Chris Hunt

Chris Hunt is one of the UK’s pre-eminent programme-makers. With over 50 awards to his name including four Emmys out of 7 nominations, he has built a distinguished career in film and television. In 2018 a retrospective series of 6 of his films was shown in movie theatres across the US.
Chris Hunt left Cambridge University in 1976 and immediately worked in film and television, joining the BBC in 1979, then LWT in 1985 where he produced and directed ‘The South Bank Show’. UK television’s highest-rated music and arts series. In 1988 he left to found Iambic Productions Ltd., which he built into a highly successful arts production company. In 1999 he also founded the quoted public company DCD Media, and he led it as Chief Executive as it grew into one of the top ten ‘super-indies’ in the UK until he decided to return to programme-making late in 2008. He has since founded Stanza Media Limited, specialising in high-end documentaries and performances.
Chris Hunt’s music documentary credits are legion. He won a Bafta nomination and Emmy for ‘Jose Carreras – A Life Story‘, and his ‘Abba – The Winner Takes It All’ was also Bafta-nominated as well as being the highest-rated music film in history in the UK, narrowly beating his own ‘The Michael Jackson Story’, which was still the highest rated single documentary of its year in Britain. Like nearly all his music films, these went on to be very popular worldwide. He has also produced ‘Placido Domingo – My Greatest Roles’, a major doc for BBC1, Arte, ZDF and others, ‘Roy Orbison – The Big ‘O’, ‘The Beatles in “Love”’, ‘Stuart Sutcliffe – The Lost Beatle’, ‘Abba – The Reunion’, ‘The Abba Years’, ‘Eric Clapton’ (Emmy nominated), ‘The Clapton Sessions’, ‘The Truth About Boy Bands’, ‘Maria Callas – Living and Dying for Art and Love’ (multi award-winning), ‘Joan Sutherland – Reluctant Prima Donna’, ‘Suzanne Vega’, ‘The Search for Robert Johnson’, and about twenty more.
Among his other credits are the double Emmy-winning ‘Elaine Stritch At Liberty’ co-directed with Don Pennebaker; the Emmy-nominated ‘King Lear’, starring Ian McKellen, the Emmy-winning film of ‘Oklahoma!’ starring Hugh Jackman, ‘The Merchant of Venice’, ‘Kiss Me, Kate’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and concerts from Ronnie Scott’s to the Royal Albert Hall, from the 75,000 capacity Principality Stadium to Beijing’s National Indoor Arena.
Chris Hunt is one of only two British people currently elected to the Board of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and he was from 2007-2012 also President of the IMZ, the UNESCO-affiliated international trade association for music and media organizations, whose members include major broadcasters, distributors, and a few of the world’s top producers. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Zoel Aeschbacher

Was born in Paris (France) in 1993. Of Swiss and Vietnamese origin, he grew up in Switzerland. It is through music that he begins to  take interest into video. Subsequently, with the democratization of the internet, the discovery of the  french artistic collective: "Kourtrajme", pushes him to make his cinematic experience in the street, surrounded by his friends. In 2016, he and Christophe M. Saber - another director from the same school - founded the "Apollo Projects" association to contribute to the Swiss cinema in their own way. In 2017 he graduated in cinema from ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne). BONOBO is his graduation film. He is currently established in Paris. W 2018 r. BONOBO


A boy winds up lost on a mysterious island, inhabited only by a few animals and a giant who insistently pursues our hero. This boy's journey across a strange landscape gives rise to minimalist, evocative animated film, made entirely by Gints Zilbalodis and winner of one of the most important awards at the latest Annecy festival. Away Directed: Gints Zilbalodis Produced by: Bilibaba Country: Latvia Year: 2019 Running time: 75'   21st November (Thursday), 12 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 22nd November (Friday), 12 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 23rd November (Saturday), 1 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room    

Lotte and the Lost Dragons

In this third film of the series of Lotte films that children know and love, the spirited girl dog Lotte gets a little sister named Roosi. Karl the raccoon and Viktor the fish are scientists who come to Gadgetville. They are taking part in a big folk song collecting competition. Whoever succeeds in recording the folk song of the world’s oldest animal species, the mythical fire-breathing dragon, wins the competition’s grand prize. Lotte and Roosi decide to help the scientists. Exciting and unexpected adventures await the sisters.
The third feature film installment to the Estonian/Latvian family sensation Lotte (following Lotte from Gadgetville 2006, and Lotte and The Moonstone Secret 2011) heads for the celebrated 69th Berlin Film Festival.Lotte and The Lost Dragons is supported by the Estonian Film Institute / National Film Centre of Latvia / MEDIA / Shortcut / Estonian Public Broadcasting, and was made for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. Lotte ja kadunud lohed / Lotte i zagubione smoki / Lotte and the Lost Dragons Directed: Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits Script: Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits, Andrus Kivirähk Music: Sven Grünberg Produced by: Kalev Tamm, Vilnis Kalnaellis, Eesti Joonisfilm, Rija Films Country: Estonia, Łotwa/Esnonia, Latvia Year: 2019 Running time: 78 min. Family film, 5+   21st November (Thursday), 10 a.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room 22nd November (Friday), 10 a.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room      

