17th "Etiuda&Anima" IFF Closes
The 17th “Etiuda&Anima” Film Festival closing ceremony. Photo by Marcin Kułakowski, Polish Film Institute
November 25 brought the closing ceremony of the 17th “Etiuda&Anima” International Film Festival in Krakow. Ceremony guests gathered at the “Rotunda” Cultural Centre to be welcomed by festival director Szymon Pasaj and “Etiuda&Anima” creator and artistic director Bogusław Zmudziński. Both thanked the organizations and institutions that supported the event, the organizing team, and the volunteers.
The Golden Dinosaur Special Award for lifetime achievement was presented at the closing ceremony to filmmaker and academic Martin Šulik. The award for Šulik was presented by Bogusław Zmudziński. He recounted the eight-year history of the award, and talked about the works of this year’s winner. Martin Šulik received the Golden Dinosaur Special Award for his “unprecedented on the global scale focus on strengthening awareness of the Czech and Slovak film wave.”
The Golden Dinosaur Special Award for Best Film School went to the Czech FAMU school for “carrying on the tragic and ironic legacy of Czech cinema.”
Creators of awarded short feature and animated films received the Jabberwocky (in the “Anima” competition) and Dinosaur (best films of the “Etiuda” competition) statuettes. The festival closed with a screening of the awarded films.
Two international competitions, the “Animation Creators Self-Portrait” series, documentary and animated film workshops, Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and Krakow’s first audio-descriptive screenings for the blind – this was the seven-day programme of this year’s “Etiuda&Anima” film festival. Krakow audiences could choose among 411 films screening in ten festival sections.
The “Etiuda” competition jury members Tadeusz Lubelski (acting chairman of the jury), Józef Gębski, Paweł Łoziński, and Dragomir Sholev watched 36 films and reached a verdict on November 21. The “Anima” competition jury members Paul Bush (chairman of the jury), Emily Hubley, Krzysztof Nitsch, Stanislav Ulver, and Tomasz Ducki watched 60 films and announced their verdict at the press conference before the closing ceremony.
The complete list of films awarded at the 17th “Etiuda&Anima” IFF:
Festival Grand Prize – Golden Dinosaur – 100 Days by Viera Čákányová, FAMU, Czech Republic;
- Festival Grand Prize – Golden Jabberwocky – Sleep by Claudius Gentinetta, Frank Braun, Switzerland;
- Silver Dinosaur – On Leave by Asaf Saban, Beit Berl College School of Art, Israel;
- Silver Jabberwocky – In a Pig’s Eye by Atsushi Wada, Japan;
- Bronze Dinosaur – Outside by Florian Schewe, HFF Konrad Wolf, Germany;
- Bronze Jabberwocky – Angry Man by Anita Killi, Norway;
- Golden Jabberwocky Special Award for best animated student film – Kto by pomyślał? (Who Would Have Thought?) by Ewa Borysewicz, Poland;
- Special Mention of the “Etiuda” Competition Jury – Miodowy miesiąc (Honey Moon) by Grzegorz Krawiec, PWSFTviT, Poland;
- Special Mentions of the “Anima” Competition Jury – Big Bang Big Boom by BLU, Italy; Aquatura by Marcin Giżycki, Poland; Photograph of Jesus by Laurie Hill, United Kingdom;
- Special Mention for student animated film in “Anima” Competition – Swimming Pool by Aleksandra Hetmerova, Czech Republic;
- Don Quixote Award of the IFCC Jury: Wednesday Afternoons by Nora Alsharif, United Kingdom;
- Special Mentions of the IFCC – 59/184/84 by Lukas Kokes, FAMU, Czech Republic; Mobile by Verena Fels, Germany;
- Audience Award in “Etiuda” Competition – Zaćmienie (Eclipse) by Paweł Maślona, Poland;
- “Etiuda” Competition Student Jury Prize – Brzydkie słowa (Bad Lurics) by Marcin Maziarzewski, Poland;
- Audience Award in “Anima” Competition – To Become Firm by Stepan Koval, Ukraine;
- “Anima” Competition Student Jury Prize – Maska by the Quay Brothers, Poland/United Kingdom;
- Special Award of the Festival’s Artistic Director Bogdan Zmudziński – Dolls by Miguel Salgado, Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC), Mexico; Googuri, Googuri by Joshiko Misumi, Japan
Further details about the 17th “Etiuda&Anima” International Film Festival available at: www.etiudaandanima.com.
Translated by Karolina Kołtun