Here comes the jubilee Animator 2017!
Check the programme of 10th edition of International Animated Film Festival Animator!
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This year we are triply happy. We are celebrating 70 years of Polish animation, the festival's 10th anniversary and granting it the status of an Academy Award® Qualifying Festival.
We will focus on the subject of politics in animation, which will be presented in special screenings, retrospectives and a scientific conference: Animated Politics from Méliès to Mulloy. We will introduce you to the unforgettable Austrian animation, and in the Animation and Live-action section we will look closely at their borderlines.
Besides the International Competition, where creators will compete for the Festival Grand Prix, The Golden Pegasus, we will be showing true gems from animation schools and festivals from the Czech republic, Romania and France. Celebrating the 70 years of Polish animation, we will be presenting Witold Giersz's retrospective, Salon des Refusés of the Seven Decades and films with music by Krzysztof Penderecki.
We recommend the section of Young Polish Animation, in which we will look closely at works of the new generation of animators. In the fantastic workshops, among other activities, you will be able to create puppets like those from a Tim Burton movie, and even adults will be delighted by Animator for Kids.
Our guests include David Silverman, winner of an Emmy for his work on "The Simpsons" and the Oscar nominated director of "Corpse Bride", Mike Johnson, who will conduct a Master Class. Among the many music events, the absolute must-sees are Woman from Dunes or performances by KinoManual and Ken Field, who is going to play music to films by Karen Aqua. So here comes the programme of the jubilee Animator's 10th edition. See you around!
Almost 50 films from around the world will compete for the Golden Pegasus award. Short films will be judged by an international jury with Sheldon Cohen (Canada), Phil Mulloy (Great Britain), Dorota Szwarcman (Poland), and feature films by Signe Baumane (Latvia, USA), Anca Damian (Romania) and David Silverman (USA). Good luck to all the filmmakers and their films!
Animated Politics from Méliès to Mulloy
Since the very beginning, film, especially animated film, has been used as a weapon in political games.
We will look closely at this phenomenon during the scientific conference prepared in cooperation with the Institute of Film, Media and Audiovisual Arts, addressed to an international circle of scholars, critics and theorists.
PHIL MULLOY RETROSPECTIVE (GREAT BRITAIN)
An animator, screenwriter, live-action film director, producer and creator of TV series and films, winner of many awards. Studied painting at Ravensbourne College of Art and film at the Royal College of Art.
An author of absurd black comedies - satire and grotesquerie, and formalistic minimalism in the visual layer, are an inherent part of his works.
ANIMATION IN WAR SERVICE – a panorama of propaganda animations from World War II. The programme includes, among others, films from Canada, Holland, France, Great Britain and Italy. The show was prepared by Michał Mróz, an animator and animated film historian.
POLITICAL METAPHORS IN POLISH PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC - a presentation of propaganda films, as well as the phenomenon of Polish critical animation in Polish People's Republic. Jerzy Armata, a music and film critic and author of books on film, is the show's curator
StopTrik IFF Presents: Frame by Frame Politics – a screening by the Slovenian-Polish StopTrik IFF, presenting animated auteur statements made during the last three years, which, in a more or less direct way, touch on the subject of contemporary problems of the global world.
A student project, prepared in cooperation with the Animation Department of the University of the Arts Poznań, consisting of short (approx. one minute long) films on animation in the context of politics, which we will watch before each festival screening, supplements this section.
ANIMATION MADE IN AUSTRIA
A series of screenings of Austrian animation, prepared in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum in Warsaw. For years, Austria has been one of the leading European countries in the field of film experiment. The section was prepared by an acclaimed creator and curator, Thomas Renoldner.
Animated avant-garde from Austria – a panorama presenting a historical cross-section of Austrian avant-garde and experimental animation.
Austrian Animation 2000+ – a selection of latest animated productions form Austria, made in different animation techniques, from narratives to experimental films, from analog to digital productions, from student, independent films to professional productions.
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna - 10 years of Animations Studio – a presentation of animation work form the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, famous for its artistic verve.
