Animated in Poland

ONLINE PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

1.06, 14.00 – 16.00 CEST

ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS: 16.00 – 19.00 CEST

PITCHING WILL BE STREAMED IN THE KFF INDUSTRY GUEST ZONE

access with passes: Industry, Industry Pro, Industry Light, Media

Presentation of Polish short animated films at the last stage of production. The representatives of the selected projects will talk about their films, before they are included in the programmes of film festivals in Poland and abroad. Each year international animated film industry professionals, such as festival programmers, distributors, sales agents and commissioning editors, participate in the pitching and one-on-one meetings afterwards. This year the event will be held online and in English.

Moderated by: Zofia Jaroszuk

SELECTED PROJECTS:

Dessert Dachshund, dir. Betina Bożek, prod. Krakow Film Klaster – Krakow Animation Center

I Am Not Here Anymore, dir./prod. Nawojka Wierzbowska

All My Effing Superheroes, dir. Piotr Kabat, prod. Letko 

Once There Was a Sea…, dir. Joanna Kożuch, prod. B-Film, Anima-pol

Smell of the Ground, dir. Olivia Rosa, prod. Animation Film Studio in Krakow – Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts

How To Be Loved, dir. Nawojka Wierzbowska, prod. Munk Studio, Fumi Studio

Eyeshroom, dir. Małgorzata Wowczak, prod. Animation Film Studio in Krakow – Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts

Dessert Dachshund, dir. Betina Bożek, prod. Krakow Film Klaster – Krakow Animation Center

The film is an original and surreal story about a Dachshund, who, enclosed in a wedding cake, bodes for the happiness of the young couple. The joyful disposition of the dog gives the mood to the animation, which gracefully and humorously tackles the universal and significant, contemporary problem of the superficiality and ritualism of the most important moments and decisions in life. 

I Am Not Here Anymore, dir./prod. Nawojka Wierzbowska

„I am not here anymore” is a story about a Grandfather who tries to leave his house after his death. Unfortunately, his family doesn’t want to believe he’s gone, and each time he runs away, they bring him back. They are able to do it mainly thanks to his very stinky feet. Finally, the family is visited by a special guest – Lady Death – who makes them understand that they have to let Grandpa go.

Once There Was a Sea…, dir. Joanna Kożuch, prod. B-Film, Anima-pol

Svetlana stares into the salt desert with her only eye. Gulshat runs an empty hotel. Captain records traces of the vanishing sea, and Sergei drives tourists across its bare, glittering seabed. The last people of Mo´ynoq who remember the original shore of drying Aral Sea… Their days are intertwined with memories of the glorious past of the fishing power and dreams of the return of the great water. The present is a cemetery of ships that will never set sail from the port again.

Smell of the Ground, dir. Olivia Rosa, prod. Animation Film Studio in Krakow – Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts

The film opens with shots of the microworld, nature, and landscapes intact by the human presence. The camera slowly moves away from them to show a city dripped in sunlight which we are slowly approaching. A growing mood of unease gets more and more overwhelming. With the aesthetic black-and-white shots of the empty world, the film depicts the end Anthropocene Era – and the beginning of a new one. The film is an adaptation of the poem There Will come Soft Rains by Sara Teasdale.

How To Be Loved, dir. Nawojka Wierzbowska, prod. Munk Studio, Fumi Studio

„How to Be Loved” is a story of a small Boy who wants to be hugged by his Mummy. Unfortunately – the woman cares only about her Doggy. The Boy tries his best to become like the Doggy, and finally, desperate, he decides to swap heads with a homeless dog. Mummy is astonished by the Boy’s new look and for the first time she hugs him. Still, the price paid by the Boy seems to be too big.

Eyeshroom, dir. Małgorzata Wowczak, prod. Animation Film Studio in Krakow – Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts

The film is set in a forest overrun by strange mushrooms – the eponymous Eyeshrooms. They take control of the body of an organism after being consumed. The worm appears and eats one of the Eyeshroom spores. When the infected worm begins to move, the shadow plunges the forest into darkness – a sign of a new threat. The shadow belongs to the man, who bursts through the woods. Eyeshroom attracted by his destructive power decides to take control over him with the help of infected worms

All My Effing Superheroes, dir. Piotr Kabat, prod. Letko 

Film director Travis arrives in LA to sign a contract at one of the film studios. Driving through the city’s districts, the protagonist meets stranger and stranger passengers. Being preoccupied with his own dilemmas, he can’t notice the apocalypse unfolding on the streets of the city.

