Polish Animations in Annecy
Six Polish animated films will screen in competition at the 35th Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France.
The short film category, with a record 42 films screening this year, will feature Świteź (The Lost Town of Świteź) by Kamil Polak, Maska (The Mask) by the Quay Brothers, Dwa kroki za (Two Steps Behind) by Paulina Majda, Millhaven by Bartek Kulas, Szafa Zbigniewa (Zbignew’s Cupboard) by Magdalena Osińska, Paths of Hate by Damian Nenow, and the Polish-Norwegian co-production PI.ink by Anne Kristin Berg.
The Annecy event is one of the world’s leading animation film festivals. It is to the world of animated filmmaking what the Cannes Film Festival is to the world of live-action films. This year’s edition of the festival lines up 172 animated films from around the world, divided into seven competition sections: shorts, television series, television specials, educational films, commissioned films, advertising films, music videos, and graduation films. Another 35 specially selected short animated films will screen out of competition.
The festival’s MIFA International Animation Film Market is attended by producers, theatrical distributors, and television reps from around the world.
Over 60 Polish films screened at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival over the years. Awarded titles include Labirynt (Labirynth) by Jan Lenica, Wszystko jest liczbą by Stefan Schabenbeck, Klatka by Mirosław Kijowicz, Apel by Ryszard Czekała, Och, och… by Bronisław Zeman, Refleksy by Jerzy Kucia, Tango by Zbigniew Rybczyński, Ściany by Piotr Dumała, Laska by Michał Socha, and most recently Piotruś i wilk (Peter & the Wolf) by Suzie Templeton. Peter & the Wolf won the festival’s grand prize (Annecy Cristal) in 2007.
This year’s edition of the event runs from June 6 through 11.
The official website of the festival is available at: http://www.annecy.org/home.
Translated by Karolina Kołtun