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Poland boasts an impressive array of well-respected and accomplished animators. Many of them inspired the Brothers Quay. Polish animators of recent years combine cutting-edge technologies with traditional practices. Tomasz Bagiński is the face of contemporary Polish animation. But many Polish animators paved the way before him.

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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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Julian Józef Antoniszczak, cover of the book Graphic Stories and Pictorial Candi, photo: promotional materials

Some say no one should be alone on Valentine's day, and the same should go for artists.

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Modelled on the Polish Film Chronicle, the Polish Non‑Camera Chronicles, initiated in 1981, were a humorous commentary on the People’s Republic of Poland.

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One of Julian Antoniszczak’s last films A Light in the Tunnel is a highly personal and unsettling exploration of what happens after death, yet not without a dose of perverse humour.

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When making People Wither Away Like Leaves..., Antonisz wished to improve the non‑camera technique, as well as to perfect the method of the graphic recording of sound on the film stock.

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Sun. A Film without a Camera consists of black‑and‑white drawings made in the technique of woodcut impressed directly onto the celluloid.

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Fragmenty oryginalnych taśm non-camerowych Juliana Antonisza, © własność Danuty, Malwiny i Sabiny Antoniszcz / fot. Weronika Łodzińska

Julian Antoniszczak’s film debut, produced in the Kraków branch of the Miniature Film Studio in Warsaw.

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