Tomasz Bagiński, Polish illustrator, animator and film director, will present and discuss his films at a special screening on May 17, 2011 at the Holon Cinemathque at 21:00. It’s an excellent opportunity not only to see the work of this artist, but to hear more about his perspective and artistic process. Bagiński’s visit to Israel is a joint project of Bezalel, the Polish Institute and the Holon Cinematheque, and will conduct a master class for Bezalel students during his stay.
In addition to the screening at the Holon Cinematheque, Bagiński will give a talk at Bezalel’s Har Hatzofim Campus on May 17, 2011 at 13:00 in Auditorium 222 – this talk is open to the general public. A short scene from Bagiński’s film Rain (1998):
Some background information on Bagiński from the press release:
Bagiński has numerous award-winning animated films to his credit. His short film debut, The Cathedral, won first prize at SIGGRAPH, the biggest festival of animation and special effects, in 2002, and a year later, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
In 2004, he made his second short film, Fallen Arts, and, in 2005, won a second award at the SIGGRAPH festival, becoming the only artist in history who has won two main awards. Fallen Arts also received a BAFTA award for animation short and a Grand Prix for Digital Shorts at the Golden Horse film festival 2005. In 2009, he directed the short film, The Kinematograph, based on a comic book by Mateusz Skutnik from the album Revolutions: Monochrome, in competition at the Venice Film Festival. This film found its way to the Oscar short list for Best Animated Short Film in 2010.
Bagiński also created cinematics for The Whitcher computer game based on the books by Andrzej Sapkowski, and a Polish movie named Quo Vadis. He is the author of all covers of Jacek Dukaj books, including the novel entitled Ice. Apart from his own projects, Bagiński works on special effects and animation for different productions, including Andrsej Wajda’s films. He has published in many trade magazines, from United States to China and Japan.
His first film, Rain, in 1998, won a few awards and became the passport to Platige Image Company, the most creative 3D studio in Europe, in which he is the creative director.