The 14th edition of PAF—Festival of Film Animation is starting today on Thursday December 3rd in Olomouc. Opening night of the festival will see a string of exhibition openings - beginning with The Unbearable Lightness of Nyau Cinema by the Malawi-born artists Samson Kambalu in the U Mloka Gallery. His Nyau films break down the stereotype of temporal and spatial experience with film: they intentionally move away from the western perception of time and deviate from the linearity of contemporary narrative film. This is the first exhibition of Samson Kambalu in the Czech Republic.
Every year, PAF—Festival of Film Animation and ArtMap prepare a special cultural map for Olomouc. Olomouc ArtMap provides information on PAF’s programme as well as information on interesting local spots, catering facilities and particularly on those institutions which allow you to consume art.
The winner of the Other Visions 2015 competition is Janek Rous with his work The Sound from the Desert. He was awarded the main prize by the international jury, consisting of Samson Kambalu, Jonathan Monaghan, Daniela Arriado and Gabriel Florenz. The Special Jury Prize was given to Petra Lelláková and Vladimíra Večeřová for their video Marmotour. The Audience Award was won by Aleš Čermák and Michal Cáb for their video The Earth Trembles.
The Saturday programme will start at 9:30 am in the Film Auditorium with the five-episode series Garden that is based on the motives of the children’s book of the same name by the artist and illustrator Jiří Trnka. The magical illustrations from the mysterious world from behind the rusty gate were transformed into the series of short animated films by the director Břetislav Pojar, who is known for his animated series Hey, Mister, let’s play.
The distinguished inbetweener and children book illustrator Edita Plicková (1940) worked in the Prague Studio of Animated and Puppet Film where she brought to life Zdeněk Miller’s tales about puppies, among others.
At PAF, she will lead a two-day animation workshop dedicated to inbetweening (drawing of individual frames) of characters in classical animated film. The workshop is intended for children older than 9, their older siblings, parents and grandparents.
Barbora Kleinhamplová got the prestigious award for Czech artists under the age of 35 on Friday, 20th November 2015. Kleinhamplová’s film Reliable Relationship (in collaboration with Kristýna Bartošová, 2014) won the Main Prize as well as the Audience Award in the 2014 Other Visions competition.