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Polish School of Animation: Screenings Worldwide (update)

July 11, 2011 Leave a comment

As we all know by now, there’s going to be an exhibition at Barbican presenting films widely known as Polish School of Animation. That’s the 14th July 2011. HOWEVER, if you’re not living in London, you may still have a chance to see them…

Enough to say now that the screenings will take place in Beijing (China), Kiev (Ukraine), Berlin (Germany), and Tokyo (Japan). Now, let me just copy/paste an extract from an official announcement of the organisers and then follow the respective link to find out more (list of films included, dates, places and… more links ūüôā ).

The project “Polish School of Animation, its Observers and Continuators” aspires to give international recognition to the more-than-fifty-years-old output of Polish animation. “Polish School of Animation” – the validity of term application remains pending up to this day – came into being in the second half of the fifties as one of the most interesting artistic phenomena of Polish post-war culture, connected strongly – not only by personal ties – with the famous “Polish School of Poster”. We cannot disregard the fact that its emergence is included in the movement of “national schools” birth in animation, particularly intense in our part of Europe in late fifties and early sixties.
The movement was initiated and led by Jan Lenica and Walerian Borowczyk, cooperating at that time. Their jointly made films, like “ByŇā sobie raz” (“Once Upon a Time”) (1957), “Nagrodzone uczucia” (“Love Requited”) (1957), “Dom” (“The House”) (1958), “Sztandar MŇāodych” (The Colours of Young”) (1958) contributed to the breakthrough in Polish animated film which became – as in other countries – treated as a message aimed at adult audience, taking up the most complicated subjects and issues, on high level of artistic communication. (Read more)


Etiuda & Anima Festival 2011 Calls for Sumbission

June 3, 2011 1 comment

As announced on one of Polish film portals ( two days ago, Etiuda & Anima Festival is calling for submissions. 

18th International Film Festival, Etiuda & Anima, will take place from 18-24th November 2011 in Cracow, Poland. There are two competitions which you can submit your films to: 1. Etiuda – international competition for short films made by students at their film and art schools (deadline: 17th September 2011); and 2. Anima – international competition for professional, students’ and independent animated shorts (deadline: 31st August 2011).

Below, is a trailer of the last year’s winner of Anima section, Sleep (Schlaf, 2010) by¬†Claudius Gentinetta¬†and Frank Braun.The film was awarded Grand Prix of the Anima festival, Golden Jabberwocky.

Marek Serafinski’s Race for a Good Looong Bank Holiday Weekend

May 30, 2011 Leave a comment

I am going on holiday soon but have already planned a few posts in advance, so I hope you won’t get bored with old, unchanging content of Frogs and Squash. And… today,¬†despite the fact we still have a longer bank holiday weekend here and we should stay lazy both¬†physically¬†and¬†intellectually, I decided to stick to experiment in animation. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s welcome Marek Serafinski!

Yes, he’s made quite a few films by now and got quite a few prestige awards for them, but I guess the most¬†recognizable stays his Race from 1989. Race was awarded Grand Prix at festival in Lipsk and got a special award in Annecy. And actually it’s the only film by Marek that I have been able to find full online. An extract from one of his latest films, Idea (2007) is available on Serafinski studio website – with Malgorzata Bosek passing by as if accidentally (spot the lady in red!).

What¬†characterises¬†Marek’s style in animation is his combining photography, animation and graphics, where real pics of actors are a base for further picture processing and creating movement.

If you find any other Marek’s films online, do let me know. Also do keep in mind, Race is available on Anthology of Polish Animated Film¬†(2 DVDs) along with other Polish productions from 1958 – 2005.

And in the meantime, let’s enjoy Race. Another funny piece – do you see the humour too? the way I do? ūüėČ And does it make you feel like going for a ride?

Polish School of Animation at Barbican (14th July 2011)

May 10, 2011 4 comments

I have just learnt that Barbican in London, UK scheduled a nice screening in¬†collaboration¬†with¬†Etiuda&Anima Festival¬†and the¬†London International Animation Festival. As it is announced on the Barbican website, it is going to be¬†world premi√®re retrospective of four film programmes that chart the history of Polish animation from the 1950s to the present day including seminal works by¬†Jan Lenica,¬†Walerian Borowcyzk,¬†J√≥zef Robakowski,¬†Jerzy Kucia¬†and¬†Zbigniew RybczyŇĄski.¬†

Tickets go on sale to the general public from 10th May 2011. Don’t miss it! For details visit Barbican web site.

Jerzy Kucia – Krag (The Ring, 1978). Enjoy this and the screenings in Barbican!

50 Best Animated Films for 50 Years of ASIFA

October 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Every time an institution or a media representative announces a list of 10, 50 or 100 best films made in a certain period of time or simply ever, a sceptic in my head takes over. It is not really that I am a rebel questioning the choices for the sake of denying authorities as I may even agree with some of them. (Read more)

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