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Contemporary Polish Short Animation, photo: promotional materials

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.

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Henryk Tomaszewski, Witold Gombrowicz, History, a poster for New Theatre in Warsaw, 1983, courtesy of Filip Pągowski

These six legendary artists defined the world-renowned Polish School of Posters, famous for its iconic and symbolic aesthetic.

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On 9th March, the Polish Institute in Vilnius in collaboration with the Vilnius Art Academy will launch the project Once Upon a Time: the Art of Polish Animation. It features screenings of the best animations by Polish artists, lectures and an exhibition of posters, graphics, drawings, sculptures and installations by Polish animators.

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An animated film made in 1958. The last – and most famous – achievement of the tandem Borowczyk – Lenica, whose work opened a new chapter in the history of Polish animated film.

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György Kovásznai, still from Young Man Playing the Guitar at the Old Master’s Gallery, 1964, photo: György Kovásznai Research Archive / Cooper Gallery

The Tomorrow Was a Montage exhibition at the Cooper Gallery features work by premier montage artists, some world-renowned, others up-and-coming: Wojciech Bąkowski, Roman Cieślewicz, György Kovásznai, Jan Lenica and Zbigniew Rybczyński. It will be on display from 30th October to 18th December 2015.

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Walerian Borowczyk, Paris, 1965, photo: Władysław Sławny / Forum

A retrospective of Walerian Borowczyk, a director and visual artist, was organised in the New York’s Lincoln Center. The audience viewed 13 full-length films, short films and the artist’s poster exhibition.

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Following the release of VeryGraphic. Polish Designers of the 20th Century – a compilation of information on contemporary graphic design, which is unprecedented in its scope – we would like you to meet 18 remarkable designers, who have redirected the track of Polish applied art.

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Animated films are the stuff childhoods are made of. These animations, however, aren't targeted at kids but they're not 'adult' animations either. They're experimental and alternative animations which explore hidden meanings, play with stereotypes, and bring life to inanimate objects in curious worlds.

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Still from Jan Lenica's "Labyrinth", photo: Studio Miniatur Filmowych

Animators are many things. They're poets of imagery and comedians, puppet and stop motion masters, illustrators and experts of 3D technology. Poland boasts an impressive array of well-respected and accomplished animators. Here is a (short) guide to Polish animation.

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HKIFF Cine Fan poster

Films by the most renowned Polish animators, including Zbigniew Rybczyński, Jan Lenica, Julian Antonisz and others are to be presented in Hong Kong.

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The National Museum in Krakow is to present an exhibition - Andrzej Wajda's Film in International Film Posters - prepared by the Cinematography Museum in Łódź for the 60th anniversary of the director's feature debut, A Generation.

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Between 5-20 April 2014, the 33rd Istanbul International Film Festival presents 200 films form around the world. A unique anthology of Experimental Polish Animation in three parts, as well as a panel discussion on Polish Animation with Mariusz Wilczyński and Adriana Prodeus are among the highlights of this year's Festival.

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Роман Чеслевич, плакат к фильму «Косоглазое счастье» («Шесть превращений Яна Пищика»), 1959, фото предоставлено Галереей графики и плаката

With painterly gesture, humour and personality, the Polish Poster School pioneered in blurring the designer/artist distinction. Decades later, the power of suggestion and cheeky allusion lives on in works of young Poles.

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Alfred Jarry‘s absurdist play Ubu Roi takes more than a few irreverent lashes at Poland - yet judging by the multitude of Polish adaptations, Poles harbour no resentment

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Still-frame from "Labirynt", directed by Jan Lenica.

Animated film directed by Jan Lenica (1962). One of the leading examples of reflective philosophy in Polish animation. Jan Lenica’s masterpiece, with its artistically brilliant images that contain a rich layer of meanings, may be read as a totalitarian reality of a city-labyrinth that is in confrontation with an individual who seeks freedom.

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