Promise of the Future – an interdisciplinary project specially prepared for ANIMATOR Festival 2017. PERFORMANCES OF YOUNG CREATORS OF MUSIC AND IMAGE FROM AUSTRIA, Ventil & Conny Zenk and MC Rhine & Eggsist.
70 YEARS OF POLISH ANIMATION
INAUGURATION OF THE 10TH EDITION OF ANIMATOR IAFF – 7 July 2017
The festival will open with the screening of "Figury niemożliwe i inne historie II" (Impossible Objects and Other Stories II) by Marta Pajek, last year's award winner, with music composed by Szymon Brzóska and performed live by the orchestra of the Polish Theatre in Poznań. A special collage presenting the history of Polish animation entitled "70 years in documation", prepared by the artistic director of ANIMATOR, Marcin Giżycki, will add lustre to the inauguration.
WITOLD GIERSZ RETROSPECTIVE (Poland)
Witold Giersz is a prominent representative of the Polish school of animation and the founder of the Studio Miniatur Filmowych in Warsaw. He is the author of screenplays, a director, production designer and animator. He has made over 30 films and has won more than 50 awards and honourable mentions.
The jubilee edition of the festival will be celebrated by awarding a Special Cristal Pegasus for life achievement to Witold Giersz, who turned 90 in 2017.
FILMS WITH MUSIC BY KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI
A presentation of animated films with music by one of the most acclaimed contemporary Polish composers, Krzysztof Penderecki.
SALON DES REFUSÉS OF THE SEVEN DECADES
Whenever Polish animation celebrates another round anniversary, it is the great and well-deserved international successes it achieved that tend to be mainly emphasised. All too often, we forget that for most of that time Polish artists had to cope with many problems not only of a purely production-related nature but also with censorship. The special show will present undervalued, ostracised, rejected or forbidden films.
Marek Serafiński - a connoisseur of Polish vibe
In Polish animation there hasn't been another artist as sensitive to the present as Marek Serafiński. The meeting is connected with the screening of three films by this greatly appreciated animator, producer and long-term chairman of the Section of Polish Animated Film in the Polish Filmmakers Association, who died in February 2017.
STORYTELLING - ANIMATED NARRATIVES
A block of screenings and meetings focused on ways of telling a story in animated film (storytelling). For this occasion we have invited prominent artists who are known as excellent storytellers:
SHELDON COHEN RETROSPECTIVE (Canada)
Screening of films by this multi-award-winning animator, director and book illustrator. Cohen has turned several beloved children’s tales into acclaimed films. In 2005, the NFB released a compilation DVD entitled "From Book to Film: Animated Classics by Sheldon Cohen", as a tribute to his brilliant career.
SIGNE BAUMANE RETROSPECTIVE (LATVIA, USA)
Signe has written, directed and animated 15 shorts and one feature film, which collectively have been accepted in over 300 film festivals around the world and received many awards. We’re screening her most successful movies.
DAVID SILVERMAN (USA)
Silverman started drawing at the age of four, and he’s never found a good reason to stop. Much of David’s career has revolved around "The Simpsons". We invite you to his master class, in which the animator will talk about his work on "The Simpsons". We will screen the cinematic version of the TV series with the author's introduction. Silverman will also play a concert inspired by New Orleans jazz from the 1930s.
ALECOS PAPADATOS (Greece)
One of the best known contemporary comic book artists in the world, who is also an animator. His graphic novel "Logicomix", published a few years ago (also in Poland), was the No1 New York Times Best Selling Graphic Book. Papadotos will conduct storyboard workshops and will meet the audience to talk about his comic book publications.
MIKE JOHNSON (USA)
Mike got his start in the feature film world as an assistant animator on Tim Burton’s "Nightmare Before Christmas". He later teamed up with Burton to direct "Corpse Bride", for which they both received Academy Award nominations in 2005. The animator will conduct puppet animation workshops, will talk about the behind-the-scenes details of the making of the famous "KING KONG" from 1933 and will meet the audience in a special master class.