Jayne Pilling

She spent 11 years at the British Film Institute, then worked as Director, Cardiff International Animation Festival (1993-1995). .Has since worked as an animation specialist and historian, and film curator for festivals and museums, and has served on over 35  international festival juries. Founder/director of  the British Animation Awards, 1996-2018.
Curator, publisher and distributor of  over 20 DVD collections of British and international independent animation, both. Has taught at the Royal College of Art, London, in Europe, the USA and Asia and was Animation Research Fellow at Norwich School of the Arts, East Anglia University.
Member of the Commission de Selection, for the l'Abbaye Fontrevaud Animator in Residency Programme, France, 2009 -2016.
Directed Channel 4 TV series about European animation. Books include Animating the Unconscious: Desire & Sexuality in Animation: 2D & Beyond; A Reader in Animation Studies; Cartoons & the Movies; Women & Animation: A Compendium. These books are on the syllabus as required reading on university courses around the world, and regularly cited in reference bibliographies in books by academics and PhD students. Also commissioned to write articles for publications in France, China, Italy, Taiwan, Austria, Switzerland, Spain.
Recipient of the Zagreb International Festival World Council's Award for Contribution to Animation Studies, 2019.

Lucija Mrzljak

(born in 1990 in Zagreb) Croatian animation film director and illustrator, based in Estonia. She started to draw her first animated flipbooks as a child and as a teenager joined a film laboratory where she made her first experimental films on 8 mm and 16 mm analog film. She studied animation at the Academies of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Krakow, Prague and Tallinn. After completing her MA of Animation in Estonia as a student of Priit and Olga Parn, she decided to stay in Tallinn and since then works in Joonisfilm Studio. Her student films Shuma and Kut were screened at numerous film festivals around the world. During 2016 Etiuda&Anima festival those films brought her the Great Underestimated prize granted by the artistic director of the festival. In 2018, she won the Golden Jabberwocky for the film A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts, which she made with Morten Tšinakov. Besides animation, she works as a freelance illustrator for children books and international political magazines.

Franco Zefirelli – Directing from Life

On 15 June 2019, at the age of 96, Franco Zeffirelli, one of the greatest erudites of cinema, passed away. He became famous for his film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays such as The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Othello (1986) or Hamlet (1990), as well as legendary operas including La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Pagliacci.  Two years before Zeffirelli’s death, a British author of television programs Chris Hunt visited the director’s house in Rome and then joined him on the occassion of the opening of his foundation in Florence. It was then that he made numerous interviews with him, got to know his close collaborators as well as his artistic archives, which all led to the creation of this fascinating documentary – a film epitaph to the director. This engaging Zeffirelli’s story about art, life and inspirations was implemented with interviews with directors Stefano Trespidi and Marco Gardini, vocalists Placido Domingo and Joan Sutherland, actors Robert Powell, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Richord Burton and Joan Plowright, film and theatre producers Dyson Lovell and Sonia Friedman, longstanding secretaries Sheila Pickles and Angela Allen, as well as Pipp Pisciotto, an assistant and a friend of the Italian director. Hunt’s documentary, which was additionally enriched with fragments of interviews, operas, films and stage plays of the Italian artist, portrays a true Reneissance man who was larger than life. Franco Zeffirelli – Reżyserując z życia / Franco Zeffirelli – Directing from Life Directed: Chris Hunt Script: Marco Benedetti, Stephen J Brand, Simon Cox, Ant Leake, Daniele Nannuzzi Sound: David Bekkevold, Kevin Meredith, Lorenzo Ramerini Produced by: Chris Hunt Country: Wielka Brytania Year: 2019 Running Time: 58 min.   23rd November (Saturday), 7.00 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Small Screening Room      

Bernardo Bertolucci: No End Travelling

Last year the world bid farewell to Bernardo Bertolucci, a great master of cinema, awarded with numerous prestigious prizes, including two Oscars. The Italian director left a great number of unforgettable films which became a part of the canon of classic cinema.
Mario Sesti, a director, who is also a film critic and journalist, met with Bertolucci a number of times throughout a period of thirty years. Their discussions were published in ”L’espresso”, and recorded interviews were included in DVD editions of films The Sheltering Sky and The Dreamers. A documentary No End Travelling, which had its premiere during this year`s Cannes festival, presents the last interview Sesti made with Bertolucci. It took place short before the director`s death, and even though it was planned as part of a series devoted to film professions, it became a symbolic farewell to him. The great filmmaker brings back his emotional and nostalgic memories of the most important moments in his film career. He tells about the initial successes among the international critics and the admiration that the young American directors of the 1970s had for his films. He reminds the adventure with Marlon Brando, who played the main character in The Last Tango in Paris, as well as the fabulous night of the Oscar gala when his The Last Emperor received the American Academy award. Cinecittà - I mestieri del cinema / Bernardo Bertolucci: To nie koniec podróży / Bernardo Bertolucci: No End Travelling Directed: Mario Sesti Script: Mario Sesti Photos: Emanuele Princi Sound: Federico Badaloni Produced by: Massimiliano De Carolis Country: Włochy Year: 2019 Running time: 55 min.   23rd November (Saturday), 5.30 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room      

