This year’s laureate has been described in many different ways. He has been called an icon of popular culture, a figure representing the country’s national heritage. Some draw a parallel to the universal Ulysses, others see him as an epitome of Polishness (and not only because of the colour of his clothing). But after all – although bearded and horned – Matołek the Billy-Goat is just a kid in shorts. Overwhelmed by the reality, somewhat naive and a little lost, he keeps falling into trouble… but luckily manages to find a creative way out every single time, winning the hearts of children. Young audience adore him, because they, too, would love to be able to solve their little dramas and get away with their innocent mischiefs wish such grace and sense of humour. Although he might not seem very bright, there’s more to him than meets the eye. Every step along the way, Matołek proves that he is neither silly nor inept, but rather – as we would put it nowadays – creative and resourceful. A unique Polish Goat, who is truly successful – in every sense of the word.
Platinum Goats – the special prize of the 37. International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! – goes to Matołek the Billy-Goat, a fictional character originating from the picture books by Makuszyński and Walentynowicz. The animated series ‘Strange Adventures of Matołek the Billy-Goat’, whose production began 60 years ago in the Studio Filmów Rysunkowych in Warsaw, gained him popularity among subsequent generation of kids – his yet another success. What deserves to be mentioned is that Matołek had actually debuted on the screen eleven years earlier with the film ‘Matołek the Billy-Goat versus Bloody Joe’ produced by Studio Filmów Rysunkowych in Bielsko-Biała.