October is a very intense month for film festival fans, and especially for animation enthusiasts. In the near future there will be, among others Animafest Zagreb, Sedicicorto Forlì, Curtas Vila do Conde, Brno 16, Animatricks, Balkanima, Banialuka and the Big Cartoon Festival. Many of them will be held in a hybrid form, some will only take place online, while the program of each of them includes Polish animations.

The World Festival of Animated Film takes place in Zagreb at the turn of September and October. It will be a real treat for lovers of Polish animation. The competition program includes as many as five of our productions: Barbara Rupik's "The Little Soul", "Portrait of Suzanne" by Izabela Plucińska, "Last Supper" by Piotr Dumała, "Marbles" by Natalia Spychała and "Portrait Of A Woman" by Natalia Durszewicz.

The MONSTRA-Lisbon Animation Festival will be held at the same time as the Croatian festival. There you will be able to see "The Hunt" by Mateusz Jarmulski, "Acid Rain" by Tomek Popakul and "Story" by Jola Bańkowska. The last two titles were also included in the program of Weird International Animation Market and Festival in Spain.

The Swiss Animatou - the International Animation Film Festival will start at the beginning of the month. "Guilt" by Marcjanna Urbańska was invited to the competition there. "Portrait of Suzanne" by Izabela Plucińska and "The Land Of Whim” by Betina Bożek. A day later, the 17th edition of the Sedicicorto Forlì International Film Festival will begin. Four Polish animations will be screened at the Italian festival. The jury will evaluate, among others "Portrait of Suzanne", "Red Light Train" by Alicja Kot, "Such a Beautiful Town" by Marta Koch and "Story" by Jola Bańkowska.

Two important local festivals will take place this month. "Such A Beautiful Town" by Marta Koch, "Gulit" by Marcjanna Urbańska, "Plantarium" by Tomek Ducki, "I'm Here" by Julia Orlik, "We Hope You Won’t Need To Come Back" by Anastasia Naumenko and "backstage_episodes" by Marcin Wojciechowski were invited to the competition of Poznań Animator. Some of them will also be available in the non-competition section of the Warsaw Film Festival. In addition to the films by Naumenko, Orlik and Ducki, the animations of Daria Kopiec's "Your Own Bullshit" and Yelyzaveta Pysmak's "My Fat Arse And I" will be waiting for the audience in the Polish capital.

Traditionally, the Polish program could not be missing at the Curtas Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival. Among the selected short films there is a place for three animations - "You Are Overreacting" by Karina Paciorkowska, "The Hunt" by Mateusz Jarmulski and "Story" by Jola Bańkowska. The latter film has a chance to win awards at the Danish Copenhagen Short Film Festival and the American Drunken Film Fest at the beginning of the month. On the other hand, at IndieCork in Ireland, the audience will have a chance to see Tomek Popakul's "Acid Rain" and Barbara Rupik's "The Little Soul". Popakul's film together with Izabela Plucińska's :"Portrait of Suzanne” will also be seen by viewers of the Czech International Festival of Animated Films Anifilm and the French Best of Short Films Festival.

The second week of October will open the German Monstronale Short Film Festival, which will host an out-of-competition screening of Marcjanna Urbańska's “Guilt" and the StopTrik International Film Festival with the film "The Flood" by Sofya Nabok. At the same time, the Central and Eastern European Film Festival CinEast will be held with the screening of Yelyzaveta Pysmak's "My Fat Arse And I" and the DocsMX International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City, which will feature Katarzyna Warzecha's "We have one heart".

The special sections of the German Festival of Animation Berlin included Renata Gąsiorowska's "Pussy" and Bogna Kowalczyk's "Journey To The Magic Waterfall". As many as three of our films have been invited to the French competition Un Festival C's Trop Court - Nice Short Film Festival. "I'm Here" by Julia Orlik, "My Fat Arse And I" by Yelyzaveta Pysmak and "Metro" by Natalia Krawczuk will compete for awards.

Half of the month promises to be extremely promising for "Acid Rain" by Tomek Popakul and "Such A Beautiful Town" by Marta Koch. Both animations will be presented at Brno 16 and Lausanne Underground Film & Music, and this Popakula also at the Kinotrip Film Festival in Slovenia. On the same days, the Animario Madrid International Contemporary Animation Festival will also take place, to which the film by Izabela Plucińska has been invited, and the Chicago International Film Festival, where Katarzyna Warzecha's "We Have One Heart" will be shown in the competition.

We will see a large representation of Polish films at the Finnish Animatricks festival. The program includes "An Eye For An Eye" by Julia Płoch, "III" by Marta Pajek, "Squaring The Circle" by Karolina Specht, "The Hunt" by Mateusz Jarmulski, "Acid Rain" by Tomek Popakul, "Story" by Jola Bańkowska and "Colaholic" by Marcin Podolec. Bańkowska's film will be shown at the same time at the international shnit festival and during the American Annual Imagine Science Film Festival.

It will be quite an intense month for the latest animation by Julia Orlik. At the end of the month, "I'm Here" will be presented, among others the audience of the American Denver Film Festival, the Swedish Uppsala International Short Film Festival or the Korean Bucheon International Animation Festival.

This month, the UK will host the 4th edition of the Bolton International Film Festival. In the competition "Acid Rain" by Tomek Popakul and "Story" by Jola Bańkowska. Popakul's film will also have an out-of-competition screening at Fredrikstad Animation in Norway

The end of the month will also be intense. This is when the BANIALUKA festival will take place. There are three Polish animations in the competition - "The Flood" by Sofya Nabo, "Re-Cycle" by Mateusz Lenart and "Vitae Azilia" by Joanna Wapniewska.

The full list of festival screenings can be found here.