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Polish Films at LIAF 2011 (26th August – 4th September)

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

London International Animation Festival is coming back to town! The 8th edition of the event, that is said to be the biggest of its kind in the UK, is moving to a new venue this year (which is our beloved Barbican). The festival programme sounds exciting for quite a number of reasons but let me mention here only one: Polish animation! Yeay!… 🙂

Yep, as announced on LIAF website, we’ll be able to see what’s best in the latest Polish animation and by the latest I’d say I mean the first decade of 21st century. Some of the films have been mentioned on Frogs and Squash, so there is a chance you already got the feeling. Among others, there are such jewels as Dokumanimo by Malgorzata Bosek (2007), Gallery by Robert Proch (2009), Paths of Hate by Damian Nenow (2010), Danny Boy by Marek Skrobecki (2010), Millhaven by Bartek Kulas (2010) or The Lost Town of Switez by Kamil Polak (2010).  For full details of the two sets of films, go to: Focus on Poland 1 and Focus on Poland 2.

Another exciting thing in the programme is 2 master classes that are supposed to be led by (one of my faves, I must admit) Wojtek Wawszczyk. For details, again, follow the link: Wojtek Wawszczyk Master Class 1 & 2. These will be followed by George the Hedgehog screening (Wojtek’s latest feature) and Q&A with the director.

Also, there is a few Polish productions in the competition!

For info I refer you to the LIAF website. All bookings to be made through Barbican website.

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Polish Film Festival Wisla in Moscow, Russia (15th April – 5th May 2011)

May 25, 2011 2 comments

The festival is over but I think it’s still worth mentioning. I am selective though as I am not going to write here about anything else than animated film. This year the event organisers dedicated a separate part of its programme to Polish animation with a special contribution from Se-Ma-For studio which screened some films but also gave a stop motion master class.

As a matter of fact, I think Se-Ma-For has been doing a pretty good job recently, at least PR-wise. They have been working hard to make sure everybody knows what the studio is about, what its history was, its achievements, and what films they currently work on. In the past it was widely known in Poland that the studio had had financial problems, and it changed its status from state organisation to private. Now it seems Se-Ma-For promotes their films everywhere – not only in Poland as they appear at festivals in Europe, America, Africa, now Russia. They have retrospective programmes but also their new productions get selected for competitions and get mentioned among winners. So all in all it looks great in the media, animated film is in the scope, which means Poland gets in the scope too. So, well done Se-Ma-For!

Yes, but getting back to the Moscow festival programme… The films shown in Moscow included a few titles from Marek Skrobecki but also Maska by Timothy Quay and Stephen Quay, Two Steps Behind… (Dwa kroki za…, 2010) by Paulina Majda and The Good, the Beauty and the Truth (Dobro, piekno, prawda, 2010) by Balbina Bruszewska (pretty interesting and very active animator who will get her own post here veeeery soooooon).

For more information (available in Polish and Russian), go first of all to the festival website or at least to a piece of news on Polish Television website.

Tomasz Baginski’s Master Class

May 23, 2011 1 comment

Last Wednesday Tomasz Baginski, acclaimed Polish animator, gave a master class to Israeli audience. A nice post by Daniela Sherer was published yesterday on MidnightEast.com: The Animator Meets his Audience: Tomasz Bagiński’s Master Class.

Below is Baginski’s Fallen Art from 2005 (one of my favourites, actually 🙂 ).

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