Editorial: Expecting the Unexpected

Animation still has problems becoming a medium equal to the traditional film in the eyes of mainstream audiences. On the big screen, we primarily see works dedicated to children and teenagers; adult pieces found their place on TV and the internet. For years, Ars Independent has been a space for authors to present their art, and for audiences – to experience the medium on the big screen.

This year’s edition combines tradition with a modern outlook – like always, viewers will get to know the works of young authors in the Black Horse of Animation competition. We’ll get to see the variety of styles and approaches both in aesthetics and narrative. While the films compete with each other, in my opinion the actual value lies not in a quantified rating, but in experiencing the spectrum of creativity allowed by animation.

The out-of-competition program features a look into the fresh, contemporary usage of stop motion, as well as light and pleasant animated entertainment, contrasting with the usually drama-heavy competition. We have two longer screenings – a contemporary animation which combines a simplistic style with heavy themes into a unique mix, as well as a forgotten classic with an original jazz soundtrack.

I don’t need to convince Ars Independent veterans that animation belongs on the big screen; while those who doubt this, I encourage to give it a chance. Anyway – see you at the cinema!