Polish Fairy Tales, series I

2005 – 2002

13 episodes x 13’. A series of animated films for children made for Channel 1 of Polish Television S.A.

The open, auteur formula of the series facilitates creative film interpretation of Polish fairy tales, stories and fables, attractive to the contemporary child. Each episode has been made using a different technique and different aesthetics. Tradition and contemporariness intertwine. As a result, the child is presented with a unique animation production, which remaining faithful to the literary original in terms of the story told invites the child to explore the diverse film conventions.

„/…/A concept of animation based on juggling genre conventions, situation, character and linguistic comedy, often revealing surprising contradictions, has proved a good idea for adapting well-known tales to the screen. This device has given them some new added shine and freshness. And what was once ‘a long, long time ago’ or ‘behind mountains, behind forests’, has turned out not to be so distant after all. And this is one reason why one should watch these fairy tales… and maybe also because Adam Mickiewicz said a long time ago that ‘this world is a pure fairytale!’/…/”. From the review by Iwona Grodź in Akademia Filmowa

Episodes 01 – 13 from the „Polish Fairy Tales” series
01. Glass Mountain /Szklana góra/ directed by Jacek Adamczak
02. Golden Duck /Złota kaczka/directed by Jacek Kasprzycki
03. On Bartek the Doktor/O bartku doktorze/ directed by Andrzej Kukuła
04. Cobbler Dratewka /Szewczyk Dratewka/ directed by Artur Wrotniewski
05. Live Water /Żywa woda/ directed by Witold Giersz
06. The Ice Mountain /Lodowa góra/ directed by Robert Turło
07. Twelve Months /Dwanaście Miesięcy/ directed by Zbigniew3 Kotecki
08. Basilisk /Bazyliszek/ directed by Andrzej Kukuła
09. The Blacksmith and the Devil /O kowalu i diable/ directed by Jacek Adamczak
10. The Dragon of Wawel /Smok wawelski/ directed by Anna Dudek
11. Enchanted Shoes /Zaczarowane pantofelki/ directed by Aniela Lubieniecka
12. On a Princess Turned into a Frog /O królewnie zaklętej w żabę/ directed by Robert Turło
13. Tailor Thread /Krawiec Niteczka/ directed by Andrzej Gosieniecki

Titles sequence:
Directed, artwork, animation, camera by Robert Turło
Musik composed and performed by Marek Kuczyński

Series Ediror by Katarzyna Komorowska
Series Executive Producer by Ewa Sobolewska
Production: TV Studio of Animoation Films Ltd.
Producer, distributor: Telewizja Polska SA © TVP S.A.

39 awards and commendations at international and national film festivals, including the prestigious Gold World Medal in New York, Platinum Remi Award and Special Remi Award in Houston and Gold Panda in Sichuan.

Up to date, films from the ‘Baśnie i Bajki Polskie’ [Polish Fairy Tales] series have been presented at over 300 film festivals and reviews, including in London, Rimini, Teheran, Pretoria, Sichuan, Chicago, Amsterdam, Madrid, Roma, Rimouski, Giffoni, Houston, Riga, Cairo, Tallin, Taipei, Buenos Aires, Vilnius, Chemnitz, Tel Aviv, Sydney, Hiroshima, Umei, Palm Springs, Tabor, Sheffield, Melbourne, Adelaide, Montevideo, Sancy, Toronto, Zlín, Moskwa, Třeboň, Gyor, Stuttgart, Oslo, San Francisco, Taiwan, Bosna and Hercegovina, Barcelona, Espinho, Berlin, Geneva, Ottawa, Kopenhagen, Seoul, Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Positano, New York, Clermont-Ferrand, Tampere, Annecy, Semarang, Changzhou, Mill Valley, Leipzig, Siena, Belfast, Ravenna, Bratislava.

The ‘Baśnie i Bajki Polskie’ [Polish Fairy Tales] series has been sold to 40 countries including  the United Kingdom, Italy (2x), Spain (2x), Portugal (2x), Finland, Brazil, Argentina, Slovenia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Malta, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Pakistan, Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Vatican, Republic of San Marino, Monaco, Switzerland (Italian-speaking part).

In the years 2006 and 2008, the first 13 parts of the ‘Polish Fairy Tales’ series appeared on DVD limited to 4,000 copies.

AWARDS:

TAYLOR THREAD directed by Andrzej Gosieniecki
LETTER OF CONGRATULATIONS from the President of The Polish Film Institute – words of recognition for building the prestige of Polish cinema abroad, Warsaw / 09.05.2008
INTERNATIONAL GOLD PANDA AWARD – BEST TV ANIMATION, 9th Sichuan Television Festival, Sichuan, China / 2007
NOMINATED FOR THE – GRAND PRIZE, 9th Sichuan Television Festival, Sichuan, China / 2007
NOMINATED FOR THE – BEST PLAYWRIGHT, 9th Sichuan Television Festival, Sichuan, China / 2007
NOMINATED FOR THE – BEST MAKE-UP AND COSTUME DESIGN, 9th Sichuan Television Festival, Sichuan, China / 2007
NOMINATED FOR THE – BEST EDITING, 9th Sichuan Television Festival, Sichuan, China / 2007
SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY in the animated films category, 19th International TV Festival of Programmes for Children and Youth “Prix Danube”, Bratislava, Slovakia / 2007
BRONZE CAIRO AWARD – A folk tale told in a lively and stylish way, 17th Annual Cairo International Film Festival for Children, Cairo, Egypt / 2007
SILVER LINE AWARD for the best film for children, 12th National Festival of Auteur Animation Films OFAFA’2006, Cracow, Poland / 2006

