Janusz Kondratiuk

Born in 1943, Ak-Bułak, in the territory of today’s Kazakhstan, is a film director and scriptwriter who graduated from the directing department of Lodz Film School. He is a younger brother of a director Andrzej Kondratiuk. Already as a student, he made his first international success at the festival in Oberhausen in 1969 with his etude titled “Let’s Not Talk About It Anymore” (“Nie mówmy o tym więcej”). At the turn of the 1960s and 70s he made such succesful TV films as: “How to Win a Woman”, “Money and Fame” (“Jak zdobyć kobietę, pieniądze i sławę”, 1969), “Available Girls” (“Dziewczyny do wzięcia”, 1972) and “Blissful” (“Wniebowzięci”, co-directed with his brother Andrzej, 1973). Films of both Kondratiuk brothers are said to share similarities with those of the Czech film wave, especially the ones made by Forman and Menzel. Later, after moving abroad, Janusz Kondratiuk was for many years a film directing lecturer at the university in Linz. Recently, he has been again collaborating with the Polish television and directing some episodes of TV series. His latest feature autobiographical film “Fighting Like Cat and Dog” (“Jak pies z kotem”) was a considerable success at this year’s Gdynia Film Festival and won awards for the best actors Olgierd Łukaszewicz and Aleksandra Konieczna.

Hieronim Neumann

Born in 1948 in Poznań, is a graduate of the National Higher School of Fine Arts in Poznań. He is an author of animated films and a pedagogue leading an animation studio at the animation department of the University of Arts in Poznań and Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. From the beginning of his creative career he has been inspired by the media dimension of animated film, sometimes making references to the tradition of graphic arts and prehistory of cinema (Magritte, Muybridge). He is regarded as an artist having a lot in common with a seeking attitude of Zbigniew Rybczyński from his most fruitful period of artistic creativity. Neumann’s films are included into the experimental trend in Polish animation and defined as combined films. They have been awarded at numerous festivals in Poland and abroad (among others, in Kraków, Poznań, Huesca, Oberhausen, Lausanne). In his career, apart from author films, he has also made films on commission (for classical music) as well as animations for children. Hieronim Neumann has been our festival’s guest a great number of times. In 2009 he presented his ”Self-portrait”, in 2011 he served as the chairman of ANIMA international competition jury, and last year, during the opening ceremony of the 24th IFF Etiuda&Anima 2017 he showed his latest combined film “Lift” (“Winda”) in which he is again trespassing the boundaries of animation.

Aurel Klimt

Born in 1972 in Żilina in Slovakia. He graduated from the animation department of FAMU in Prague in 1999 and since then he has been working there as an animation lecturer. Starting from 2000 he has been living in Malešov where he founded Zvon Studio. He makes his own film, working as a director, scriptwriter, animator, editor and producer. As a student he participated in the 3rd IFF Etiuda (1996) with his film “Maskin Kills Koskin” and in the 5th IFF Etiuda (1998) during which he was distinguished with a honorary mention for his “Bloody Hugo” which was recognized as the best animation in the festival competition. Klimt is an author of short and feature animated films which have been numerously awarded at various festivals – his “Filmfarum” (2002) and “Filmfarum II” (2006) received, among others, the award of the Czech Film Academy – the Czech Lions. His latest feature animation “Laika” (2017), which we present at this year’s Anima& Etiuda Festival out of competition, was also awarded with the Czech Lion. Aurel Klimt is also the author of theatre plays and producer of commercials.