WORKSHOP:

Before the pitching, its participants will take part in the pitch training that is combined with short project consultations held by Wim Vanacker – a member of the Selection Committee for the Official Short Film Competition of the Cannes Film Festival.

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WIM VANACKER – After studying psychology in Belgium, Wim Vanacker moved to Dublin to work as a psychologist in the field of drug addiction. Three years later, he picked up studying again at EICAR where he made two shorts: Endgame and The Naked leading the Blind. After graduating, he discovered NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema where he became the Head of the Script Department and the Project manager of the MEDIA funded project, European Short Pitch. Recently, he founded Sireal Films where he produced the VAF funded short film empire. As a writer/director, he’s currently developing the short film [ˈsɪə.ri.əl ]. On the side, he works as a script consultant, tutor and guest speaker and from this year onward, he’s also part of the Selection Committee for the Official Short Film Competition of the Cannes Film Festival.

AWARDS:

The sponsors of the awards and Animated in Poland partners are the Sound Mind studio and The Audiovisual Technology Center (CeTA). The same as in the previous year, one of the presented projects will be awarded with:

  • SOUND MIND STUDIO ANIMATED IN POLAND BEST PITCH AWARD – a coupon for 10 days of sound postproduction in Sound Mind studio run by Michał Fojcik
  • FIXAFILM ANIMATED IN POLAND  BEST PITCH AWARD – a coupon for image post-production services worth PLN 10 000 founded by Fixafilm
  • CREW UNITED SPECIAL MENTION – a 5-years’ Premium membership to Crew United platform for the director and producer of the awarded project

Sound Mind is a sound postproduction  studio, founded by Michał Fojcik MPSE, sound supervisor /designer /re‐recording mixer with over 13 years of experience. Between 2011 – 2015 he worked in Alvernia Studios as a sound designer and head of sound postproduction department. Michał Fojcik is a member of Motion Picture Sound Editors society, Polish and European Film Academies. He is responsible for sound of 60+ feature, animated and documentary films, including ‘The Art of Loving’,  ‘Gods’, ‘The Red Spider’, ‘21xNY’, ‘Loving Vincent’, ‘Ziegenort’, ‘To thy heart’, ‘Summer 2014’, ‘XOXO Hugs and Kisses’. He also worked on international producitons: ‘Arbitrage’ (US), ‘Bhaah Milkha Bhaag’ (India), ‘Balcanic I. Caine’ (Romania). In 2015 he was nominated to Polish Film Academy Awards Orły for The Best Sound for film ‘Gods’. He also worked on thousands of commercials, produced sound for radio, TV, multimedia and many museum installations.

Fixafilm is a Dolby Vision certified postproduction facility based in Warsaw (Poland) with branches in Los Angeles (USA) and Canberra (Australia). Using cutting-edge technology with a skilled team of over 50 professionals, the company offers a full range of services from mobile DIT systems, editing, VFX and colour correction to mastering, and archiving. The company has post-produced Prisoners of the  Ghostland (2021),  Hopper/Welles (2020), My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To (2020), Systrar 1968 (2018), Menashe (2017), The Persian Connection (2016) Yarden (2016) and restored over 220 productions, including classic films of masters like Peter Weir, Sergei Parajanov, Andrzej Wajda, Andrzej Zulawski, and Dario Argento.  

Crew United is an international networking platform for film makers with many functions, offering users the opportunity to present their portfolio internationally in a professional, verified context, and the possibility of establishing direct contact with European and local filmmakers – freelancers, producers, actors and companies operating in the audiovisual industry. Crew United also publishes job offers and gives opportunities to search for partners for new projects. For 25 years, Crew United has been actively involved in all issues related to working standards in the audiovisual industry. Crew United is not only a European platform with over 40 thousand active users and a database with information on almost 250 thousand European filmmakers, 115 thousand actors and actresses, 60 thousand AV companies, but also an attentive and active partner of professional organizations in many European countries.