ON A PRINCESS TURNED INTO A FROG directed by Robert Turło
LETTER OF CONGRATULATIONS from the President of The Polish Film Institute – words of recognition for building the prestige of Polish cinema abroad, Warsaw / 09.05.2008
SPECIAL REMI JURY AWARD in category short film & video – Animated, 40th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, Houston, USA / 2007
LETTER OF CONGRATULATIONS from the President of Polish Film Institute for the contribution towards promoting Polish culture in the international arena – “The international successes of your films are a source of pride and satisfaction for Poland”, Warsaw, 25.01.2007
BRONZE CAIRO AWARD, the film is a humorous retelling of a classic fairytale that takes children to an enchanted world of fantasy, Cairo International Children Film Festival, Cairo, Egypt / 2006
SILVER LINE AWARD for the best film for children, 11th National Festival of Auteur Animation Films OFAFA’2005”, Cracow, Poland / 2005

TWELVE MONTHS directed by Zbigniew Kotecki

THE MAIN PRIZE for the artistic and moral values, splendid artwork and an original personification of the Months characters, 4th European Film Festival “Integration I and You” – Fairytale, Koszalin, Poland / 2007
PLATINUM REMI AWARD for the best film for children, 39th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, Houston, USA / 2006
FIRST PRIZE, to the best polish animated film for children, Association of Polish Filmmakers, 23rd “Ale Kino!” International Festival of Films for the Young Audience, Poznań, Poland / 2005
GOLDEN LINE AWARD – GRAND PRIX for the best animated film, 10th National Festival of Auteur Animation Films OFAFA’2004, Cracow, Poland / 2004
FIRST PLACE CHILDRENS’ AUDIENCE AWARD, for the best short film, 29th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia / 2004

THE ICE MOUNTAIN directed by Robert Turło

LETTER OF CONGRATULATIONS from the President of Polish Film Institute for the contribution towards promoting Polish culture in the international arena – “The international successes of your films are a source of pride and satisfaction for Poland”, Warsaw, 25.01.2007
GOLD WORLD MEDAL in category Children’s Programs, 47th The New York Festivals, Television Programming & Promotion, New York, USA / 2005
SILVER LINE AWARD for the best film for children, IX National Festival of Auteur Animation Films OFAFA’2003, Cracow, Poland / 2003

GLASS MOUNTAIN directed by Jacek Adamczak
FINALIST CERTIFICATE, China International Cartoon and Digital Arts Festival, Changzhou, China / 2004
DIPLOMA for the film direction, International Festival of Animated Films for Children – Biennial of Animation BAB’03, Bratislava, Slovakia / 2003

ENCHANTED SHOES directed by Aniela Lubieniecka
SPECIAL DISTINCTION for film for children for propagating noble ideals, for glorifying human soul and for the never-ending story of love and goodness, 15th International Film Festival „The Golden Knight”, Moskwa, Rosja / 2006

BAZYLISK directed by Andrzej Kukuła
SPECIAL DISTINCTION for film for children, 10th National Festival of Auteur Animation Films OFAFA’2004, Cracow, Poland / 2004

ON BARTEK THE DOCTOR directed by Andrzej Kukuła
DIPLOMA for the film direction, International Festival of Animated Films for Children – Biennial of Animation BAB’03, Bratislava, Slovakia / 2003

COLLECTIVE AWARDS FOR SERIES
LETTER OF CONGRATULATION FROM THE MAYOR OF POZNAŃ, commemorating the 110th anniversary of the first film screening in Poznań: “I was truly pleased to learn /…/ about the award won by ‘Taylor Thread’, part of the ‘Polish Fairy Tales’ series. /…/ Please accept my warmest congratulations and appreciation. /…/ The top quality artistic achievements of the Television Studio of Animation Films bring well-deserved fame to their makers and promote our city in an excellent way. Let me thank you and congratulate you once again.” Poznań, December 27, 2006
LETTER OF CONGRATULATION FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND – “I am deeply pleased to congratulate you on the prestigious awards that you received for ‘The Ice Mountain’ and ‘On a Princess Turned into a Frog’ at international festivals in 2005 and 2006. /…/ International success of your films gives Poland a sense of pride and achievement. I would like to thank you for your contribution to promoting Polish culture on a global scale.” Warsaw, April 12, 2006, for Robert Turło, director of ‘On a Princess Turned into a Frog’ and ‘The Ice Mountain’, parts of the ‘Polish Fairy Tales’ series.

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