Se-ma-for European/Asian Express 2011 is a multidisciplinary, two-day project including: film screenings, animation workshops in various techniques, concert, and tutorials from the most famous Polish animation studio in world – Se-ma-for.
"Sleepincord", Marta Pajek
Se-ma-for European/Asian Express 2011 is a multidisciplinary, two-day project including: film screenings, animation workshops, a concert and tutorials from the most famous Polish animation studio in world – Se-ma-for
The project takes place in four capitals, two European and two Asian: Madrid, Beijing, Tokyo and Paris, and is aimed at both children and young people. Se-ma-for European/Asian Express 2011 will not only promote Polish culture, but also (through collaboration with the SE-MA-FOR FILM FESTIVAL ON TOUR 2011 programme) support the works of young talented artists from all over the world whose films were presented during the 2010 edition of the Se-ma-for Film Festival. showcasing stop motion animation.
The retrospective of Polish stop motion animation will shed light on the only Polish studio to continue the work of Wladysław Starewicz – a pioneer of puppet animation. The studio has since created over 1400 animated films and won numerous awards including two Oscars.
SE-MA-FOR FILM MORNING FOR CHILDREN
The first day starts with FAMOUS BAD-TIME CARTOONS IN THE MORNING at 10am. Young Europeans and Asians will be able to watch a selection of episodes from series created by Se-ma-for, such as: "Teddy Floppy Ears", "The Adventures of Filemon the Cat", "The Colourful World of Puppet Boy", "Moomin Story", "The Little Penguin Pik-Pok", "Magic Pencil", and "The Adventures Chirpy the Sparrow".
Noon: Se-ma-for Museum of Fairy-tales with a group of 15-20 people (aged 15 – 20 years old) starts a 4-hour long ANIMATION WORKSHOP, entitled "Karol Szymanowski – visual improvisations". The aim of this workshop is to make one film, elements of which will be created by participants of workshop in the four capitals. At the end of the project participants will receive a copy of the film. The workshop will make participants more aware of stop motion animation technique (in this case drawing and painting stop motion). Complemented by inspiration provided by the music of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski – will create a fresh, original artistry. The workshop will be led by Maria Dzierzanowska – a graphic artist and animator as well as Paulina Zacharek – art historian, coordinator of Se-ma-for Museum of Fairy-tale and co-founder of the Sztuk-Pol Association, which promotes Polish art.
In addition to the workshop older viewers will be able to attend the SCREENINGS (preceded by a short introduction by project coordinator, Piotr Kardas):
SE-MA-FOR FILM FESTIVAL ON TOUR 2011, PART 1
In September 2010 Se-ma-for Film Foundation debuted as a new, international event dedicated to the art of animation. The event showcased over 300 films, including 70 premieres. Over 3500 viewers, approx. 1400 of which were children, took part in the screenings. As a part of Se-ma-for European/Asian Express two programmes will feature, including films presented during the first edition of the Festival.
Among the films on show are "WALTER. DIALOGUE WITH IMAGINATION" (Netherlands 2010) currently included in a collection at the Guggenheim Museum and "ESTERHAZY" (Poland/Germany 2009) a story by Izabela Plucińska about a rabbit who found love under the shadow of the Berlin Wall; the Bafta-award winning "DOG" (GB 2002); "TRAM" (Poland 2007) by Monika Kuczyniecka; |"TORD & TORD" (Sweden 2010) created by Niki Lindroth Von Bahr; "RED-END AND THE SEEMINGLY SYMBIOTIC SOCIETY" (Nederland 2009) –an experimental animation by Robin Noorda and Bethany De Forest with music by Frank Gerritsen; "UMBRELLAS" (Poland 1960) – the first animated music video in Polish history created in the Polish Film School by Jerzy Woźniak; "GO SOUTH AFRICA!" (Netherland 2010, 2’13”) by Robbert-Jan Vos and Renske Mijnheer; "EXPECTATION" (Poland 1962) – created by master animator Witold Giersz in cooperation with Ludwik Perski; and "MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME" (GB, 1987) – probably the most famous puppet music video in history, created by Peter Lord.