ANIMATION & LIVE-ACTION
An attractive block of screenings of films deriving in different ways from photographs of actors or documentary photos. This section will present films made in different techniques of rotoscoping or pixilation, as well as those inspired by an early sequence photography. The curator is Prof. Piotr Muszalski from the University of the Arts Poznań.
CHRONOPHOTOGRAPHY - MOTION CAPTURED IN FRAMES
A programme presenting films inspired by works by three pioneers of photography: E. Muybridge, E. J. Marey and O. Anschütz whoes aim was to explore the nature of motion. Photography was a tool that allowed motion to be recorded and analysed. Ordinary everyday activities, a horse's trot or a bird's flight shown in photographic series which were precursors of the approaching era of the cinema - this was chronophotography.
ROTOSCOPING - PIXILATION - LIVE-ACTION - REALITY IN THE BORDERLINES OF ANIMATION
Program filmowy prezentujący technikę przerysowywania ruchów żywych postaci (rotoskopia), poklatkowej animacji postaci i przedmiotów w naturalnym, rzeczywistym otoczeniu (piksilacja), a także filmów opierających się na iluzji ruchu zarejestrowanej okiem kamery jako zjawisko w czasie rzeczywistym (poszerzona wizualna iluzja obrazu).
A film programme presenting the technique of copying the movement of live creatures (rotoscoping), frame-by-frame animation of figures and objects in natural, authentic surroundings (pixilation), as well as films based on an illusion of motion registered by camera as a real-time phenomenon (an extended visual illusion of image).
YOUNG POLISH ANIMATION. SPOTLIGHT
The curator of this block in ANIMATOR 2017 is Agnieszka Kozłowska, member of ASIFA Poland, promoter of artistic culture, member of the selection committee of the festival and a film critic. We will present films by Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi, Ewa Borysewicz, Marta Pajek, Tomasz Popakul, Piotr Kabat and Zbigniew Czapla.
SCHOOLS & FESTIVALS
PRESENTATION OF ANIMATED FILMS FROM FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts)
Established in 1946, the Czech FAMU is one of the oldest and most important film schools in the world.
FILMS AWARDED AT THE INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL IN ANNECY 2017
Started in 1960, the Annecy Festival is one of the most prestigious animated film events. It is as significant for animated films as Cannes festival is for live-action ones.
A PRESENTATION OF FILMS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL ANIM'EST (Romania)
A special Anim’est Festival screening with animations from the Balcan countries. The show, prepared by Mihai Mitrică, consists of films from Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Turkey, Greece and Croatia.
NIGHT CINEMA: FOR ADULTS ONLY!
This year during the evenings in the festival club we will be screening films which talk about ethical, socio-political or philosophical matters in an artistic, and sometimes entertaining way, and which definitely should not be seen by children. ATTENTION: SCREENINGS FOR ADULTS ONLY.
Industry lunch aimed at professionals - both those who have been working in the audiovisual industry for some time and beginners. Topics for discussion will cover different ways of telling stories as well as questions connected with production, financing and promotion of films, especially short films. Honorary patronage: the Polish Film Institute.
ANIMATOR FOR KIDS
A special programme prepared by Children's Art Centre in Poznań. Among the events: a preview of the latest feature films from around the world, an encounter with animation from Prague, films by prominent animators, workshops for Tomorrow's Animators and screenings of their Masters. What films will the children create this year?
ANIMATOR WITHOUT SELECTION
From 4 to 6 July, always at 9pm in the Festival Club, we will be screening films which were not qualified for the festival’s competition. The audience will choose one film which will compete for the Golden Pegasus. Who will receive the "wildcard"?
ANIMATION IN PRACTICE - WORKSHOPS, LECTURES, MEETINGS
During the jubilee edition of Animator, we invite you to storyboard workshops with Alecos Papadatos, puppet workshops with Mike Johnson, sound workshops with Damian Czajka, creating animated creatures workshops with Ermino Pinque, video poetry with Aya Karpinska, film criticism with Jerzy Armata or computer special effects workshops with the Alchemiq Studio. The entry fee for these workshops is only 50zł.
