Editorial: More Is Less

The more I know, the more I see how much I don’t. As a veteran viewer of the animation competition (and animation in general), I encounter things that are fresh, bold, atypical. I can be wowed by something, only to later conclude that the work reached the ends of quality / weirdness / validity of its social commentary. But then, I remember that I get this feeling every year. That’s why it’s good I don’t do this on my own – every programmer brings a different point of view, which forbids all of us from just sitting comfortably in our respective bubbles.

What about these animations that wow? I think that this year, our nominees hoped to collectively reintroduce our audience to the differences of human experience. Beginning with family issues rooted in particular cultures, through a critical look at society and the roles we play in it, to deeply personal stories that still manage to find a universal thread, despite their individuality. Our guides will be, among others, an astronaut trying to find himself after coming back to Earth, a dog who felt like a wolf and a woman in the Warsaw metro. Different aesthetics and different narratives will help us learn more about the world – and ourselves.

There’s nothing left for me to do but smile at the sight of the audience veterans of the Black Horse of Animation, to greet those who will experience it for the first time or – like those distant relatives, whose exact relationship with us we can never quite pin down – just pop in every now and then. See you at the screening!