The Swallows of Kabul

The Swallows of Kabul, directed by Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, is an animated adaptation of a bestselling novel by an Algerian writer Mohammed Moulessehoul, publishing his works under the name of Yasmin Khadr. The film was presented in Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.
The plot of the film takes place in summer of 1998 in the capital of Afghanistan, soon after the Talib fundamentalists came to power there. Moshen, a historian Moshen and Zunaira, a previouss teacher and now an artist, both young and in love with each other, are trying to live their lives as they used to, hoping that all will go back to normal one day. Atiq, a prison governor, and his fatally ill wife Mussarat, are both grief-struck and apathetic. Atiq, who has witnessed a lot of terror and suffering in his life already, is not capable of showing his wife how much she means to him. One day, due to Moshen’s carelessness, the fates of the two couple intertwine, forcing them to make some dramatic choices.
This tragic story about enslavement narrated in a poetic manner with the use of uniquely beautiful images in pastel colors make The Swallows of Kabul a film which stirs emotions and leaves a long lasting impression. Les hirondelles de Kaboul / Jaskółki w Kabulu / The Swallows of Kabul Directed: Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec Script: Sébastien Tavel, Patricia Mortagne, Zabou Breitman Sound: Alexis Rault Produced by: Reginald de Guillebon, Stephan Roelants, Michel Merkt, Joëlle Bertossa Country: France Year: 2019   23rd November (Saturday), 3.30 p.m. Małopolska Garden of Arts – Large Screening Room      

Izabela Plucińska

Born in Koszalin in Poland on 06.10.1974. She graduated from Lodz National Fine Arts Conservatory, National Polish Film School in Lodz and National German Film School “Konrad Wolf” Potsdam- Babelsberg. In 2004, her graduate film project "Jam Session" was selected for the short film competition at the Berlin Film festival 2005, when she has been awarded with Silver Bear. "Jam Session" has been presented on over 60 international festival and won a number of international prizes. In 2006, Izabela founded her own production company "Clay Traces" in Berlin.

Morten Tšinakov

Morten Tšinakov was born in Viljandi, Estonia. He graduated from the animation department in Estonian Academy of Arts where he made two films. One of them, a puppet film titled “Pekk” has been screened in Ottawa and Stuttgart among other festivals. After graduating he co-directed “A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts” with Lucija Mrzljak. The film has been shown at many festivals, including Annecy and Zagreb and has won several awards including Golden Jabberwocky at Etiuda&Anima in 2018.  At the moment Morten and Lucija are working in Tallinn on their second film.

Igor Kovalyov

He is the internationally acclaimed filmmaker, designer, animator, and director. His short films Andrei Svislotski, Hen, His wife, Bird in the Window, Flying Nansen, Milch and Before Love have received numerous awards and accolades throughout the animation and film community. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Igor Kovalyov was the co-founder of Moscow's legendary Pilot School of Animation. The studio also housed some of the most brilliant artists in Russia including many of the current Klasky Csupo designers and animators. In 1991, Kovalyov accepted an invitation to work at Klasky Csupo's studio in Hollywood. In his time there, Kovalyov co-directed Klasky Csupo's first feature film, The Rugrats Movie and has directed the television series, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters as well as episodes of  Duckman and Rugrats, commercials and Internet shorts.

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.

Łukasz Ronduda

Łukasz Ronduda - born 1976, art historian, lecturer, curator, writer, screenwriter, director. Curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, initiator of the Filmoteka Muzeum project. Academic teacher with a PhD degree, giving lectures and seminars on art history, aesthetics, as well as theory and history of film at universities both in Poland and abroad (notably at Princeton University and Columbia University in New York). Adjunct professor at the SWPS University of Social Science and Humanities, in the department of psychology. Researcher and expert in the field of experimental cinema. Graduate of a direction and screenwriting training programme at the Wajda School. Originator of the award for visual artists, presented by the Polish Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art in the form of a grant for a feature film production. Director and screenwriter of a feature film The Performer (along with Maciej Sobieszczański), which received a Think: Film Award at Berlinale 2015. He also directed A Heart of Love (2017), a film depicting the relationship between artists Wojciech Bąkowski and Zuzanna Bartoszek.
He authored books: “Subversive Strategies in the Media Arts: Józef Robakowski’s Found Footage and Video Scratch” and “Polish Art of the 70s”, as well as co-authored (with Barbara Piwowarska) “Polish New Wave: The History of a Phenomenon that Never Existed”. He also wrote a novel “Half Empty”, along with Łukasz Gorczyca. Ronduda is also an editor of numerous collective publications, as well as over 200 articles about art and film, printed in academic journals and popular magazines.  He curated numerous exhibitions, i.a. “Niezwykle rzadkie zdarzenia” (Extremely rare events) at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw in 2009, the 2006 “Analogue: Polish video art from the 70s and 80s” at Tate Modern in London, “1,2,3… Avant-garde” in 2008 also at Tate, as well as “Operators exercises: Open Form Film and Architecture” at Columbia University in New York in 2010.