Dumała, Piotr

Dumała, Piotr

Polish animated and feature film director, visual artist, screenwriter, film set designer, writer and university lecturer, born on 9th July 1956 in Warsaw, Poland. Professor of film arts and artist of the international fame. He studied art conservation, specializing in stone sculpture conservation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and for two years he was a student of Daniel Szczechura, well-known animated film director. His debut film in 1981 was “Lykantropia” (Lycantrophy). His first animated films such as “Czarny kapturek” (Little Black Riding Hood, 1983) and “Nerwowe życie kosmosu” (Nervous Life of the Universe, 1986) were contrary short stories and examples of black humour. Then he started to use his original animation technique of scratched images on painted plaster which is a method of so-called destructive animation. With this technique he made adaptations of Dostoyevsky’s “Łagodna” (The Gentle One, 1985) and “Zbrodnia kara” (Crime and Punishment, 2000) as well as “Ściany” (Walls, 1987) and “Franz Kafka” (1991) among others. Occasionally he does commercial work such as clips, trailers and commercials. He is a winner of many film awards, including film festivals in Kraków, Mannheim, Oberhausen, Huesca and Valencia (Luna de Valencia Award for Life Achievement in 2003). His debut experimental feature film “Las” (Forest) was on the screen in 2009. In 2000 he published a collection of short stories “Gra w żyletki”. He is a lecturer of the Film School in Łódź, University College of Arts Crafts and Design Konstfack in Stockholm and Harvard University.

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