Etiuda & Anima Awards

On November 28th we will know the outcome of the Etiuda&Anima competitions and the presentation of the festival special awards will take place. This year the competition for the statuette for the best short fiction or documentary will be fight between 34 artists from all over the world, while the award for the best animated film will receive one of the 72 movies.

1014025_648574845173963_1033710461_newsThis tradition dates back to 1994, when the first edition of the festival took place, whose purpose was to confront the achievements of students of film and art schools from different countries.

So far the Golden Dinosaur Award went among others to Marcin Wrona (Magnet Man 2002) and Leszek Dawid (for the film My Place). In 2005, the festival organizers have started a new tradition of awarding the Jabberwocky statuettes for the best animation professionals. In the Anima competition a Special Prize is also awarded to the author of a distinctive animated student film. Of course, the prize is not just a symbolic statue, but also a monetary gratification. The winners of the competitions Etiuda&Anima will receive a check for 2,500 euro. More importantly, the winner films of the festival will be presented to the general public within the event Traveling Etiuda&Anima. Thanks to this opportunity those interesting productions from talented newcomers will reach their audiences not only in Poland but also abroad.

In addition to the main prizes there will be also special prizes. Among them, particularly zd08newsclose to the hearts of the filmmakers is the Audience Award, of course, but also the Student Jury Award. The director of the festival, Boguslaw Zmudziński will also present his own award - the Great (No) Acclaimed. In addition, a special Golden Dinosaur will go to the best film school of the festival (this year it´s Nederlandse Filmacademie from Netherlands) as well as outstanding educators and artists (this year it will be Maciej Drygas and Miroslaw Dembinski, creators of the international project The World from Dawn to Dusk).

If you want to see your favorites win - you have to appear at Rotunda for the Closing Gala!

22nd Closing Gala Film Festival Etiuda & Anima 28 November 2015 (Saturday) 19.30

A number of tickets will be available for the festival audience

Etiuda&Anima musicly

Six days of festival is not only movie screenings meetings with moviemakers and trade workshops. Etiuda&Anima invites for special music events, which are in this year’s programme.

Concert of band SIBIGA


Collective began working at the beginning of 2014. To group belong three people: Krzysztof Repeć (gituars, spaces and noises), Bartosz Odrzywołek (synthesizers, loops, guitar, production) and Tomasz Starzyk (lyrics, guitar, vocals, synthesizers). Music they make is honest and very personal. Electro pop sound is supported by guitars as live instrumentation. Latest plans are publishing full LP called Leopold and premiere of single with the video. Cooperation between members and similar attitude towards making music causes that their tracks take listeners to different place for moment, let for moment of thinking and emotion.

ROTUNDA Cinema, Small room November 25th (wednesday), start 10:30 pm


Silent Snow white and loud Miss God

This will an evening of silent cinema and music played live. One of most interesting represetative of young Polish music stage – Miss God – is going to play to movie Snow White (2012) by director Pablo Berger.

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(Dir., screenplay.: Pablo Berger, photos.: Kiko de la Rica, starring: Macarena García, Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Sofía Oria, Spain/France/Belgium 2012, 104’)

It’s story about brothers Grimm’ Snow White told in new way – in version of silent cinema. Action of Berger’s movie takes place in 1920s in Sevilla. Little Carmen never had a chance to meet her beautiful mother, who died early. Her father, former famous torreador, is neglecting his daughter subjecting himself to bad influence of new wife. Soulless step-mother hates Carmen and one day she decides to get rid of Carmen once and forever. But the girl manages to run away. She meets happy company of dwarves – little torreadors, who take her to their goup and give name Snow White. Soon the girl tries herself in corridas.


