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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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Oskar Dawicki in a still from The Performer, 2012. Photo: Magda Chołyst / Wajda Studio

Reykjavik International Film Festival 2015 is to present two nights of Polish culture. One will be an evening of Polish animated films and the other will be a screening of The Performer, together with a presentation about the book Kino-Sztuka (“Cinema-art”).

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Kadr z filmu "Drżące trąby", fot. materiały promocyjne

A technical dissection of a sausage dog, gluttonous clams, a stunt-fly and a desperate teddy with an axe – get crazy about the strangest Polish animations.

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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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On/Off, dir. Piotr Ludwik, film still, source: Se-ma-for.

From Mexico to Brazil through Chile, Columbia and Argentina - animated films produced by the Łódż studio Se-ma-for are to set out on a tour of South America.

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As Piotr Dumała's first feature film, it maintains a style which is typical of his animated films: the philosophical musings, the black-and-white frames and the metaphors...

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