Next edition of Poland’s oldest film festival, which showcases the greatest achievements of talented students of film and art schools from around the world, as well as the extremely colorful work of animation and graphic artists – professionals, students and independent artists alike. The festival ends with the presentation of awards in competitions: Etiuda, Anima and the youngest Anima.
The International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima is officially one of the oldest such events organized in Poland. The film festival is not only an opportunity to get acquainted with art created by young artists and students of international schools, but it is also a great opportunity to take part in competitions. They are an annual highlight of the event. For years now, two title competitions have been organized, where prizes are awarded for competing in a category including feature and documentary etudes. The prizes include the Golden, Silver and Bronze Dinosaur statuettes and the Special Golden Dinosaur for the best film school of the festival, while in the category of animation filmmakers’ competition – the Golden, Silver and Bronze Jabberwocky, the Special Golden Jabberwocky for the best animated, student etude of the festival.
Educators and other active teachers also have the opportunity to be presented with the outstanding Special Golden Dinosaur Award for an academically, artistically successful filmmaker. Since the beginning of the festival, official presentations of films awarded nationally and internationally within the framework of the Touring Etude&Anima competition are organized after the festival.
Since the beginning of the festival, the main points of the event are surrounded by a rich program of accompanying events. During the past editions of the festival, they were a great opportunity to meet and integrate with world-class animation artists from all over the world of this art, but also with unusual and most interesting phenomena in this field of artistic creation. Through the non-competition events, the festival participants can recall all the film works from the past of cinema, especially animation and documentary, which have particularly engraved in their memory, but they can also become acquainted with works unknown and unavailable at other festivals held in Poland, as well as short and feature films.
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This festival is also a great opportunity for students who can systematically present their next great achievements during the festival. Besides, full-length films of past participants and winners are also presented.
Some of the well-known and most outstanding feature, documentary and animation filmmakers who have had the opportunity to debut at the Krakow event over the past decades include: Saša Gedeon, Bohdan Slama, Roman Vavra, Mark Najbrt, Julia Loktev, Aurel Klimt, Janez Lapajne, Tomáš Barina, Ülo Pikkov, Piotr Szczepański, Bert Gottschalk, Vaclav Švankmajer, Kim Hee-Jung, Denijal Hasanović, Groó Diana, Palfi György, Michal Struss, Leszek Dawid, Marcin Wrona, Bartek Konopka, Jonas Geirnaert, Filip Marczewski, Anna Kazejak, Agnes Kocsis, Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Grzegorz Muskała, Milagros Mumenthaler, Tomasz Jurkiewicz, Thierry Palladino, Rafał Skalski and Viera Čákanyová. Among them there is also the famous laureate – Oscar winner Florian Gallenberger in 2001 for “Quiero Ser” – a film presented earlier at the 7th Etiuda IFF in 2000.
Looking back over the years, the International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima continues to evolve and expand to include works from the field of new media and other artistic disciplines. At the same time, the festival is opening up to a new field of activity through regular exchange of programming with other cultural centers, especially film events from abroad and the presentation in many cities – capitals of world culture created as part of the cultural program of the Polish Presidency 2011, a regular series of meetings of the Polish School of Animation and the next generation, as well as through the earlier preparation of the open-air event Krakow Summer Animation Days, held every summer, in the magnificent architectural setting of the magical Little Market Square and the Wawel Castle in Krakow.
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