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Polish Se-ma-for Film Festival Issues Call for Entries

The fifth edition of the Polish Se-ma-for Film Festival, taking place October 15-19 in Lodz, invites filmmakers to submit a film for to the main Competition for the Best Stop Motion Animation.

The Polish Se-ma-for Film Festival has issued a call for entries to the main Competition for the Best Stop Motion Animation.

The Festival is first in Europe and one of just few in the world dedicated especially to the art of stop motion. It will be held this year October 15-19 in Lodz, Poland. Deadline for submission is July 30.

Each year the Festival’s competitions gather filmmakers from several dozen countries all over the world. Animations are awarded by international jury in a couple of categories – with the main awards for Professional Film, Student Film or Best Film for Children. Since 2013 also Children Jury awards its own prize. The main prize is Little Peter statuette, modeled on Oscar-winning animation Peter and the Wolf, produced in Lodz Se-ma-for studio

Apart from competition, the festival program consists of the series of special screenings, meetings with artists and animation workshops with specialists. During the previous edition of the festival more than 250 films from around the world were screened and guests like Anthony Christov - artistic director of the iconic Pixar or Jens Gulliksen and Tim Allen – well known animators from Tim Burton’s team appeared.

The first edition of Se-ma-for Film Festival took place in 2010, the centenary of the groundbreaking experiment by Wladyslaw Starewicz, which resulted in creating puppet animation. The Festival is held by Se-ma-for Film Foundation, established next to one of the oldest animation studios in Central-Eastern Europe – two-time Oscar-winning Se-ma-for. In addition to the Festival, the Foundation conducts numerous activities aimed at popularizing the art of stop-motion animation - including creating of Se-ma-for Museum of Animation in Lodz or supporting young artists in the production of debuts and second films.

Filmmakers who want to take part in the International Competition for Best Stop Motion Animation are asked to apply at the Festival website.

The Se-ma-for Film Festival is co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the City of Lodz.

Source: Polish Se-ma-for Film Festival

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.