PZU ANIMATION GROUP
We are launching the PZU and Film Spring Open contest for the most interesting projects promoting a healthy lifestyle. We invite artists to share their ideas for a commercial spot, animation or a branded content film. Fifteen authors of the best proposals will receive scholarships worth 1,000 PLN each.
We are at a turning point. COVID-19 has changed everything that seemed constant and unchangeable. The subject of the PZU and FSO contest is the lack of social awareness of how a healthy lifestyle has a bigger impact on our health than genetic factors. For the last six months, we have been obsessing about our health. But it’s not enough to think about it — we must raise the alarm! A healthy life and consequently an increased immunity is a natural vaccine against COVID. Make films so vivid that they cannot be forgotten. Just like this quote by Aleksander Fredro, our contest motto: “Take care of your health, for when you die, you lose your life.” – says Sławomir Idziak.
The contest is open for all participants of the Film Spring Open 2020 Workshops. The participants must be at least 13 years old. The best projects will be executed during the Workshops by the Commercial Film Group, Painting Animation Group, Youtubers Group and Animation Group.
The competition task is to write a script and/or complement it with storyboards for audiovisual projects. The proposed ideas should promote a healthy lifestyle and good eating habits. Before starting your work, please consult the competition brief and follow the guidelines included there.
How to enter the contest?
To enter the contest, please send an email with a completed form and „Konkurs PZU SA” in the subject line at email@example.com. The application must be sent no later than on 2 October 2020, 11:59 PM. Please indicate in which technique you would like your idea to be implemented. The results will be announced on 9 October 2020 on the Film Spring Open website and social media. Fifteen authors of the best propositions will receive scholarships worth 1,000 PLN each. The exact rules of participation are specified in the Terms and Conditions.
Promotion of a healthy and active lifestyle is a special area of PZU’s social involvement. We encourage Poles to exercise, change their eating habits, do medical check-ups and take care of their mental well-being so that each of us can enjoy a long life in good health. For years PZU has been supporting running events and various pro-health campaigns. We also cooperate with medical institutions and organisations promoting health and physical activity.
The contest is financed from preventive funds of PZU S.A.
Tomasz Siwiński – is the creator of original oil painted animated films. IIn the sensual aesthetics of oil painting, he creates expressive, oneiric worlds. The heroes placed in them try to find themselves in a reality that hides dark secrets and is subject to disturbing transformations.
Siwiński was born in 1982. He studied at the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and at the Animated Film Studio under the supervision of prof. Jerzy Kucia. During his studies, he created animated films “Television” and “Little Black Square”.
In 2014, his next film “A Blue Room” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Semaine de la Critique section. The film received multiple awards, incl. The Best Animation Award at Curtas Vila do Conde (Portugal) and the Silver Hobby Horse at the Krakow Film Festival.
In addition to his original films, he also makes documentary animations, such as “Moczarski’s Case” (distinguished by Vimeo Staff Pick) and the animated part of the documentary “Mała Zagłada” (directed by Natalia Koryncka-Gruz). His films have been presented at many festivals, incl. Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, Cannes, Hiroshima, Utrecht, Zagreb, Uppsala, Stuttgart, Krakow. He is a member of The Association of Polish Filmmakers (SFP) and ASIFA, in 2019 he obtained a doctorate.
The group will hear a lecture by Piotr Szczepanowicz and Zofia Jaroszuk from Animoon studio: “How to promote short films successfully? Strategy and promotional tools based on “ACID RAIN” directed by Tomek Popakul and “III” directed by Marta Pajek.”
Piotr Szczepanowicz – I was born on July 4, 1981 in Opole. From 2005 to 2010 I was a student of PWSFTv T L. Schiller in Łódź at the Animation and Special Effects departaments. For my short films I have been awarded many times at many festivals in Poland and abroad. In the years 2014-2016 he was a film expert at the Polish Film Institute. I am a co-founder of the Polish Animation Producers Association. I co-realized special effects for the film “Peter and the Wolf” by Suzie Templeton, (Oscar winner in 2008 in the category of Best Short Animated Film), the film “Świteź” by Kamil Polak and the film “Magic Piano” by Martin Clap produced by Breakthru Films. In the years 2011-2015 I co-created the post-production company NoLabel. I am a producer of both short and full-length films. The films that I produced were one of the most awarded animated films in Poland (the film “Ziegenort” and “Acid Rain” directed by Tomek Popakul gain about 60 awards around the world, the film triptych by Marta Pajek – premiere in the main competition of the Cannes festival – gain about 52 awards). Currently, I co-create two animation studios Animoon and Letko. I play the role of producer and animation director. I am a co-producer of four full-length animated films (“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”, “Even Mice Belong in Heaven”, “Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs”, “Kill it and leave this Town”).