Three horror movies also feature: "ELUKKA" (Finland 2005) by Tatu Pohjavirt, "CHAINSAW MAID" (Japan 2007) by Takeny Nagao, and "BATH" (Japan 2008) by Katsuy Matsuyama.
Another programme to feature is the CLASSIC SE-MA-FOR – SELECTION OF ANIMATED FILMS FROM OVER 60 YEARS OF THE STUDIO’S HISTORY. The retrospective includes classics from the Se-ma-for studio, such as: "IGRASZKI" (1962) by Kazimierz Urbański; "CZARNY KAPTUREK" (1983) by Piotr Dumała; "HOBBY" (1968) by Daniel Szczechura; "FANTASTIC SHOP WITH FLOWERS" (2001) by Paweł Partyka; "DANNY BOY" (2010) by Marek Skrobecki; "SCHODY" (1968) by Stefan Schabenbeck; "NERWOWE ŻYCIE KOSMOSU" / "NERVOUS LIFE OF THE COSMOS" (1986) by Piotr Dumała; "NIE DRAŻNIĆ LWA" / DON'T IRRITATE A LION" (1960) by Tadeusz Wilkosz; and "DIM" (1992) by Marek Skrobecki.
Late afternoon will feature a short tutorial, entitled: "The Story of Se-ma-for…" given by Adam Ptak, CEO of Se-ma-for studios. The talk will discuss the history of the studio, the techniques in which it specializes and its main successes. Mr Ptak will also present several puppets created in Se-ma-for, including original puppets from Teddy Floppy Ear, Penguin Pik-Pok, Colargol and Peter from "Peter and the Wolf". After the lecture viewers are invited for a special screening of "YOUNG SE-MA-FOR" – a retrospective of the latest Se-ma-for films, including: "CITY SAILS ON" (2008), dir. Balbina Bruszewska; "CARACAS" (2006), dir. Anna Błaszczyk; "UNDERLIFE" (2010), dir. Jarosław Konopka; "RETURN" (2008), dir. Anna Błaszczyk; "SLEEPINCORD" (2010), dir. Marta Pajek ; "JOYETS "(2009), dir. Magdalena Osińska; "TWO STEPS BEHIND..." (2010), dir. Paulina Majda; "ANUNNAKI" (2004), Daria Kopiec; "FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE" (2003), dir. Balbina Bruszewska.
The second day also starts with the SE-MA-FOR FILM MORNING FOR CHILDREN: LITTLE SE-MA-FOR, a programme that includes both classics and the latest Se-ma-for productions for children: "CYRK", 1954 dir. Włodzimierz Haupe; "PYZA", 1959, dir. Lucjan Dembiński; "MALUCH", 1965, dir. Lucjan Dembiński; "KUNDELEK", 1969, dir. Lidia Hornicka; "SMOK BARNABA", 1977, dir. Tadeusz Wilkosz; "O NAJWIĘKSZEJ KŁÓTNI", 1999 dir. Zbigniew Kotecki; and "RADOSTKI", 2009, dir. Magdalena Osińska.
ANIMATION OF VACATIONS BY SE-MA-FOR – a selection of films created by young people during a summer workshop in 2009: "JUGGLER", "DOUGHTNUT", "THIS IS NOT A CHOCOLATE", "ISLAND", "HUMAN NATURE" and "CONST".
After the screenings (noon) the ANIMATION WORKSHOP "Young Eurasia Express Powered by Poland" kicks off. The project will see a group of ten (aged 10 – 20 years old) become animation "puppets". Led by animation director, set designer and scriptwriter Daria Kopiec, the group will create a story based on a quote from "Solaris" by Stanislaw Lem: "WE DO NOT NEED OTHER WORLDS. WE NEED MIRRORS". Participants will debut as puppets using stop motion animation techniques. Four parts of the film will be created in four capitals and edited into one, multicultural story, where all four motifs interlace. The aim of the workshop is to make young people understand the mechanisms of stop motion animation, providing an insight into what it takes to make 24 frames in order to produce 1 second of animation.
