Polish animated film scoops top prize at Czech Animated Film Festival

'Kill It and Leave This Town', an animated feature film by Mariusz Wilczynski, was awarded as the Best Feature Film for Grown-Ups at the International Animated Film Festival AniFilm in the Czech Republic, the Polish Film Institute announced on Monday.

The movie by Mariusz Wilczyński was the first animated film in history to receive the Polish Eagles Film Award in the Best Film category, and it has won several awards, both in Poland and internationally.

'Kill It and Leave This Town' is a reflection on the passing of time and took Wilczyński 14 years to complete the piece. The filmmaker returns to his childhood and youth, reminiscing about his parents and his friend Tadeusz Nalepa, a musician widely regarded as the father of the Polish blues. The film is also an artistic, original, sentimental look at the artist's hometown of Łódź, central Poland.

Founded in 2010, Anifilm is an International Festival of Animated Films, this year, held in Liberec, the Czech Republic. According to the organisers, its goal is “to present current trends, methods, technologies and animation techniques in its programme.” The festival also promotes unique and innovative ideas, giving an opportunity not only to professionalists, but also students and amateurs to test their works against other creators from all over the world.

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