Czech Centers, in cooperation with selected universities and film festivals, present a special program of animation series, which pay tribute to contemporary Czech animation. Animation has always belonged to the family silver of Czech(oslovak) cinematography and it still occupies this position, as evidenced by the international attention and awards which contemporary animated works have received. Film series are screened on-line for free on the international VOD platform DAFilms.cz focusing on European documetary and experimental films. If necessary the films are provided with English subtitles. Two series – one for children and one for adults, introduce a selection of best works from the Animation Studio at the Tomas Bata University in Zlin.
ANIMATION SERIES FOR ADULTS
Length: 1 h 15 min
Wandering Bondy (Veronika Zacharová, 2017). Short animated "essay", an author interpretation of thought stream of Egon Bondy, peculiar Czech poet, novelist, and philosopher.
Ghostory (Alžběta Göbelová, 2017). A short animated documentary, that captures the search of the amateur undead filmmaker.
Wedding Day (Zuzana Čupová, 2017). Short film Wedding Day animated on Furiant music from Antonín Dvořák’s Slavonic dances is set on the occasion of Czech folk wedding. Inspired by Czech folk dance Furiant and folk embroidery, the movie tells a story about newlyweds separated from each other at wedding revelry by overjoyed wedding guests and is entwined with another tale which happens on their embroidered folk costumes.
So far, so close (Mikkel Odehnalů, 2016). Far to the north, the first snowstorm is approaching. A white wolf appears in the watery reflection. It seems that his lonesome journey through the northern wasteland cannot even have a good ending. However, fate blows his way something that is worth fighting for.
Home (Alena Baranava, 2016). A man in a bar telling his story to a group of friends, sharing his travelling experiences. Exotic countries, new smells and tastes, people with any possible colour of skin, different religions, love, friendship and perhaps happiness. But how is it to be back home? And where is his home now?
The Potato Eaters (Martin Kukal, 2014). A homage to Vincent Willem van Gogh, the artist who walked through the land of Brabant.
Feedback (Filip Javora, Ondřej Javora, 2016). It's a social satire by a genre and talks about the responsibility of an individual for his actions and the extent of the impact on others. The story of the film follows the everyday routine of Ed, a completely ordinary person living in an ordinary suburb with his ordinary family with uninteresting employment at airport security. The movie shows with fair momentum and exaggeration that people like Ed do matter and how exactly can his ignorance and irresponsibility inflict considerable damage upon the world.
Ham Story (Eliška Chytková, 2012). This story is about an imagination which was chained up for a long time and then set free with a lot of strength. It is about playing God in a childlike and honest way.
Raven Mother (Noemi Valentíny, 2015). Raven's mother is an animated ballad, inspired by stories of the times when fates of men were bound with the ones of the other beings. Man and Woman are carrying a burden in a form of their marked son – a baby with the raven peak and claws.
Four Children in an Empty House (Adéla Kovářová, 2014). A short, slightly scary story about children left alone at home. Their play is interrupted by something from outside. Maybe it's just haunted shadows and maybe not.
The Reward (Martin Kukal, 2013). One Day of Bjarghus and his dog. The journey back and forth from the shed to a high rock. Clash of the elements, mind and time.
Length: 47 min
The Aping (Filip Javora, 2014). Extraordinary visit to the ZOO...
Spring (Kateřina Čupová, 2014). Animated movie Spring is a lyrical fairy-tale.
You Are So Lucky! (Zuzana Brachaczková, 2013.) The short animated film about a hen, that thought she had a tough life. The story of duties, the desire for rest, naive envy and absurdity.
Where Do The Wild Butterflies Grow (Vladimíra Macurová, 2012). A little newborn creature comes to a fantasy world, where it meets other creatures and seeks friendship among them. A poetic story about the search for kindred spirits.
Dinosaurs (Dao Thi Thuy Linh, 2012). The movie tell about dinosaurs, people and life in general.
How To Save a Princess (Alžběta Göbelová, 2013). It is known that in fairy tales every prince has to deserve his princess. He has to rescue her from a tower or fight with a dragon. Film How to save a princess tells a story about one young prince, who has dream like that. Even though his journey to his bride is much more complicated that he expected, he does not give up.
Atlas of Dragons (Veronika Kuncová, 2016). A story about the relationship of a daughter to her father while reminiscing about a paper kite. The kite is measured against mythological and fanciful dragons. However, It turns out, that her common kite is the best kind of dragon because it was made by her daddy.
Erwin (Petr Jindra, 2015). In a small house lives a lady with her cat Erwin that loves boxes. One day the lady gets a new microwave. When the cat sees the microwave, a new modern box it can’t be stopped. The lady does all she can to change the cat's mind. In the end, the ruse is paid back by the ruse.
The Bearytales (Veronika Zacharová, 2015). Did You know that the grizzly bear is not such a big loner, how people claim about him? This and four other interesting facts from the world of bears can be found in the short animated movie The Bearytales.
The Cherry Tree (Eva Dvořáková, 2017). The animated film The Cherry Tree shows the formation of a wall picture, which is forming itself and is living on its own. The film is about the relationship between characters on the picture, but the picture itself remains fragile and can be affected by the real world. The film is based on exaggeration, surprise and improvisation.
While there is a long tradition of animation in Zlin, only in the last two years Zlin gradually shifted to emphasis on the author´s creation transforming the education system that has ability to educate a new generation of film directors. A certain number of the students´ animation work competes at the famous international festivals (such as the ones in Annecy, Cannes, Berlinale, Hiroshimia), as well as in the TV/cinema around the globe (for instance HBO broadcasting).
One of the main goals of the Studio is to promote, not only the work of its students, but also to inform about how the Czech animation has been evolving. Last but not least, besides the multiple projections, the university has been organizing various lectures on how the animation film is created and how is taught in Zlín.
Over the last two years, the collection of films at the Animation Studio at the Faculty of Multimedia Communications has attracted several prestigious festivals and institutions. Communication with Czech Centres was begun; in the process the cooperation with Czech Center Stockholm was found very successful (apart from the presentation of the teaching of animation, there were workshops on animation for local schools). The presentations took place also at the embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C., for students of film universities in Los Angeles and Moscow, and also visits and talks were taking place at the CalArt in California and at the studios of DreamWorks and Pixar.
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