O!PLA 2019 – almost 22.000 Jury members, almost 140 festival venues located between the Baltic Sea and the Tatra Mountains, more than 100 shorts divided into 8 categories. Poland’s biggest, most unique and completely grassroots celebration of animated film. Now O!PLA is back with a new programme voted for, as ever, by “the biggest Jury in the world” – our Audience. (O!PLA means “Oh! Polish Animation”, but also: “Oh! People Love Animation”). For the 4th year running we are pleased to be bringing to Manchester audiences the very best of O!PLA.
Please join us from 8:30pm on March 26th at Gullivers, Oldham Street. Tickets £5/£4 (concession).
Dir: Valeria Molchanova, WSUO OPOL
Poland, 2017, 5 min 18 sec, Cert 15
Wake up, eat breakfast, go to work, work, return from work, “relax” with beer, sleep … And every day the same thing.
THE LORD OF THE EARTHWORM [WŁADCA PIERŚCIENIC]
Dir: Mariusz Włodarski
Poland, 2018, 1 min 21 sec, Cert 15
“Once upon a time, an unexpected guest came to the house of an earthworm… Bronze Award in the Independent Category.
HUNTING FOR A TIGER [POLOWANIE NA TYGRYSA]
Dir: Maciej Buchwald, Music: Młynarski-Masecki Jazz Camerata Varsoviensis
Poland, 2018, 2 min 23 sec, Cert 15
“Where is the tiger?” – our hero is plagued by that nagging question. Bronze Award in the Animated Music Videos Category.
Dir: Piotr Baranowski
2018, 44 sec, Cert 15
New technologies and their impact on interpersonal relations … Bronze Award in the Animated Epigrams Category.
Dir: kinoMANUAL (Aga Jarząb, Maciek Bączyk)
Poland, 2018, 4 min 20 sec, Cert 15
The title refers to both the tradition of numbering subsequent graphic prints and the fact that films play created at “25 frames per second”.
Dir: Joanna Polak (Studio Joanna Polak)
Poland, 2018, 10 min, Cert 15
Have you ever wondered what life would be in a world made of wool? Silver Award in the Professional Category.
CHRIST OF NATION [CHRYSTUS NARODU]
Dir: Ewa Drzewicka (ASP KRAKÓW)
Poland, 2018, 9 min 09 sec, Cert 15
Life in Krakow goes slowly. Pigeons fly, and the lady with the pretzels waits for the hungry tourists. HE watches over the city, but danger is hanging in the air. Silver Award in the Student’s Category.
CREATION [POCZĄTEK ŚWIATA]
Dir: Paweł Kleszczewski & Katarzyna Zimnoch
Poland, 2018, 10 min 13 sec, Cert 15
In the Beginning there was nothing but endless sea. On this sea, God was sailing. One day from his reflection in the water the devil emerged, and they started to create the world together, quickly falling into conflict, which goes on to this day. Silver Award in the Independent Category.
Dir: Aleksandra Lekszycka (PJATK Warszawa), Music: Stephen (unofficial video with permission to the music)
Poland, 2017, 4 min 31 sec, Cert 15
The constant internal struggle of intellect, feelings and instinct… Silver Award in the Animated Music Videos Category.
RHYTHM AND ARRHYTHMIA [RYTM I ARYTMIA]
Dir: Jakub Rybak (WSUO Opole)
Poland, 2017, 48 sec, Cert 15
Rhythm and the lack of it … Silver Award in the Animated Epigrams Category.
Dir: Natalia Spychała (PWSFTviT Łódź)
Poland, 2018, 5 min 13 sec, Cert 15
A system of dependencies – a closed cycle of related events. Silver Award in the Experimental Animation Category.
THAT NIGHTMARISH SUNDAY [TA KOSZMARNA NIEDZIELA]
Dir: Kamil Wójcik
Poland, 2018, 2 min 22 sec, Cert 15
When work seems to be a moment of respite, then a day off becomes a tragedy. A reaction to the enactment of non-trade Sundays in Poland in 2018. Golden Award in the Independent Category.
Dir: Łukasz Rusinek, Music: Żywiołak
Poland, 2018, 4 min 41 sec, Cert 15
A young man crashes his motorcycle in the middle of the forest. When three young women appear nearby, he decides to head in their direction… Golden Award in the Animated Music Videos Category.
Dir: Bartosz Zarzycki (UAP Poznań)
Poland, 2018, 1 min 14 sec, Cert 15
A mammal, a fish and a bird … Golden Award in the Animated Epigrams Category.
Dir: Małgorzata Bosek-Serafińska (Serafiński Studio)
Poland, 2018, 11 min 40 sec, Cert 15
An intimate journal covering almost six years in the lives of two people. One provided a daily packet of cigarettes, smoked by himself that day, and the other covered them with a ready-made “graphic-painting matter”. Paper souvenirs – the waste of everyday life. Golden Award in the Experimental Animation Category.