festivals.   AW: Anima.pl is a new part of the program. How did the idea of the third competition come into being? BZ: I have been thinking about Polish animation competiton for many years, but Kraków alredy had one: OFAFA Festival of Auteur Animation Films that was successfully organized by Janusz Korosadowicz in „Wrzos” Cinema and Theatre. It was the only festival in Poland that summerized, through a competition, the annual national animated production. Unfortunately, it has declined for a number of reasons. So I met Janusz Korosadowicz, whom I know for a long time, and he – having already resigned from running OFAFA – accepted the idea to hand over the organization of the Polish animation competition to Etiuda&Anima. In a way, this shift is represented by this year's “10”, the traditional part of the festival, during which renowned authorities select 10 films according to the proposed criteria. This year, Janusz picked 10 films awarded at the 20th edition of OFAFA. On Sunday, the last day of Etiuda&Anima, at 2 p.m. in Kijów Centrum, the longest screening – composed of 10 OFAFA award-winning films – will take place.   AW: Could you reveal any plans for the next Etiuda&Anima? BZ: Undoubtedly, the leitmotiv of the next year's edition will be an anniversary – 25 years of the festival. A quarter-century is a long time, it is also a huge part of my life. I am an initiator and organizer of this festival from the very beginning. What's most important, I am also in charge of its programme. For sure, I would like to add a few accents to the next year's edition that will show, stronger than before, the continuity of the festival. For example, it would be great to check one again on our laureates from the past years, to see what they are doing and creating today. I will not go into detail, but I can say that I have an idea to prepare an exhibition of the flick books – small books with a series of pictures drawn casually by the animation authors, which are one of the proofs that animation is older than a cinematograph. I would like to call upon to all of our past and present guests to send us their flick books. I dream about a vast exhibition of these little artistic objects. I just do not know how to ensure that some of the particularly attractive pieces do not disappear too quickly, enriching private collections of animation fans. But that is a whole different story.   Tłumaczenie: Kinga Ostapińska    

Propaganda in animation

We invite you to an international academic conference on animated film – “Twisted Dreams of History. V4 Perspective on Propaganda, Ideology and Animation” and for screenings of propaganda films „Frame by Frame Agitation” during 24th IFF Etiuda&Anima. Gloria Victoria

Still from animation "Gloria Victoria"

2nd international academic conference from the cycle titled “Twisted Dreams of History” devoted to the title relation between ideology, propaganda and animation. Apart from scientists from V4 region, the event will also host researchers from other countries. The conference’s special guest will be Theodore Ushev, a Bulgarian author of animation working in Canada. From its very beginnings animation was used as a convenient channel of ideological transmission. Complex artistic works, educational children films, simple commercials - all of them have been easily incorporated into propaganda apparatuses upholding various political systems. In the first decades of film history pioneers such as Winsor McCay, Quirino Cristiani, Zenon Komissarenko or Wan Brothers demonstrated the engaging and persuasive potential of animated attraction. This potential was recognized by the authorities seeking easily understandable and highly entertaining form of communication with the masses. During the World War II both the Allies and the Axis countries mobilized popular cartoon characters to serve on the front-lines of the propaganda war. From the perspective of the film historian concerned aboutinterweaving of art and ideology, the Cold War era is arguably the most interesting period. Comparative analysis of the animated propaganda from both sides of the Iron Curtain may expose modes of manipulation in their purest form.   Krakow, Poland 23rd – 24th November 2017, 09.00 am. - 03.00 pm. Faculty of Humanities, AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow 30-001 Kraków, Gramatyka 8a street Building D-13, room 21, first floor The Organizers:
  • Foundation for Promotion of Artistic, Film and Audiovisual Culture “Etiuda and Anima”
  • Faculty of Humanities, AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow
  Project financed by:
  • International Visegrad Fund
  Conference Academic Committee
  • Professor Stefan Bielański (Pedagogical University of Cracow),
  • Professor Barbara Gąciarz (AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow),
  • Professor Alicja Helman (Jagiellonian University, University of Humanities and Economics in Lodz),
  • Professor Jadwiga Hučkova (Jagiellonian University),
  • Professor Andrzej Pitrus (Jagiellonian University),
  • Professor Anna Siwik (AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow)
Conference Organizational Committee
  • Olga Bobrowska,
  • Michał Bobrowski PhD,
  • Bogusław Zmudziński PhD
  The academic conference will be accompanying by screenings of propaganda animated film during Etiuda&Anima festival – “Frame by Frame Agitation”. Frame by Frame Agitation, part 1: Propaganda Aesthetics in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary 23rd November (Thursday), 03.45 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room Frame by Frame Agitation Part 2: War and Economics 24th November (Friday), 03.00 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room    

