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Tomasz Popakul
Poland 2013 / 19’

An adolescent is painfully experiencing the dilemmas of growing up and must deal with rejection while looking for his identity. His problems are especially severe, as he is different from all others – he is half boy, half fish. Meanwhile, his father wants him to be a fisherman. A simple and expressive palette of colours reflects the contrast between the peaceful traditional fishing village and the drama of finding oneself.


Oberhausen IFFA 2013 – Principal Prize; Krakow FF 2013 – Silver Hobby-Horse for Best Animation (National Competition); Visegrad Animation Forum 2013 – Best Film in Competition Prize

Tomasz Popakul

Born in 1986 in the village of Trzebież, Poland and studied in the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź where, in 2011, he also double-majored in scriptwriting. Ziegenort is his graduation film.

Selected filmography

2010 Ludzie i ryby (doc., short)

2013 Ziegenort (anim., short)

Cast & Crew

director Tomasz Popakul
screenplay Tomasz Popakul
cinematography Tomasz Popakul
editing Tomasz Popakul, Piotr Szczepanowicz
music Stuart Dahlquist, Paweł Cieślak
animation Tomasz Popakul
visual design Tomasz Popakul
cast Jakub Nosiadek, Maciej Miszczak, Daria Polasik, Natalia Brożyńska
producer Piotr Szczepanowicz
production NoLabel
sales New Europe Film Sales
language Polish
colouration colour & b&w