Miss God  is a vocalist, composer and music producer. She combines subtle electronics with nice bass, ethnic inspirations and vocal experiments. Consciously and in her own way. According to Agnieszka Szydłowska from Third programme of Polish Radion – separate and her own artist. Finalist of first Skoda and radio Three contest and contest „Make it louder T – Mobile Music. Artist played at filmPolska Festival in Berlin, created music for international dance appearance Le Flux, which premiere took place in Paris in 2014, in July 2015 she played two concerts in London, one of them as headliner Ambition Festival. In Poland she could be heard at Opener, Festival Soundrive in Gdańsk or Miss God_16.11Festival Firmament in Katowice. Miss God also took part in Piotr Stelmach’s programme Offensive, and her music can be heard in theatre plays and guestly with other artists: Lukasyno, Ladies Midday. By music site of she was named as one of most promising music debutes of 2013. Till now she made two Eps: I see you (2013) and Water (2014).


Screening of movie Snow White with live music by Miss God

ROTUNDA November 27th (Friday), start 8:00 pm

Galactic Meander * Expanded Cinema – Andrzej Jacek Bronikowski + Paweł Kaczmarczyk music live

 We invite you for music Interstellar. Galactic Meander * Expanded Cinema is multimedia show of mulitiscreenings of author animated movies by Andrzej Jacek Bronikowski, integrated with arrangement of big format scrolled graphics treated as screens. Sound layer of project is made by improvised live music by Paweł Kaczmarczyk.

Presented at this year’s International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima in Kraków project Galactic Meander * Expanded Cinema by Andrzej Jacek Bronikowski with improvised live music by Paweł Kaczmarczyk was specially arranged for cinema and concert space of Rotunda. It’s next stage of evolution of this experimental project connectd with experience and perception of animated graphics of archetypical images of Space – as special kind of audiovisual practices’ creation. This movie media and animation art have special and priviliged place that that wider and deeper vison of Space could be expressed fully.

Paweł Kaczmarczyk_16.11Paweł Kaczmarczyk (born 1984 in Kraków) – jazz musician, one of the best pianists of young generation, composer, solist and sideman. Named as revelation of Polish and european jazz market. Valued for virtuosity, creativity and very mature technics.

ROTUNDA November 27th (Friday), start 10:00 pm


European issues in short

One of the points of this year edition of Etiuda&Anima is a series of European short-length cinema. The viewers came take part in five screenings from different parts of our continent. (more…)

Undiscovered South America: animations from Brazil and Colombia

Few people know, that Ice Age 2 (2002) or Rio (2011) – animated movies that are very popular with both children and adults – were made in South America. Not many people know also that story of cartoon cinema on the sunny continent dates from the early years of XX century.

This year’s edition of Etiuda&Anima festival is going to provide a great opportunity to get acquainted with Brazilian and Colombian animation. European viewers are rarely aware that Brazil is one of the world’s frontrunners in animating. South American animation has been evolving for almost hundred years. In 1917 Alvaro Marins made a short animated film The Kaiser. Its inception appointed a new field of interests for Brazilian creators. You cannot ignore the feats of the animators from Brazil, especially as they are so appreciated in contests, festivals and reviews. In a world of animation there is also more and more place for Colombians. We are going to present a panorama of Colombian animation in two blocks – professional and student-made.

Age of animation in Brazil


Eduardo Calvet’s documentary Between Frames. The Art of Brazilian Animation is made to pay homage to all the creators that contributed to Brazilian animation development. While watching the film we come to know a fascinating and unusual story. In Between frames... we have a chance to see and hear many of Brazilian actors like Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age 2 and Rio), Mauricio de Sousa (Monica’s Gang), Andres Lieban (My Big Big Friend) and Cecilia Catunda (Fishtronaut).

The film contains a reconstruction of remaining extract of The Kaiser. It is a kind of compliment from eight animators to the father of South American animated movies – Alvaro Marins. In Calvet’s documentary there are also other old movies appearing – like The Adventures of Virgulino (1930), Amazon Symphony (1951) and Piconzé (1971) and the latest output – cartoons Fishtronaut and My Big Big Friend that won childrens’ hearts all around the world.

Between frames... was presented at many film festivals all around the world like Anima Mundi in Brazil, Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France, Palm Beach Film Festival in United States, Animation Film Festival in Netherlands. It won many awards and commendations. The authors assert: ‘We promise that you’ll never watch Brazilian animation with the same eyes again!’.

Between Frames. The Art of Brazilian Animation (directed by Eduardo Calvet, Brazil 2013, 99’)

Małopolski Ogród Sztuki – small hall 24th November (Tuesday), 5:00P.M.

