Ars Independent Festival, 24-29/9/19

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
26 April 2019
Katowice, Poland
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2019 Call for entries:

Call for entries for the four international competitions (films, animations, music videos and video games) lasts from December 18 to April 26. In all categories nominees will compete for the title and a statue of the Black Horse and the monetary prize of 500 euros. Prizes will be awarded by the festival audience.

Ars Independent 2019 will take place between September 24th and 29th in Katowice. As every year, the festival is searching for what's cool in young, debuting, contemporary audio-visual culture.

At the heart of the event are four international competitions for new works (2018/2019). In the Black Horse of Film, directors of feature films will compete. Short animations will clash in the Black Horse of Animation. The Black Horse of Video Games and the Black Horse of Music Videos are dedicated to authors of new games and music videos.

The nominees will be announced on August 26th alongside the festival’s full programme.

The event is organized by the culture institution Katowice the City of Gardens and the City of Katowice.

Black Horse of Animation

Only debuts and second animated films, alongside school films (made before debuts) produced after January 1st, 2018 are eligible to enter the competition. Films eligible to enter the competition may be created in any animation technique and their running time must not exceed 30 minutes (including credits). Competition entry is free of charge. In order to submit a film for selection, one must fill out the electronic entry form available at the festival website. An alternative and equal submission channel is the Ars Independent profile on Submission copies must have English subtitles, with the exception of films with English language dialogues.

Ars Independent 2018. Photo by: Michał Jędrzejowski


  • Read the regulations of the animation competition here
  • Submit your entry on the festival's website or via filmfreeway
  • Deadline: 26 April 2019
  • There is no entry fee

2018 Festival News (Archive)

Animation Programme:
Gaba Palicka, the new animation curator at Ars Independent has programmed  Horsing Around,  A choice of comedic, short animations from the last few years will undoubtedly light up the fall mood.

A digitally restored copy of the 1957 Soviet animation “The Snow Queen” (1957), an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale will be screened,  with live music! Jan Maksimowicz and Arkady Gotesman, a duo of young and insanely talented jazzmen from Lithuania.  Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli and creator of such classics as “Princess Mononoke” or “Spirited Away”, admitted that he was inspired by Atamanov and Fyodorov’s film.

Don Hertzfeldt, Oscar-nominated for the cult-classic “Rejected” will take us on a journey from one extreme to the other, bathed in dark humour – for which he is very much known – in “It’s Such a Beautiful Day” (2012). The film is a perfect showcase of the animator’s wild imagination, where the drawn, cartoony artwork transforms and mixes with authorial, syncretic special effects.

“The Oders” is a set of short films from the Filmakademie Baden- Württemberg, featuring a full range of contemporary animation techniques. The German academy is considered one of the best film schools in the world, especially when it comes to animation and special effects. The festival will host director and graduate from the academy, Thomas Sali, who will pull back the industry/artistic curtain a little bit before the screening.

2018 Festival Poster:

Photo: M. Drzejowski

Ars Independent is organized by the Katowice City of Garden institution and the City of Katowice.



Event Dates

  • From 24 September 2019 to 29 September 2019


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