The 20th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) featured a programme of contemporary short animations from Poland. The event provided the Chinese cinema lovers with a great opportunity to see not only the classics of Polish animated film, but also works of the younger generation of Polish animators.
The programme of the festival section titled Contemporary Polish Short Animation included masterpieces by Jan Lenica, Witold Giersz, Jerzy Kucia and Oscar-winning Zbigniew Rybczyński as well as short films by younger filmmakers: Piotr Szczepanowicz, Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi and Marta Pajek. The screening was preceded by a short speech by Marcin Giżycki, art and film historian, critic, filmmaker and expert on Polish animation. Due to the huge interest of the festival audience, the organisers decided to move the screening to a larger hall, able to accommodate several hundred viewers.
As Giżycki pointed out, 2017 was a good date for presenting Polish animation. One hundred years before the first animated film in the Polish territory, Flirting Chairs by Feliks Kuczkowski had been made. And seventy years before, the first animation produced in a state-owned studio in Poland, In the Times of King Krakus by Zenon Wasilewski, had been released in theatres.
The selection screened in Shanghai displayed a wide spectrum of styles and techniques that have made the Polish School of Animation so colorful and attractive: from conventional animated cartoons, to cut-outs, wet paint, stop-motion, and CGI.
During his stay in Shanghai Marcin Giżycki also gave a master class for the students of the Institute of World Film at Shanghai Normal University. Just as the screening, the master class also attracted a large number of participants. It was attended by several dozen people who later took an active part in the discussion held after the lecture.
"Contemporary Polish Short Animation" - screening at the Shanghai International Film Festival
Organiser: Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF)
Production: Institute of World Film of the Shanghai Normal University, Adam Mickiewicz Institute under the Culture.pl brand
Support: Polish Institute in Beijing
"The Form and the Style: 70 Years of Polish Animation" - master class for the students of the Institute of World Film at Shanghai Normal University, Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Shanghai
Organiser: Institute of World Film / Shanghai Normal University
Support: Adam Mickiewicz Institute under the Culture.pl brand, Polish Institute in Beijing
Collaboration: Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art
Labirynth (Labirynt) by Jan Lenica, 1962
Red and Black (Czerwone i czarne) by Witold Giersz, 1963
The Banner (Sztandar) by Mirosław Kijowicz, 1963
Reflections (Refleksy) by Jerzy Kucia, 1979
Tango (Tango) by Zbigniew Rybczyński, 1980
Tuning instruments (Strojenie instrumentów) by Jerzy Kucia, 2000
The Railway Watchman (Dróżnik) by Piotr Szczepanowicz, 2011
Ab ovo (Ab ovo) by Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqui, 2013
Impossible Figures and Other Stories II (Figury niemożliwe i inne historie) by Marta Pajek, 2016
Fugue for Cello, Trumpet and Landscape (Fuga na wiolonczelę, trąbkę i pejzaż) by Jerzy Kucia, 2013