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Animated in Poland

31.05.2022, 10.00 – 12.00 PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS MOS 2

31.05, 16.00 – 19.00 ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS – MOS 4

RECORDED PITCHING WILL BE AVAILABLE TO WATCH IN THE KFF INDUSTRY GUEST ZONE FROM 1st JUNE.

7.06, 15.00 – 19.00 CEST ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS ONLINE

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 again be held offline in Krakow and in English.

Moderated by: Zofia Jaroszuk

SELECTED PROJECTS:

The Sheep, dir. Zofia Klamka, prod. Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Three Cups of Coffee, dir. Natalia Krawczuk, prod. Lele Crossmedia Production

Show, dir. Jagoda Czarnowska, prod. Animated Film Studio – Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow 

The Nutcracker Girl, dir. Michalina Musialik, prod. Fumi Studio

Don’t forget about your eyelashes!, dir. Oktawian Jurczykowski, prod. Polish National FIlm School in Lodz

Magda, dir. Adela Kaczmarek-Siwińska, prod. Letko

The Miracle, dir. Ewa Borysewicz, prod. Letko

Conjunction, dir. Ewa Marta Magnuska, prod. Animoon

The Sheep, dir. Zofia Klamka, prod. Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Story about a pedantic animator that lives a routine life only moving between home and work. Slowly sinking into apathy, she begins to completely seperate herself from the outside world. Her life takes a turn when she discovers a picture of a sheep, that in a series of absurd events, eventually draws her out of stagnation.  

Three Cups of Coffee, dir. Natalia Krawczuk, prod. Lele Crossmedia Production

It’s a short, multilayered story about a woman who meets a man, she once cared about. Their meeting takes place in a coffee shop, where they have met many times before. The past becomes tangible and only by going through it once again, she can prevent it from stopping her to live on.

Show, dir. Jagoda Czarnowska, prod. Animated Film Studio – Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow 

The cosmic heroine struggles with surreal illness, danger and a return to her longed-for Mother Planet. In the meantime a depressed loft-dweller and a disconnected party girl become obsessive fans of the cosmo-heroine, watching her struggle on their screens in grey reality. A wild animation in the form of a pair of psychedelic episodes shows the frantic attempts to find meaning and the characters’ intricate journey from the world of illusion to reality.

The Nutcracker Girl, dir. Michalina Musialik, prod. Fumi Studio

During Christmas, in the evening, a little girl finds the toys – a horse, toy soldiers, and a dollhouse. One of the toy soldiers is interested in her beloved doll, but when he unexpectedly puts his hand under her skirt, she rejects him. He smashes her head for revenge. The idyllic childhood fades away.

Don’t forget about your eyelashes!, dir. Oktawian Jurczykowski, prod. Polish National FIlm School in Lodz

An unexpected event on a train station leads to a series of flashbacks from the main protagonist’s chilhood when he observed a falling apart of his father and family. The train journey becomes a journey into his own thoughts..

Magda, dir. Adela Kaczmarek-Siwińska, prod. Letko

Podhale, Poland, Fall of 1939. Magda (15) is an excellent skier. She joins the Polish Resistance and helps by bringing documents and fugitives across the mountains into Slovakia. One day she learns that the group of 21 pilots urgently need to cross the border, as Gestapo is on their heels. She comes up with a risky plan to lure the Nazis her way, allowing pilots to pass without being seen. Unfortunately, the German soldiers are experienced skiers too, able to shoot and reload their guns while skiing at full speed. Magda must take a chance as sets off into the woods, racing through the snow.

The Miracle, dir. Ewa Borysewicz, prod. Letko

Demons, Angels, luminous spheres – this is only a decoration of the battle for life which the main character of The Miracle has to fight . You will call him a cheater, a parasite, a drunk – and perhaps you will not be mistaken. But it can be a very shortsighted judgment! God knows who to delegate the tasks that go far beyond human understanding. And it was him who was assigned to the one of the most important ones. However, before he can accomplish that, he must drink a sea of bitter vodka.

Conjunction, dir. Ewa Marta Magnuska, prod. Animoon

Demons, Angels, lumThe woman and a the man are in a room, a gecko sits in terrarium, several flies circling a lamp. Gradually we find more and more dependencies and analogies between their activities, and observed elements.  The microcosms shown seem to interact rhythmically, to belong to some cosmic order. 

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, Fixafilm and Crew United. 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.