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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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Still from the animation Czerwone i czarne (The Red and the Black), directed by Witold Giersz, image courtesy Film Miniature Studio

Witold Giersz's animated film from 1963.

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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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Renowned animator and creator of nearly 50 films Witold Giersz revolutionised animation films in Poland in the 1960s. Bearer of over 60 awards and honours, New Horizons International Film Festival 2012 holds a retrospective of his work.

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