Farewell to master – Marek Serafiński’s animations

Marek Serafiński left us this year. To commemorate his creations, at Etiuda&Anima there will be screening of his great works.     He was extremely verstile person: he was a director, screenplaywriter, painter and graphic, and also working for animation envoirment in Poland. In his movies he showed social changes that happed in our country. He was able to show in short movies many important problems, which are in society. He was combining grotesque with extraordinary form. He debuted at beginning of 1980s with movie "Speaker" (1980) and already then showed his involvement in politics, because he portraited problem of authority that lost contact with people. Critic of system appears also in "Concert" (1987), where need of changes was bluntly showed. In "Professional" (2004) director made critic of populistic and empty slogans made by people in power. It is possible to see those and other excellent Marek Serafiński's movies during first day of festival.  

Aleksandra Lasota

  Marek Serafiński - In memoriam 21st November (Tuesday), 05.00 p.m. Malopolska Garden of Arts - Small Screening Room    

Themersons – masters of world avant garde and…

We are reminding about creative achivements of avant-garde Polishartists - Stefan and Franciszka Themerson. On Małopolska Garden of Art movies directed by couple will be screening. Also in Pauza in Garden exhibition called “Franciszka and Stefan Themerson. The urge to create visions – scene 5” is available to visit till 30th of November.     Stefan (b. 1910) and Franciszka (b. 1907) Themerson met in Warsaw in the late 1920s. Franciszka had graduated in painting at Warsaw Fine Art Academy and Stefan had studied physics and architecture. They married in 1931, and apart from a break in 1940-42, the remainder of their lives involved a succession of remarkable collaborations. Around 1930 they started to collaborate in experiments in photography and film, and became pioneer members of the Polish cinematic avant-garde. Their early works, many of which are now lost, combined an innovative use of photograms, photography and photo-collage techniques. Among their many artistic achievements, the films of Stefan and Franciszka Themerson stand out as significant contributions in the history and development of European experimental cinema. During the festival we are going to show You four of Themerson's movies: “The adventures of a good citizen” (1937), “Calling Mr Smith” (1943), “The Eye&The Ear” (1945), “Stephan + Franciszka” (1975), and a documentary of Erik van Zuylena “Stefan Themerson and language”' (1976).   25th November (Saturday), 08.00 pm. Malopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room    

Exhibition “Franciszka and Stefan Themerson. The urge to create visions – scene 5”

The exhibition presents the film output of Franciszka and Stefan Themerson, the most important representatives of the film avantgarde of 1930s and 1940s. The exhibition comprises photograms and collages (made since 1928) from which it all started.   2-30 November 2017 Pauza In Garden, 12 Rajska Street    

Georges Méliès and others

Screenings of silent films with live accompaniment are already the tradition of our festival. In this edition for films of the cinema pioneer Georges Méliès and two anonymous films from that period, all of them from the collections of Národni Filmový Archiv in Prague, will play guitarist Kuba Duda.   Georges Méliès   We propose films of Georges Méliès from the collection of Narodni Filmovy Archiv, as a part of wide production of the great film innovator. From the films straightly inspired by his former illusionnist career to subtle and then new optical tricks, the films attest of the genius of invention and imagination of the filmmaker. Jeanne Pommeau     Kuba Duda is a young guitarist and the author of instrumental music, which leaves a space for your thoughts and imaginations to flow freely. His cloudy noir style of playing reminds masters of improvised solo guitar like Marc Ribot. https://kubaduda.bandcamp.com/   Georges Mélies and others from the archive of Národni Filmový Archiv in Prague 24th November (Friday), 10.30 pm. Kijów Centrum – Large Screening Room