Jerzy Kucia on Animated Film Studio in Krakow

Place: Online (Facebook / Youtube / Etiuda&Anima Website)
Date: 16th November, 3:30 PM

The first interviewee is Jerzy Kucia, who has been associated with the studio since 1970. Born in 1942, he graduated from the Faculty of Painting and Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in 1967, where he also studied at the Film Drawing Workshop. He made his debut as an animated filmmaker in 1972 with the film "The Return". He is the author of over 20 animated films awarded in Poland and abroad. He also received the Dragon of Dragons award for lifetime achievement at the Krakow Film Festival and the ASIFA Prize 2006. He runs the annual International Animated Film Workshop. In the years 1994-1997, he performed the function of the vice-president of ASIFA. Starting from 2017, he has been the chairman of the Animated Film Section of the Polish Filmmakers Association.

About notations
The main theme of the notation cycle is the preservation of knowledge about the Animated Film Studio in Krakow and the artistic milieu that has been associated with it ever since. The studio was established in Krakow in 1966 as a branch of the Warsaw-based Studio Miniatur Filmowych. Its initiator and founder was Kazimierz Urbański - a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, who led the Film Drawing Workshop there. In 1974, the studio acquired its legal status as well as a new name - Animated Film Studio, under which it became famous all over the world. The main focus of the studio was the production of animated, original short films, addressed to adult viewers. However, animations for children and other short films were also produced there. The leading authors of the SFA include: Jerzy Kucia, Julian Antonisz, Ryszard Antoniszczak, Ryszard Czekała, Krzysztof Kiwerski, Krzysztof Raynoch, Aleksander Sroczyński, Andrzej Warchał, Zbigniew Szymański and Longin Szmyd. The 1990s marked the beginning of a critical period for the SFA which eventually resulted in its closure in 2003. The notations will serve cognitive and documentary functions, and they will also help to disseminate cultural assets in the Lesser Poland region.

Production: Fundacja Promocji Kultury Artystycznej, Filmowej i Audiowizualnej Etiuda&Anima

What can festivals do to protect the environment?

  • organizing of accompanying events with eco-friendly profile - workshops, speeches, discussions, screenings, meetings with experts, lectures, etc. - the culture has great power, education through the participation of recipients has the greatest potential for festivals to introduce changes
  • spreading flower bombs (they contain seeds, for example, of wild herbs, and they can be scattered in random places where plants have a chance to grow and thus propagate biodiversity and valiant pollinators)
  • making bags/backpacks from recycled materials, e.g. banners
  • implementing festival bug or insect houses
  • introducing fruit/vegetable packs prepared in cooperation with local producers, e.g. eco-friendly “parsley” fairs, initiatives aimed at reducing food waste (e.g. Too Good To Go - they are already huge and probably expensive, but there are smaller initiatives, too, that work on a similar principle) → e.g. preparing several sets of food to be handed over, allocating them by a "less-waste partner" and handing them over to the festival so that festival guests or the audience could choose from them and decide to buy, for example, a package of "bad-looking" parsley, which will not sell in a supermarket
  • limiting or resigning from some prints - programs, catalogs, posters, leaflets
  • using lanyards and badges (generally any available resources, as much as possible) from previous editions e.g. having a set of "neutral lanyards" to be used in the future regardless of the edition’s visual identification, or using recycled lanyards - those that have been left over from the previous edition (this will make the event more colorful and environmentally friendly)
  • using vegetarian/vegan catering only
  • providing access to drinking water and encouraging audience members to bring their own reusable water bottles
  • offsetting events - calculating the carbon footprint of the event and determining actions that would neutralize it - e.g. by planting trees (you can also introduce voluntary donations for this purpose, e.g. if someone arrives at the festival by plane from outside Poland, s/he is proposed to donate xPLN, if s/he comes from Poland it is xPLN, etc. – in this case, the carbon footprint of the trip can also be calculated)
  • encouraging participants to use public transport
  • using the services of local suppliers
  • economic and ecological planning of transportation and other logistics of all festival activities
  • creating shared refrigerators, or freedges - if people participating in the event have some provisions that they will not consume, they can leave it in the refrigerator and someone else can take it – as an alternative to throwing it away
  • preparing an appropriate number of litter bins/garbage discharge points
  • managing sewage/water consumption responsibly

How to make a festival eco-friendly? – ecological…

Location: Online (Facebook / Festival Website)

When: 20th November, 1 PM

As we are aware of human responsibility for the progressing climate disaster, this year, together with other event organizers, we want to talk about what can we do for the climate when acting in the area of human activity that is closest to our hearts, namely the culture. We invite you to a joint debate and exchange of ideas and experiences related to the process of making cultural events more sustainable and eco-friendly. We wish to discuss the potential of culture for increasing the eco-awareness, motivating the public to take up eco-friendly activities or organizing culture in a sustainable way. We will talk about best practices, the most common mistakes, our ideas and ways we can inspire each other.
The discussion will take place online and will be moderated by Joanna Mieszkowicz ? the president of the Aeris Futuro Foundation.

Aeris Futuro Foundation
The mission of the Foundation is to effectively counteract global climate change, protect and increase biological and landscape diversity, support the development of local communities and promote responsible business. Since 2005, the Foundation has been expanding its offer with various activities for business, public sector offices, as well as education and culture. The Aeris Futuro team supports the organization of green events whose principal idea is to minimize the negative impact on the environment.
We encourage you to visit the Foundation's website: where you can find various publications and an ecological knowledge-base with information about, among others, climate, water, biodiversity, the zero waste idea, climate policy, renewable energy sources or pro-ecological methods for the organization of festivals.