POLISH PREMIERE OF THE FILM ETHEL & ERNEST (UK) directed by Roger Mainwood. The film is an animated story of the life of the parents of the well-known writer and illustrator Raymond Briggs.
POLISH PREMIERE OF THE FILM SEOUL STATION (SOUTH KOREA) directed by Sang-ho Yeon. The film shows the story of an riots which gets out of control and the government needs to intervene.
Silverman, Phelps and Friends!!! (Belgium, USA) – A CONCERT WITH ANIMATED SCREENINGS
A special audiovisual project by the composer and musician Nik Phelps and David Silverman,the famous animator of "The Simpsons", in which jazz music is performed live to accompany classical American animations from the 1920s and 1930s.
KINOMANUAL I PIN PARK (Poland)
An audiovisual project of an independent audiovisual manufactory, focused on experimenting with motion picture and sound, made up by Maciek Bączyk and Aga Jarząb (Kinomanual) and Pin Park (Maciek Polak & Maciek Bączyk).
Creature Movie Mash-Up BIG NAZO (USA, Poland)
Is a unique, one-night only surreal fusion of visual and performance art featuring live music, video projections and never-before-seen extraordinary "Plasti-Foam" creature-characters constructed by participants in the Poznan Film Festival's Dr Tremendanus, Intergalactic Creature-Expert from the BIG NAZO LAB, will host and narrate accompanied by musicians and surprise Extraterrestrial Guests.
KEN FIELD ALTO SAXOPHONE QUARTET PLUS DRUMS - A PRESENTATION OF FILMS BY KAREN AQUA WITH LIVE MUSIC
A presentation of impressionistic, spiritual and mystical animations by Karen Aqua with live music performed by Ken Field, a jazz saxophonist and composer.
WOMAN FROM DUNES
Woman from dunes, a concert with visualisations. As the band puts it, their music is "lined with strange angst. Dark and filled with slime, but with a light on its arm"
Videopoetry / intro: Aya Karpinska
What is videopoetry? The programme devoted to it shows a selection of musical compositions created within the last ten years, and includes recited poetry, performed poetry, animated text and video-essay.
WORK IN PROGRESS presentation of WILQ SUPERHERO series with its creators
Wilq the Superhero is an animated comedy series for adults, based on the cult classic comic books by Bartosz and Tomasz Minkiewicz. The series creators and producers will talk about the series and its production.
A presentation of Alchemiq Studio
In the past they prepared visualisations for world class festivals and performances; lately they have been painstakingly creating and combining elements of virtual worlds in VR. They create, design and produce in Poznań for clients from all around the world.
ANIMATOR GALA: AWARD CEREMONY: MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI WITH LIVE MUSIC (Canada)
MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI by Maciek Szczerbowski and Chris Lavis, Grand Prix winner of ANIMATOR'S first edition will add lustre to the festival's 10th jubilee closing gala. The film will be accompanied by live music composed specially for the occasion by John Kameel Farahn, a renowned composer and pianist.
- John Kameel Farah (piano, synthesizer),
- Anna Eichholz (violin),
- Alice Dixon (/cello)
- Daniel Eichholz (various percussion)
After the official closing of the festival, come and join the after-party in the festival club. WOSK SOUNDSYSTEM aka Chłopaki z Sąsiedztwa will be performing.
Attention! The duration time given relates only to the screenings. Some will have an introduction (approx. 5-10 minutes) or a Q&A at the end (approx. 15 minutes)
ANIMATOR WITHOUT SELECTION
4-6 July, 9pm, Festival Club
TOMORROW'S ANIMATOR - workshops for children
10-13 July, 10am and 1pm
A SCREENING OF AWARDED FILMS
A screening of awarded films: Feature film
14 July, 5pm, Kino Muza
A screening of awarded films: Feature film - audience award
14 July, 7pm, Kino Muza
A screening of awarded films: Short films
14 July, 9pm, Kino Muza