Warsaw holds its first ever animated film festival, and it's not just for kids

The films on show come from across the globe. Mikail Ekiz

Film buffs will descend on Warsaw this weekend for the inaugural Warsaw Animated Film Festival featuring over 100 animated movies.

Kicking off today, Friday 30th, the festival begins with the feature length animated film Another Day of Life, based on Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński’s tale of the conflict in Angola in 1976.

There will be prizes awarded in both the ‘professional’ and ‘young’ animator categories, as well as an award from the festival sponsors and a prize for the audience’s favourite film.Simon Briggs

Another full length feature on show at the festival is the highly acclaimed  ‘Loving Vincent’, a story about Vincent van Gogh and his death. Each of the film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of over 100 painters. The visually stunning film was co-written and directed by Polish filmmaker Dorota Kobiela and Brit, Hugh Welchman.

The films on show come from across the globe with submissions from over 20 countries including Poland, UK, America, Iran, Argentina and China. There will be prizes awarded in both the ‘professional’ and ‘young’ animator categories, as well as an award from the festival sponsors, Platige Image, and a prize for the audience’s favourite film.

The festival has been organised by Tessa Moult-Milewska (L) and Ewelina Leszczyńska (R).Warsaw Animated Film Festival

The festival has been organized by Tessa Moult-Milewska and Ewelina Leszczyńska. Tessa is a writer,  director and animator of multiple films. Ewelina works as a program specialist at FINA, Poland’s National Audiovisual Institute.

She also created the Be POLAR film festival. She told TFN: “We want to disprove the idea that animation films are only for children and prove that they often address the most difficult social topics. Like feature and documentary films, animations have the potential to change society.”

Also being shown at the festivals the animated masterpiece Another Day of Life based on Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński’s tale of the conflict in Angola in 1976.PAP

Along with the films there are a variety of workshops and panel discussions available for aspiring animators and enthusiasts at the four art house venues screening the films over the weekend.

On the Sunday, a jury of film directors including Piotr Dumała, Marta Pajek and Piotr Kardas, the creator of numerous animated film festivals, will decide the winning film in the ‘professionals’ category.

Tessa Moult-Milewska told TFN: “We want to disprove the idea that animation films are only for children and prove that they often address the most difficult social topics. Like feature and documentary films, animations have the potential to change society.”Ivan Rabbiosi

The ‘young animation’ category will be judged by art historian Hanna Margolis and directors Tomek Suwalski and Wojtek Wawszczyk.