/7. p.m. – Official Opening of the Festival

7. p.m. – Official Opening of the Festival

Rotunda Cinema
ul. Oleandry 1, 30-060 Kraków
Large Screening Room

22nd November (Friday)
7.00 p.m.



sc., dir., ph., manual animation on rocks: Witold Giersz, mus.:Krzesimir Dębski (fragments of the Symphony No. 1 Nihil homine mirabilius est were used in the film), prod.: FunLine Animation Inc. Montclair c 2013, co-operation: SERAFIŃSKI STUDIO GRAFICZNO-FILMOWE, Poland, 2013, 13’, anim.

A recent delivery from one of the masters of the Polish animated film who is often called the screen painter. It’s an impression drawing from cave paintings, characterised by power of expression and surprising aesthetic refinement. Inspired by the conditions in which our forefathers carved their first art drawings on uneven surfaces of rocks thousands of years ago, Witold Giersz adds subsequent chapters to his greatest achievements – The Red and the Black (1963), and The Horse (1967). On this occasion, after decades of anonymous animation creativity, the author finally reveals the true origin of his works.

As the artist says himself: “… striving after breaking the stability of the drawing is present in all creative actions by artists of the Paleolithic Age, especially during the period of the Magdalenian culture. Hunting scenes were pictured as evocatively as possible, with meticulous attention to creating the impression of movement.
Today, thanks to the possibilities offered by animation, by hand-painting each phase of movement on the rocks, one is able to fulfil the prehistoric artists` dream and animate their paintings.”


dir.: Mark Baker, Jacques Drouin, Co Hoedeman, Yôichi Kotabe, Yuriy Norshteyn, Břetislav Pojar, Raoul Servais, Shinichi Suzuki, Isao Takahata, Koji Yamamura, Kihachirō Kawamoto, Tatsuo Shimamura, mus.: Shin’ichirou Ikebe, prod.: Imagica TV, Japan, 2003, 93’, anim.

A unique project – an animation based on renga (a collaborative poem written by at least three persons in which each verse must be independent but link with the preceding and following verses at the same time) by six Japanese lyric poets – Basho, Yasui, Kakei, Jugo, Tokoku, and Shohei, from the Winter Days collection of poems of 1684.

Kihachirō Kawamoto, whose puppet animation The Book of Dead was presented at our festival in 2009, and Tatsuo Shimamura (an outstanding Japanese animator and producer) requested thirty five world-class animators to contribute thirty six independent animated films; each illustrating one rengu stanza. The artists presented a wide selection of styles and techniques: stop frame (Tatsutoshi Nomura), humour (Yoji Kuri) or surrealism (Keita Kurosaka). The film’s cast, apart from the Japanese animators, includes seven filmmakers from the West: well-known in Japan Yuriy Norshteyn (Russia), who animated the longest, opening stanza, Raoul Servais (Belgium), Aleksandr Pietrov (Russia), Břetislav Pojar (Canada/Czech Republic), Mark Baker (Great Britain), Co Hoedeman (Canada/Holland) and Bairong Wang (China). Winter Days won the Grand Prix of the Japan Media Arts Festival in 2003 r.

The film is divided into two parts, where the second one clearly focuses on every single artist – there are close-ups of their faces, the stories are told about their works and animation techniques, as well as about the role they played in the making of Winter Days / Fuyu No Hi. Moreover, the film contains a short but insightful commentary by the poet Taro Naka on the renku genre, which should speak to both devoted haiku fans as well as complete beginners in this field.