Colombia gets to speak


History of Colombian animation is not long but very quickly and intensively progressing. At first animated movies from Colombia were patterned on the ones from USA and made only as an entertainment. Soon after that artistic animations started to come out. For several years many interesting authorial animations characterized by its original, peculiar style have been made there. They all have one thing in common – its unique flavour. You can feel a little uncomfortable while watching them, because they are kept in disturbing mood that express itself in characters behaviour and colours and textures, often trying to intimate some abstract ideas.

At this year’s edition of Etiuda&Anima audience is going to have a chance to see professional works as well as the most interesting student-made projects.

Student animations from Colombia

Małopolski Ogród Sztuki (big hall) 26th November (Thursday), 3:30P.M.

Professional animations from Colombia

Małopolski Ogród Sztuki (small hall) 27th November (Friday), 6:00P.M.


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!

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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.


100 years, 100 years, let Sweden have long…

Feel invited to a two-piece show that includes almost one hundred years of Swedish animation. The program includes animations selected by Midhat Ajanovic “Ajan” from the University West Trollhattan .

aprikoserWe'll see the oldest productions, such as Th Magic Potion (1915) or  Captain Grogg is Being Portrayed (1917) and the latest including Las Palmas (2011) and Bath House (2014). The special guest of the show will be Teresa Glad - Swedish animator, screenwriter and cartoonist , the author of the film Gunnar Catches an Owl ( 2003).

Midhat Ajanovic “Ayan” about the history of Swedish animation:

Animated children’s films, commercials, animated documentaries, as well as films influenced by comics made by distinct individualists are the cornerstones this cinematic phenomenon is based on.

Victor Bergdahl was a sailor, a painter, a cartoonist, a reporter and also an author. But above all he deserves his place in history as an animator. His first encounter with animation was in 1912 when he, by coincidence, had seen Slumberland, an early animated film from 1911 by the American genius Winsor McCay. The film, in fact a staging of Mc- Cay’s cartoon drawings from the strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, gave Bergdahl the impulse to try animation himself.

The same year he finished drawing his first movie, but it wasn’t filmed until 1915 when the famous manager of Svenska Bio, Charles Magnusson, realized the potential of animated films. The film is The Magic Potion (Trolldrycken). The bizarre contents and abstract graphic elements place it at least fifty years ahead of its contemporary animations. The “leading character” of the film is alcohol, which continued to play an important role in the films of Bergdahl and probably in his life, too. Bergdahl was soon to create “the drawn pictorial joke” about his alter ego Captain Grogg, a discarded sailor with a pug nose, permanently armed with a pocket flask that often helps him out from difficult situations and dire straits. Captain Grogg was in fact the first true animation of the European continent with a recurring character. In all there were thirteen episodes with the liquor-loving Grogg. Rather frank erotic passages, jokes and innovative animation made Bergdahl famous even abroad.

The Magic PotionHowever, Bergdahl got an unusual successor in Arvid Olsson, who was the most prolific film animator in Sweden since the 1930’s until the 1950’s. As a young student in Paris in the 1930’s he became interested in animation. Back in Sweden he devoted his time to the commercial animation. Olsson created the first Swedish animated film with sound track, a humorous commercial about Swedish monetary value, The Lunar Eclipse of the Kruna (Kronans Manförmörkälse) in 1931. In 1934 he became the first Swede to work with colour film in professional way.

After the break caused by WW2 animations production restored since the mid-1950s. During the coming years, Nils Holgersson, Alfons Aberg, Peter-No-Tail, Laban, Pettson and Findus, Bamse and other popular characters from children’s literature became heroes of TV series and animated features. Alongside the former Czechoslovakia, Sweden was actually one of the European countries with, relatively speaking, most animated feature films, which were almost exclusively produced in the Disney inspired cell animation technology. Thanks to such a considerable production Gunnar Karlsson, Stig Lasseby, Olle Hallberg, Tor-Erik Flyght, Rune Andraasson, Jan Gissberg and Per Ahlin as a leading figure built the second-generation professional animators. Thanks to television, a new market for animated children film, several companies specializing in animated films started. As a typical product for television animation one can take Olof Landstrom’s and Peter Cohen’s classic children’s programme, Kalle’s Climbing Tree (Kalle klättertredd), with seven year Old Kalle laying in his apple tree thinking about life and love, with Grandpa sitting below, reading a magazine.

