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The Railway Watchman

Piotr Szczepanowicz
Poland 2012 / 11’

A lonely man works as a train crossing guard in an out-of-the-way picturesque town, where there is almost no traffic and trains rarely stop. Playing the trumpet is his only entertainment in this monotony until a charming someone appears near the station offering the opportunity to change his life. An intimate and nostalgic animated film about a sensitive man and his world with a dollop of warm humour.


Krakow FF 2012 – The President of TVP SA (Polish Television) Award for the Best Directing; Banjaluka IAFF 2012 – Best 3D Animation; Etiuda & Anima IFF 2012 – Distinction

Piotr Szczepanowicz

Born in Opole, Szczepanowicz is a graduate of the Cinematography Department of the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź with major in Animation and Special Effects. He collaborated in the special effects for the films Peter and the Wolf by Suzie Templeton, Świteź by Kamil Polak and Radostki by Magdalena Osińska. Since 2011, he has worked as director and producer for the Krakow postproduction company, NoLabel.


2006 Wszystko w płynie (anim., short)

2009 Ukryte (anim., short)

2012 Dróżnik / The Railway Watchman (anim., short)

Cast & Crew

director Piotr Szczepanowicz
screenplay Piotr Szczepanowicz
cinematography Piotr Szczepanowicz
editing Piotr Szczepanowicz
music Artur Majewski
animation Paweł Żugaj, Michał Ogórek, Maciej Lorenc, Paweł Weremiuk, Piotr Szczepanowicz
visual design Kacper Czyczyło, Piotr Szczepanowicz
producer Krzysztof Hrycak, Jacek Bromski, Dariusz Gajewski, Ewa Jastrzębska
production Studio Munka – SFP, NoLabel, TVP
sales Studio Munka – SFP
language no dialogues
colouration colour