The Deal

The Deal is an outcome of the research I’ve conducted within the fields of family memory, biographical objects and visual poetry during MA Communication Design course at Central Saint Martins.

The script of this animation is based on a story, which comes from my grandfather’s diary, on arranging marriages in 1950/60s in Eastern-Polish borderland. I aimed to place the story in its original environment by using accurate physical elements, such as authentic headscarf, books in Polish and Russian from my grandfather’s time, the copy of his original diary and photographs.

The Deal depicts my personal journey of researching through the archives, sometimes referring back to the items I have already been familiar with, trying to remind myself of the personal feelings and memories attached to them.

The Deal has been screened at over 30 film festivals all over the world –  including the Oscar-qualifying Uppsala ISFF, DOK Leipzig, ISFF Curta Cinema, Cork IFF – and was awarded the Art Direction Prize at the Animage International Animation Festival of Pernambuco in Brazil.

Duration: 4 min 28 sec
Production: UK, Poland / 2015
Technique: Stop-motion, 2D
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Festivals & Screenings

2015: Animation Festival AnimaSyros 8.0, Syros Island, Greece / Primanima World Festival of First Animations, Budaörs, Hungary (Andrea Martignoni’s special mention) / DOK Leipzig, Germany / Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Argentina / International Short Film Festival Curta Cinema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / International Film Festival ETIUDA&ANIMA, Cracow, Poland (honour distinction) / Animateka International Animated Film Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia / Bogotá Short Film Festival BOGOSHORTS, Colombia / Piccolo Festival dell’Animazione, Italy

2016: London Short Film Festival, UK / Lisbon Animated Film Festival MONSTRA, Portugal (“Best of Animadok Leipzig” programme) / International Short Film Week Regensburg, Germany / Short Waves Festival, Poznan, Poland (“Polish 7” competition programme; screened in 45 cities in Poland) / Erarta MOTION PICTURES, Saint-Petersburg, Russia / filmPOLSKA, Berlin, Germany (“Short Waves Festival: Polish Shorts” programme) / International Filmfest Emden-Norderney, Germany (“London Shorts Special” programme) / Lago Film Fest, Italy (“Focus Poland” programme) / DokuFest, Prizren, Kosovo / Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard, France / Timishort Filmfest, Timisoara, Romania / Szczecin European Film Festival, Poland / Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden / ReAnimania International Animation Film Festival of Yerevan, Armenia / The Northern Wave Film Festival, Grundarfjörður, Iceland / FrontDoc Festival Internazionale Del Cinema di Frontiera, Aosta, Italy / Pravo Ljudski Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina / dokumentART, Neubrandenburg, Germany / Cork Film Festival, Ireland / CutOut Fest, Querétaro, Mexico / Animage International Animation Festival of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil (Art Direction Prize) / Zubroffka Short Film Festival, Bialystok, Poland

2017: Polish Animation Film Festival O!PLA, touring festival, Poland / Athens Animfest, Greece / cellu l’art Short Film Festival, Jena, Germany