Despite the financial cuts that hit television in the 1970s became a period when children’s film bloomed so strong that even today in the country exists an idea of animation as “something for children.” Johan Hagelback, who is one of Swedish most influential animators, began his successful career at that time. His peculiar productions have amused children and grownups alike. He has created several shorter series for children and participated extensively in the SVT children’s program. Hagelback made a series of short and sometimes almost mid-length animated children’s films as Who will comfort Toffle? (Vem ska trösta knyttet?, 1980) based on Tove Jansson’s classic picture book. Besides this immense work with children’s film he created even some personal and some wayward short films intended for adult audiences. One of his most famous characters is Charles Nonsens who was first seen in the TV. Fish and Chips was one experimental film for adults and it has, among other things, been exhibited at MoMa in New York.

gomdAfter the 1980s many talented femalke animators have come forward fighting for gender equality in Swedish animation. Like in other animation cultures female animators in Sweden showed propensity to experiment and use other techniques than cell animation. A special place in that context belongs to Birgitta Jansson, one at the College trained artist, who began animating with Per Ahlin in the 1970s and then continued independently. Her biggest success was Sweden’s first clay animation, 13 minutes long award winning Holiday home (Semesterhemmet, 1981). Animations bring to life conversations recorded at a retirement home, where the tenants tell their life stories. The film’s documentary qualities laid the groundwork for a whole genre and is still a fascinating piece of work.

An important event for Swedish animation occurred in 1996, when Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm founded its department training in animation located in a small town Eksjö. Driving force behind the project was Stig Lasseby, and since 1999, also Witold Nowak. In addition to educational activities the Department also managed to conduct serious research, organize conferences and seminars, start an animation festival and a regional resource centre for film and animation, expose the students’ work at various places in the world as well as publish Animagi, a journal for animation studies. Most important of all was the fact that over 120 pupils and students have graduated there, which changed the Swedish animation for all times. Gunnar Catches an Owl (Gunnar fangar en uggla, 2002) by Teresa Glad is a typical student film of the Eksjö College. In a beautiful cut out animation the film tells a story about Gunnar who dreams of having an owl.

Las-PalmasDigitization from the mid 1990s ON increased possibilities for animated documentary which definitely became the most prominent genre in new millennium. As typical examples for documentary approach one can take Blu-Karma-Tiger (2006), subtitled “a documentary about graffiti”, by the filmmaker duo Mia Hulterstam and Cecilia Actis.

In this century’s first decade something that appears to be a small renaissance occurred in Swedish animation. One of younger animators that distinguished himself was Gothenburger Johannes Nyholm who, with his formidable energy appears as something of a one-man army who both directs and produces his films as well as a number of music videos. Already his very first professional movie, Puppet boy (Dockpojke, 2007), became Sweden’s probably most award-winning animated film of all time. With this work Nyholm managed to create a distinctive fantasy world characterized by a refreshing sense of humour. It is, however, a movie whose plot unfolds in real time, and the execution of the animation is anything but perfect. It is rather that clay figure representing the main character is the sloppy animation – you can almost see animator’s fingerprints on it – and the doll looks to melt under the headlights. The film’s nonchalant surface hides a serious message about modern human’s loneliness and her incredible difficulties in reaching other people. Another great success was Las Palmas (2011) in which Nyholm combined these live-recorded scenes with his two-yearold daughter, who plays the role of Marja, a spoiled, middle-aged Swedish tourist in Las Palmas whereas other characters are played by puppets on the same scale as she. Marja hasn’t grasped the social conventions that apply when vacationing in the sun, which provided foundation for a bizarre humour.

100 years of Swedish Animation (I)

25th November (Wednesday), 7 p.m.

100 years of Swedish Animation (II)

26th November (Thursday), 7 p.m.

Rotunda (large screening room)