Film Series to Highlight Polish Contributions to the Art of Animation

Animated film is a relatively recent art form that has enjoyed a wide range of expression across all the world’s cultures. In an effort to examine one small part of that stunning variety, the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (ASIFA-East) will present a short series titled The Polish School Of Animation: Next Generations 2 at select venues in New York City this October. The retrospective, which will be screened in four sessions, will feature works by notable Polish directors such as Anita Kwiatkowska, Jan Lenica, and Tomasz Bagiński, as well as many others. Each screening will be devoted to a successive generation of artists, providing the audience with a chance to experience the evolution of Polish animation over the course of the last six decades.

A reception will be hosted by the Polish-American cultural exchange organization The Kosciuszko Foundation on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. The Kosciuszko Foundation is located at 15 E. 65th St. in New York. The event will feature a question-and-answer session with guest speakers Wiola Sowa, president of ASIFA-Poland; and Boguslaw Zmudziński, artistic director of the International Film Festival Etiuda & Anima.

The series’ first screening, covering the 1950s through the 1980s, will follow the reception at The Kosciuszko Foundation. Session two, which will explore animation from the 1990s through the early 2000s, will be held the following evening on Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. at Videology, located at 308 Bedford Ave. in New York. The third screening, which will again be presented at Videology at 5 p.m. on Oct. 12, will feature works from the latter half of the 2000s. Returning to The Kosciuszko Foundation, the fourth screening on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. will feature the latest Polish animation created in the last five years.

This unique series, which is free and open to the public, will be of interest to anyone who is passionate about the art and history of animation or who seeks a fascinating perspective on Polish culture.

The Kosciuszko Foundation supports intellectual and artistic exchange between the United States and Poland.