The workshop also coincides with SCREENINGS (preceded by an introduction by programme coordinator, Piotr Kardas):
SE-MA-FOR FILM FESTIVAL ON TOUR 2011, PART 2 > (dialogue lists in national languages)
WŁADYSŁAW STAREWICZ YESTERDAY AND TODAY – screening of documentary about a pioneer of puppet animation entitled "BEATLE TRAINER" (Poland/Lithuania 2008, 53’)
EXPERIMENTAL SE-MA-FOR - SELECTION OF ANIMATED FILMS FROM OVER 60 YEARS OF THE STUDIO’S HISTORY
This programme includes the most important experimental films created by artists cooperating with Se-ma-for, from: "BEATCH", 1964 dir. Edward Sturlis; "NOWA KSIĄŻKA", 1975 dir. Zbigniew Rybczyński; "OJ! NIE MOGĘ SIĘ ZATRZYMAĆ!", 1975 dir. Zbigniew Rybczyński; "PORTRET", 1977 dir. Stanisław Lenartowicz; "MARTWY CIEŃ", 1980 dir. Andrzej Klimowski; "LINIA", 1981 dir. Grzegorz Rogala; "PIERWSZY FILM", 1981 dir. Józef Piwkowski; "BLOK", 1982 dir. Hieronim Neumann; and "ZUPA", 1974 r. Zbigniew Rybczyński.
The final evening of Se-ma-for European/Asian Express 2011, includes:
SE-MA-FOR OF MASTERS, selection of masterpieces created in Se-ma-for studio by artists who went down in the annals of film history: "ICHTHYS" (2005), dir. Marek Skrobecki; 16’, "PETER AND THE WOLF" (2006), dir. Suzie Templeton; 30’, "MASKA" (2010), dir. Quay Brothers; 23’, "TANGO" (1980), dir. Zbigniew Rybczyński; 8’, "KWARTECIK", 1965 dir. Edward Sturlis; 7’, "ZA KRÓLA KRAKUSA", 1947 dir. Zenon Wasilewski; 14’, "WALLS" (1987), Piotr Dumała; 8’, "CHAIR", 1963 r. Daniel Szczechura; 5’30”, "EVERYTHING IS A NUMBER", 1966 r. Stefan Schabenbeck; 7’, "CATS AND KITTENS" (1964), dir. Tadeusz Wilkosz; 10'.
CONCERT: STAREWICZ IN RUSSIA – SCREENING OF FILMS WITH LIVE MUSIC ACOMPANIAMENT BY SzaZa
SzaZa – a band created by two musicians, improvisers and animators: Patryk Zakrocki and Paweł Szamburski in 1999 – will present their take on four classic films by Wladyslaw Starewicz: "THE LILY OF BELGIUM" (1915), "THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANT" (1911), "CHRISTMAS EVE" (1911), "THE REVENGE OF A KINEMATOGRAPH CAMERAMAN" (1911).
Partners of Se-ma-for European/Asian Express 2011 are: MADRID – ANIMADRID (The International Festival of the Animated Image of Pozuelo de Alarcón-Community of Madrid), with support from the Polish Institute in Madrid; PARIS – Forum des Images, with the support of the Polish Institute in Paris; BEIJING – ASIFA CHINA with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in P.R.C.; TOKYO - Etiuda&Anima (ROTUNDA Association), with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Japan.
Each part of the project features a special catalogue in the national language of the country in question (Spanish, Chinese, French, Japanese and English).
Date: 22-23rd of September, 2011
Organiser: Se-Ma-For Film Studio
Project cofinanced by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Partners: MADRYT – ANIMADRID (The International Festival of the Animated Image of Pozuelo de Alarcón-Community of Madrid), the Polish Institute in Madrid
Source: Adam Mickiewicz Institute